SAN FRANCISCO - Alberto A. De Almeida Jr. was the last person to turn off the lights in the San Francisco office of Keefe Bruyette, Bruyette & Woods Inc. when it shut its doors amid a firmwide restructuring in 1992.

Eight years later Mr. De Almeida - a Berkeley, Calif., native and an investment banker with 16 years at Keefe Bruyette under his belt - was ready to be the first to turn them back on in the firm's new San Francisco office, which opened this month.

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