Merrill's Komansky: "We Will Reoccupy Our Buildings"

The CEO vows that the firm, which is already up and running again, will return to its former home at the World Financial Center

Despite evacuating 9,000 employees from Merrill Lynch's headquarters in the World Financial Center just six days earlier, Chairman and Chief Executive David H. Komansky was able to get his company operating for the reopening of the New York Stock Exchange on Monday, Sept. 17. This week, he spoke with BusinessWeek Investment Banking Editor Emily Thornton about trading on opening day, where the market may be headed, and how the company has reacted in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. Here are edited excerpts of their conversation:

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