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Sunday, 22 October 2017

Capital City' s stories

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  • Keith Mullin

    Nielsen set to survive as Hourican takes rap at RBS; Sharpening the UBS longs?

    Capital City | 06 February 2013

    So it’s goodbye, so long, farewell to John Hourican, CEO of Markets & International Banking at RBS as the Libor scandal takes another scalp. I first met Hourican when he ran leveraged finance for the bank some years back and I’ve always thought highly of him. But when you get stiffed for £87.5m, US$325m and US$150

  • Bank for International Settlements in Basel

    DERIVATIVES: Capital treatment for exposure to CCPs still too harsh - dealers

    Derivatives | 01 January 2013

    The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision’s latest proposals on capitalisation of bank exposures to central counterparties will still lump banks with unnecessarily high capital charges that could ultimately disincentivise central clearing, dealers argued.

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    Are Dougan and Jain drinking at the same water cooler?

    Capital City | 21 November 2012

    Has Brady Dougan been taking too close a peek at what Anshu Jain and Juergen Fitschen are doing to their organisational structure and inadvertently making copycat moves? The divisional re-cut and the executive appointments Credit Suisse made on Tuesday do bear more than a passing resemblance to what’s going on at Deutsche Bank.

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    Pandit runs out of rope

    Capital City | 16 October 2012

    I never thought Vikram Pandit was a good fit for an organisation like Citigroup. Sure, it’s easy to say this after the event, but after five years, he was still seen as an investment banking guy whose background and experience, gained in an institutional/wholesale context, were always going to play against him.

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    Jenkins appointment at Barclays shows lack of imagination

    Capital City | 30 August 2012

    I don’t know Antony Jenkins but I don’t like him. Unfair? Almost certainly. I don’t mean this in a personal sense, but promoting Barclays’ former retail and business banking chief to the corner office in place of Bob Diamond is clearly a function of faute de mieux. I had been similarly unimpressed by the dreary appointment of David Walker as chairman a few weeks ago. Is this really the best that Barclays can do?

  • ECM logos 2012

    IFR ECM Quiz: Picture Round 2012

    IFR European ECM | 29 August 2012

    IFR’s annual ECM quiz, which runs through the month of August in the IFR European ECM Briefing, today has a picture round. See if you can identify the companies from the cropped logos below. Answers to robert.venes@thomsonreuters.com by 12pm London time today please.

  • A Euro currency sign is seen in front of the European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters in Frankfurt

    Eurozone divergence sparks new repo benchmarks

    Capital City | 24 August 2012

    In a further sign that broad eurozone benchmarks may have had their day, two leading fixed income trading venues are set to launch a series of euro repo indices that reflect the diverging economic fortunes of individual eurozone countries as well as an ongoing shift away from unsecured interbank lending across the global banking industry.

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    DTCC/SWIFT utility for OTC derivatives a big step for LEI initiative

    Capital City | 23 August 2012

    I wrote a blog back in March calling for Legal Entity Identifiers to be made compulsory. I confess to being a little surprised at the attention it received. Then, as now, I saw the initiative as one of those no-brainers that have no rea

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    Ireland progressing well through rehab

    Capital City | 22 August 2012

    I like the idea of amortising debt. In the context of the European debt crisis, it’s a great way for governments to exit the interest-only never-pay-off-the debt world they inhabit. I’d suggested in July that a way back into the capital markets for cash-strapped peripheral sovereigns could be offering amortising bonds, if necessary with the sinking fund financed or at least backstopped by the EU rescue apparatus.

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    At last, some talk of growth

    People & Markets | 17 August 2012

    I WAS TAKEN by a story that ran in Les Echos quoting Torsten Murke, BNP Paribas’ Germany country head, saying that the bank is aiming for a top-five investment banking ranking in the country.