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Barclays to cut investment banking jobs worldwide

Barclays to cut investment banking jobs worldwide

January 21
11:46 2016

Barclays_1315929Barclays has announced a new round of job cuts to its investment banking business worldwide which would result in a complete exit from cash equities in Asia, an internal memo reviels.

The cuts come as new chief executive Jes Staley wields the axe in a bid to slash costs and boost returns.

The harsher-than-expected cuts are among the most sweeping worldwide culls by an investment bank in recent years.

Barclays will close its investment banking businesses in countries including Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand, the memo said, with those markets to be covered from financial hub cities in their respective regions.

A spokesman for Barclays in Hong Kong declined to comment on the cuts because they are not public.

With 10 of Europe’s biggest lenders announcing 130,000 job losses since June, bank chief executives are looking to cut in businesses where they lack scale to focus on more profitable markets.

The reduction in jobs are also in response to the turmoil in global equities and commodities markets, which is making it harder for investment banks to make money in the traditional business lines.

The cuts in the London-headquartered bank were announced to staff in meetings today across the Asia-Pacific region, according a source with direct knowledge.

“Asia is bearing the brunt,” the source added.

The total number of jobs to be shed in the latest Barclays reduction is unclear, but a source with direct knowledge of the matter said the Asian equities cuts alone could total about 200 people.

A separate source with knowledge of the cuts said the Asia total would be 450 people.

The Financial Times previously reported that Barclays would shed as many as 1,000 jobs worldwide in the latest cull.

Barclays is also exploring the sale of its global precious metals business, the memo said, as well as closing cash equity sales across Central Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, the memo showed.

The lender will also end its onshore markets coverage in Brazil.

Reuters earlier this month reported the cuts in the Asia investment banking business and exits from South Korea and Taiwan, as Barclays retreated from peripheral Asian businesses to focus on hubs including Hong Kong and Singapore.

Barclays is a British multinational banking and financial services company headquartered in London. It is a universal bank with operations in retail, wholesale and investment banking, as well as wealth management, mortgage lending and credit cards. The company has operations in over 50 countries and territories and has around 48 million customers

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