Robert Barba

Robert Barba is one of American Banker's community banking reporters. His beat includes covering community banks in the Midwest, but he additionally focuses on M&A activity and monitors bank failures nationwide. Robert has appeared on Fox Business to discuss bank failures and the Treasury Department’s Troubled Asset Relief Program. Prior to American Banker, Robert was a general business reporter at Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers in Stuart, Fla., where he covered everything from biotechnology to the volatile Florida real estate market. He began his career as a business desk intern at The Denver Post and Boulder Daily Camera. Robert is based in Chicago.

Recent Stories From this Author

Capital-Rich PacWest Boosts Dividend as M&A Interest Wanes
November 21, 2014 The acquisition of CapitalSource has pushed PacWest's capital from full to overflowing. With diminished interest in M&A, the...

Hancock Chief's Departure Unplanned But Timely
November 17, 2014 John Hairston, set to become the Mississippi company's sole CEO, said Carl Chaney was not forced out as co-CEO. Still, he said...

BB&Ts Big Deal Good Sign for Larger M&A
November 12, 2014 Kelly King of BB&T is an M&A trailblazer, but he isn't doing so intentionally. In announcing plans to buy Susquehanna...

California Thrift Seized in Year's 17th Failure
November 10, 2014 The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency closed Frontier Bank FSB in Palm Desert, Calif.

More Bankers Show Comfort with $10B Asset Threshold
November 7, 2014 Banks on opposite coasts — Sterling Bancorp in New York and Banner in Washington — are joining the list of institutions...

Leadership Vacuums Create Incentives for Small Banks to Sell
November 6, 2014 It has been three months since Bankwell Financial's CEO left abruptly. Some observers say it might make sense for Bankwell —...

Banner in Wash. to Buy AmericanWest for $702M
November 5, 2014 Late Wednesday, Banner Corp. in Walla Walla, Wash., announced it would acquire AmericanWest Bank in a $702 million...

MVB Financial & CFG Community Cancel Deal a Year Later
October 31, 2014 MVB Financial and CFG Community Bank have terminated their purchase-and-assumption agreement, a year after announcing the deal.

Pinnacle Bancorp Announces Second Deal in a Month
October 31, 2014 Bank of Colorado in Fort Collins announced Friday that it is buying the $234 million-asset MontroseBank in Colorado's western...

Capital Bank to Keep Mum on M&A Until It Cuts a Deal
October 30, 2014 The Florida company's business plan relies heavily on consolidation, but management hasn't announced a deal in more than two...

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