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Tragic: Less than three weeks after this photo of Nico Lambrechts and his wife Adele was posted online, the investment analyst died.

Why did banker with perfect life take a fatal leap? Fourth tragedy at same City restaurant

 

 

Stress of SA relocation led to London banker’s suicide
14 Jan, 2013

by TheSouthAfrican.com in NEWS

The widow of a South African banker, who jumped to his death from the top of a London restaurant last year, wept as a court heard how he was under ‘enormous pressure’ at work and struggling to pay his children’s school fees.

An inquest was heard on Friday at the City of London Coroner’s Court into the death of Nico Lambrechts, a successful investment analyst at Investec Asset Management, who jumped from the open air restaurant at the top of the No 1 Poultry building in October.

Lambrechts died of multiple injuries, including severe head wounds, after climbing over the terrace at the Coq D’Argent and plunging seven floors through the notorious suicide spot’s internal atrium in front of horrified lunchtime diners and shoppers.

Witnesses said they heard a ‘loud bang’ as the 46-year-old father of three hit the ground near Bank tube station. The Telegraph reported that medics reached him within minutes but were unable to save him and he was pronounced dead by a doctor at the scene.

The court heard that Lambrechts had moved his family to the UK a few years ago to work at Merrill Lynch. When he was employed by rival firm Investec in July 2012 he had agreed to be paid in rands, as the company was due to move its headquarters to Cape Town. But he had struggled to move cash to the UK so he could pay for his children to attend private school.

His employer at Investec, Domenico Ferrini, told the court Lambrechts was “very interested to start and it was a wonderful opportunity within our growing business. I think there were a few things he was worried about. Relocating back to South Africa concerned him and the political climate there – was it the right thing?”

Lambrechts allegedly lived in a £2 million home in Surrey and took his family on exotic holidays but the court heard how had contemplated ending his life.

PC Trish Robinson, who investigated the banker’s death, said it was clear “it was a very deliberate act. I think it was just general stress of moving companies, the relocation of his family to South Africa. Three or four weeks beforehand he was at a very low ebb. On one occasion he sent his wife Adele a text message that said he had been sitting contemplating suicide.”

His GP, Dr Mark Jenkins, told the court that Lambrechts was healthy apart from being slightly overweight. ” I understand from his widow that he was under an enormous amount of pressure from his new work which must have become unbearable.”

Coroner Dr Roy Palmer recorded a verdict of suicide said he was sure Lambrechts had intended to take his own life. “I am sure that he intended to die by his actions. You don’t fall seven floors and go over a wall without that.

This was the fourth death at Sir Terence Conran’s restaurant since the financial crash in 2007. Coq D’Argent will now raise the terrace barrier to deter suicide attempts.
http://www.thesouthafrican.com/stress-of-sa-relocation-led-to-london-bankers-suicide

The Coq d'Argent restaurant

Another victim: In May 2007, City employee Richard Ford, 33, died after he plunged from the terrace of the Coq d'Argent restaurant onto a bus

A woman who works in a shop nearby said the restaurant is ‘cursed’ because of the rising number of deaths. ‘It’s become a trademark place to come and commit suicide,’ she said. ‘It’s very sad.’

Coq d’Argent is built on the site of an ancient burial ground where for centuries hundreds of corpses of affluent Londoners were buried in shallow graves.

The restaurant appeared in the James Bond-themed film sequence for the Olympics opening ceremony that featured the Queen. In the film, diners at Coq d’Argent can be seen waving to a helicopter which supposedly contains Her Majesty and James Bond actor Daniel Craig, who ‘fly’ over the restaurant on their way to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford where the Queen ‘parachutes’ in.

Yesterday an inquest into Mr Lambrechts’s death was opened and then adjourned at the City of London Coroner’s Court.

Witnesses have told how they heard a ‘loud bang’ and a ‘cracking like a whip’ as he hit the ground near Bank Tube station.

Rita Olsen, a Danish tourist, said she thought there had been a car crash. ‘I was texting my friend to arrange meeting her because I was running late and suddenly heard a loud bang and a cracking sound, like a whip,’ she said.

'He was a really great guy. He was a random man, unpredictable - you know'

Nico Lambrechts's neighbour in Cobham

‘Someone screamed and I couldn’t see what was happening, but thought maybe there had been a car crash but when the police showed up I realised someone had died.

