Mark Kleinman is the city editor of Sky News
Thursday 20 November 2014
Desperate times call for desperate measures. How else to interpret the crude insinuation from BG Group that its newly anointed chief executive might not join if investors vote down a one-off share award worth £12m?
Thursday 06 November 2014
It's the privatisation row that won’t go away.
Thursday 23 October 2014
It's day 53 for Dave Lewis as chief executive of Tesco. Ordinarily, that might be a time for a new boss to pause for breath, but the firefighting engulfing him since his arrival looks like the first act of a much longer-term drama.
Thursday 09 October 2014
The news that two directors of HSBC’s UK operation are stepping down because of proposed bank sanctions provoked a predictable reaction: good riddance, cried one commentator; they exerted no real influence anyway, exclaimed another.
Thursday 25 September 2014
Things are always unnoticed until they’re noticed.” Those seven Rumsfeld-esque words could seal Sir Richard Broadbent’s fate as Tesco chairman.
Thursday 11 September 2014
YESTERDAY’S desperate round of campaigning in Scotland by the main Westminster party leaders might have offered a boost – but not to those they wanted to vote No to independence.
Thursday 28 August 2014
It is surprisingly easy to find bankers with positive things to say about Andrew Bailey, their chief regulator.
Thursday 14 August 2014
Nigel Wilson has hardly put a foot wrong since replacing Tim Breedon, his po-faced predecessor, as chief executive of Legal & General just over two years ago.
Thursday 31 July 2014
Quite literally, yesterday it was payback time for Britain’s banking industry.
Thursday 17 July 2014
SIR Andrew Witty has been keeping his head down in recent weeks, as GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) seeks a cure for what ails it in China.
Thursday 03 July 2014
Does someone at the new body set up to promote investor long-termism have a bizarre sense of humour?
Thursday 19 June 2014
TALK of energy suppliers and con tricks, and the assumption might be that the Big Six have been indulging in a reputation-shredding episode of doorstep mis-selling.
Thursday 05 June 2014
PHILIP Clarke is beginning to sound like the corporate equivalent of Alastair Cook at the end of England’s disastrous Ashes defence.
Thursday 22 May 2014
IF AT first you don't succeed, walk away and try again in six months: as City epithets go, it’s not exactly compelling.
Thursday 08 May 2014
THERE have been many crucial days already during Antony Jenkins’ short tenure at Barclays, but today will be the most important of all.
Thursday 24 April 2014
IT WAS ever thus: investment bankers kick off the year talking up a economic environment ripe for throwing up industry-defining mergers and acquisitions.
Thursday 10 April 2014
LIKE hands-on managers who get rebranded as directors of football, senior advisers at investment banks often find their august titles are merely stepping-stones on the way to a graceful exit.
Thursday 27 March 2014
YOU KNOW things are getting toppy when Cenkos is hawking accelerated IPOs around the City,” a fund manager told me over lunch last week.
Thursday 13 March 2014
COMPANIES usually ban the use of social media sites to stop employees idling away work-time on frivolous gossip.
Thursday 27 February 2014
IN the ultra-polite language of the City, even the biggest failures among departing bosses often leave with good wishes and gratitude for their contribution ringing in their ears.
Thursday 13 February 2014
RAISE £6bn from investors and hand more than half of it back to employees and investors six months later: as a formula for managing a corporate balance sheet, there’s a certain novelty in Barclays’ approach.
Thursday 30 January 2014
ROSS’S Brutal Shake-up – come next month, that will be the most appropriate use of the initials of Britain’s most troubled lender. After Monday’s kitchen and bathroom sinking all rolled into one, it’s not difficult to see why.
Thursday 16 January 2014
CREATE a loophole and bankers will leap through it quicker than you can say “deferred compensation”: that seems to be one of the axioms of the aftermath of the financial crisis.
Thursday 19 December 2013
IT wouldn’t be the final column of a calendar year without some predictions for the next 12 months. Here are my top three:
Thursday 05 December 2013
WERE British banks engaged in a corrupt pact to bankrupt struggling business customers? The evidence from dossiers compiled by the businessmen Lawrence Tomlinson and Neil Mitchell is superficially shocking, although as yet inconclusive.