The race out of London

Barclays, HSBC and Standard Chartered have all made noises recently about moving their headquarters out of London. Which will be first?
Looking for a route out of London
Looking for a route out of London

For organisations with large offices dotted around the world, it hardly seems to matter which one they choose to call their headquarters. We asked our readers last week whether HSBC or Standard Chartered would be first to move their HQ to Asia, and the close result implies that they are both likely to do so.

HSBC edged the vote, perhaps after Stuart Gulliver won the unseemly race to run the bank. Earlier in September, before he was announced as the next chief executive, he told a conference that the government’s report into the banking sector could have “significant implications for where we may choose to headquarter our institution”.

His peers over at Barclays...

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