12 Financial Markets Professionals Lost To The Industry In 2012


Gone but not forgotten.

Barton Biggs, the money manager whose attention to emerging markets during a 30-year career at Morgan Stanley made him one of the first global investment strategists died in July. He was 79.

William J. Bott III, a specialist on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange for Barclays, collapsed and died July 31 after playing basketball. He was 33.

Michael Foreman, an HSBC banker, fell from a fifth-floor balcony in the members’ bar area of the Tate Gallery on evening in July. He was 48.

Nico Lambrechts, a 44-year-old banker died in October. Lambrechts worked as an investment analyst for Investec Asset Management and previously for Merrill Lynch.

Mark Lane, a Managing Director at Lazard Capital Markets LLC who recently returned to work after a 3 1/2-year hiatus to help raise four young sons, died in March after being hit by a boat in Turks and Caicos Islands. He was 44.

Frederic R. Lexow II, who worked his way up from the back office to running the equities-trading desk during a 22-year career at JPMorgan Chase’s asset-management unit, died in September. He was 49.

Lexow died at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut. He had had a heart attack related to complications from a two-year battle with recurring staph infections.

Jack Roloson, 23, an analyst with Greenhill & Co, died in July during after-party celebration with some of his new colleagues. He was tragically hit by an SUV on the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey.

Richard Ruzika, the former commodities chief at Goldman Sachs Group Inc., died in May after a stroke following knee surgery the month before. He was 53

Wes Swank, Managing Director for energy and natural resources at Hayman Capital Management LP, the hedge fund run by Kyle Bass, died on December 4th in a car accident. He was 31.

William Sword Jr., Managing Director of the Princeton, New Jersey-based investment bank founded by his father, was struck and killed by a tree toppled by the storm that swept across the American Northeast in October. He was 61.

Lorenzo Weisman, a banker with global roots and expansive interests whose boutique investment bank, Hill Street Capital LLC, was purchased in 2010 by BNP Paribas, died in September. He was 67. The cause was brain cancer.

B. Robert Williamson Jr., a money manager at Chilton Investment Co. and nephew of hedge-fund pioneer Julian Robertson, for whom he once worked, died in April during a visit to his native North Carolina. He was 55.

Our thoughts are with all their families at this time of year.


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