Tuesday 31 January 2012 8:52 pm

Former Goldman stars plot new investment fund

THREE Goldman partners are eyeing the creation of a new investment fund after throwing in the towel on investment banking, City A.M. has learned. Ed Eisler, who quit recently as co-head of global securities, has teamed up with fellow ex-Goldman partners Sam Wisnia, who was a managing director in fixed income, and Chris Barter, former co-chief executive of the bank’s Russian business. Eisler is understood to have quit because he thinks he can do better with his own project than by staying at the bank. If they go ahead with the plan, the investment company will focus on emerging markets and build on both Barter and Eisler’s extensive Russian contacts books. Industry experts say senior bankers are increasingly quitting to set up on their own. “The buy-side is full of successful Goldman alum. Goldman has always been viewed as encouraging partners to set up their own funds,” said Jonathan Eckman, partner at executive search firm Aubreck Leung.