Monthly Archives: April 2012

This week the FT’s banking team discuss Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank’s results, the groundswell of opposition towards high bankers pay from investors, and Lloyd’s attempts to sell 600 of its branches.

Presented by Patrick Jenkins, with Sharlene Goff and Daniel Schäfer.
Produced by Katie Carnie


As the Dutch government falls, a socialist wins the first round of the French presidential election, and the UK slides back into recession, Brussels bureau chief Peter Spiegel and Europe editor Ben Hall discuss the backlash against Europe’s austerity politics.
Michael Peel reports from Syria on the progress of UN monitors in the country, and diplomatic editor James Blitz looks at how the West’s intervention could be made more effective.


Are businesses ready to deal with security risks and privacy laws? We
ask Chris Watson, partner for telecoms, media and technology, at law firm CMS, to Jay Heiser and French Caldwell of industry analysts Gartner, and Hakan Carlbom, CIO of the Stockholm-based private equity house EQT for their views.

Presented and produced by Stephen Pritchard


The FSA crack down on “death bonds”, why absolute return funds don’t always do what they say on the tin, and why are two-year fixed mortgages the most commonly offered product, when they often don’t represent the best value to borrowers?


Lucy Kellaway on why the ambitious should go for prestige every time


In the UK, the world’s second-biggest market for M&A after the US, the Takeover Panel last year reformed the rules regulating dealmaking. What impact are the changes having eight months on?

Anousha Sakoui, the FT’s mergers and acquisitions correspondent, looks at the issues with studio guests James Palmer, global head of law firm Herbert Smith’s corporate business and Jonathan Rowley, co-head of European M&A at investment bank UBS.


The banking team discuss the likely candidates to take over from Mervyn King as Governor of the Bank of England, the forthcoming Barclays AGM and the BTG Pactual IPO. They also look at recent US banking results and how they will affect their European peers.


Nelson Mandela once said, “Somehow, Shakespeare always seems to have something to say to us.” This year, the bard is saying it in 37 languages. Globe to Globe, a six-week festival starting on April 21 at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, presents all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays, each by a different international theatre company.

But what is lost in translation? Can other countries really do Shakespeare better than Britain? And how do the plays relate to the world today?

Jan Dalley is joined by Dominic Dromgoole, artistic director of the Globe; Professor Robert Grant, formerly of Glasgow University; and Peter Aspden, the FT’s arts writer. Roger Granville, producer of the Dari Persian “The Comedy of Errors” from Kabul, joins down the line.

Produced by Griselda Murray Brown


A Parliamentary committee calls for Government action to address QE’s adverse impact on pensioners; how private investors can speculate on that ultimate commodity, water; and a look at peer-to-peer lending website with Giles Andrews, CEO of


No amount of huddles will crack Royal Mail’s rubber band problem, says the FT’s Lucy Kellaway