Sources have revealed that U.S. government officials are in talks to rescue First Republic Bank, a struggling financial institution. The discussions involve the U.S. Treasury, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Federal Reserve, according to reports on Friday.
Private-Sector Deal Preferred as U.S. Government Officials Discuss First Republic Bank Rescue Efforts
Market observers have been keeping a close eye on First Republic Bank since the collapse of three major banks in March. The bank disclosed earlier this month that it experienced $100 billion in withdrawals by customers in March, following the collapse of Silvergate Bank, Silicon Valley Bank, and Signature Bank. Additionally, 11 banks injected $30 billion into First Republic Bank to strengthen its reserves.
On Friday, Reuters reported that the U.S. government is coordinating with the bank’s advisers to possibly save First Republic Bank, as talks led by the advisers have yet to reach a deal in the private-sector. This development comes after rumors emerged three days earlier that the bank would enter federal receivership. According to Reuters reporters Nupur Anand, Andrea Shalal, and Greg Roumeliotis, three sources familiar with the situation say:
U.S. officials are coordinating urgent talks to rescue First Republic Bank.
The Reuters report notes that two sources have revealed that executives from First Republic Bank are actively searching for a rescue deal, and U.S. officials are of the opinion that a private-sector agreement would be “preferable.” The collapse of First Republic Bank, the 14th largest bank in the U.S., could lead to further contagion in the banking sector. Moreover, the U.S. central bank is set to release a post-mortem on Silicon Valley Bank this afternoon.
“We are engaged in discussions with multiple parties about our strategic options while continuing to serve our clients,” First Republic said in a statement to Reuters.
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Author: Jamie Redman