Corporate finance executives at NationsBank Corp. are starting to look for a successor to Thomas Weisel, NationsBanc Montgomery Securities Inc.'s chief executive officer, who is expected to leave the company soon.

Mr. Weisel has been locked in a high-profile battle with NationsBank executives over control of San Francisco-based Montgomery. He founded the firm 27 years ago and sold it to NationsBank last October for $1.2 billion.

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