by Simon Clark at Wall Street Journal
Jes Staley stepped down as chief executive of Barclays BCS -0.09%▲ PLC under pressure from regulators about how he characterized his relationship with the convicted sex offender and financier Jeffrey Epstein.
Barclays said U.K. regulators had made preliminary conclusions in its long-running investigation into what Mr. Staley told the bank about his association with Mr. Epstein and what it told regulators about the relationship.
The bank said the investigation didn’t find evidence that “Mr. Staley saw, or was aware of, any of Mr Epstein’s alleged crimes” and said Mr. Staley was planning to contest the conclusions made by regulators.
C.S. Venkatakrishnan, head of global markets, will take over as chief executive immediately, the bank said.
Spokespeople for the U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority confirmed the Barclays statement but declined to provide further details about the investigation.