Smith Barney's Whiz Kid

Can Jamie Dimon turn Smith Barney into a Wall Street dynamo?

On a Sunday night in early August, Daniel P. Tully, the chief executive of Merrill Lynch & Co., phoned three other Wall Street CEOs. Tully, who was also serving as chairman of the NASDAQ stock market, asked Smith Barney's James Dimon, Dean Witter's Philip J. Purcell, and Goldman Sachs' Jon S. Corzine to come to Washington the next morning. The task at hand: the highly contentious negotiations over the terms of a landmark $100 million settlement for charges of pervasive price-fixing on NASDAQ. For three days straight, the four commuted to Washington and met with top regulators and their staffs.

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