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On the trail of Fred the Shred

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By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 8 June 2014 Ian Fraser’s new book, Shredded – Inside RBS: the Bank that Broke Britain, has been acclaimed as the definitive account of the crisis. Here he reflects on the 13 things he learned along the long, hard road to publication (1) Fred the Shred was not […]

June 8th, 2014 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Lloyds sues RBS for £420m over ‘misleading’ rights issue

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By Ian Fraser Published: The Herald Date: 21 May 2014 In an unprecedented clash between two of the UK’s biggest banks, Lloyds Banking Group is suing government owned Royal Bank of Scotland over its “misleading” £12 billion rights issue. In what is seen as the first American-style class action to hit the English courts Lloyds – […]

May 21st, 2014 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Thousands of staff line up to sue RBS

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By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 27 April 2014 A third of the 12,000 plus individuals who have signed up to sue the Royal Bank of Scotland over its “misleading” £12.3 billion 2008 rights issue are current or former members of staff at the bank. RBoS Shareholders’ Action Group, the largest of the investor […]

April 27th, 2014 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

RBS accused of diversion over malpractice report

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By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 20 April 2014 Bank accused of misdirecting attention from lawyer’s true findings By Ian Fraser RBS has been accused of using diversionary tactics by Lawrence Tomlinson, an adviser to Vince Cable, after a report into accusations of malpractice by the bank. Tomlinson told the Sunday Herald the substance […]

April 20th, 2014 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

A legend in his own lifetime. Martin Gilbert profile

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By Ian Fraser Published: BQ Business Quarter Date: 25 March 2014 Martin Gilbert is one of the corporate world’s great survivors. Between 2002 and 2004, the 58-year-old lived through a crisis that came close to destroying his firm and ending his career. The asset management firm he co-founded through a management buyout in 1983, Aberdeen Asset Management, […]

March 25th, 2014 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Key funder of RBS claimant group has stock market listing suspended

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By Ian Fraser Published: The Sunday Herald Date: 2 March 2014 Ian Fraser’s note: This is the unedited version of an article published by The Sunday Herald. The shorter, published version can be read here http://bit.ly/rbsrights.  Investors who are suing the Royal Bank of Scotland over its “misleading” £12.3 billion rights issue have suffered a setback […]

March 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Barclays raises bosses’ payouts as staff face dole

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By Ian Fraser Published: Daily Record Date: 12 February 2014 Most bank chief executives, when describing the need to rebuild their institutions, restore profitability and regain people’s trust in the wake of the global financial crisis, have a habit of spouting meaningless platitudes. At first the Barclays chief executive Antony Jenkins, installed after the Libor […]

February 12th, 2014 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

£1bn plan to double output of Scotland’s ‘Hollow Mountain’

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By Ian Fraser Published: The Herald Date: 11 February 2014 Up to 1000 jobs could be created as part of a £1 billion plan to double the amount of electricity that can be produced from a hydroelectric scheme half a mile underneath a Scottish mountain. The Cruachan pumped storage facility on Ben Cruachan, east of […]

February 11th, 2014 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Former top execs to give evidence against RBS in High Court trial

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By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 12 January 2014 The investor group suing Royal Bank of Scotland in the High Court in London has recruited five former executives to act as witnesses in its £4.3 billion group litigation order against the state-rescued institution, the Sunday Herald can reveal. The former insiders who have agreed […]

January 12th, 2014 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

The Business Herald 2013 Review – Professional Services

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By Ian Fraser Published: The Business Herald Date: 11 December 2013 Two of the biggest developments in Scottish professional services in the past year came when global firms set up large “back offices” in Glasgow, both with generous government grants. In April 2013, the accountants KPMG said it would establish “tax centre of excellence” on […]

December 11th, 2013 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

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