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Mar 2: KEN LEWIS, chairman and CEO of Bank of America

March 2 2009: Ken Lewis, chairman, chief executive and president of Bank of America, talks to Chrystia Freeland, US managing editor, about his bank's acquisition of Merrill Lynch, receiving government aid for the deal and the current controversy over the $3.6bn in bonuses paid at Merrill in December. Mr Lewis also discusses his use of the company jet, executive compensation, his intent to stay at BofA until the Tarp money is repaid and his confidence that the bank will pass the government "stress test". In addition, he shares his opinions on bank nationalisation, the proposed public/private partnership to buy up toxic debt, the government's mortgage plan and when the economy will turn around.