No investment bank has benefited from the uptick in bank mergers more than Stifel Nicolaus Weisel, which has become the No. 3 advisor by deal volume this year.

Stifel Nicolaus — the investment banking arm of Stifel Financial (SF) in St. Louis — had advised 10 bank and thrift deals worth $500 million as of Sept. 30, according to SNL Financial.

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