Barclays Plc. (Barclays) - one of the largest in the UK and the world financial conglomerates with a wide presence in Europe, the USA and Asia. Operations are carried out through its subsidiary conglomerate Barclays Bank PLC.
Barclays Group office in London (near Canary Wharf)
Type - a public company;
Year of construction - 1896;
Location - London (United Kingdom)
Assets - 2.249 trillion dollars. (2013);
Number of employees - 139 600 (2013).
Modern bank was founded in 1896, when a number of London and provincial English banks, the most notable among them Backhouse's Bank of Darlington and Gurney's Bank of Norwich, began to act under a single brand name Barclays and Co.
In the summer of 2012 the bank was at the center of a major scandal when it became known that his staff knowingly participated in the scheme of dimensional interbank LIBOR in order to optimize profits. In participating in the suspected fraud as banks Citigroup, JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank. As a result, Barclays was fined $ 452 million. In favor of the British and American market regulators. A consequence of the scandal became the resignation of top mendzhmenta bank - chairman Bob Diamond, chairman Marcus Agius and Chief Operating Officer Jerry del Missira.
In mid-2005, the Bank purchased a large block holding ABSA Group. April 23, 2007 Dutch ABN AMRO Holding NV and Barclays Plc issued a joint press release on the merger, which announced plans to complete the merger by the end of 2007.
About 67% of the shares owned by institutional investors Barclays. Capitalization at the beginning of 2008 - $ 55 billion.
Barclays Capital - the investment division of Barclays Bank Plc.
Barclays over the last few years in favor sole sponsor of the English Premier League.
In 2010, the list of the 50 most reliable banks in the world, published by the magazine Global Finance, the bank placed on 34th place - the second largest British banks after HSBC.