Tag: Barclays Global Investors

[Companies like Pfizer, BlackRock & You] It’s Your (Job) Life

Logo of Pfizer Incorporated.

Corporations make decisions for all sorts of reasons. You will not benefit from all of them. And because of that it’s important that you manage your career and your life rather than hope that someone else will manage it well for you. Some corporate decisions, like Pfizer’s plug-pulling of its development of a major biotech […]

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[Barclays Sale of BGI] And the Winner Is. . .

BlackRock (or here ). The twist to watch will be to see if BlackRock spins / sells BGI’s iShares unit. The presumption on the street is that many of BGI’s employees – outside of the ETF iShares unit –  will have their employment terminated as BlackRock has a number of redundancies in the BGI operation […]

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[Career Planning: Mergers & Acquisitions] What Do You Do When the Rumors Start?

Nothing’s guaranteed except change, and in business (as well as more than just a few non-profits) that means a churn of possible mergers, consolidations, and acquisitions. Across the country biotech companies, financial services firms like asset managers, hedge funds, venture capital and private equity firms, and any number of companies in other sectors are all […]

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[Barclays Global Investors & iShares] Will the Sale Be Called Off?

Part of what has caused rumored ongoing discussion (e.g. “water cooler” talk) at Barclays Global Investors and its iShares division is that the shake out on who stays and who likely goes depends on who acquires – if anyone – the unit(s). As pointed out in earlier posts here , here ,  and here , […]

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[Barclays, BGI and iShares] The Fun Just Doesn’t Seem to Stop

More news continues to pop as parent corporation Barclays PLC works toward the expiration date of June 18th for its “go shop” period for a possible sale of San Francisco-based (pick one) Barclays Global Investors with its Exchange Traded Funds iShares unit, BGI and iShares sold separately, or iShares alone. As noted in an earlier […]

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[New Rules] The Name Game: What Job Title Should You Ask For?

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Mike Latham, who I know through my work at Barclays Global Investors, is a good guy and a good manager: He gets things done, is transparent in his dealings, is funny, works hard, knows the business, and is respected and liked by the people with whom he works. His job title – CEO of United […]

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What Should You Know BEFORE the Headhunter Calls?

It’s tough to play well without knowing the rules. The employment game is no different: jobs may not always go to the best, but rather the best who know how to play the game. For those people who are in roles where positions are usually filled by companies using search firms, knowing how “executive search” works, particularly knowing what to do and what to avoid, can propel you throughout your career.

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[Through the Glass Door] The iShares / Barclays Global Investors Sale: What Are Buyers Buying?

Earlier posts highlighted the quandry – sort of like long not-so-pleasant twisting in the wind – that the apparent shopping of iShares and Barclays Global Investors by parent firm Barclays PLC is having on those organizations and their employees. Having done M & A work, it can’t be fun at either iShares or BGI, and it can’t be very productive either: water cooler talk is likely high, and productivity is likely to be very low. For would-be buyers, though, there are least four questions I’d want answered:

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[Barclays Global Investors] New Bidder for iShares or BGI AND iShares?

Reuters UK reported Sunday that there is a likely new bidder and new interest for the iShares unit of San Francico based-Barclays Global Investors as a firm called BC Partners has trumped an earlier bid by 500 million pounds over CVC Partners earlier bid of 3 billion pounds. During this 45 day "go shop" period […]

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