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AUSTIN, Texas (

TheStreet

) --

Blackstone

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,

U.S. Bancorp

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and Dallas billionaire Gerald Ford are considering bidding for assets of

Guaranty Financial

( GFG), the second-largest publicly traded bank in Texas that said in late July it would probably fail,

Bloomberg

reports.

A failure of

Guaranty

would be the biggest collapse in 2009 and the largest failure since the seizure last September of

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Washington Mutual

, according to

Bloomberg

.

The

Dallas Morning News

reports a number of investors are considering bids for the assets of Guaranty Bank and an announcement could be made by federal regulators next week. A spokesman for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. declined to comment for the newspaper.

Analysts speculated that the list of potential bidders could include Ford, who built his fortune in banking; BBVA Compass, a unit of Spanish bank

BBVA

; and a group of investors that earlier this year bought

IndyMac

, the

Dallas Morning News

reports.

IberiaBank

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also could make a bid for Guaranty's assets.

"Guaranty is open for business," spokesman John Wessman said in an e-mailed statement to Bloomberg. "We are focused on providing the best customer service possible and believe we can avoid any disruptions to our customers."

-- Reported by Joseph Woelfel in New York

.