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Top Firm Said To Be 'Evaluating A Break-Up'

Bloomberg reports that Mediobanca Securities analyst Christopher Wheeler has said that Barclays could boost its share price by as much as 39% by selling off its investment banking and wealth management operations.

Financial Brands Thought Not Damaged By Crisis

According to a new survey from recruiting group Hays, three quarters (75%) of HR and marketing professionals working in the financial services sector have no plans to leave and 61 per cent either disagreed or disagreed strongly that their employer’s brand had been damaged by the financial crisis.

Top Firm May Hire 500 Bankers In 2011

Bloomberg reports that, according to an unnamed person familiar with the strategy, Morgan Stanley may hire as many as 500 private bankers next year who will sell 'jumbo mortgages and structured loans' to Morgan Stanley Smith Barney clients.

Hedge Fund Manager Said To Have Shot Himself

K1 Fund

Bloomberg is citing a Spanish newspaper report which claims that Dieter Frerichs, a former Managing Director of two units of hedge fund K1 Group, has died of apparent self-inflicted gunshot wounds. His body is said to have been found Saturday on the Spanish island of Mallorca.