|Second Curve Capital CEO Tom Brown|
Financial services-focused investment bank Keefe, Bruyette & Woods has kept a close eye on completed and expected bank deals, publishing a weekly report on the topic. The latest report, published Sunday, lists 23 institutions KBW sees as likely takeout targets, including Synovus Financial Corp. ( SNV), BancorpSouth ( BXS) and Astoria Financial Corp. ( AF). A separate list names 14 "potential buyers who could become sellers," including BankUnited Inc. ( BKU) and TCF Financial Corporation ( TCB). The list of potential buyers includes more than 50 names, among the largest of which are U.S. Bancorp ( USB), BB & T ( BBT), and M & T Bank Corp. ( MTB). -- Written by Dan Freed in New York.