Thursday, September 10, 2009

Corus Bank Watch

by Bill McBride on 9/10/2009 10:15:00 PM

From the WSJ: Ross Gets Nod for a Bank Charter

Real-estate mogul Stephen M. Ross and the two other partners in his company, Related Cos., have been granted preliminary approval by regulators to charter a new bank, a move that would allow them to bid on failed institutions seized by the government.

The approval comes at a time that Related, a national real-estate developer known for such high-profile projects as Time Warner Center in New York, vies with a stable of private-equity and real-estate firms to buy the assets of condo lender Corus Bankshares Inc.
Although the FDIC was apparently soliciting bids for both the bank and the condo projects separately, the WSJ suggests the FDIC might prefer to sell to one bidder. According to published reports, bids for the assets of Corus were due last Thursday, so the bank will probably be seized some Friday this month.

I'll take tomorrow.