To Melvin A. Eubanks, WR Lazard & Co. is like the Chicago Bulls sans Michael Jordan: The team no longer has a superstar, but it's still a championship contender.

"He'll be missed," Eubanks said of the firm's founder, Wardell R. Lazard, who died in May. "But one of the things we're trying to do is get away from the star system and let people know there is a team here." Without their star player, "the Bulls still are respectable. They're still a first-line team," said Eubanks, who was named chairman and co-chief executive officer of the firm shortly after Lazard's death.

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