IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--First Foundation Inc. (NASDAQ: FFWM), a financial services company with two wholly-owned operating subsidiaries, First Foundation Advisors and First Foundation Bank, which collectively provide investment management, wealth planning, consulting, insurance, trust, and banking services primarily to high net-worth individuals and businesses, today announced it is set to join the Russell 2000® Index.

The Russell 2000® Index is an index measuring the performance of approximately 2,000 of the leading small company stocks in the United States. It represents a subset of approximately 2,000 small-cap companies in the Russell 3000® Index and serves as a benchmark for small-cap stocks in the United States. FTSE Russell determines membership for its Russell indexes primarily by objective, market-capitalization rankings, and style attributes.

“We are very pleased to have been selected by FTSE Russell for inclusion in the Russell 2000® Index,” said Scott F. Kavanaugh, CEO of First Foundation. “As we continue to execute on our strategic plan, we believe being part of the Index will help increase awareness of the Company among stakeholders and is an important step to further enhancing shareholder value.”

About First Foundation

First Foundation, a financial institution founded in 1990, provides integrated investment management, wealth planning, consulting, insurance, trust, and banking services. The Company has offices in California, Nevada, and Hawaii with headquarters in Irvine, California. For more information, please visit www.ff-inc.com.

About FTSE Russell

FTSE Russell is wholly owned by London Stock Exchange Group. For more information, visit www.ftserussell.com. For more information on the Russell 2000® Index and the Russell US Indexes reconstitution, please visit the “Russell Reconstitution” section of the FTSE Russell website.

Forward-Looking Statements

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