Chase Manhattan Corp. and Merrill Lynch & Co. plan to bring a $900 million loan to market over the next few weeks backing Thomas H. Lee Co.'s $1.06 billion leveraged buyout of Fisher Scientific International.

The credit, which Chase and Merrill are equally underwriting, is expected to include a tranche of at least $300 million for institutional investors. The piece is expected to be snapped up by these investors, who are growing increasingly hungry for larger allocations in their bank loan portfolios.

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