British bank Barclays on Monday said chief executive Jes Staley had quit ahead of contesting the outcome of a U.K. probe into past links with.
Barclays, which had supported Staley during the investigation, additional in a statement that the preliminary conclusion “makes no findings that Mr. Staley saw, or was aware of, any of Mr. Epstein’s alleged crimes.”
The bank additional that Staley has been replaced by its head of global markets, C.S. Venkatakrishnan.
The statement additional that Barclays and Staley were made aware late Friday of preliminary conclusions from the investigation carried out by British financial watchdogs.
“In view of those conclusions, and Mr. Staley’s intention to contest them, the board and Mr. Staley have agreed that he will step down from his role as group chief executive and as a director of Barclays,” the bank said.
“It should be noted that the investigation makes no findings that Mr. Staley saw, or was aware of, any of Mr. Epstein’s alleged crimes, which was the central question underpinning Barclays’ sustain for Mr. Staley following the arrest of Mr. Epstein in the summer of 2019,” it additional.
Barclays said it was “disappointed” by the outcome, adding that “Staley has run the Barclays group successfully since December 2015 with real commitment and skill”.
The bank said Staley was entitled to 12 months’ notice and will continue to receive his annual cash and shares salary of the equivalent of $3.3 million plus pension and other benefits.
He is also entitled to repatriation costs to his home country, the United States.
In a fleeting statement, Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority, whose probe is being carried out along with the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority, said they “do not comment on current investigations or regulatory proceedings.”
Staley has before said his last contact with Epstein was in 2015.
This was ahead of Staley becoming Barclays CEO in December of that year and seven years after Epstein had been convicted of sex offenses.
“For sure, with hindsight with what we know now, I deeply regret having any relationship with Jeffrey,” Staley said last year, having embarked on a “specialized relationship” with Epstein in 2000.
That was when Staley became head of JPMorgan’s private bank, of which Epstein was a client.
A wealthy financier, Epstein was found dead in a federal jail in Manhattan in August 2019 while awaiting trial on allegations that he trafficked girls as young as 14 for sex.
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