Antony Jenkins said he will outline his plans for Barclays in the first quarter of next year. “The challenges that confront investment banking as an industry are driven by regulatory change and the economic environment,” the new CEO said by telephone today. “It requires us to think strategically about the direction of investment banking.” The investment bank is led by Rich Ricci, a Diamond appointee. With increased regulation from Europe and the U.K., volatile market conditions for mergers and acquisitions and continuing criticism of bankers’ pay by politicians, Barclays has faced calls from analysts and shareholders to either sell the division or reduce its size. “The Barclays Capital decade and Bob Diamond will be confined to history,” said Simon Maughan, a financial industry strategist at Olivetree Securities in London. “What investors want to see is far more dramatic cost cutting, and the question is will Jenkins be enough of his own man to do it. It’s not Barclays’s style.” [Bloomberg]

From: [redacted]
To: BarCap TMT Group
Sent: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 12:21 PM

At last night’s event, we were disappointed by the poor representation of senior bankers. We truly appreciate Pat, David and Ranjot for showing up and expressing support and gratitude. However, the fact that only three of 21 senior bankers decided to show up speaks to a fundamental flaw in the culture of our group.

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  • 27 Jan 2012 at 1:41 PM

Layoffs Watch ’12: BarCap

Cuts are said to have gone down at the House of Diamond. Read more »

Barclays Capital, the investment-banking division of Barclays PLC, has run up significant losses trading base metals this year after a series of bets it made on copper, nickel and aluminum turned sour, people familiar with the situation said Thursday. Traders at the London Metal Exchange familiar with Barclays Capital’s trading positions said could amount to as much as $500 million. But Barclays denied its trading activity had been “abnormal.”‘ “The reports of big losses are nonsense. There has been no abnormal trading in the commodities business,” said Barclays Capital spokeswoman Aurelie Leonard. [WSJ, related]

  • 17 Aug 2011 at 12:03 PM

BarCap Finds Out How JPMorgan Feels

In 2008, commodities trader Todd Edgar made JPMorgan $100 million. Soon after, he and his 12-man team were poached by Bob Diamond at BarCap, after being offered a “$50 million cash and shares package” to jump ship. JPM was pretty pissed about it, and complained to the FSA, to no avail. BarCap, naturally, felt great about the situation, and consider the pounds money well spent. The Brits are less than thrilled with Edgar et al today, after it was announced that the last two years have been fun but they’ll be taking off now. Read more »

  • 09 Jun 2011 at 1:10 PM

Layoffs Watch ’11: BarCap (Again)

Apparently they didn’t quite finish the other day. Read more »

  • 07 Jun 2011 at 5:26 PM

Layoffs Watch ’11: BarCap

Cuts went down this afternoon. Read more »

Clark admitted that he had two glasses of wine while dining at a Larchmont Country Club. En route to his home, he claimed that he was daydreaming. [Scarsdale via BI]