Tag: BlackRock

[Through the Glass Door] BGI: Discarding the Emperor’s New Clothes

Merger integration activities are in full swing in a least two (three if you count Oracle and Sun) places this month. Company watchers in financial services and biotech / pharma will be able to see first hand in the next year how skillful acquirers BlackRock (acquirer of San Francisco-headquartered Barclays Global Investors aka BGI) and […]

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[Life Back West] October 2009 – “Moving Day”

Boxes weren’t packed but files had been saved and addresses were changed: it was moving day at BackWest.com earlier this month. Gone was the former hosting company Dotster, whose spotty reliability made visiting the Back West website a hit and miss proposition. “New” was web hosting company JustHost.com, (#2 on this ratings recap here ). […]

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[The BGI Integration] Welcome to BlackRock: “Louder, Faster, Angrier”

Culture change resulting from mergers and acquisitions can be interesting though usually more interesting on the acquiring than acquired side of the bargain. In one or both cases it involves change. Any change, while fun to some, is dreadful for others. And when it involves culture change, it hits people right in the values and behaviors […]

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[New Rules] Career Planning: How to Be “Discovered”

Christopher Columbus voyages

Just as in sports, some people in business seem to have the knack – and luck – of being in the right place at the right time. But how do they do it, and what can you learn from them that can work for you? Here are six things you can do to raise your […]

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[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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[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?

Job Titles

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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[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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