"Straight as a plumb-rule," "unpretentious" and "one of the more honest and unpolitical animals in investment banking" was how colleagues described Archie Cox - all 6ft 7in of him - in the early 1990s.
By then, he headed the equity sales desk at Morgan Stanley in New York, having run its London operation between 1977 and 1988, a period of quick-fire expansion for the firm. His resignation, two years short of a quarter century of service to Morgan Stanley, was reputed to have been in protest at incessant interference from New York in the management of the bank's European operation.
Cox joined CS First Boston in 1990, plunging into what Euromoney described in November 1990 as a "thicket of intrigue". But he was credited with turning the bank's US operation around - so it was all the more surprising when he left after three years. "Wall Street stunned as Cox quits as First Boston's chief," was the EuroWeek headline in July 1993. He resurfaced as chairman of the Tiger International Fund, Hong Kong investment arm of the US-based Tiger Management Corporation.