When Mellon Bank Corp. decided to buy Dreyfus Corp. four years ago, its top lawyer knew the deal was legal but nevertheless feared the bank-mutual fund combination would stir a negative reaction on Capitol Hill.

So he turned to Karen Shaw Petrou, a financial industry consultant and consummate Washington insider, for expert help.

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