Due diligence in merger deals has become less thorough, so comprehensive oversight of post-merger integration is essential, a BankAmerica Corp. executive said.

Michael Scovill, a senior vice president, used to be an audit director with Barnett Bank Inc. of Jacksonville, Fla., which NationsBank bought in January. His comments, made at a risk management forum sponsored by the Bank Administration Institute, gave an inside look at the integration of two top regional banking companies.

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