Blackstone Group LP, Gerald Ford's Flexpoint and U.S. Bancorp are considering bids for assets of Guaranty Financial Group Inc., the Texas lender that said last month it will probably fail, people familiar with the situation said.

Guaranty, whose backers include billionaire Carl Icahn and Omni Hotels owner Robert Rowling, would be the biggest bank to collapse this year and the largest failure since the seizure last September of Washington Mutual Inc.

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