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"Just the bill, please"

At first glance, the bill looks a tad outrageous, detailing how close to £27,000 was whittled away at London’s Movida nightclub on mainly Cristal and Dom Perignon champagne, with a few bottles of fine wine and some cans of Red Bull thrown in for good measure. Note that there is no food on the bill. The rumour is that it belongs to either a fixed-income or FX broker.

One bank, one market, one leader

Last week I was swift to attribute my foul mood to the poor old press office at Deutsche Bank. I must confess, I was a bit harsh in my criticism. This week, I am much calmer and I have been radiating an altogether sunnier disposition, despite the atrociously wet and despondently grey weather we’ve been having in London. And guess what? Deutsche has played a key role in improving my frame of mind. I am currently getting on with the bank very nicely. Hopefully this state of affairs will continue, despite what follows.

I was recently out on the sauce with a source who knows Deutsche and its workings extremely well. He told me an amusing story about how, when Deutsche’s sales staff log on to their systems, a cartoon of Zar Amrolia, the bank’s global head of FX, pops up on their screen. Animated Zar then exhorts them to go and get their clients to vote in the Euromoney FX poll. Deutsche’s staff, I’m told, refer to the cartoon as their little “Desktop Zar”. What a funtastic place it must be to work.

I asked Deutsche to send me my own Desktop Zar so I too could be exhorted on to greater things, but the bank declined.

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