Reuters - BNP Paribas to cut investment banking staff

Re-balancing the equation.

Reuters reports that BNP Paribas plans to cut investment banking staff in France, the United Kingdom and Luxembourg by the end of 2018, although staffing levels at the business should remain stable in Europe overall, it said in its annual report.

Many European banks from HSBC to Deutsche Bank are cutting costs to boost profitability, with mounting compliance and regulatory pressures weighing on higher risk activities such as investment banking.

In Europe, BNP Paribas' corporate and institutional banking (CIB) workforce should remain stable up to the end of 2018, France's largest bank said, as it hires in lower cost countries, such as Poland, Portugal and Spain.

The bank said that the number of employees overseeing internal control rose 47% to 9,786, as banks around the world beef up their compliance departments to meet onerous regulatory demands aimed at fighting financial fraud.

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