The Capitalist

Wednesday 28 May 2014
Gastronomic treats don’t come better than London’s food festivals and this weekend sees the second London leg of one of the capital’s favourites, Foodies Festival (it’s all in the name).
Tuesday 27 May 2014
GOLDEN boy of the bestselling book charts, Thomas Piketty (below), fell from grace somewhat last week, after the FT gave his economic tome Capital in the Twenty First Century a good fisking and found his calculations wanting.
Tuesday 27 May 2014
IF ANY of our esteemed politicians could organise a p***-up in a brewery, you’d think it would be Nigel Farage.
Tuesday 27 May 2014
THE SMARTPHONE industry is well-known for its tit-for-tat behaviour. When they’re not battling in courts over patents, phone-makers use advertising to take pot-shots at their rivals.
Friday 23 May 2014
FINANCIAL Fair play (FFP) has been big news of late. It’s splitting opinions across Europe and with this in mind City A.M. held a lively roundtable last night, bringing together some experts together to discuss the contentious topic.
Friday 23 May 2014
THE SOPHISTICATED and the brutal met in the City last night at Oracle’s Chess Boxing Gala in The Grange Hotel, St Paul’s, with Citibank’s Sean Mooney storming to victory in the final match.
Thursday 22 May 2014
VETERAN fund manager Patrick Evershed is off to Birmingham Town Hall today to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Eversheds, one of the world’s largest corporate law firms, by his grandfather Edward.
Thursday 22 May 2014
THE CITY’S small cap stars had their night in the spotlight yesterday at the Small Cap Awards in the St Paul’s Grange Hotel.
Thursday 22 May 2014
NOT MANY building projects can boast being built on the 1,800 year old nesting place of a sculpted Roman eagle, but the Minories development near Tower Bridge can do just that – as we found out in October of last year when they discovered the art
Wednesday 21 May 2014
GUY HANDS gave his first speech in London for five years at the Institute of Directors yesterday, as part of Private Equity International’s Operating Partners Forum.
Wednesday 21 May 2014
HOT ON the heels of the Chelsea preview night, Bell Pottinger yesterday threw another City shindig, pulling Centrica’s Sam Laidlaw and hedge fund legend Sir Michael Hintze back onto the tiles for the second night in a row (although they both shot
Tuesday 20 May 2014
There was nearly more power than flower last night as City grandees and business heavies strolled up the lilac carpet of the Chelsea Flower Show for this year’s preview evening.
Monday 19 May 2014
ANYONE using one of Barclays’ ATMs come the last week in June could be in for a colourful surprise. The bank has announced it’ll be sponsoring the Pride in London festival again this year, becoming headline sponsor for the first time.
Monday 19 May 2014
ANYONE hoping to see Pfizer boss Ian Read at the notorious deal-making Chelsea Flower Show (CFS) will be disappointed to hear he is back in the US and will not make tonight’s preview evening.
Monday 19 May 2014
HAVING ex-rugby player Alastair Lukies as your founder and counting ex-pros such as Matt Perry as employees makes for a formidable corporate rugby team, as Monitise proved by winning the O2 Touch Rugby challenge at Twickenham last week.
Monday 19 May 2014
UK chairman of public affairs, Weber Shandwick Jon McLeod
Friday 16 May 2014
YOU WOULD perhaps presume that RBS would want to keep schtum about its getting sued over the 2008 rights issue, but its chairman Sir Philip Hampton did quite the opposite at the Wincott Foundation Award luncheon at Guildhall yesterday.
Friday 16 May 2014
IT’S BEEN a big week for Mark Zuckerberg.
Friday 16 May 2014
MERGERS, as we all know, can go horribly wrong. Just look at the recent mega-merger that never was, between Omnicom and Publicis. With Dixons and Carphone Warehouse’s jubilant nuptials announced yesterday, should Dixons chief exec
Thursday 15 May 2014
DO YOU remember a few years ago when the Queensland Tourist Board was offering “the best job in the world” to one lucky applicant?
Thursday 15 May 2014
FINALLY, Mark Carney has realised what we want from our esteemed Bank governors – sporting banter, natch.
Thursday 15 May 2014
ANYONE strolling past the Lloyd’s of London building yesterday would have been intrigued by more than Richard Rogers’ striking architecture. Scores of the insurance hub’s staff were pouring over the edge of the building.
Wednesday 14 May 2014
SOME of the capital’s tech heavies gathered at the LSE for the opening of the market yesterday to launch Summit: The Future of Growth, an event run by Seven Hills this Friday to talk, well, growth.
Wednesday 14 May 2014
“PINSTRIPE is dead, long live pinstripe,” Matthew Wright, partner at NewSmith told The Capitalist, as we surveyed the crowd at Macmillan’s annual Gulls’ Egg Luncheon yesterday.
Wednesday 14 May 2014
LABOUR MP Adrian Bailey likes metaphors. He likes them so much, he risked causing mass confusion yesterday by asking Pfizer chief Ian Read which animal his firm was, during the select committee’s first meeting with the pharma giant.
