Morning Coffee: International investment bank cuts 50% of its workforce. 37-year-old banker dies whilst working

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Half RenCap's staff have gone

Most banks have made a few redundancies in recent years. Compared to Russian bank Renaissance Capital, however, they have merely been tinkering around the edges. As Euromoney pointed out yesterday, RenCap has laid off 50% of its staff since early 2012 and now employs 550 people compared to 1,200 at its peak nearly two years ago. In total, RenCap now employs only 60 'front office investment banking staff,' of whom half are focused entirely on Russia.

Unsurprisingly, RenCap's extreme approach to layoffs has worked wonders for profits. The bank says its operating profit in the first nine months of 2013 was a, "major achievement."

Separately, The Evening Standard yesterday reported on the tragic death of Tomas Dusek, a 37 year old father of two who died whilst working for StormHarbour Securities in June 2012. Dusek was one of 14 passengers on a helicopter which crashed into a mountain whilst surveying a river. Dusek's wife has launched a case against Stormharbour, accusing the company of failing to ensure her husband's safety and to ensure a safe flight operator was selected.


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