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Barclays freezes Jes Staley share awards amid Epstein investigation

Good morning. 

Barclays has revealed it’s suspending the payment of share awards to its former boss Jes Staley amid ongoing investigations into his relationship with the late sex offender Jeffery Epstein.

Mr Staley, who stepped down from the FTSE 100 bank in November, was being treated as a “good leaver”.

At the time, it was announced that he would pocket an annual payout of £2.4m in cash and shares plus a £120,000 pension allowance and other benefits.

He owns 5.7m shares worth around £10m and was also entitled to as many as 11.4m shares valued at £22.5m if the bank hits targets in coming years. The frozen awards are thought to include a 2019 bonus subject to performance between 2019 and 2021. It was worth up to £3.3m.

Barclays said almost 70pc of Mr Staley’s variable remuneration remains unvested, adding it hadn’t made any further decisions regarding the former boss’ pay.

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What happened overnight 

Equities mostly rose on Wednesday and oil prices stabilised as investors tracked developments in Ukraine. In early trade, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sydney, Seoul, Wellington, Taipei and Jakarta were all in positive territory. Singapore and Manila slipped and Tokyo was closed for a holiday.

Coming up today

  • Corporate: Aston Martin Lagonda, Barclays, Capital & Counties Properties, Hochschild Mining, Rio Tinto, Unite Group (full-year results); Ted Baker (trading update)
  • Economics: Bank of England monetary policy report hearings (UK)



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