The best read stories on FN in 2016


JP Morgan makes raft of top City investment banker promotions
JP Morgan made a raft of top-level promotions to its European investment bank after topping the league table for regional revenues for the second consecutive year in 2015 (January 18)

HSBC promotes 22 City staff to MD
HSBC promoted 22 of its City staff to managing director, including its chief UK economist and a trio from its leveraged and acquisition financing team (April 1)

Lloyd Blankfein tells banking’s next generation: chill out
Bank’s CEO gave younger bankers some advice that he admitted he would have found difficult to follow at their age (August 15)

Seven London bankers rise in Morgan Stanley’s annual MD round
Seven London bankers were among 36 Morgan Stanley financing, capital markets and advisory staff promoted globally (January 22)

The changing face of Jefferies’ investment bank in Europe
A quiet but seismic change has been going on at Jefferies’ European investment bank (May 17)

No way up or out for banking’s ‘lost generation’ of directors
Promotions continue and some bonuses are still being paid, but for many it is not enough (March 1)

Introducing Goldman Sachs’s 18 new partners in London
New partners included a former university professor, two technology bankers and the group’s top lawyer in Europe (November 10)

The future of investment banking talent – by Ken Moelis
The investment banking industry is seeing the largest flight of talent in its history (September 28)

McKinsey: investment bank restructurings aren’t working
One of the world’s biggest management consultants sent a clear message to the world’s biggest banks: your restructurings aren’t working (September 14)

Hundreds at risk in London as Nomura cuts equities
Japanese bank embarked on a radical restructuring of its international operations in volatile markets (April 12)


Church fund takes its climate fight to Exxon
For the environmentally-conscious investor, targets do not come much bigger than ExxonMobil (February 25)

Pimco’s Ivascyn makes big calls on oil and emerging markets
The chief investment officer at Pimco was watching the slump in emerging markets and commodity prices with growing fascination (March 3)

BlackRock’s reshuffle: What it means in Europe
European business went through a significant overhaul as a result of the giant fund manager’s global staff reorganisation (January 13)

Buyside giant plans to put fund managers in mainland Europe
Columbia Threadneedle Investments plans to permanently locate investment staff on the ground in mainland Europe for the first time as a result of the UK’s Brexit vote (June 29)

How four big names in finance are moving into robo-advisory
Some of the biggest names in banking and asset management have already gathered billions in assets via their robo-advisory efforts (January 26)

HFT firm Virtu in breakthrough talks with €260bn fund manager
Move is one of the clearest signs yet that high-frequency trading is becoming widely accepted by Europe’s traditional investment community (October 17)

$ 7bn Nortel pensions dispute heading back to court
FN had the latest on the long-running bankruptcy saga of the Canadian telecoms group Nortel Networks (January 20)

Baillie Gifford makes its boldest call since 1909
Asking questions comes as second nature to equity managers, who need to know how companies tick. But Baillie Gifford’s people really have to do their homework (April 28)

The best-performing fund manager you’ve never heard of
It may only be a lesser-known firm managing $ 400 million for a clutch of strategies for Nordic clients but Seilern Investment Management has something to shout about (April 12)

Fund managers predict job moves to Dublin and Luxembourg
A_sset managers renewed their warnings that some UK jobs will have to move to European fund centres such as Dublin and Luxembourg following the UK’s vote to leave the EU_ (June 27)


Meet the Fintech 40: The people powering financial innovation
This was FN’s third Fintech 40, a list of the most influential people in the European financial technology sector (July 18)

Krawcheck joins Masters’ blockchain startup
Former chief of wealth management at Bank of America and Citigroup joined the list of senior executives backing blockchain technology (March 1)

Banks open a new front in trading floor surveillance
Traders across the City are coming under surveillance like never before (June 13)

Traders face ‘doughnuts’ on bonus day
The 2016 bonus season wasn’t a vintage one for the world’s biggest banks (January 15)

The future of trading – by Michael Spencer
Trading has come a long way from the days when people used to chalk prices on a board – but there is still a way to go (September 27)

Goldman looks to machine learning to solve legacy conundrum
Goldman Sachs’s technology team is close in size to those at some the world’s most valuable internet companies (March 30)

Mifid II: A cheat sheet on HFT, market data and more
The army of regulatory, legal and government affairs specialists in Europe’s financial industry is earning its keep (April 26)

FN’s guide to the top fintech trends in 2016
It’s an exciting time for the fintech sector: from banks forming blockchain consortia, to asset managers fighting back in the robo-advisory space (January 5)

Overgrown compliance teams under threat as banks cut costs
The great rise of compliance departments within investment banks is coming to an end (May 3)

Regtech promises to help navigate regulatory maze
Big banks are increasingly turning to new technologies to help them comply with the high volumes of regulation they now face (January 25)


Jon Moulton, buyout legend, prepares to wind down Better Capital
One of the last remaining veterans of European private equity is going to stop managing external capital as he calls time on his turnaround firm Better Capital (June 13)

Apax veteran steps down as chairman
Martin Halusa, one of Europe’s longest-serving private equity executives, left Apax Partners (April 6)

CVC deals worth billions did not use investor cash
Private equity giant represents an extreme example of firms using fund overdrafts (July 25)

Bank traders at hedge funds are out of their element
They might not admit it, but many traders at investment banks harbour a dream – that some day they will pack in banking and go to work at a hedge fund (May 5)

A glimpse inside the life of a Brevan Howard trader
Hedge funds such as Brevan Howard are secretive about the way they work (May 5)

Rokos adds four to partnership at new hedge fund
Brevan Howard co-founder Chris Rokos promoted four staff to partners at Rokos Capital Management, his new London-based hedge fund (August 2)

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