The Business On... Alex Snow, Chief Executive, Evolution
Friday 01 October 2010
What, he's still here?
Yup. Mr Snow's Evolution Securities has endured some considerable ups and downs, but the former Harlequins and England A rugby star is a survivor. Well, you might expect someone who played opposite Martin Johnson and who freely admits that the two "knocked bells off each other" during their active career would be a hard man to dislodge.
Why's he in the news?
He's keen to buy rival stockbroker Panmure Gordon. Shares in another possible bidder, Cenkos Securities, shot up when it ruled itself out of an auction in favour of picking off teams and individuals instead. It's cheaper.
Not that Evo's is after the best of Panmure, then
Oh yes it is. Saying you are interested in a deal, and doing one are two very different things. The apparent interest in Panmure from Evolution creates uncertainty and it's not only Cenkos that stands to benefit from picking off its best people. Evo's will be at the same game.
It's all very tactical
Exactly. Mr Snow is a survivor, and you don't survive as long as he has in the City at a company which has been dogged by controversy for years by missing the main chance.
What's he like?
Big. Really big.
Sorry. It can be hard to warm to Mr Snow. His company seems desperate to prove how busy it is. It's not unknown for him to wear a short-sleeved shirt and turn up to a meeting after a strategic delay just to prove how busy he is. If that seems rather off, it is. But you can't deny Evo's success. Despite all the controversy and chunky FSA fines it has had to deal with, it's still here.
More of the same. Don't bet on Mr Snow – who had his fair share of time with the big boys during a stint at Credit Suisse – going anywhere any time soon. He might not buy Panmure in the end but Evo's going to be in the thick of any broking upheavals.
- 1 Rihanna 'nude pictures' claims emerge on 4Chan as hacking scandal continues
- 2 Kim Kardashian 'nude photos' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence scandal
- 3 'F*ck it, I quit': KTVA reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
- 4 What are your fingerprint words?
Rihanna 'nude pictures' claims emerge on 4Chan as hacking scandal continues
Kim Kardashian 'nude photos' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence scandal
'F*ck it, I quit': KTVA reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
Jennifer Lawrence: Leaked 4Chan sex video branded 'fake' by users
Jennifer Lawrence 'naked sex video' will be leaked next, threatens 4Chan celebrity photo hacker
Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
£80 - 100k + Bonus: Guru Careers: A COO / Chief Operating Officer is needed to...
£40000 - £45000 per annum: Ashdown Group: HR Manager / Training Manager (L&D /...
£40000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Manager - Edgware, Lon...
£32000 - £40000 per annum + bonus: Ashdown Group: HR Manager (Generalist) -Old...