BankBoston Corp. got a bonus from its recent $800 million acquisition of Robertson Stephens-a mergers and acquisitions advisory shop.

BankBoston bought the San Francisco securities firm from BankAmerica Corp. to quickly establish an equities underwriting capability. But the deal, which closed last month, also bolstered BankBoston's fledgling M&A group, bringing its staff of bankers to 60.

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