High-Level Jefferies Employees Were Ready To Pack It Up And Leave Until They Realized It's Not 2007

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Several executives and other employees in Jefferies Group Inc.'s prime-brokerage unit threatened to leave the firm in a dispute over issues including a recent restructuring and year-end compensation, people familiar with the matter said. The dispute led to a series of meetings Tuesday involving Jefferies executives and its global head of prime brokerage, Glen Dailey, the people said. Mr. Dailey, in response to questions from The Wall Street Journal, acknowledged the discussions but said no one was leaving, adding, "family affairs are now in order." [WSJ, earlier, earlier]

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