Ex-Northfork CEO in BankUnited Race

(Reuters) – Former North Fork Bancorp Chief Executive John Kanas is leading a private equity consortium looking to buy BankUnited Financial Corp (BKUNA.O), Bloomberg reported on its website on Monday.

The group includes Carlyle Group, Blackstone Group LP (BX.N), Centerbridge Capital Partners LLC and WL Ross & Co, Bloomberg reported, citing unnamed sources.

Other potential offers for the Florida-based bank may come from Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) and Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD.TO), as well as J.C. Flowers & Co, it said.

BankUnited’s regulators have deemed it “critically undercapitalized” as of Jan. 30 and directed it to seek an acquirer or a merger partner.

The government set a deadline of May 14 for final bids, it said.

BankUnited could not be immediately reached for comment. (Reporting by Paritosh Bansal; Editing by Andre Grenon)