banking & capital markets Articles

The Kingdom Reforms (Part II)

Saudi Arabia has announced a spate of cuts around compensation within the government and the public sector. While there may not be immediate ramifications of these curbs for the private sector, firms irrespective of their ownership structure, should be wary of these changing times. In this second part of the series, we explore what organizations in the Kingdom could do to effectively adapt to these circumstances.

EBA Publishes Final Guidelines on Sound Remuneration Policies under CRD IV

The European Banking Authority (EBA) published its final guidelines on sound remuneration policies under CRD IV (Guidelines) on 21 December 2015. Following a strong industry response to the first draft of the Guidelines that was published in March 2015, there have been changes to the original text. Most notably, proportionality is not addressed in the Guidelines; instead a separate Opinion that is addressed to the European Commission (EC), European Parliament and Council has been published. The EBA’s Opinion on proportionality confirms that the EBA will provide guidance to the EC on potential changes to the text of the Directive to clarify how proportionality is to apply.

What Next for The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Capital Markets?

Recently The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced a grand economic vision to take the economy to 2030, diversifying the area’s reliance on oil. This comes at just the right time. Depressed oil prices and a tumultuous 24 months in the region, where state coffers have been tested and economic growth has lagged, has now been met with a new sense of optimism and a way forward. This has been further spurred on by the recent increase in oil prices that are back at approximately $50 USD a barrel.

Who wants to be an Investment Banker?

It is no secret that investment banks are concerned about their ability to attract and retain the best talent. The fading allure of investment banking as a career, increased competition for talent, reputational damage, cost pressure, regulation, and attitudinal shifts associated with the changing of the generational guard have all contributed to what is now widely regarded as one of the biggest challenges facing the industry.

Re-Aligning Performance / Reward in Investment Banking

2001 to 2007 was a remarkable time for the investment banking business. Firms felt they could do little wrong, and saw a steady increase in share price, revenue and compensation spend. A new set of professionals came of age in this era and it now appears that some of the rigor in rationalizing pay versus contribution has fallen by the wayside. In this article, we will focus on the investment banking advisory business, although some of the thinking may also apply to other lines of business in the securities sector.

Reforming Wall Street Pay

The noise around "Wall Street" pay is deafening. The industry, its employees and the regulators are under daily attack. The criticisms, while loud, are not particularly constructive. The purpose of this paper is to separate fact from fiction, to distinguish the naive from the realistic and to level set the kinds of reforms that are both necessary and practical.

A Case for Rigor in the Glow of the Pipeline

2010 was a bounce back year for many Investment Banking firms focused on M&A, particularly smaller "boutique" shops. After painful years in 2008 and 2009, with low deal volume, scrambles to assemble restructuring teams, and speculation about the merits of countercyclical products and services, firms are bullish on the M&A pipeline and focusing on expansion. If the anticipated deal volume comes to fruition, this will likely be a prosperous year for the vast majority of firms in this space. There will be a small set of firms that will make the most of this opportunity and some that will simply ride the wave up and then slide back down.

Aon Names Ray Everett Global President of McLagan

Aon plc (NYSE: AON), a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions, today announced it has named Raymond Everett as global president of McLagan. In this role, Everett is responsible for leading a team of experts who provide compensation, performance and talent intelligence to companies in the financial services and insurance industries. He leads the McLagan executive committee and is a member of Aon’s Talent, Rewards & Performance executive committee.

Managing Compensation in a Downturn

It seems like we are in for a rocky ride in 2016. While underlying economies of many countries and the financial performance of many companies still appear solid, numerous firms are preparing for a tough year ahead.

Infographic: Elevate People Performance in Financial Services

It's no secret that times have changed for the financial services industry. When times were good, soaring revenue and profits covered up human capital challenges and issues lurking beneath the surface. Today, firms are emerging from the human capital bubble and need to position themselves to select, engage, and develop their most critical resource - people. In our latest infographic, get key insights and actionable tips your firm needs to rise above.

The Spotlight: Blake Kerrick, Partner, Banking and Capital Markets

Blake Kerrick leads the banking and capital markets practice at McLagan. In this role, Blake provides performance and reward consulting services to the leading global banks and securities firms, regional banks and broker-dealers, and commodity trading firms. His areas of expertise include advising senior management on incentive funding approaches, levels, and pay mix, benchmarking key performance metrics across banking, sales, and trading divisions, designing annual and long-term incentive plans, and analyzing competitive pay practices and levels.

The Spotlight: Joel Davies, Partner, European Asset Management and Banking

Joel Davies is a Partner in McLagan’s European Asset Management and Banking practice, providing reward consulting services to the management and boards of banking and asset management organizations. His particular areas of focus include reward strategy, executive compensation, and remuneration regulations. Joel has acquired extensive experience across compensation, benefits, and performance management through leadership roles in consulting and corporate environments in both the UK and U.S.

The Rise of Islamic Banking

Islamic finance is the fastest growing sector in global banking and its potential for further growth is only increasing by the minute. As Islamic banks continue to expand in both their traditional market and into the West, what will be their key to success and what does this mean for longstanding global banks?

Infographic: Is Your Audit Function Keeping Pace with the Market?

In this infographic, we walk through recent trends for the audit function in universal banks and discuss how to measure and interrogate your audit function performance data.