Is it a good thing investment banking/PrivateEquity/Hedge Funds are located inLondon

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Is it a good thing investment banking/PrivateEquity/Hedge Funds are located in London? Does anyone think these apart from back office functions (Deutsch Bank in Birmingham, JP Morgan in Bournmouth, BNY Mellon in Manchester, BofA Merrill Lynch in Chester maybe someone can tell me the other regional offices) should be spread more around the country? Since there has been debate in the media in the past that too much of the financial services industry is based in London and the South East.
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Look up 'economies of agglomeration'
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I've heard there's some advantage to being in "the City" as it is a separate area to the rest of the UK. Also, London is one of the world's three global financial centres, with a very liquid stock market. It's the ideal place for the top banks.
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Is it a good thing investment banking/PrivateEquity/Hedge Funds are located in London? Does anyone think these apart from back office functions (Deutsch Bank in Birmingham, JP Morgan in Bournmouth, BNY Mellon in Manchester, BofA Merrill Lynch in Chester maybe someone can tell me the other regional offices) should be spread more around the country? Since there has been debate in the media in the past that too much of the financial services industry is based in London and the South East.
That isn't totally true:-

Co-op Bank in Manchester

HBOS in Halifax and Edinburgh

RBS in Edinburgh

Northern Rock in Newcastle

Presbyterian Mutual in Belfast
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(Original post by nulli tertius)
That isn't totally true:-

Co-op Bank in Manchester

HBOS in Halifax and Edinburgh

RBS in Edinburgh

Northern Rock in Newcastle

Presbyterian Mutual in Belfast
Was/is Northern Rock, Presbyterian Mutual HBOS Investment Banks though? Out of all of them as far as I know only RBS has an investment banking arm. Did they have front office investment banking positions outside London and you would not really call them a major investment banking player in Europe despite the ABN AMBRO purchase compared to Barclays Capital/Investment bank or Deutsche bank, Credit Suisse or UBS.
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Was/is Northern Rock, Presbyterian Mutual HBOS Investment Banks though? Out of all of them as far as I know only RBS has an investment banking arm. Did they have front office investment banking positions outside London and you would not really call them a major investment banking player in Europe despite the ABN AMBRO purchase compared to Barclays Capital/Investment bank or Deutsche bank, Credit Suisse or UBS.
I think you have missed the irony. What all of them have in common is financial collapse or near financial collapse.
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I think you have missed the irony. What all of them have in common is financial collapse or near financial collapse.
Lol yeah I did, sorry. Btw since I think (if my memory serves me correctly) you answer a lot of threads in the legal careers forum, could you help with the question I have about prosecuting corruption in the society thread? Can only the state prosecute against corruption and what if the corrupt individual has friends in high places (close to the President/Prime Minister) in that particular country. Is there anything a individual can do against them, even if they whistleblow?
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Good for them or good for the rest of us?
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Good for them or good for the rest of us?
Is it good for the rest of us? I suppose it forces all the front office investment bankers private equity firm workers and hedge fund workers to London which forces all the workers interested in those industries to move to London where costs of living are more expensive etc. In the US at least UBS and Drexel Burnham Lambert established major offices on the West Coast in LA, thought that is a bigger market though London does serve the world as well, shouldn't the UK as a whole?. What is your take on the topic?
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Haha

Thats the way way Economy works my dear.......
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Haha

Thats the way way Economy works my dear.......
Hmm read in The death of gentlemanly capitalism that before the big bang some UK investment banks or "merchant banks" as the Brits called them then had offices in Birmingham. what do we have here now some boutiques that you can count on one hand and no major ones at that.
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Hmm read in The death of gentlemanly capitalism that before the big bang some UK investment banks or "merchant banks" as the Brits called them then had offices in Birmingham. what do we have here now some boutiques that you can count on one hand and no major ones at that.
Yeah it's a paradox - 21st century technology means bums could be on seats anywhere in the world but they've clustered up tighter than when everyone was shouting across the room at each other.

IMO it's bad for the nation to be too dependent on financial services and it's bad for the nation to have london running away with all the growth.
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