The 2013 analyst classes are now assembled at banks in London. Helpfully, banks have been registering their new hires with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), thereby letting the world know precisely who they've taken on.
We've trawled through the new registrations to bring you some of the most interesting examples of this year's recruits.
As with Goldman Sachs' new analyst class, there are some common features - and these hold across Barclays and RBS. A lot of people have studied economics and maths. A lot are straight A students. A lot have completed multiple internships. Many of them have participated in college finance societies. One of them won an eFinancialCareers Investment Challenge. Only Barclays has studied an ex-professional DJ from London's Ministry of Sound nightclub, however.
Select members of the Barclays' 2013 investment banking analyst class:
1. Name: Albert Abutaliev
Job: FX Algo Trading Quant
School: New Economic School Russia. Studied economics and quantitative econometrics.
Experience: No internships.
Distinguishing characteristic: Very quanty.
2. Name: Andrew (Andy) Purnell
Job: Analyst, securitized products
School: University College London
Experience: Spent four years as a professional DJ and Event Manager at Milkshake at the Ministry of Sound (Milkshake seemingly being a student night). Spent another 4 years as a tax accountant at Deloitte.
Distinguishing characteristic: Unusually hip. Seen here in cockney-mode.
3. Name: Christoffer Christiansen
Job: Analyst, seemingly in emerging markets FICC structuring
School: Copenhagen Business School and Edinburgh University. Studied business
Experience: Summer intern at Barclays. Worked for Industriens Pension, a Danish pensions company.
Distinguishing characteristic: Speaks English, Danish and Portuguese
4. Name: James Armstrong
Job: Euro rates trading analyst
School: Warwick University. Studied economics.
Experience: Intern at Barclays, spring insights at Merrill Lynch, Nomura AND Deutsche Bank
Distinguishing characteristic: Was a ‘Fresh Minds One to Watch Brand Ambassador’ and chairman of the Warwick Finance Society and got 1st class degree.
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5. Name: Mohammad Ghazi Atallah
Job: FX Options trader
School: Brown University. Studied applied mathematics and economics.
Experience: Sales and trading intern at Barclays NYC in 2012 (but joining in London). Once interned at PwC.
Distinguishing characteristic: Member of various frat clubs.
6. Name: Joseph Sumner
Job: IBD analyst, financial institutions group (FIG)
School: Oxford University, studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics
Experience: None we’re aware of.
Distinguishing characteristic: None we’re aware of
7. Name: Alexander Fyfe
Job: Leveraged finance analyst
School: McGill University Canada, studied economics and finance
Experience: Summer intern at Barclays, summer intern at Haymarket Financial, Summer intern at Towerbrook Capital Partners. Spent some time at Hudson Advisors.
Distinguishing characteristic: Speaks French. Looks innately cheerful.
8. Name: Alexander Gill
Job: M&A analyst
School: Nottingham University. Studied economics and philosophy with metaphysics.
Experience: Summer analyst and spring intern at Barclays. Private banking assistant at Credit Suisse. Worked for graduate event management and marketing consultancies while studying.
Distinguishing characteristic: Philosophical.
9. Name: Tom Harvey
Job: Analyst, seemingly on sterling swaps trading desk
Experience: Summer intern HSBC, Easter Insight Programme BNP Paribas, ‘Explore’ at Nomura
Distinguishing characteristic: Unfeasibly high marks in all exams. Co-chairman of the Warwick finance society
10. Name: Emma Pegg
Job: Analyst, Long term treasury execution (possibly on long term internship)
School: University of Bath, studied Business Administration
Experience: Intern at Morgan Stanley, compliance placement at UBS, structured products intern at RBC, prime services intern at Barclays.
Distinguishing characteristics: Female (22 people have been newly registered by Barclays with the FCA, only three are women).
Select members of the Royal Bank of Scotland' 2013 investment banking analyst class:
1. Name: Jean-Paul Westgate
Job: Investment banking analyst
School: University of Cambridge (BA, Natural Sciences)
Experience: Corporate finance analyst, Lesmoir-Gordon, Boyle & Co (December 2012-March 2013), Summer analyst at GIC in 2012, Neptune Investment Management work experience for one month in 2011.
Distinguishing characteristic: Sporty.
2. Name: William Appleyard
Job: Analyst, capital markets focusing on financial institutions
School: University of York (BSc Economics and Finance, 1st).
Experience: Summer intern in capital markets at Citi in 2012 and Spring insight week 2011
Distinguishing characteristic: Heavily involved with finance societies at university.
3. Name: Frederick Asante
Job: Analyst, international banking
School: University of Leicester (BSc Economics, 1st).
Experience: Summer intern at Deutsche Bank’s M&A division 2010, Advisory intern at Ernst & Young in 2008.
Distinguishing characteristic: Loves leadership awards
4. Name: Ka-Yee Cheng
Job: FX sales analyst
School: Imperial College London (MEng, Civil Engineering)
Experience: Summer intern in RBS’s FX sales and trading division in 2012, Easter internship at RBS in 2012 and Citi in 2010.
Distinguishing characteristic: Markets intern of the year at RBS in 2012.
5. Name: Patrick Kah Mun Hui
Job: FX trading
School: Imperial College London (BSc Biology with Management)
Experience: Summer internship G10 FX spot trading at RBS in 2012, rates sales analyst at UBS in 2011, spring intern JPMorgan markets division in 2011, Spring intern at RBS in 2011, sales and trading intern at UBS in 2010, Deutsche Bank Campus Ambassador 2011-2012.
Distinguishing characteristic: Internship addict.
6. Name: Anthony Casagrande
Job: Analyst, investment banking
School: ESC Toulouse (BA Business Administration), Bocconi University (MSc Finance)
Experience: Summer intern in RBS’s financial institutions debt restructuring division in 2012.
Distinguishing characteristic: Multi-linguist. French.
7. Name: Asim Khalid
Job: UK credit sales analyst
School: University of Warwick (BSc Economics, 1st)
Experience: Summer intern NYSE Euronext marketing derivatives in 2011, Spring Intern UBS investment bank in 2011, Insight week at Goldman Sachs in 2008 (before university)
Distinguishing characteristic: Straight A, award-winning student.
8. Name: Amos Chia
Job: Analyst, investment banking
School: Cass Business School (BSc, Banking and International Finance, 1st)
Experience: Summer intern at RBS FIG group in 2012, private banking intern DBS private banking in Singapore and insight week at PwC in 2011.
Distinguishing characteristic: Lots of money-making activities outside of banking.
9. Name: Lucy Emtage
Job: FX sales analyst
School: University of Glasgow (MA Economics)
Experience: Summer internship RBS markets (FX division) in 2012, Spring internship at RBS in 2011.
Distinguishing characteristic: Musician and marketer.
10. Name: Gian Luigi Durante
Job: Debt Capital Markets analyst
School: Universita degli Studi di Torino (BSc Business Administration and Management) and ESCP Europe (MiM, Management)
Experience: Two internships at RBS (investment banking in 2012, debt capital markets in France in 2013), Corporate and investment banking intern Intesa Sanpaolo (May-July 2012) and Finance Summer analyst at the same bank in 2011
Distinguishing characteristic: Won eFinancialCareers trading competition in 2012.