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Jul 17, 2012

Olympics-Home waters won’t be plain sailing for Team GB

LONDON, July 17 (Reuters) – For all the talk of ruling the
waves in 2012, Team GB are well aware that turning the tide on a
decade of British sailing dominance will be a driving motivation
for visiting Olympic competitors at Weymouth and Portland.

Britain topped the sailing tables in the relatively quieter
winds but fierce currents of Qingdao in 2008 with six medals,
easily beating rivals Australia, Spain and the United States.

Jul 1, 2012

Olympics-Ainslie prepares for gold in classic style

COWES, ISLE OF WIGHT, July 1 (Reuters) – Ben Ainslie grins
as he leaps effortlessly aboard “Eleonora” from the speed boat
that has brought him alongside the 50 metre classic schooner
waiting for him in choppy waters off the Isle of Wight.

The British sailor, who is aiming for a record-breaking
fifth Olympic sailing medal in the Finn dinghy class further
west along the south coast of England at Weymouth in a month’s
time, seems unperturbed by the swell in the Solent and the
possibility of injuring himself.

Jun 4, 2012

Global bank Santander hamstrung by Spanish heritage

MADRID, June 4 (Reuters) – Banco Santander’s red
and white flame logo popped up around the world when Spain was
booming, but now the country’s fortunes have turned, the global
bank is being scorched by the domestic blowback.

It has come a long way since it was founded in 1857 in the
northern Spanish port from which it takes its name, building a
strong presence in mature markets such as the UK, and growth
markets including Brazil, Mexico and Poland.

Jan 28, 2012

Bankers resist regulatory restraint on bonuses

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – Budding bankers expecting the bumper bonuses of years gone by will have to think again, with only the top performers likely to be paid top dollar.

Business leaders and bankers at the annual Davos forum were largely dismissive of attempts to cap or restrict compensation in the financial services industry through regulation.

Jan 26, 2012

Besieged bankers look for signs of hope at Davos

DAVOS, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Bankers feel under siege,
and from the heights of Davos in the Swiss Alps they are looking
to convince the world that they have a role to play in getting
economies back on their feet.

Their banks need growth, for without it the outlook for many
is still grim, particularly in Europe where the euro zone debt
crisis has resulted in bailouts, a retreat from lending, job
cuts and government pressure to refocus their business.

Dec 20, 2011

Ex-Olympus boss says close to picking alternative board

LONDON (Reuters) – Former Olympus Corp head Michael Woodford is close to releasing names of an alternative slate of directors for the board of the company, he told Reuters in an interview, as he fights to return at the helm of the company.

Woodford, who won a battle to force his former employer to admit to more than a decade of accounting fraud, said he was confident that there would be an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) of shareholders within the next three months.

Dec 14, 2011

Newsmaker – Cazenove’s Wise new head looks beyond one-man brand

LONDON (Reuters) – Tim Wise has a complex balancing act to pull off as he steps onto the public stage as head of JPMorgan Cazenove, the new face of a venerable British broker and adviser prized for the discretion of its bankers.

Wise took over last month as chairman from David Mayhew, one of the City of London’s best known and yet most intensely private bankers. A corporate finance specialist, Wise has until now kept a low profile, known only to clients, colleagues and peers.

Dec 14, 2011

Cazenove’s Wise new head looks beyond one-man brand

LONDON, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Tim Wise has a complex
balancing act to pull off as he steps onto the public stage as
head of JPMorgan Cazenove (JPM.N: Quote, Profile, Research), the new face of a venerable
British broker and adviser prized for the discretion of its
bankers.

Wise took over last month as chairman from David Mayhew, one
of the City of London’s best known and yet most intensely
private bankers. A corporate finance specialist, Wise has until
now kept a low profile, known only to clients, colleagues and
peers.

Dec 14, 2011

Cazenove’s Wise new head looks beyond one-man brand

LONDON, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Tim Wise has a complex
balancing act to pull off as he steps onto the public stage as
head of JPMorgan Cazenove (JPM.N: Quote, Profile, Research), the new face of a venerable
British broker and adviser prized for the discretion of its
bankers.

Wise took over last month as chairman from David Mayhew, one
of the City of London’s best known and yet most intensely
private bankers. A corporate finance specialist, Wise has until
now kept a low profile, known only to clients, colleagues and
peers.

Nov 21, 2011

Olympus ex-CEO Woodford says to attend board meeting

TOKYO/LONDON (Reuters) – The sacked chief executive of Japan’s disgraced Olympus Corp (7733.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) says he has accepted an invitation to attend its board meeting this week, in what could be a hopeful sign for investors who want him to return and lead a clean-up of the firm.

Olympus, a maker of cameras and medical equipment, has been engulfed by an accounting scandal and is under investigation by regulators, prosecutors and also organized-crime police. The scandal broke when CEO-turned-whistleblower Michael Woodford publicly questioned its accounts after his sacking last month.

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