The planned merger of BankAmerica Corp. and NationsBank Corp. could dramatically reshape the huge market for syndicated corporate loans, intensifying competition in the top ranks and hastening the rise of "one- stop shopping."

In a vivid illustration of how heavily the new BankAmerica might influence competition throughout banking, the company could well challenge Chase Manhattan Corp.'s long-standing leadership in syndicated lending. Chase now controls more than 40% of the market.

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