‘It is really sad and I’m still in shock. I was horrified when I found out what had happened. I feel sorry for whoever he has left behind.’

Some workers blamed the stress of the City for the spate of deaths.

One said: ‘The last girl only jumped not too long ago and someone else died a while back when they jumped and landed on a bus.

‘It’s terrible that someone can be in such a bad place that they would do that. Maybe the pressure of working in the City got to him.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2219345/Why-did-banker-perfect-life-fatal-leap-Fourth-tragedy-City-restaurant.html

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Coq d’Argent is an elegant, fine dining space guaranteed to impress with stylish and discreet service, while our rooftop terraces offer unparalleled, panoramic views over the City of London.

Head Chef Mickael Weiss uses only the finest ingredients to create his classic French menu with contemporary flavours.
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Coq d’Argent Restaurant brings a blast of glamour and style to the City of London. From its penthouse position on top of the striking post-modern No 1 Poultry building, this smart contemporary restaurant offers classic French regional cooking to a mixture of City types and others. The roof terrace of the Coq d’Argent, with famous manicured lawn and sheltering parasols and chic contemporary lighting, offers stunning views across the Square Mile and a breath of openness and fresh air in the middle of town. But Coq d’Argent is celebrated for much more than its green, open space. Award-winning chef Mickael Weiss employs fine, fresh, seasonal ingredients to create dishes that are both classic and modern, like seared scallop on cauliflower purée with coral sauce, pickled cauliflower and pancetta salad.

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Dining style: Fine Dining
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Saturday Brunch: 12.00 noon - 4pm;
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Bar and Terraces
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 11pm;
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Name Coq d'Argent
Type Restaurant
Location 1 Poultry, Bank, London, EC2R 8EJ

Coq d'Argent is on the top floor of No. 1 Poultry (the site of the original Mappin and Webb building) and has one of the most remarkable roof gardens in London, having prime view of many of the City's landmarks; St Paul's Cathedral, Mansion House... It is because of this and the marvellous French food that many diners come back time and time again to enjoy it. The restaurant is available for moving and shaking at breakfast, lunch and dinner and you will find a meal so scrumptious you may not be able to concentrate on the wonderful views! Try traditional poultry dishes like Coq au vin, Pot au feu and Rabbit a la provencale... mmmm... The Bar Terraces remain a unique attraction for after work drinks and cocktails with relaxing background music. With bags of character, this is a real favourite among city workers and all the rest of us as well!

With 5-star written all over it, Coq d'Argent puts the special into specialoccasion. And it's so versatile. The undercover Bar Terraces remain a unique(and very popular) attraction for al fresco after work drinks and cocktails. Good news, then, that they can be hired just for the use of you and your decadent friends. The roomy main restaurant offers group bookings for breakfast, evenings and weekends. But if you're really splashing out (and werecommend you do - it suits the place), Coq d'Argent is available for exclusive hire for up 148 people seated, or 110 with a dance floor for some post-prandial disco moves! For drinks and canapes it suits parties of200-300. A wonderful place for a summer wedding reception, this. Plus, perching directly above Bank station, it couldn't be easier for your guests to get to the party.

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06/09/2012

A businesswoman plummeted 80ft to her death from an exclusive open air restaurant on the roof of an office building in London


A woman has fallen to her death from the roof terrace of a restaurant in front of shocked City workers.

She was drinking at French restaurant Coq d'Argent in central London on Tuesday night when she is reported to have taken a sip of wine before stepping over the edge of the terrace, plunging approximately 80 feet to the ground.

The woman, believed to have been Asian and in her 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene, a short distance from Bank underground station. Her name has not been released by police.

It is thought to be the third such death in five years.

One businessman who saw the aftermath of the incident outside No1 Poultry, an eight-floor office building in the Square Mile, wrote on Twitter: "My heart has never beat so deep and fast in all my life. People were crying their eyes out. She landed 20 metres in front of me."
Another City worker wrote on Twitter that it was "a horrible thing to see".

David Loewi, managing director of D&D London, which owns the Coq d'Argent, said: "It is a very sad case, but we cannot comment further as a police investigation is under way."

The restaurant, which opened in August 1998, specialises in French cooking and was said to have been busy last night, with dozens of customers present at the time the woman fell.

