Trust-preferred creditors are starting to give deadbeat banks an unenviable choice: negotiate repayment or run the risk of forced liquidation.

Trapeza Capital Management, a New York investment firm, filed legal documents earlier this month to force FMB Bancshares in Lakeland, Ga., into involuntary bankruptcy. Trapeza, which manages a collateralized-debt obligation containing FMB's trust-preferred securities, says in its filing that it is owed $13.6 million in unpaid debt and interest.

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