Abigail with attitude: Generosity adds to buoyant mood at Euromoney dinner
The mood at the top tables at the recent Euromoney Awards for Excellence dinner was buoyant. At the awards ceremony in 2009, senior bankers were reeling from the credit crunch. In 2010, they were reeling from the public and regulatory backlash. But this year, people were genuinely in a good mood. At one stage, I looked up from talking to my neighbour, Jamie Forese – head of securities and banking at Citi – and I saw across the table Barclays Capital’s Rich Ricci, Morgan Stanley’s Franck Petitgas and Citi’s John Havens all roaring with laughter.
However, the highlight of the evening was the generosity shown towards Euromoney’s chosen charity: Little Rock Inclusive Early Childhood Development Centre. The banks represented at the dinner promised almost £600,000 to facilitate the purchase of land and the construction of a new school for deprived children in Kibera, Kenya.