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Charlie Ditkoff Watches BofA Merrill Lynch Grow

February 29, 2012

As a senior executive at Bank of America and now Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML), Charlie Ditkoff has witnessed the company’s transition since the merger and the impressive capabilities the combined firm now possesses. Providing expertise and opportunities to more than 140,000 businesses worldwide in approximately 150 countries, BAML has become a leading global underwriter of debt securities, equity, and equity-linked securities. The company acted as lead manager of in excess of $600 billion for clients and raised nearly $60 billion of equity capital for various clients in 2010.

BAML has garnered numerous awards. At the Mergermarket European M&A Awards 2011 in January 2012, the company earned recognition as Best Financial Adviser in Israel and Best Financial Adviser in Turkey. In 2011, Investment Dealers’ Digest and SourceMedia, Inc., honored BAML for Retail Deal of the Year for the Phillips-Van Heusen Corp. buyout of Tommy Hilfiger Licensing LLC. In addition, Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC named BAML’s work on the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company as Global M&A Deal of the Year. Global Finance magazine named BAML Bank of the Year in 2011, acknowledging the financial institution as Most Creative Global Investment Bank and Best Investment Bank in the Financial Institutions Group, Oil & Gas, Central & Eastern Europe, and South Korea.

Charlie Ditkoff, the Vice Chairman of Corporate and Investment Banking at BAML, also acts as Head of the Global Healthcare Group. A fairly new and exciting area of investment banking, the latter division supports business efforts in the healthcare, medical, and scientific fields. In recent transactions, BAML served as the exclusive financial advisor in Ecolab’s $8.2 billion acquisition of Nalco and advised Gilead as it acquired Pharmasset, Inc., for $11 billion. As the financial markets continue to gain strength, the company’s future looks promising to Charlie Ditkoff and his colleagues.

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