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RBS to cut 3,500 jobs in investment bank cull

London, January 12, 2012

Royal Bank of Scotland  is to axe about 3,500 investment bank jobs and sell or shut equities and advisory business under a three-year plan to further reduce risk and focus more on domestic retail and corporate banking.

RBS, 83 percent owned by the UK government, on Thursday said it will exit from cash equities, corporate broking, equity capital markets and mergers and acquisitions businesses.

It aims to cut the balance sheet of its former global banking and markets (GBM) business by 120 billion pounds ($184 billion) to 300 billion in the next three years.

RBS will reorganise its wholesale business into "markets" and "international banking", scrapping GBM. Former GBM chief executive John Hourican will head the two businesses.

RBS said it is adapting to "significant new pressures" on its wholesale banking business, and the changes will make it more conservatively funded, more focused on customers and better able to deliver stable returns.      UK finance minister George Osborne last month told the bank to shrink GBM further to become less risky, even after halving in size in the last three years.

The move could see the disappearance of Hoare Govett, one of the oldest and most distinguished names in British corporate broking. RBS acquired the business as part of its disastrous purchase of parts of Dutch bank ABN Amro in 2007, but it has remained a second-tier firm in equities.

Lazard is conducting the sale of the equities units, and Bank of China, Japan's Mizuho Financial and Britain's Oriel Securities are among those casting an eye on them.

Australia and New Zealand Banking group and  Commonwealth Bank of Australia are considering bidding for parts of Royal Bank of Scotland's Australian unit, two sources with knowledge of the issue said on Thursday. - Reuters




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