Credit Suisse First Boston has never been one to let its highly paid bankers go without a fight, so it came as little surprise Wednesday when word filtered out that the more than 30 corporate bond professionals who were reportedly ready to walk out the door are now negotiating to stay put.

By midday, company insiders were saying that the group - headed by John Walsh, global head of investment-grade capital markets; Jack DiMaio, head of developed-markets credit; Donald Devine, head of U.S. debt syndication; and Mark Landis, head of investment-grade bond sales - would not leave after all. The defection of the bond group to Barclays Capital had been reported by several news organizations Tuesday.

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