Bank of America has landed the lead role to provide financing to Thomas H. Lee Partners to back the acquisition of Michael Foods for $1.05 billion. Bankers said it will now become a "dog and pony show" for who is going to partner up with B of A on the deal. "If I'm B of A then I don't want to partner with anyone, but its Tommy Lee's deal," said a banker, who noted the private equity firm will spread the roles to reward banks that bring the firm acquisition ideas. Officials at B of A declined comment and a spokeswoman for Thomas Lee would only confirm B of A is leading the debt after providing staple-on financing. The private-equity firm is buying Michael Foods from Vestar Capital Partners and Goldner Hawn Johnson and Morrison. A banker described the company as a pretty seasoned issuer. "It's a Vestar portfolio name and they have taken up leverage before," he said.
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|Rank||Lead Manager/Arranger||Total Volume $m||No. of Deals||Share % by Volume|
|1||Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML)||7,026||25||11.95|
Bookrunners of Global Structured Finance
|Rank||Lead Manager||Amount $m||No of issues||Share %|
|2||Bank of America Merrill Lynch||104,269.08||299||11.02%|
|3||Wells Fargo Securities||88,761.07||266||9.38%|