Merril Raid Gives Instant Cachet

Abrams, Sandra Lea
April 2005
Investment Dealers' Digest;4/25/2005, Vol. 71 Issue 16, p13
Trade Publication
The article informs that Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc.'s pilfering of an elite group of seven real estate bankers from Citigroup last week gives Merrill instant cachet in real estate banking circles, while Citi may well have to reinvent itself in the sector as its strong league-table rankings come under pressure. But the raid could still turn ugly, as Citi is said to be considering its options, including legal action, though on what grounds is not at all clear. The move gives Merrill a chance to play some serious catch-up in real estate rankings in one bold stroke. So far this year, Merrill is ranked fifth in equity and equity-related deals, according to Thomson Financial, and was fifth for all of 2004.


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