Bank of America Receives Federal Reserve Approval of Merrill Lynch Purchase
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CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Bank of America Corporation today received approval from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System of the company's purchase of Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. Bank of America aims to close the transaction by the end of the year pending shareholder and other regulatory approvals.
Merrill Lynch is expected to enhance Bank of America's current strengths by creating a company with the leading position in wealth management as well as in global debt underwriting, global equities and global merger and acquisition advice. Once the purchase is complete, Bank of America will have the largest wealth management business in the world with nearly 20,000 financial advisors and approximately $2.5 trillion in client assets.
"Combining the leading global wealth management, capital markets and advisory firm with largest consumer and corporate bank in the U.S. creates the world's premier financial services company with unrivalled breadth and global reach," said Bank of America Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kenneth D. Lewis. "This presents a compelling opportunity for our customers and shareholders."
In connection with the proposed merger, Bank of America has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), along with other relevant documents, a Definitive Registration Statement on Form S-4 that includes a joint proxy statement of Bank of America and Merrill Lynch that also constitutes a prospectus of Bank of America. Bank of America and Merrill Lynch have mailed the joint proxy statement/prospectus to their respective stockholders. Bank of America and Merrill Lynch urge investors and security holders to read the joint proxy statement/prospectus regarding the proposed merger because it contains important information. You may obtain copies of the joint proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant documents filed or to be filed by Bank of America and Merrill Lynch with the SEC regarding this transaction, free of charge, at the SEC's website (www.sec.gov). You may also obtain these documents, free of charge, from Bank of America's website (www.bankofamerica.com) under the tab "About Bank of America" and then under the heading "Investor Relations" and then under the item "SEC Filings". You may also obtain these documents, free of charge, from Merrill Lynch's investor relations website (www.ir.ml.com) under the heading "SEC Filings".
Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, and their respective directors, executive officers and other employees may be engaged in a solicitation of proxies from the security holders of Bank of America or Merrill Lynch in connection with the proposed merger. At the commencement of a proxy solicitation, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and their respective directors, executive officers and other employees may be deemed to be participants in such solicitation. You can also find information about Bank of America's executive officers and directors in its definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC on March 19, 2008. Additional information about the interests of potential participants is included in the joint proxy statement/prospectus referred to above. You can find information about Merrill Lynch's executive officers and directors in its definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC on March 14, 2008. You can obtain free copies of these documents from Bank of America and Merrill Lynch using the information above.
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Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk-management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving more than 59 million consumer and small business relationships with more than 6,100 retail banking offices, more than 18,000 ATMs and award-winning online banking with more than 25 million active users. Bank of America offers industry leading support to more than 4 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients in more than 150 countries and has relationships with 99 percent of the U.S. Fortune 500 companies and 83 percent of the Fortune Global 500. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
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