Although Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and Credit Suisse First Boston are currently in the midst of hammering out a plan for how to most efficiently merge each firm's structured finance departments, it already is apparent to investors and dealers alike that the newly formed team created out of the merger will be a powerhouse on the Street.

Mortgage- and asset-backed sources predict that the investment banking arm of the combined teams will have the resources to become, among other things, an exceptionally strong mortgage-backed securities underwriter, probably attaining the number one or number two slots for MBS league tables in the years to come.

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