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Moves by Jeb Bush add to talk of 2016 candidacy

WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush's decision to release a policy-laden e-book and all his emails from his time as governor of Florida has further stoked expectations among his allies that he will launch a presidential bid.

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Ebby Halliday acquires Fort Worth’s Williams Trew

Williams Trew Real Estate of Fort Worth has been acquired by Dallas-based residential real estate brokerage Ebby Halliday Real Estate Inc.

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Meridian Bank Texas parent acquired by UMB Financial for $182.5M

Kansas City, Mo.-based UMB Financial Corp., the parent company of UMB Bank, said Dec. 15 it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Marquette Financial Companies in an all-stock transaction.

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Cousins Properties to sell 777 Main tower in downtown Fort Worth

Cousins Properties Inc. has confirmed plans to sell the 777 Main office tower in downtown Fort Worth, according to a news release from the Atlanta-based real estate investment firm.

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Glen Garden sale closes, distillery on tap

Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. closed late Wednesday on its purchase of the historic Glen Garden Country Club in southeast Fort Worth, with plans to convert it into a whiskey distillery and bucolic visitor attraction.

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Green Bank acquires North Texas bank

Houston-based Green Bancorp Inc., the parent holding company of Green Bank N.A., has entered into a definitive agreement and plan of merger to acquire Plano-based SP Bancorp Inc., the parent holding company of SharePlus Bank, for $46.2 million in cash, or $29.55 per share.
The transaction has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies. The sale is expected to close in third quarter 2014.
Green Bank had $1.7 billion in total assets and $1.45 billion in total deposits as of Dec. 31, 2013, while SharePlus Bank had $304 million in total assets and $261 million in total deposits.


The combined banking operation will have 16 locations operating as Green Bank. The expansion and merger will bring together Green Bank’s 12 offices in Dallas, Houston and Austin with SharePlus Bank’s three Dallas-area branches and Louisville, Ken., location.
Green Bank entered the Dallas-area market in 2010 with a Preston Center branch acquisition and a commercial lending office. During the next three years, new branches were opened in Uptown and Addison, and Opportunity Bank in Richardson was acquired.
“We pride ourselves on our strong community banking presence; the addition of SharePlus Bank strengthens our relationship and capabilities with our Dallas-based customers,” said Geoff Greenwade, president and CEO of Green Bank.


SharePlus was founded as a credit union in 1958 and became a publicly traded entity in 2010. In December 2013, SharePlus Bank converted its federal thrift charter to a state chartered, full-service bank. It shares trade on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol “SPBC.”
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP serves as legal counsel to Green Bancorp Inc. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Haynes and Boone LLP are serving as legal counsel and Commerce Street Capital LLC served as financial adviser to SP Bancorp. Mercer Capital rendered a fairness opinion to SP Bancorp in connection with the proposed transaction.

Betty Dillard
bdillard@bizpress.net
 

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