Scots poll shows business wields little power in politics

Business leaders may spur the behaviour they warn against, writes Jonathan Guthrie

Lock-up expiries will unlock IPO demand

Bolt cutters won’t be needed for 23 main market businesses, writes Jonathan Guthrie

Cambridge silly price radio

Another one-time UK tech hopeful may be taken over for a stiff price

Oil auction may end badly for Nigeria

Foreign oil groups cannot be blamed for losing their nerves

Currency headwinds form corporate climate

WPP and Regus join the chorus against the strong pound

US’s role as world bank regulator

DFS made inventive use of settlement stipulations to extend its reach

MPC rebels break ranks

Dissident duo are dangerously close to the real economy

BHP Billiton / Carillion / Imps

Imagination is not going to be greatest asset for new group

Uneggspected shows power of political risk

Nothing funny about Crimea’s move to buy Avangardco operations

Balfour’s bear necessity

Carillion ratcheting up the pressure on Marshall

Trade bodies left existentially tested

It is time for reinvention or they will disappear

Thiam risks joining the establishment

We will never know if Pru would have performed better with AIA

RBS must honour Coutts’ royal prerogative

‘Don’t forget Coutts customers still expect a top drawer service’

A Norse sense to company votes

Norway’s oil fund readies a raid against complacent boards

Sands’ see-saw ride at StanChart

Board divisions can only be exaggerated by threat of new penalty

Bankers should take heed of BlackRock

Rob Leach’s tone on underperforming deals is masterly

A second irascible Scotsman battles officialdom

Chairman is right that the clampdown on banks is messy and unnecessarily costly

Investor, by their writedowns so shall you know them

‘Exceptionals’ in Lloyds, Shell, and Diageo results

Pay statistic lost from Barclays’ results

An expansion of capital-lite activities not a foregone conclusion

City ignores Russian capacity for hardship at its peril

Glasnost that fosters business ties is expiring amid the wreckage

ABOUT LOMBARD

Jonathan Guthrie Jonathan Guthrie is the City editor of the FT. He writes and edits Lombard, the column that dissects the big deals and bigger personalities dominating London’s financial centre. A popular read with senior City executives, Lombard blends analysis with humour. A veteran observer of British business, Jonathan has been an FT columnist since 2003, an FT staff member since 1993 and started as a capital markets writer in 1987. He tweets his take on City news just after 7am most weekday mornings.

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Alison Smith


Alison Smith is the FT's Chief Corporate Correspondent and has worked at the FT for more than 20 years. Her posts have included political correspondent, financial services correspondent, Lex writer, UK companies editor and, most recently, leader writer.

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Kate Burgess


Kate Burgess is the FT's Small Talk columnist and Small Companies Correspondent. She has worked at the FT for nearly 20 years in various roles, most recently as investment correspondent. Before the FT she worked as a stock broker.

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