Meet the “Banker of the Week”
It’s Friday. Bravo Wall Streeters, you have come to the end of the… the day before you open your laptops to work on Saturday.
I’m your host, Aaron Weinman. To lighten things up, I’m rolling out Insider’s first “Banker of the Week” segment. The BoW highlights rainmakers, important new hires, or someone taking significant initiative in their business.
Now let’s go.
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1. Our first Board of Directors: Harold Butler, who leads Citi’s Diversified Financial Institutions Group. After 17 years at Citi, he is known for his ties to the US Treasury and the
Butler — a big advocate for greater fairness on Wall Street — was appointed to lead Citi’s new group of diversified financial institutions in February. The team aims to expand Citi’s capital markets business with minority-owned brokers and asset managers, and oversees the bank’s investments in minority-owned depository institutions (MDIs) .
A few years before being asked to lead that team, however, Butler sowed the seeds for a rotation program designed to cultivate ties between Citi and other MDIs. In the summer of 2020, while having dinner with Kase Lawal, president of Unity Bank in Texas, the only black-owned bank in the Lone Star StateButler was asked if Citi would consider a grant to help Unity secure new markets
Butler reflected on this and realized a rotation program that not only strengthened relationships with MDIs, but provided minority-owned financial institutions with access to Wall Street talent, services and technology.
The rotation initiative, like a secondment, integrates Citi bankers with MDIs for a short duration.
Thanks in part to Butler, Citi launched the rotation program last year. His the first detached was Gina Nisbethdirector of Citi’s commercial division, who spent the last year working with Unity National Bank of Houston.
And last month, Citi named three secondments for the second tranche of rotations:
- Sandy Furlow is on a year-long assignment with the African-American-owned Industrial Bank.
- Abhijit Bhattacharya provides advisory services to Optus Bank.
- Valerie Scruggs has joined M&F Bank, where she will work in advisory services.
Meet seven other Wall Street bankers plying their trades in minority-owned institutions.
2. Citadel Securities is hiring 25% more interns than in the past two years. The fund/market maker’s underling class includes sharp individuals, including students who won the Putnam math contest, NASA researchers, and special ops soldiers.
3. Stay on the Citadel, a the former cabinet analyst was sentenced to prison for scamming millions of dollars in Covid relief loans, according to Bloomberg. This person left the Citadel in 2018, some two years before these crimes relating to his incarceration.
4. Sotheby’s goes one-on-one with private banks on loans. Here’s how the auction house issues loans against luxury purchases like Patek Philippe watches.
5. Federal prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into Wells Fargo’s hiring practices, according to the New York Times. The investigation comes after Wells paused a policy that a former employee said led to “bogus” job interviews.
6. Franchise Group is targeting more than $2 billion to back its $8 billion deal with retailer Kohl’s. Store operator turns to Apollo Global Management for the money, people told the New York Post. Meanwhile, Apollo has also teamed up with Indian conglomerate Reliance to make a binding offer for UK drugstore Walgreens Boots, Bloomberg reports.
7. Citigroup suffered a technical payment issue at the height of market stress in March 2020. According to the Financial Times, the issue – which meant Citi was late to respond to a margin call – left the bank relying on the grace of a clearinghouse to prevent it. failure to pay margin for derivative contracts.
8. Apple won’t use Goldman Sachs’ balance sheet to issue loans for its new Apple Pay Later service. The tech giant will instead do the short-term loans through a wholly owned subsidiary called Apple Financing LLC.
9. Blockchain.com CEO says a beleaguered crypto market seems “normal”. Here is the latest news from Money20/20 Europe.
10. A former Capital One executive landed $60 million for this fintech. Here are 23 slides on how Tandym, a startup reinventing store credit cards, secured funding from investors like Gradient Ventures.
Moves down the street:
- CIFC Asset Management, an alternative credit specialist with approximately $40 billion in assets under management, has hired Conor Daly as Head of European Credit. He previously ran European credit for another structured finance store Onex Credit.
- General Atlantic conducted a $90 million financing round at Klara fintech platform in Mexico.
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