A month and a half after senior management was forced to resign, Boston Bancorp has replaced its outside auditor and legal counsel to "improve operations" and respond to regulatory criticism.

The $2 billion-asset corporation has hired Big Six accounting firm KPMG Peat Marwick to take over from T.C. Edwards & Co. of Woburn, Mass. The company retained the Boston law firm of Ropes & Gray to replace Washington law firm Hogan & Hartson.

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