Tucked away in its acquisition of Salt Lake City-based First Security Corp. was a business Wells Fargo & Co. never knew it wanted.

First Security owned Van Kasper, a 32-year-old third-tier San Francisco investment banking boutique. In recent days, Wells Fargo executives have been trumpeting the addition of the business as a great opportunity to cross-sell Van Kasper's initial public offerings to the bank's roster of wealthy private clients.

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