A nice chunk of the money that went into bankers' bonus envelopes last year came from El Paso Energy Corp.

The Houston-based natural gas, oil, and electricity company closed its $3.9 billion acquisition of oil and gas pipeline concern Tenneco Inc. in December. More than 40 commercial banks, as well as several bulge-bracket investment banks and securities firms, were involved in El Paso's acquisition finance, debt restructuring, and equity issues.

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