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Formations of, Acquisitions by, and Mergers of Bank Holding Companies

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The companies listed in this notice have applied to the Board for approval, pursuant to the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 (12 U.S.C. 1841 et seq.) (BHC Act), Regulation Y (12 CFR Part 225), and all other applicable statutes and regulations to become a bank holding company and/or to acquire the assets or the ownership of, control of, or the power to vote shares of a bank or bank holding company and all of the banks and nonbanking companies owned by the bank holding company, including the companies listed below.

The applications listed below, as well as other related filings required by the Board, are available for immediate inspection at the Federal Reserve Bank indicated. The application also will be available for inspection at the offices of the Board of Governors. Interested persons may express their views in writing on the standards enumerated in the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1842(c)). If the proposal also involves the acquisition of a nonbanking company, the review also includes whether the acquisition of the nonbanking company complies with the standards in section 4 of the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1843). Unless otherwise noted, nonbanking activities will be conducted throughout the United States. Additional information on all bank holding companies may be obtained from the National Information Center website at​nic/​.

Unless otherwise noted, comments regarding each of these applications must be received at the Reserve Bank indicated or the offices of the Board of Governors not later than April 3, 2006.

A. Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (Patrick M. Wilder, Assistant Vice President) 230 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60690-1414:

1. Midwest Banc Holdings, Inc., Melrose Park, Illinois; to acquire 100 percent of the voting shares of Royal American Corporation, Inverness, Illinois, and thereby indirectly acquire voting shares of Royal American Bank, Iverness, Illinois.

In connection with this application, Midwest Bank and Trust Company, Elmwood Park, Illinois, has applied to merge with Royal American Bank, Iverness, Illinois.

B. Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (Tracy Basinger, Director, Regional and Community Bank Group) 101 Market Street, San Francisco, California 94105-1579:

1. Castle Creek Capital Partners, III, L.P.; Castle Creek Capital III, LLC; Eggemeyer Capital LLC; Ruh Capital LLC; Legions IV Advisory Corp.; Western States Opportunity LLC; Eggemeyer Family Trust; and William J. Ruh Trust, all of Rancho Santa Fe, California; to become bank holding companies by acquiring 89 percent of the voting shares of LDF, Inc., and thereby indirectly acquire voting shares of Labe Bank, both of Chicago, Illinois. Comments regarding this application must be received not later than March 24, 2006.

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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, March 6, 2006.

Robert deV. Frierson,

Deputy Secretary of the Board.

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[FR Doc. E6-3377 Filed 3-9-06; 8:45 am]