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

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Osborne was right to oppose the EU banker bonus cap

Osborne was right to oppose the EU banker bonus cap

Despite failing to prevent European finance ministers agreeing to the policy in Brussels yesterday, George Osborne was right to oppose the EU’s proposed cap on bankers bonuses for a number of reasons. First, the legislation introducing this cap was part of CRD IV –...
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Mark Carney makes his first appearance in front of the Treasury Select Committee today. But what should the influential committee ask our new Bank of England governor? It certainly shouldn’t waste time questioning his salary. Whether the governor is paid £305,000 like...
Should the Bank of England’s objective be changed?

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In our recent report on how to reform the Bank of England, we argued that there had been excessive focus on inflation targeting under Sir Mervyn King at the expense of financial stability and growth. The Bank of England’s new found focus on financial stability has...
A new Bank of England for a new Governor

A new Bank of England for a new Governor

While that is a great starting point for reforming the Bank merely changing the man at the top is not enough. There must be wholesale reform of both the structure and culture of the Bank of England if the new Governor is to avoid the mistakes of his predecessor. The...
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