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Barclays Said to Dismiss Traders Amid 275 Job Cuts in New York

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Barclays Said to Dismiss Traders Amid 275 Job Cuts in New York
Traffic passes the offices of Barclays Capital in New York. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Feb. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Barclays Plc, the second-largest U.K. lender by assets, dismissed trading-division employees this week as it notified regulators its investment bank is cutting 275 jobs in New York City.

Reductions so far include credit trader Kevin Gribben, distressed debt salesman Kevin King, and John Wilson, an investment-grade credit salesman, said people briefed on the departures. John Connor in rates sales and Bill Martinez in financing were also let go, said the people, who requested anonymity because the departures weren’t public. The London-based bank yesterday disclosed cuts planned through May at three Manhattan locations in a filing with state regulators.

Antony Jenkins, 51, named chief executive officer last year after the bank agreed to pay a then-record 290 million pound ($454.3 million) fine for attempting to manipulate benchmark interest rates, will update investors next week on the bank’s review of its strategy. The lender said this week it will cut its bonus pool as it sets aside an additional 1 billion pounds to cover mis-selling of payment-protection insurance and other products.

The bank, which started job cuts in the U.K. last month, began alerting some U.S. employees of their dismissal Feb. 5, the people said. Barclays hasn’t announced a global total for the positions it’s eliminating.

Brandon Ashcraft, a Barclays spokesman in New York, declined to comment on the departures.

King, a managing director who worked at Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. before it was taken over by Barclays, said he left the firm this week. He said his departure was “amicable” and that he hadn’t made any decisions on what to do next.

Gribben, Wilson and Connor declined to comment. Martinez couldn’t be reached.

To contact the reporters on this story: Michael J. Moore in New York at mmoore55@bloomberg.net; Christine Harper in New York at charper@bloomberg.net; Lisa Abramowicz in New York at labramowicz@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: David Scheer at dscheer@bloomberg.net

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