Nasty Battles Behind the Scenes at Merrill Lynch

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Jan 13, 2009 2:48 pm

  Nasty Battles Behind the Scenes at Merrill Lynch

Nasty fights are breaking out behind the scenes at Merrill Lynch and its new parent company, Bank of America (BAC). Defections are picking up speed, as top guns have quit at Merrill Lynch.

But company insiders say the reasons for the fights and the defections go beyond the obvious problems of office power plays, and of melding a freewheeling, backslapping brokerage culture with a staid, gun-metal grey retail bank environment.

And company insiders say they go beyond the fact that Merrill executives are now bristling at BofA’s potential pay cuts, and tighter bank controls on their brokerage operations.

Jan 13, 2009 3:38 pm

Everyone saw this coming.  It should come as no surprise.  Thain made the deal under duress, and now they have to pick up the pieces.

Jan 13, 2009 5:23 pm

Merrill as it was once known is dead. Why should be expect anything different?  

Jan 13, 2009 6:59 pm

Banks and brokers don’t mix well, never have,  never will.

Jan 13, 2009 8:05 pm

Might as well change the name ML to Bank Of America Advisors.