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BarCap Finds Out How JPMorgan Feels

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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.

Barclays was left red faced today after a star trader and his team who were poached from a rival just two years ago decided to leave to set up their own hedge fund...Edgar's departure, which BarCap declined to comment on, comes as trading profits for banks have dropped sharply and new US legislation which bars banks from trading on their own behalf takes effect...Edgar and his team could take all of the [$50 million cash and shares package] with them under a so-called "good leaver" clause in their Barclays contract.

[This is London via BI]


New JPMorgan CIO Doesn't Get Out Of Bed For Less Than A Great Depression-Level Financial Catastrophe

Earlier today, it was announced that Matt Zames had been named JPMorgan's new Chief Investment Officer, to replace Ina Drew, the woman who supervised the trader responsible for the firm's whale of a loss and was dismissed over the weekend. Previously, Zames served as the firm's head of fixed income and while he may be happy to be seen by senior management as a guy capable of putting out at a fire, based on his experience, is probably at least a little bit underwhelmed by the task. From Kate Kelly's Street Fighters: Matt Zames had been down this road before. He had started his career at Long-Term Capital Management in the winter of 1994, shortly after college. There he witnessed firsthand what could happen when a bunch of shortsighted executives didn't manage their risk properly...By the time he reached the sixth floor it was after midnight. His team was huddled with a group of Bear managers in one of the conference rooms. Zames had one question for the Bear team: How much cash and collateral did it have on hand?...Zames shook his head. "This isn't going to be necessary," he told them. "This whole thing is fucked." Guy had a front-row seat for LTCM and Bear's implosion and now he's being asked to do what, exactly? Clean up a minor mess at a *solvent* bank? It's almost a little insulting, actually. Call him when you've got SOMETHING REAL. JPMorgan Says Ina Drew to Retire, Replaced by Zames as CIO [Bloomberg]