Lazard, one of the world's pre-eminent financial advisory and asset management firms, operates from 42 cities across 27 countries in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Central and South America.



BofA, Deutsche, Evercore, Lazard, Merrill

Bank of America announced earlier this week that it was launching a metals trading business. The firm has hired Patrick Coleman, who has 20 years commodities experience, more recently at HSBC. Coleman joins the company in New York, as Managing Director and Global Head of Metals.

CSFB Off, Frank Quattrone, HSBC, Lazard

Strong private and corporate and retail banking revenues helped Credit Suisse make a decent first quarter profit - earnings were up 2.6% to $1.61bn. Over at the investment bank, profits were down 13% to $453m on the same period 12 months ago. Revenues fell by 9.2%.