HSBC trims UK investment bankers as layoffs pick up pace

HSBC has trimmed front-line staff from its investment bank in the UK, as a dealmaking slump this year is set to prompt a fresh round of layoffs across the sector. The UK lender, which is in the midst of an ongoing cost-cutting exercise unveiled in February 2020, has axed a handful of roles within its global … Read more

Credit Suisse set to roll out new retention bonuses for UK dealmakers

Credit Suisse is set to extend retention bonuses to a select band of senior dealmakers in London in a bid to stem defections as it embarks on a fresh cost-cutting programme. The Swiss bank will pay dealmakers in Europe and the UK additional bonuses in the coming weeks, according to people familiar with the matter, after … Read more

Credit Suisse draws up plans to split investment bank in three

Credit Suisse could split its struggling investment bank into three parts, a move that would involve thousands of job cuts as the Swiss bank reshapes its business. The bank has drawn up plans to split its beleaguered investment banking unit, including creating a so-called ‘bad bank’ to hive off unwanted assets, the Financial Times reported … Read more

Metaverse funds top $2bn as Fidelity, LGIM, Franklin chase ‘theme du jour’

Funds investing in the metaverse are now managing more than $2bn globally, as a flurry of launches from some of Europe’s biggest asset managers look to take advantage of a hot investment trend. Data from Morningstar, provided to Financial News, shows a sharp increase in assets managed by funds focused on immersive virtual worlds, as well as in the … Read more

Banker bonus cap: Going, going, gone?

New chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng is drawing up plans to ditch the UK banker bonus cap as part of plans for a ‘Big Bang 2.0’ to reinvigorate the City after Brexit. The timing could be better. The British public has barely forgiven bankers for the 2008 financial crisis, and dangling bigger banker bonuses during a cost-of-living crisis … Read more

Goldman to cut poor performers in annual cull

In a return to pre-pandemic practice of hiving off low-performing staffers from the bank, Goldman Sachs is set for a round of job cuts. The US investment bank is set to axe jobs in plans that could trigger the earliest layoffs as soon as next week, The New York Times reported, according to people familiar with the … Read more

City enjoys love-bombing from Truss, but can she deliver?

Ever since the global financial crisis, City bosses have complained that politicians don’t give financial services enough love. The attitude to one of the UK’s few world-leading industries has been at best lukewarm, they moaned. Well, they can hardly lay that charge against the new prime minister. Liz Truss is surely the only world leader who … Read more

Secret meetings and snags: Everything you need to know about the EY split

The pending split at EY, one of the world’s largest accounting firms and firmly among the Big Four, is proving to be a much more complicated move that’s drawing out the timetable for negotiations, amid prickly internal discussions on finding the best deal for partners worldwide. The move, which would hive off consulting from audit … Read more

Brexit bill pits politicians against regulators: ‘It’s a recipe for disaster’

Brexit is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for the City to break free from restrictive EU rules. Or so politicians are saying. On the campaign trail to become the next prime minister, both Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak have pledged a bonfire to swathes of red tape choking the ambitions of UK financiers. But that process is already … Read more

Crypto crash? It’s ‘just a blip’ says BTCS boss Charles Allen

The crypto winter is upon us, hammering institutional and retail investors alike. In a Barron’s Live webinar on 21 July, Financial News talked to Charles Allen, chief executive of blockchain infrastructure firm BTCS, to discuss the lasting consequences of the crash, the role of regulators, and what’s next for digital assets. This excerpt has been edited for clarity and … Read more