The Capitalist

Monday 09 June 2014
PwC UK head of insurance Jonathan Howe
Monday 09 June 2014
GLORIOUS weather added to the joys of finals day at Chestertons Polo in the Park – drawing a record crowd at Hurlingham on Sunday. While City A.M.’s own Team London didn’t make the finals, it was a thrilling finish.
Saturday 07 June 2014
THE SUN came out to meet the millenary yesterday as Investec Epsom Ladies Day got underway.
Friday 06 June 2014
THE BIDDING is afoot – multi-millionaire fund manager Jim Mellon is currently being auctioned off on eBay. Well, lunch with him, at least.
Friday 06 June 2014
THE SHARD had its second brush with death in as many weeks yesterday, as smoke caused the building to be evacuated exactly two weeks after it was struck by fork lightning.
Friday 06 June 2014
FACEBOOK lost against Funding Circle in the final of last night’s Ping Pong Fight Club, an event bringing together London’s more hand-eye co-ordinated tech companies, just off Brick Lane.
Thursday 05 June 2014
WHAT do you do when you need to clearly communicate dense fiscal research to the masses? Employ Lego, of course!
Thursday 05 June 2014
VISA Europe’s chief risk officer Valerie Dias was taken by surprise in winning the Finance Award at the Asian Women of Achievement awards at Park Lane’s Hilton last night, saying she was surprised to even be nominated.
Thursday 05 June 2014
Polo in the Park’s Chukka Friday – dubbed London’s summer office party – is tomorrow. If you fancy taking in the action at The Hurlingham Club with your buddies, we’re giving one lucky reader a chance to win 10 tickets.
Wednesday 04 June 2014
The Westminster road block ahead of today’s Queen's speech didn’t stop the crowds from attending the Taylor Wimpey Parliamentary Tug of War last night, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Wednesday 04 June 2014
WHY DID the Octopus cross the road? It didn’t. The truck it was on stopped smack bang in the middle of Oxford Street at rush hour. Arf, arf.
Wednesday 04 June 2014
THE WEEKEND’S Investec Derby is racing towards us faster than a rag of newly shod colts.
Tuesday 03 June 2014
FOR ONE City spinner, watching yesterday’s Apple conference was a more emotional experience than for most. Founder of Redleaf Polhill Emma Kane’s 17-year-old son Patrick featured in the opening video sequence for the eagerly awaited tech event.
Tuesday 03 June 2014
NEVER mind the scores of brands owned by Berkshire Hathaway, it turns out Warren Buffett is a more sought after commodity than any of his products.
Tuesday 03 June 2014
FURTHER speculation about whether Vince Cable is being prepped to take the Lib Dem helm from Nick Clegg was stoked today when former Lib Dem special adviser Giles Wilkes tweeted this curious, nay, frightening pop-arty painting.
Monday 02 June 2014
AS AN ex-City spinner you’d imagine Brian Basham’s passions being along the lines of lunches at The Savoy, Bentleys and well-tailored suits (and goodness knows, they probably are) but the veteran PR has revealed a somewhat more esoteric enthusiasm
Monday 02 June 2014
CEO of Hermes Fund Managers Saker Nusseibeh
Friday 30 May 2014
THE CITY’S  budding footballers battled it out yesterday in KennedyPearce’s annual charity footie tournament down in Powerleague London City, Shoreditch.
Friday 30 May 2014
IT WAS an intimate affair for Sammons Associates last night as it held its annual Equity Research Award dinner at 1 Lombard Street.
Friday 30 May 2014
BORIS Johnson had a lofty start to yesterday when he went to launch south London’s new hospital helipad in Tooting.
Thursday 29 May 2014
The Capitalist has been bowled over by the respondents to yesterday’s offer of free tickets to this weekend’s Foodies Festival - a clear indication of gastronomic love in the City.
Thursday 29 May 2014
WHEN it comes to getting your World Cup odds this summer, you’re more likely to head to Ladbrokes or your mate Tommy down the local boozer than banking giant Goldman Sachs, but there’s a chance you’d be better off going with Goldman.
Thursday 29 May 2014
VETERAN City-spinner Brian Basham is back on the scene. The Broad Street Associates legend has launched a crowdfunding firm called ArchOver, aiming to help out cash-strapped SMEs.
Wednesday 28 May 2014
IT SEEMS Harvard academic Kenneth Rogoff has distanced himself from not-so-pernickety Thomas Piketty.
Wednesday 28 May 2014
LAST week’s renaming of Heron Tower (or the artist formerly known as Heron Tower to you and I) to Salesforce Tower London is causing some kerfuffle in the City.
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.

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