When some of Wall Street's top dealmakers gathered last month to hammer out the merger deal between NationsBank Corp. and Barnett Banks Inc., it was a class reunion-with a slight twist.

Investment bankers from Goldman, Sachs & Co., Merrill Lynch & Co., Montgomery Securities, and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter were all at the table, plus lawyers from Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

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