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

Banks Find Success Fighting M&A Shareholder Suits
August 29, 2014 As consolidation heats up, bankers are pushing back against lawsuits challenging a deal's merits. Experts say the law firms...

Prudential in Philadelphia Reaches Compromise with Activist Investor
August 29, 2014 Prudential Bancorp in Philadelphia has agreed to add a director recommended by activist investor Seidman Group.

Bad CRA Score May Put Brakes on BBVA Compass' Growth
August 25, 2014 BBVA Compass will likely face restrictions on M&A and branching after issues turned up in its recent CRA exam. Though a CRA...

Why Bank M&A Could See Some Big Deals Soon
August 25, 2014 Is CIT Group's acquisition of OneWest Bank a harbinger of sizable deals? M&A adviser Aaron Packles thinks so.

Organic Growth Leaders Still Inclined to Pursue Deals
August 22, 2014 Who says you can't have it all? Banks like Eagle Bancorp and Puget Sound Bank are adding loans at a fast clip, but that hasn't...

Missouri Bankers Aim for Normalcy as Unrest Continues
August 20, 2014 Branch managers in Ferguson, Mo., are coping with modified hours and the presence of law enforcement and the Missouri National...

CMS Executive Stephen Dowd Dead at 60
August 15, 2014 Stephen E. Dowd, the chief financial officer of CMS Bancorp in White Plains, N.Y., has died. The $273 million-asset company...

Cascade Swings to 2Q Loss on Merger Costs
August 15, 2014 Costs associated with its recent acquisition pushed Cascade Bancorp, in Bend, Ore., into the red in the second quarter.

Boston Private Shows What to Do Once the Cost-Cutting Is Over
August 14, 2014 Clayton Deutsch has spent the last several years streamlining Boston Private's past acquisitions in an effort to improve the...

Sandler O’Neill Hires Banker Away from KBW
August 13, 2014 Investment banker Jason R. Hach has joined Sandler O’Neill following four years at its archrival Keefe, Bruyette & Woods.

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