I’m Meredith, the new finance editor at Business Insider, and I’m subbing in for Olivia this week. This was my first week on the job, and what a busy week it was!
The ax that was hanging over Deutsche Bank finally fell. On Sunday, the bank said it was firing 18,000 people in a massive restructuring that would see it dump equities trading entirely. The next day we were on the ground to report what was going on outside the bank’s 60 Wall St. office.
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Insiders around Wall Street struggled to understand Deutsche Bank’s move, and many said the businesses that survived the cuts, like research and equity capital markets, didn’t add up to a compelling future for the bank. Deutsche Bank didn’t say much about its plans publicly, but we learned it told a hedge-fund client details about who would be spared in research departments around the world.
As for those who were laid off, insiders told us prospects to land a new gig may not be great and that most of the top talent had already been poached out of the bank before Sunday.
Deutsche Bank’s week from hell didn’t end with job cuts. In fact, the bank’s list of regulatory headaches is growing. The Department of Justice, which had investigated Goldman Sachs’ dealings with the Malaysian fund 1MDB, is also now delving deeper into an ex-Goldman exec who later went on to Deutsche Bank, reports said. Also on Thursday, another report said senior managers had overruled compliance-staff concerns about the bank’s dealings with Jeffrey Epstein, who is facing charges of sex trafficking.
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‘Some of the conversations we had in 2006 we are having again’: Bain and Carlyle are teaming up in rare deal that private equity has been reluctant to do since the financial crisis
Bain Capital and The Carlyle Group have teamed up to buy the German light-bulb maker Osram Licht for $3.8 billion in a rare instance of private-equity giants coinvesting.
In the first half of 2019, there were 107 deals with more than one private-equity investor, down 57% from the same period last year.
The deal, which will give Osram a capital injection after it issued warnings to investors about a weak light market, comes at a time when private-equity firms have been reticent to team up with rivals for large transactions, instead looking to their own clients for capital, including pension funds and sovereign wealth funds.
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Morgan Stanley is rolling out an AI chatbot to research clients early next year. Wall Street thinks the tech could save $8 billion annually.
Morgan Stanley has developed an artificial-intelligence-powered chatbot to help its workers sift through the bank’s research.
AskResearch was originally created for internal use by analysts and sales employees, but the bank plans to offer it to clients in early 2020 via a mobile app.
The chatbot is the latest effort by Wall Street to create AI-powered virtual assistants to cut down on menial work for employees and clients.
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