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Standard Chartered Hires Ex-WestLB Analyst Davies for U.S. Rates

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April 18 (Bloomberg) -- Standard Chartered Plc hired former WestLB AG analyst John Davies as a U.S. interest-rates strategist in London.

Davies, who had been with WestLB since 1999, left its successor, Portigon AG, earlier this month, he said today in an e-mailed response to questions. Davies said he took up his new position on April 15.

Standard Chartered spokesman Shaun Gamble confirmed the appointment via e-mail today. Davies will report to Michael Trounce, head of local markets strategy west, Gamble said.

The European Commission ordered WestLB to cease operations in June as a condition tied to the 17 billion euros ($22.2 billion) in aid the state-owned bank received from taxpayers following the 2007 U.S. housing market meltdown. Portigon is helping a state-owned entity sell WestLB’s holdings.

To contact the reporter on this story: David Goodman in London at dgoodman28@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Dobson at pdobson2@bloomberg.net

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