At least two people employed in the City of London were caught up in the terrorist attacks at London Bridge on Saturday night.
Oliver Dowling, known as "Wolfie", was stabbed in the face, neck and stomach by the attackers during an evening out with his girlfriend, and underwent four hours of lifesaving surgery. Dowling joined UBS in October 2016 after a series of short stints at State Street, Barclays and Kleinwort Benson. His LinkedIn page describes him as a business analyst, "running multiple front office projects."
Ignacio Echeverría Miralles de Imperial, a financial crime risk analytics and compliance analyst at HSBC, is missing after the attacks. HSBC has reportedly been asked to provide fingerprints for Ignacio, who was returning home from a skate park and was seen lying on the pavement after using his skateboard as a weapon to stop a woman from being attacked. He'd worked for HSBC since February 2016 after moving to London from Madrid.
UBS and HSBC declined to comment. Our thoughts are with both men and their families.
The attack at London Bridge brings the terrorist threat closer to the City of London. Goldman Sachs and others told Financial News it was business as usual after Saturday night.
Most banks have substantially strengthened their protection of staff in recent years with hires from the military and intelligence services. The security of Goldman Sachs' Fleet Street office, for example, is managed by Ben Dyer, a former infantryman who spent 16 years in the British army and who has taken the UK’s elite ‘Advanced Command and Staff Course.’ As a measure of his importance, Dyer was promoted to MD in 2011. Security at J.P. Morgan in London is seemingly managed by Jon Denial, another MD and a former member of the Coldstream Guards - one of the oldest regiments of the British army.