James Barty

Senior Consultant to Policy Exchange, Financial Policy, 2011-2013


In November of 2011 James Barty became the Senior Consultant to Policy Exchange on Financial Policy after almost 25 years in the City. He worked at NatWest, Deutsche Bank and then a hedge fund, Arrowgrass Capital Partners, in that time. He started as a corporate banker before switching to economics in 1990 when joining Morgan Grenfell (subsequently integrated into Deutsche Bank in 1994). He was Chief UK Economist, Co-Head of European Economics and then co-head of Global Economics before switching to equity strategy in 2001. He headed DB’s European Equity Strategy group before going to run Global Equity Strategy and Asset Allocation. In 2006 he moved to the hedge fund business initially inside DB and then as an independent fund from 2008 onwards, where he was a partner responsible for macro strategy and as well as working on the risk and hedging for the fund. Arrowgrass Capital Partners was a multi strategy fund, dealing with bonds, equities, derivatives, distressed debt and M&A. At Policy Exchange he has published work on executive pay, Bank of England reform, capital requirements and privatising RBS and Lloyds. He has been actively involved in researching SME finance and has recently hosted a panel event and roundtable on the issue in conjunction with Santander.

James Barty

Related Posts & Publications

It’s time to privatise RBS and Lloyds

It’s time to privatise RBS and Lloyds

When the last Labour government bought the stakes in the banks back at the peak of the financial crisis it did so to prevent a meltdown in the financial system. The idea was to provide RBS and Lloyds with enough breathing space to repair themselves, with the eventual...