Prime broker profile: Barclays Capital - aiming for the top

Barclays Capital aims to capitalise on its acquisition of Lehman Brothers to expand its offering to become a global top-tier prime broker for hedge funds. Custody services are something BarCap is also eyeing.


When Lehman Brothers collapsed in September 2008, Barclays Capital (BarCap) seized its chance. After years of organic growth, the UK-headquartered bank expanded its operations in one fell swoop by taking on Lehman’s US investment banking and fixed-income and equities sales, trading and research operations.

The deal attracted considerable attention and is still doing so thanks to a recent Manhattan bankruptcy court hearing.

Lehman’s bankruptcy trustees and creditors are trying to recoup over $11

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