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

Pre-Crisis Acquisition Playing Role in Colorado Governor's Race
September 30, 2014 Bob Beauprez, a former community banker and Republican congressman, is challenging incumbent John Hickenlooper in Colorado's...

Ford Financial Seeks Majority Stake in Mechanics Bank in California
September 25, 2014 The private equity firm of Texas billionaire Gerald J. Ford, is planning a tender offer for up to 65% of Mechanics Bank in...

When Opposites Attract in Bank M&A
September 24, 2014 Sunflower Financial is adding loans and growing in Denver. First Western Financial has tepid loan growth, but its prowess in...

Sunflower in Kansas to Acquire First Western in Denver
September 23, 2014 Sunflower Financial in Salina, Kan., is poised to strengthen its presence in Denver.

Two Chicago Banks Form Mortgage Partnership
September 22, 2014 Federal Savings Bank in Chicago has teamed up with West Suburban Bank in Lombard, Ill., to offer mortgage products across West...

Regulatory Scrutiny for Taylor Deal Intense, as Expected: MB Chief
September 19, 2014 Mitch Feiger, CEO of MB Financial, along with Mark Hoppe, former Taylor CEO, reflect on the merger, the regulatory environment...

Crossing the $10B Threshold Is Painful, Acquirers Say
September 17, 2014 Prosperity Bancshares and Hancock Holding knew they would lose significant interchange income when they hit the $10 billion...

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...

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