The News: Barclays Adding Heads

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Think no one is hiring bankers these days? Then you haven't been watching Barclays Capital.

The London-based powerhouse - never shy about talking up aggressive growth plans (for its U.S. presence in particular) either before or since the global crisis erupted - is the subject of a lengthy New York Times story replete with names and numbers. Barclays President Bob Diamond says he's "elated" by how much investment banking business he's acquired in America, and he describes the push as "a long-term investment." Meanwhile, since February the bank has added more than 450 research, equities and merger advisory professionals in Europe and Asia, and plans to add at least 300 more by year-end - including 65 senior bankers.

However, while bulking up its banking franchise, Barclays is looking to shed two other high-profile businesses: The iShares ETF unit, and Barclays Global Investors, the premier quant- and index-focuses asset management firm based in San Francisco.

The Times story notes some other pockets of hiring among investment banks. SocGen reportedly is bringing on 35 senior bankers in Europe and Russia, and Perella Weinberg Partners just hired two bankers in London.

One clear takeaway: Institutions that never tapped government aid are the place to be, or go.

In a Rarity These Days, Barclays Moves to Expand [NYTimes]

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