Exclusive: Barclays to cut Asia investment banking jobs next week - sources

Tue Jan 5, 2016 7:31am EST
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By Anshuman Daga and Lawrence White

SINGAPORE/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Barclays will announce investment banking job cuts across Asia next week, including closures in South Korea and Taiwan, sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

The British bank's latest cost cuts as part of its global restructuring will include corporate finance and advisory staff in South Korea and Taiwan, as well as equities sales and research staff among a total of at least 50 job losses throughout the region.

In common with other European lenders, Barclays is facing up to a harsh environment for investment banks in Asia after the region's economies and markets failed to deliver sustained growth after the 2008 financial crisis.

Reuters reported on Monday that Barclays will close its Indian equities business as part of the wider pullback in Asia.

"We are constantly monitoring our opportunities in different geographies and businesses over the cycle. If any firm decisions are made, we will provide an update," a Hong Kong-based Barclays' spokeswoman said in an email.

The latest job losses will include staff from countries in which the bank's business is not a leading player, the sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity given the sensitivity of the subject.

The closure of the Korean and Taiwan businesses reflect Chief Executive Jes Staley's desire to trim in countries where the bank's corporate relationships are weaker to focus on core centers, including Hong Kong, the sources added.

One source said that Staley had told staff last month that the pace of restructuring had been too slow and the bank needed further job cuts.   Continued...

A Barclays bank office is seen at Canary Wharf  in London, Britain May 19, 2015.  REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett