Most people go to Fort Lauderdale for spring break. Kelly King went there last fall to get his mojo back as a rainmaker.

The chairman and chief executive of BB&T (BBT) in Winston-Salem, N.C., officially did just that this week. He closed his drawn-out takeover of the bulk of BankAtlantic Bancorp, a complex transaction that analysts say should cure any lingering doubts about his M&A prowess.

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