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Junior private bankers: (Not) learning on the job

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Covid has been a tough time for junior private bankers. Instead of learning on the job, most have been stuck at home. The best banks have mentor systems and training programmes, but nothing can replace real face time with seniors and building trust with clients over a glass of wine.


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Greg Kyle-Langley first stepped into Coutts’ London head office at 440 Strand in July 2007.

The cracks were already starting to show. Bear Stearns’ share price was showing signs of strain. In August, BNP Paribas halted redemptions on three investment funds, and soon after that came the run on UK lender Northern Rock. A year later, of course, the entire financial system came close to collapse.

For many, the global financial crisis was a disaster. But for Kyle-Langley, those crazy days were a once-in-a-lifetime chance to fast track his training as a private banker.

Then, as now, Coutts was one of the industry’s most storied names and clients, including many of the City’s highest-earning bankers and financiers, were preparing for the worst.

“I got to hear some of the hardest conversations in wealth management,” he says.

“I


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Global Private Banking and Wealth Management editor
Elliot Wilson is Greater China editor and Private Banking and Wealth Management editor. He joined the magazine in 2020 having been a regular contributor focusing on China and the Indian subcontinent, Russia and Eastern Europe/the CIS. He is based in Hong Kong.