Larry Fink, BofA, Barclays, Citi, Goldman Sachs, UniCredit

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The Financial Times reports that BlackRock boss / co-founder Larry Fink is a phone friend of U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner.

According to the newspaper, Geithner and Fink spoke no less than 49 during the 18 months between January 2011 and through June this year - an average call of once every 11 days. Not that's what you call influence!

In the meantime, Bloomberg reports that Bank of America named Henrietta Baldock chairwoman of European financial institutions investment banking.

And Bloomberg also reports that Christopher Yanney and K.C. Baer, formerly heads of high-yield bond trading at Citigroup and Barclays, are setting up a new credit-investment firm.

CKC Capital LLC, which will begin operating in January, will focus on high-yield debt including distressed companies, Yanney and Baer said in a telephone interview. The firm, which will be based in New York, is planning to invest through a fund with an initial size of $250 million.

Stephen Branton-Speak, the head of metals trading at Goldman Sachs, is set to retire after 15 years and after playing a key role in steering the $2.25bn sale of the London Metal Exchange, sources told Reuters on Friday.

Finally, Reuters also reports that UniCredit has said it has hired Waleed El-Amir, previously the Middle East and North Africa investment banking head for Bank of America, to head its funding and investment portfolio business globally.

Bank of America Names Baldock European Financials Chairwoman

Citigroup, Barclays Ex-Bond Trading Heads Setting Up Credit Fund

Goldman Sachs metals chief to retire post LME sale

UniCredit hires ex-BofA Merrill banker for senior role

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