Layoffs Watch '12: Crédit Agricole

Zee French are considering some sackings in the new year.
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Zee French are considering some sackings in the new year.

Crédit Agricole SA is considering a new round of job cuts at its corporate and investment bank, according to three people with direct knowledge of the matter, as the French lender forges ahead with plans to slim down after being battered by the euro-zone crisis. It was unclear how many positions could be affected by the new layoff plan, but according to one of the people, close to 200 employees in the unit signaled their interest in a buyout under staff cuts announced 12 months ago, but remain employed at the bank. The Paris-based lender, which is expected to post a loss for the full year, largely because of a loss on the sale of its troubled Greek unit, could announce cuts early next year, the person added.

[WSJ]

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Layoffs/Hiring Watch '12: UBS

The Swiss bank is said to be planning a big round of cuts in the investment bank with the aim of saving a bunch of money, which it will then spend on luring in "more promising talent." is embarking on a new round of job cuts within its investment bank, according to people familiar with the matter, as the Swiss bank grapples with a downturn in business that shows few signs of abating and considers a further restructuring of the division. UBS will begin notifying employees Wednesday of a new round of job cuts totaling roughly 400, the people said. Additional job losses that could run into the thousands may quickly follow. According to one of the people, there is a "good probability" that when UBS discloses its third-quarter results next Tuesday, it will make clear which businesses it intends to focus on in the years to come, and which ones it will de-emphasize...This week's jobs cut will be spread roughly evenly across North America, Europe and Asia, one of the people said. They will fall more or less evenly on fixed-income trading, equity trading and corporate finance, although the latter will bear slightly more of the brunt than the former two divisions. While these job cuts are mainly mean to cut costs, they are also part of a plan to cull the worst performers from the investment bank's ranks and create room for it to hire more-promising talent, one of the people said. UBS Plans More Job Cuts [WSJ]

Layoffs Watch '12: Barclays

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Layoffs Watch '12: Credit Suisse

Cuts were said to have gone down at the House of Dougan this week. "Layoffs at Credit Suisse this week, mostly Wednesday and Thursday. ASO / VP level in IBD groups in New York (TMT, Energy, Industrials, Sponsors)."

Layoffs Watch '12: Credit Suisse

Cuts are going down at the House of Dougan today. From the front lines: "Layoffs started at Credit Suisse this morning, across the investment bank. All levels affected, including a good amount of senior guys." Apparently these reductions are part of a round cuts announced last year and were to be expected (though the "let's have a chat" from HR this morning may still have been a slight surprise for those being asked to take a seat).

Layoffs Watch '12: RBS

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Layoffs Watch '12: Bank Of America

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Layoffs Watch '12: JPMorgan

Some people are keeping their London-based gigs (for now) and some people are not. JPMorgan Chase, the biggest U.S. lender by assets, will eliminate 20 investment-banking jobs in London as market conditions weaken, according to a person with knowledge of the cuts. The staff cuts aren’t related to the $2 billion loss at the New York-based company’s chief investment office in London, said the person, who asked for anonymity because the investment bank reductions haven’t been made public. [Bloomberg]