This work will examines the decline of the British merchant bank during the 1980's and 90's. The story of Barings is commonly told, but Barings was just one of a significant number of British merchant banks which collapsed, were sold, or simply gave up. Only four now remain, and all of these survivors are independent of outside institutional shareholders. Phillip Augar takes us through the boom of the Thatcher years, the crash of 1987, the "Big Bang" and the impact of technology, and the aggressive invasion of the American banks. He looks at why the British banks failed to keep pace with these changes like their American counterparts, and what this says about the way they were run, and the way that companies in general are run. He also examines the issue of ownership and shareholding, which appear pertinent given that the four surviving British merchant banks are independent.
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For over twenty years, Philip Augar has been one of the City's top brokers. After building NatWest's equities business into a leading position, he transformed Schroder Securities and most recently was a member of the team that negotiated the sale of Schroders' investment bank to Citigroup.
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Book Description Penguin Global, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110140286683