Cyber Security Breaches Lead To Slowed Hiring For J.P. Morgan

J.P. blog update courtesy efinacialcareers’ “Morning Coffee”. profiled earlier in February the uptick in PE firms hiring younger bankers however, other Wall Street businesses are easing up on hiring bankers and looking for more cybersecurity employees after recent breaches.

Much of the hiring that takes place on Wall Street is, unfortunately, reactive. Junior bankers are replacing pricey seniors while sell-side firms are backfilling seats left vacant by staffers who are jumping to the buy-side. And then of course there is headline chasing, when banks load up on compliance, risk and cyber security pros after news of a big scandal breaks.

And that’s not to say it’s a PR move. When J.P. Morgan discovered a massive breach to its internal network last June, one that reportedly had ties to Russia, it pulled out all the stops to improve its defenses to mitigate against a repeat occurrence. Apparently grown frustrated with a lack of help from the U.S. government, the bank has reportedly been recruiting defense contractors and people with military backgrounds, according to Bloomberg.

J.P. Morgan has already grown headcount within its digital security staff to 1,000, more than double the size of Google’s security group, according to the report. The bank has even built a security services facility in the backyard of the National Security Agency, making it easier to recruit talented defense pros. From the sounds of it, J.P. Morgan has essentially built itself a mini defense agency.

Meanwhile, hiring continues to slow in the front office. Headcount at the 10 biggest investment banks on Wall Street fell for the fourth year in a row in 2014, down 4% to 51,600,according to a new report. Fixed income units took the brunt of the punishment, with banks cutting nearly 10% of front office FICC employees during the year.

Despite a revival in dealmaking, investment banking divisions cut their staff by 1% year-over-year. And that’s with revenue up 6% compared to 2013. With greater needs in the back and middle offices, banks are trying to do more with less when it comes to revenue generators.

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May 26 Post-IPO Quiet Period Expiry For Ares Management Opens A Cheap Window For A Solid Company; Underscoring Role of Underwriters

seekingalpha logo’s blog editor thanks Seeking Alpha for below extract; an independent analysis of alternative fund management firm Ares Management, which launched its initial public offering (IPO) on May 1. The analysis of this multi-strategy investment management platform was contributed by Don Dion, the owner and Chief Investment Officer of DRD Investments, LLC, based in Naples, FL. and Williamstown, MA., a family office focused on managing a long/short hedge fund, real estate assets and various other financial assets for the Dion family.


  • The Quiet period on underwriter research on ARES will come to an end on May 26th, 25 days after the firm’s May 1 IPO.
  • ARES has had a rocky start on the market post-IPO after pricing well below the expected range and continuing decline, despite strong underwriting, management, and revenues.
  • Given ARES’ strong fundamentals, we suggest investors consider buying into the company as share price could temporarily increase, following underwriter reports.

The SEC-enforced quiet period on underwriter research on Ares Management LP (ARES) will come to an end on May 26th, 25 days after the firm’s May 1 IPO.

The expiration of the quiet period will allow ARES’ IPO underwriters to publish research reports on the alternative asset manager, likely leading to at least a temporary increase in the price of ARES shares.

Strong Underwriting Could Lead To Flood of Positive Reports

The firm’s lengthy roster of underwriters, including BofA Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Barclays Capital Inc, BNY Mellon Capital Markets LLC, BMO Capital Markets Corp, Citigroup Global Markets Inc, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc, Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Goldman Sachs & Co, Imperial Capital LLC, Houlihan Lokey Capital Inc, JMP Securities LLC, Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Inc, Keefe Bruyette & Woods Inc, Morgan Stanley & Co LLC, SMBC Nikko Securities America Inc, RBC Capital Markets LLC, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Inc, Wells Fargo Securities LLC and UBS Investment Bank, will attempt to breathe life into the stock by unleashing a wave of positive research on ARES at the conclusion of the quiet period.

Correlation Between Underwriting and Share Price

Both the results of recent academic studies and our own research over the past two years have provided empirical evidence of a correlation between the reputation and quantity of IPO underwriters and a rise in share prices with the expiration of the quiet period; ARES’ impressive list of underwriters should prove an asset at the end of the quiet period.

Share prices usually begin to rise a few days in advance of the expiration as aggressive investors purchase shares in order to take advantage of the upcoming underwriter reports. These early buys generate an atmosphere of rising demand, causing a rise in the price of shares before the underwriters have had the opportunity to publish their reports.

Overview of ARES Business

ARES is an alternative asset management firm, offering a variety of investment strategies to its growing investor base.

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