Where do you go as a wealthy but redundant banker looking for a little relaxation? Try the UK's Cotswolds, long renowned as a haven for ex-City types looking for a little Cath Kidston as an antidote to all the years of pinstripes. It is to here that Javier Martin-Artajo, the ex-J.P. Morgan banker due to be arrested for allegedly covering up the losses in J.P. Morgan's whale trade, has beaten a hasty retreat.
Martin Artajo has an old stone home in Church Westcote, a picturesque Cotswolds hamlet favoured by Elizabeth Hurley where a detached cottage costs around £850k.
Church Westcote is several miles from Chipping Norton, making Artajo a viable member of the 'Chipping Norton set' which includes Rebekah Brooks and David Cameron. Bloomberg went to visit Martin-Artajo, who was paid $11m by J.P. Morgan in 2011, but found that he was away on holiday. CNBC also paid Church Westcote a visit and was informed by cleaners that Martin-Artajo had left the country.
Julien Grout, the other ex-J.P. Morgan trader now facing extradition to the U.S. was more junior than Martin-Artajo. While Martin-Artajo repaired to the wealthy Cotswolds, Grout was reportedly compelled to go to France in search of work and lower living costs (Grout may be living with his parents). It helps that it's harder to extradite people from France to the U.S. than it is to extradite people from the U.K. Grout's lawyer has denied that he's on the run.
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