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

A Bank Roll-Up Vehicle Stuck in Neutral
September 16, 2014 Capital Bank Financial shares a problem with other investor-backed companies built to make a lot of bank acquisitions: their...

Why Not M&A Now? Count the Ways, Big Bank CEOs Say
September 9, 2014 Big banks are still avoiding bank M&A, but the reasons are evolving. Plenty are still looking inward, while others are...

How Big Banks Can Get OKs for M&A: BB&T's King
September 8, 2014 BB&T is back the business of buying banks for the first time in several years, even though most of its peers think regulators...

ICBA Chief Expects De Novo Activity to Resume in 2017
September 5, 2014 Camden Fine at the Independent Community Bankers of America believes entrepreneurial bankers will return to starting new banks...

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.

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...

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...

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