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Does this mean BofA/Merrill will stop haemorrhaging staff?

Things are getting better at BofA. In February its stock was worth around $3; yesterday it closed at $11.49. It’s raised $13.5bn from selling stock and says it will repay TARP by the end of the year.

Why then are so many of its investment bankers leaving?

In the past few weeks alone, Deutsche Bank has hired more than a dozen of its M&A bankers in the US, Evercore has hired a senior transportation and infrastructure banker, and its head of Asia Pac M&A has resigned.

Ken Lewis has said all the departures are regretful, but this may not be enough to stem the tide.

The integration with Merrill Lynch is dragging on, with another round of redundancies in the bank’s FICC team as recently as late April. Alleged cultural differences between the two banks have been widely documented, and as we noted last week, BofA/Merrill has been losing investment banking market share fast.

There are some positive points as a counterweight to this. Bank of America had a strong first quarter, thanks to Merrill Lynch. And Goldman analysts upgraded the stock to a buy this week, whilst predicting that commodities, credit and equities income would continue growing in Q2.

Merrill bankers at BofA may think twice about leaving now that the stock is recovering. However, the stock is still below the $14 it was at when the Merrill deal went through.

If Merrill continues to lose M&A share, its bankers are unlikely to stay for long. And as M&A picks up, plenty of other places will be willing to have them.

Comments (13)

  1. Is ML/BOA the new Goldman Sachs?

  2. dont u guys get bored of the SAME joke?! How about a little bit of CREATIVITY…

  3. Is Sarah the new Henry?

  4. Is bla the new moron?

  5. “dont u guys get bored of the SAME joke?!”

    It was funny the first time and still really, really funny 20 times later!! Those who don’t find it funny need a sense of humour transplant!!! Its utterly hilarious, I crack up every time I see it, even when I’m expecting it!!

  6. Hmmmmm

    The New Goldman Sachs Reply
  7. Roflcopter-Simple things amuse simple minds. I guess that must also be true for alot of the people on here who continue to post that ‘joke’

  8. “Is ML/BOA the new Goldman Sachs?”
    why do you think it is a joke?can anyone explain more about it?

  9. Roflcopter – that is sad. It seems you’ve been doomed to a boring life of monotomy.

    OverandOverandOveragain Reply
  10. I have a Maths degree from Cambridge, and a pretty complex job. Not a simple mind here. And find these jokes hilarious!

  11. ” I have a Maths degree from Cambridge, and a pretty complex job”. Either you are being ironic or you sound like a loser.
    I wonder if your great sense of humour translates into a great social life (playing chess).

  12. ” I have a Maths degree from Cambridge, and a pretty complex job”.

    And that is all you have in your life no doubt. No wonder you find the ‘joke’ funny.

  13. Only senior bankers have the flexibility to switch firms in down,up or sideways economy.

    Most people but not all below the VP level have no place to go
    in this market**

    **inside sources

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