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BofA, Citigroup, Lazard, Morgan Stanley, UBS

The Wall Street Journal reports that staff at US regulator the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have said that it will likely recommend enforcement action be taken against Banc of America Securities (BofA), in respect of trading and research-related activities which allegedly took place at the firm's San Francisco office between 1999 and 2002. A spokesman for BofA said that 'we disagree with the SEC conclusions and intend to contest....the recommendations'.

Citigroup, Deutsche, Enron, Lazard

Citigroup is to acquire ABN Amro's direct custody, securities clearing and fund services businesses in certain European and Asian markets. The deal, which will take in around 550 corporate and institutional accounts, will add around $7.3 trillion to Citigroup's custody portfolio. The purchase price for the ABN unit has yet to be disclosed.

Global M&A Deals League Table - 2005 To Date

Thomson Financial has just released a worldwide announced advisory league table. This table is based on the number of deals firms' have worked on this year to 17th March. The table excludes equity carveouts, withdrawn deals and open market repurchases.

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