Rangers shows that LSE must up its game

Regulatory priority must be to contain damage and prevent spread

What can StanChart expect from Bill?

A pundit introduces the well-networked former JPMorgan banker

Morrison’s new bruise brother

Combo aims to hit the right notes for troubled supermarket

Aviva traders in ‘cherry picking’ scam

Parts manufacturer’s expansion plans aim to harness the benefits of being vital but dull

Takedown of Gulliver is tricky business

Populist-minded glimpse into HSBC chief’s personal finances carries ethical snags

Centrica’s improbably threadbare robber baron

Hairshirts may be attributed to ‘New Chief Executive Syndrome’

In pursuit of HSBC

When did Swiss start chasing financial suspects harder than UK?

SUVs are how the new elite rolls

In yielding to modernity Rolls has acknowledged SUV’s triumph as a prestige car category

Rolls’s goodwill challenge

Group could take it cue from GSK’s bribery scandal in China

William Hill: game over

Chief executive’s aborted £700m gamble has tipped his hand to technology supplier Playtech

Zoopla: three’s awkward

Property portal feels the pain of being the squeezed middle

Lonmin was never a good fit for Ivan

Glencore’s proposed distribution of its £230m stake makes sense

Sky emerges as the shin-kicking pro

Satellite broadcaster could not afford to lose out to BT

HSBC’s colonial curse

Remaining franchise is robust, but has scope to be rocked by further revelations of wrongdoing

Rexam should run with the Ball

Stolid performance means the City would feel guiltily relieved to see drinks-can maker go

Donations drag Tories through a hedge

Contributions come at a cost for both the givers and the receivers

Contractual anomalies deserve a red light

Top managers’ 12-month rolling contracts are bad for business

Santander flips tech argument round

Push into cloud data business could have an angle with bolting on services

Rio Tinto’s Mongolian wrangle

PM Saikhanbileg’s idea of a referendum on mineral resources by text message will exasperate mining group

Clarity on ownership of Canary Wharf

Brookfield settles old score and claims glittering prize after an acrimonious battle

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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