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A true rebranding … or lipstick on a pig?

By Ian Fraser Published: Mail on Sunday (Scottish edition) Date: 17 August 2014 RBS’s decision to scrap the three-letter acronym it has used for eleven years and assert its heritage by readopting the Royal Bank of Scotland title and refurbishing branches with a “heather, tartan and tweed” theme will get the nation thinking. Is this […]

August 17th, 2014 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

RBS: papering over the cracks

By: Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 17 August 2014 The decision by RBS to dissolve its Global Restructuring Group, an arm of the bank that stands accused of destroying viable UK businesses for profit, will do little to repair the damage caused to the bank’s beleaguered reputation. By Ian Fraser As a damage limitation […]

August 17th, 2014 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

On the trail of Fred the Shred

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

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

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

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

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 »

How savvy Brewdog avoided selling its soul: Crowdfunding part one

By Ian Fraser Published: Unquoted Date: 25 March 2014 When independent Scottish brewery Brewdog, broke UK records by raising £4.25 million through a crowdfunding exercise last December, the company’s co-founder James Watt didn’t mince his words. Watt, a 31-year old law graduate who co-founded the Aberdeenshire-based brewery in April 2007, said: “The mental shackles that […]

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

Key funder of RBS claimant group has stock market listing suspended

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

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 »

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