Morning Coffee: The ex-Credit Suisse guy with big ambitions at Barclays. How top hedge fund managers make you feel small
Stephen Dainton had a good run at Credit Suisse. He worked for the bank for 14 years until July 2017, during which time he ran the equities business and survived rounds of cuts before finally succumbing to semi-mandatory departure in 2017 following a large loss in the bank's equities division. If you're leaving Credit Suisse, Dainton has been there: he knows what it's like.
Following that semi-ignominious episode, though, Dainton is doing better than ever. He's now co-head of the global markets business at Barclays and since February has run Barclays' equities business too. Even better, he has a history of hiring from Credit Suisse and is known for being an unusually pleasant person. If you're at Credit Suisse and are feeling twitchy about the future, Dainton should probably be your first port of call.
He sounds pretty approachable. "I am here to help any CS employees to the extent that I can, so please do contact me directly because it was a phenomenal place to work," Dainton declared on LinkedIn last week.
Dainton makes Barclays sound like a good life raft for Credit Suisse flounderers. Speaking to the IFR, Dainton said it's a safe haven in the banking storm: “We exhibit most closely to a US bank in terms of being geographically diverse and operating business diverse. The main difference is we’re not tied to a US housing cycle like they are." Barclays is growing and its macro trading focus mean it's well-placed to benefit from volatility around increased rates, said Dainton: the bank's "revenue wallet" has expanded.
The only slight issue for anyone leaving Credit Suisse with aspirations to join Barclays is that Dainton's new home is more likely to spend its money on technology than on people. IFR reports that Barclays' headcount in global markets has only increased very slightly since 2017, while the amount it spends on technology has risen 40%. This trend is likely to continue. - Dainton says he wants “de-manualise” a bit more, particularly in fixed income trading.
Separately, if you happen to come across hedge fund manager Steven Cohen, and it's not in the context of baseball, beware being belittled. While Cohen is a transformed character once he hits the baseball milieu (he owns NY Mets), the New York Times reflects that he's not always an easy boss in his day job. There, Cohen can reportedly be "savage," demanding of his traders, “That’s your best idea?” and “Are you stupid?” Even at the Mets, where Cohen is far more sensitive to the way he communicates, the NYT says he has a certain way of speaking. - 'He often begins sentences with “listen” and ends them with “right?” — a tic that conveys his wishes clearly: Hear him out and kindly agree with him.'
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