WASHINGTON - Chase Manhattan Corp. has reorganized its lobbying shop, promoting L. Thomas Block to co-chief of government affairs.

Mr. Block, a senior vice president who was the banking company's point man on the financial reform law enacted last year, will share the post with his former boss, John R. Price. Mr. Block, 51, will focus on domestic issues and relations with federal, state, and local governments, while Mr. Price, 61, will concentrate on international matters, as well as relations with foreign governments and organizations.

Chase promoted Mr. Block on Dec. 17 but did not announce it until Monday. No other personnel changes were made in the six-member government affairs office, the Chase spokesman said.

Mr. Block had been the head of government affairs at Chemical Banking Corp. before its 1991 merger with Manufacturers Hanover Corp., whose top lobbyist was Mr. Price. When Chemical merged with Chase Manhattan Corp. in 1996, Mr. Price got the top lobbying job.

- Dean Anason

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