Morning Coffee: JPMorgan's Paris bankers inundated with visits from global colleagues. Goldman executive's actual reason for joining private equity firm
If you're someone at, say, JPMorgan's headquarters at Madison Avenue in New York, an expensed visit to the new Paris office might appeal to you. After all, the bank has one of the best addresses in Paris, with interlinked offices in the first arrondissement, one of which is a historical monument on a magnificent plaza, and both of which are adjacent to terraces full of restaurants offering the archetypal Paris experience. Your visit can be justified on the basis that JPMorgan now has around 800 people in Paris, and the office there is a major trading hub. Perfect.
While the experience may be impeccable and the rationale watertight, it's causing JPMorgan's Paris bankers a problem. Because it's not just JPMorgan's New York people who want to visit, but its London people too. And people from elsewhere. Possibly on a Friday or Monday so that they can combine it with a long weekend.
“As we’ve become the trading hub for the EU, we have an enormous amount of visitors every day, from the UK, from New York — up to 50 or 70 people a day,” Kyril Courboin, head of JPMorgan Paris told the Financial Times. "We are starting to have no room, it's a real issue."
JPMorgan has been here before - not with visits from touring colleagues, but with a lack of space in Paris. For a while in the past, its Paris employees were displaced to a rented office space in a less salubrious area on the outskirts of the capital while they waited for the new office which was opened in 2021 to be built. Paris employees at the time told us it was a "courtesy move" to accommodate London staff whose relocation was mandated post-Brexit. Presumably they won't want to make similar allowances for their travelling colleagues.
Something may need to be done, though. JPMorgan wants to hire another 200 people in Paris and appears to be bursting at the seams. Maybe Jamie Dimon will have to make some regional allowances when it comes to working from home?
Separately, in case anyone was wondering why Harvey Schwartz, the former would-be CEO of Goldman Sachs, got a job in private equity - it was for the upside. Speaking to the Financial Times, Schwartz says his new job as CEO of Carlyle "screamed opportunity" because of the "valuation gap between our firm and other firms, it just didn’t make any sense to me.”
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