Tuesday 13 May 2014
HARRIET Green’s trophy case will be struggling to support yet another gong this morning following last night’s Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award ceremony, with the Thomas Cook chief taking the top prize at the glitzy event at Claridge’s.
Tuesday 13 May 2014
MERVYN King once said supporting Aston Villa was more stressful than being the governor of the Bank of
Monday 12 May 2014
IT’S HARDLY news that the City enjoys the odd glass of wine (or five) but as the UK gets ready to celebrate the launch of its biggest purpose built winery, Rathfinny Estate (owned and run by an ex-hedgie), it’s hard not to notice the number of fin
Monday 12 May 2014
CEO of Caxton FX Rupert Lee-Browne
Monday 12 May 2014
THERE’LL be some tired heads in the City this morning following the weekend’s exploits at Twickenham at the annual London Sevens rugby event.
Friday 09 May 2014
ANYONE debating whether or not new Heathrow boss John Holland-Kaye has the energy, or indeed the innovative spirit, to lead Britain’s biggest airport into its next phase can rest assured, he’s got both in bucket loads.
Friday 09 May 2014
HE MAY have officially left the company at the end of March but Diageo’s veteran PR man Ian Wright only got around to having his farewell soiree this week (it would be a sin not to demand a party at a global drinks giant, surely).
Friday 09 May 2014
MARIO Draghi’s numero uno press man Michael Steen caused a storm on Twitter yesterday by posting a photograph of his boss ahead of a European Central Bank policy decision meeting, because it revealed the colour of his tie ahead of time.
Thursday 08 May 2014
NOT TO be outdone by hedge fund boss Guy Hands (who has just announced he’s donating £2m towards the construction of Mansfield College, Oxford’s new Love Lane Building) Sir Michael Hintze, chief exec of hedge fund CQS, has announced he’s donating
Thursday 08 May 2014
NEW Labour RIP – Ed Miliband is so intent on turning the party back to old Labour values that even its election broadcasts are now in black and white.
Thursday 08 May 2014
WHEN Justin King finally steps down as head honcho at Sainsbury’s in July, he might well experience some separation anxiety from commercial director (and soon to be CEO) Mike Coupe.
Wednesday 07 May 2014
Some big names from the business world last night joined entrepreneur Duncan Goose, founder of water charity The One Brand, to celebrate almost 10 years since he started the business.
Wednesday 07 May 2014
IF ANYONE was going to get an invite to sleep in the Shangri La following its grand opening yesterday, you’d think it would be Boris Johnson, given his unwavering support of what he dubs the “intergalactic spear” (the Shard to you and I) – but it
Wednesday 07 May 2014
NO SOONER had the dragons and indeed Boris left the Shard, a wholly different crowd descended upon it: London’s taxi drivers, who staged a disruptive protest over TfL’s failure to give them a taxi rank outside the Shard’s revolving doors.
Tuesday 06 May 2014
ASIDE from the odd pot shot from Boris Johnson, the relationship between the capital and our French cousins has been quite good of late and those hoping to keep it that way might be keen to avert French eyes from the latest blog post from Miles Da
Tuesday 06 May 2014
EVERYBODY loves a good double act; Beyonce and Jay Z, Ant and Dec, Batman and Robin and er, Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger.
Tuesday 06 May 2014
LASTMINUTE.COM co-founder and all-round digital doyenne Martha Lane Fox (or Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho as she’s now known) proved she’s made of strong stuff this weekend.
Friday 02 May 2014
JOHN Lewis’ flagship shop on Oxford Street transformed itself from a department store into a period drama last night for the launch of a new exhibition celebrating its 150th anniversary.
Friday 02 May 2014
THERE were a few in the City starting to wonder whether or not Shore Capital’s wine tasting do was going to happen at all this year.
Friday 02 May 2014
FORGET Willy Wonka’s golden ticket, Easter’s over and we’re sick to death of sweets – there’s a new golden ticket in town: TUMI’s golden suitcases.
Friday 02 May 2014
DURING a quiet moment at the Lloyd’s of London insurance market yesterday, former England cricket captain Andrew Strauss (L) gave some cricket tips to Mark Stephenson (M) and Sean Rocks (R) from Liberty Specialty Insurance.
Thursday 01 May 2014
IT’S MAY Day, which only means one thing - protests at Trafalgar Square. City botherers Occupy London have been banging their drums again and this year they’ve decided to target pay-day lender Wonga.
Thursday 01 May 2014
BATTERSEA Power Station might be more synonymous with Pink Floyd than their contemporary Elton John, but it was the Rocket Man himself who shook the station’s four pillars last night as celebrities, London’s property heavies and potential resident
Thursday 01 May 2014
ANYONE walking through Camden, on any given day, should expect to see weird and wonderful things but people strolling along its canal yesterday morning would have got an eye-full – of toys. Giant ones. Staging a princess rescue. Natch.
Wednesday 30 April 2014
ANYONE who had any doubt as to whether nominative determinism was still alive and well at Barclays, in the wake of the departed Bob Diamond and Rich Ricci, can rest assured – it’s alive and kicking.

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