Layoffs Watch '13: Gleacher & Co

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G&C announced this morning it's given the investment banking business the heave-ho.

Gleacher & Co. said Tuesday that it is ending its investment banking business and hired Christopher Kearns as CEO and chief restructuring officer as it evaluates its options.

Gleacher will cut about 20 jobs as part of the move, which is effective immediately and eliminates the company's primary business. Kearns, 56, has been executive director and manager of restructuring and transaction advisory firm Capstone since 2004, and Gleacher said Capstone will assist with its restructuring process and help evaluating options for its business. The company said Tuesday that it is looking into several options to preserve and improve shareholder value. Those options include continuing with the wind-down of its operations and distributing the proceeds to shareholders, a merger or sale of the company, or investing its remaining assets in new opportunities.

Gleacher ends investment banking business [AP]

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