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Businesses trashed by RBS ‘vampire unit’ refuse to co-operate with FCA appointed sleuths


By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 4 October 2015 Businesspeople who claim to have been ruined by RBS’s Global Restructuring Group are refusing to co-operate with a firm hired by the Financial Conduct Authority to investigate the scandal, potentially derailing the probe into the bank’s so-called “vampire unit”. The RBS GRG Business Action Group […]

October 4th, 2015 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

RBS lawyers fail in attempt to distance themselves from Fred Goodwin as trial approaches

Fred Goodwin and Tom McKillop. photo: Standard

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 2 August 2015 The Royal Bank of Scotland has lost a fight to have its former chief executive, Fred Goodwin, excluded from the coming trial over its ‘misleading’ £12.3 billion rights issue. Sonia Tolaney QC, the bank’s lead barrister, told the High Court in London last week that […]

August 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Was Mallett thrown to the wolves to save BoE’s skin?

Photo: Andrew Winning/Reuters

November 12th, 2014 Guest Post by Rowan Bosworth-Davies One of the major unexplained elements in the foreign exchange (forex) rigging case is the level of knowledge of manipulative activity possessed by the Bank of England. If it, as a leading market participant and a regulator, had prior knowledge that the forex markets were being manipulated, or […]

November 12th, 2014 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Hard hats for bankers

RBS CEO Ross McEwan

By Ian Fraser Published: Business Quarter (BQ) Date: 13 October 2014 At a dinner to mark the departure of chief executive Stephen Hester in September 2013, the Royal Bank of Scotland’s finance director Bruce van Saun gave Hester’s anointed heir, Ross McEwan, an unusual present. Hester, a keen horseman, had been the bank’s chief executive […]

October 13th, 2014 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

A true rebranding … or lipstick on a pig?

An RBS branch in Edinburgh; photo: Marketing Week

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 »

Ross McEwan: “RBS is a yacht with a spinnaker up”


July 13th, 2014 On 2 May 2014, the Royal Bank of Scotland’s New Zealand-born chief executive, Ross McEwan, unveiled a surprisingly strong set of financial results for the bank that he has led since 1 October 2013. But has it really turned the corner? McEwan the and RBS’s outgoing finance director Nathan Bostock then answered […]

July 12th, 2014 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Shredded Tweets


July 7th, 2014 Here is a selection of tweets about Shredded: Inside RBS The Bank That Broke Britain which was published by Birlinn Books on 6 June (a few other Shredded Tweets are posted here). I’d like to thank all the senders of these messages for buying the book, reading it, and for their positive feedback. It’s heartening […]

July 7th, 2014 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

The FCA no less ‘captured’ than its predecessor


June 27th, 2014 (minor edits Oct 3rd) The Financial Conduct Authority, established in April 2013, has failed its first test. Its review of the interest rate swaps that were sold on an industrial scale by banks to gullible small business customers, especially in 2004-08, has fallen short on a number of fronts. (for more on the fraudulent […]

June 27th, 2014 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

RBS job advert casts doubt on the assertions of Sach

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June 26th, 2014 The Royal Bank of Scotland seems to be rather confused over whether its infamous Global Restructuring Group is run as a “profit centre”. A job advertisement placed by the bank in January 2014, clearly states that the “role purpose” of relationship managers within GRG is to be “a major contributor to the […]

June 26th, 2014 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

RBS’s annual general meeting was more placid than usual


June 26th, 2014 The Royal Bank of Scotland, which last year made losses of £8.2 billion, held its annual general meeting yesterday. The shareholders’ gathering was a slightly calmer affair than some of the recent ones I have attended. Held at the bank’s sprawling, campus-style “world headquarters” at Gogarburn, near Edinburgh – itself a monument to the hubris […]

June 26th, 2014 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

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