Barclays

Barclays has banned employees from giving or receiving gifts and entertainment from brokers as the British bank tightens internal controls. The “prohibitions apply regardless of the monetary value or nature of the relevant gift or entertainment,” according to a July letter, a copy of which was seen by Bloomberg News and confirmed by Barclays. The ban applies to relations with so-called executing brokers, who process orders for the bank. Any exceptions require prior approval, according to the letter. Brokers will have to report every six months that they haven’t given or received any presents from Barclays staff. If they have, the item and reason must be explained. [Bloomberg]

Britain and the US tag-teamed a 1-2 punch around breakfast and lunch, respectively so who wants to knee the bank in the balls on its way home from work tonight or just after dinner? France? Germany? Read more »

The world’s biggest banks are overhauling how they trade currencies to regain the trust of customers and preempt regulators’ efforts to force changes on an industry tarnished by allegations of manipulation. Barclays Plc, Deutsche Bank AG, Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc and UBS AG, which together account for 43 percent of foreign-exchange trading by banks, are introducing measures to make it harder for dealers to profit from confidential customer information and take advantage of clients in the largely unregulated $5.3 trillion-a-day currency market, according to people with knowledge of the changes. Banks have capped what employees can charge for exchanging currencies, limited dealers’ access to information about customer orders, banned the use of online chat rooms and pushed trades onto electronic platforms, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because they weren’t authorized to discuss their firms’ practices. [Bloomberg]

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US$450 million for Liborgate. £3.56 billion for payment protection insurance, with £900 million more to come. US$480 million to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. £211 million for “other unspecified litigation and conduct charges.” And that’s just the beginning of the legal accounting at the House of Jenkins. Read more »

  • 04 Aug 2014 at 12:02 PM

Donald Trump Now Offering Legal Advice To Barclays

Back in July, Barclays was hit with a major lawsuit by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who alleged the bank “favored high-frequency traders in its dark pool and then lied to clients about their participation in the trading venue.” It wasn’t a great look for the Brits and it came at an especially awkward time for chief executive officer Antony Jenkins, who was supposed to be making the place less fraud friendly than it was under his predecessor. And while the bank has its own lawyers on payroll, who have already responded to the charges, one guy who knows from lawsuits has chosen to offer his unsolicited counsel nevertheless. Read more »

Will Barclays reprise its role as sucker to take the hardest fall? Or has it learned its lesson and won’t be raising its hand first this time? Read more »