Corporate Counsel magazine has pored over hundreds of court documents, transcripts, e-mails and other documents pertaining to the various investigations of the merger between Bank of America Corp. and Merrill Lynch & Co. on Jan. 1. The full story will appear both in the November issue of the magazine, and here on In advance of that release, we’re publishing one of our key findings:

Some members of Congress and others have accused federal regulators of pressuring Bank of America into going through with its merger with Merrill Lynch. But records suggest it was the bank, not regulators, doing the bullying.

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