Drawing on the talents and backgrounds of several former officials of Worthen Bank Corp., Stephens Inc. of Little Rock has formed a new bank merger and acquisition group.

The "financial services group" will specialize in advising Stephens' banking clients, said Curt Bradbury, former chairman and chief executive of Worthen, who joined Stephens as chief operating officer following the bank's sale to Boatmen's Bancshares of St. Louis.

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