Eaton Vance continues to gain market share and predicts 2003 will be its best sales year ever, and the investment company still has the potential to gain assets withdrawn from some of its scandal-ridden competitors, its CEO said Tuesday.

Jim Hawkes, the head of the Boston asset management firm, spoke at the Merrill Lynch Banking and Financial Services Conference. He said Eaton Vance, with $75 billion of assets under management, has changed a lot in recent years, expanding into more equity products including managed accounts and exchange traded funds.

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