- Reuters / Peter Nicholls
- In a recent courtroom testimony, ex-Barclays trader Carlo Palombo likened being a vice president at Barclays to working at McDonald’s.
- Palombo is accused, along with three other individuals, of rigging the euro interbank offered rate – or Euribor – between 2005 and 2009.
To most people, rising to the rank of vice president at a major financial firm is an immense accomplishment – a rare feat that just a small number of people ever achieve.
But some don’t get the fuss, and Carlo Palombo is among them.
The ex-Barclays trader is currently on trial amid accusations that he rigged benchmark interest rates. Speaking in court on Thursday during his second day of testimony, Palombo said being a VP at Barclays is “the equivalent to the guy that serves you in McDonald’s,” according to a Bloomberg report.
Palombo’s tone-deaf comments came as he tried to downplay his seniority at the firm.
“Vice president is not what everyone thinks it is,” he replied after a prosecutor questioned his comparison. “It is junior.”
For context, as a supposed “junior” level employee, Palombo made £1 million ($1.35 million) in 2017, according to prosecutor James Waddington.
Palombo, 39, is on trial along with his former Barclays colleagues Colin Bermingham and Sisse Bohart. Ex-Deutsche Bank trader Achim Kraemer also stands accused. The quartet has denied charges that they fixed the euro interbank offered rate – also known as Euribor – between 2005 and 2009, according to Bloomberg.
Read the full Bloomberg report here.