Southpaw: Jefferies hits the strategic pain barrier

Fast-growing investment bank Jefferies faces a challenge to press ahead with its global hiring spree at a time when rivals are cutting costs to combat falling revenues. So far it has been able to mine a rich seam of talent as other firms shed staff, but a boost in international revenues is now needed to keep the strategy on track. David Rothnie reports.

  • 15 Oct 2010

Few investment banks have lined the pockets of headhunters in the last two years like Jefferies, the erstwhile US mid-market firm that is seeking to be a global force to rival the bulge-brackets.

The firm has doubled the staff at its European headquarters to 600 since 2008, but its ...

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