Lunchtime Links: It's all on again at VTB

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VTB is hiring again. After its previous hiring push appeared to fizzle out around the time of Lehman's death, Russian bank VTB is now back in the market and looking for, 'financial controllers, traders, salespeople, commodities professionals, corporate finance professionals in M&A, and equity capital markets coverage bankers for roles in Moscow, London, Dubai and Singapore,' according to Financial News.

Financial News says the resumption in hiring comes after VTB sliced staff in the areas concerned by two thirds. It also follows the promise of a similar hiring push in August 2008. By October 2008, however, it was rumoured that no one at VTB would be paid bonuses and hiring appeared to be quietly shelved.

Last year, VTB moved into a new building in Cornhill which is twice the size of its previous office in King William Street. However, one senior banker told us there are no aspirations to fill the space and that if big hiring is now imminent, he's yet to hear about it.

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