A wave of mergers in Virginia could force other homegrown banks in the state to pursue deals and play catch-up.

Virginia Commerce Bancorp (VCBI) in Arlington, Central Virginia Bankshares (CVBK) in Powhatan and StellarOne (STEL) in Charlottesville have agreed to sell in recent months. Each deal likely gave the state's remaining banks a reason to conduct serious soul-searching, industry experts say.

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