All areas of the Coq d'Argent, including its terraces and gardens, remained open, a D&D spokeswoman

http://dailygists360.blogspot.com/2012/09/a-businesswoman-plummeted-80ft-to-her.html

Married banker, 46, leapt seven floors to his death from City restaurant Coq d'Argent 'after struggling to pay children's school fees'
Inquest finds Nico Lambrechts intended to kill himself when he jumped off the roof of Coq d'Argent in October last year
Banker was about to move home to South Africa and had financial troubles
By HUGO GYE
PUBLISHED: 12:23 EST, 11 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:56 EST, 11 January 2013


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A banker who jumped to his death from the terrace of an exclusive London restaurant was under 'enormous pressure' at work and struggling to pay his children's school fees, an inquest heard this morning.
Nico Lambrechts fell seven floors from the Coq d'Argent restaurant, a notorious suicide spot, just months after starting a job at investment bank Investec.
City of London Coroner's Court heard how the father of three became stressed over a forthcoming move back to South Africa, and had been unable to transfer money from his home country to fund his children's education.
Mr Lambrechts died of multiple injuries last October after climbing over the wall surrounding the restaurant's terrace, minutes after a long phone conversation with his wife which was captured on CCTV.
The restaurant has now taken steps to deter suicide attempts after four people died there in the past five years.
Mr Lambrechts' GP, Mark Jenkins, told the hearing that the banker was largely healthy.
'I understand from his widow that he was under an enormous amount of pressure from his new work which must have become unbearable,' the doctor said.
The inquest heard that when the South African first moved to London he had been given a lot of help by his firm, but that when he was scheduled to move back he had to make most arrangements himself.
Suicide: Mr Lambrechts jumped to his death in the internal atrium of the building in the City of London
Suicide: Mr Lambrechts jumped to his death in the internal atrium of the building in the City of London
Police stand at the spot where Mr Lambrechts fell to his death
Site: Police stand at the spot where Mr Lambrechts fell to his death
Domenico Ferrini, who hired Mr Lambrechts at Investec in June last year, said that the banker had joined the company shortly before it was due to move its headquarters to Cape Town.
'He was very interested to start with and it was a wonderful opportunity within our growing business,' he said.
'I think there were a few things he was worried about. Relocating back to South Africa concerned him and the political climate there - was it the right thing?
'The transition of being very successful in his previous job, and having to re-establish himself at Investec. I tried to help him find his feet, that kind of thing.'
'Pressure': An inquest heard Mr Lambrechts, who fell to his death from the terrace of the restaurant at the top of the No1 Poultry in the City, had become stressed over a forthcoming move to South Africa
'Pressure': An inquest heard Mr Lambrechts, who fell to his death from the terrace of the restaurant at the top of the No1 Poultry in the City, had become stressed over a forthcoming move to South Africa
Another colleague, Duncan Coombe, said Mr Lambrechts had expressed concerns about his financial arrangements ahead of the move.
'He couldn't claim access to his salary as he was being paid in South Africa,' he said. 'He had school fees for his children to pay and this was causing him concern.'
PC Trish Robinson, who investigated the death, told the inquest that CCTV footage made it clear the death was 'a very deliberate act', and suggested that Mr Lambrechts had been 'at a very low ebb'.
She added: 'On one occasion he had said he was going to be home and he hadn't turned up. His wife had been trying to get hold of him.
'Later on he said he had felt very low, he had been sitting somewhere and contemplated suicide.'
Coroner Roy Palmer said: 'I don't think there's any suggestion it was an accident. It was plainly a deliberate act.
'I think on the totality of the evidence I have to ensure, and I am sure that he intended to die by his actions. You do not go down seven floors and over a wall without that.'
A spokesman for the City of London said that authorities were in talks with Coq d'Argent to raise the barriers surrounding the terrace to around 2m, and added that a security guard was now being deployed on the roof to deter future suicide attempts.
Volunteers from the Samaritans have also spoken to staff at the restaurant to train them in what to do if anyone tries to jump.
For confidential support call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 or visit a local Samaritans branch - see www.samaritans.org for details.
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Stockbroker wore a designer suit, ordered a glass of champagne – and jumped
Oxford graduate in fear for his job chose to take his life days before 25th birthday

BY CHRIS GREEN Thursday 09 July 2009

A promising young stockbroker worried about losing his job in the City jumped to his death from a rooftop restaurant wearing his best suit and holding a glass of champagne.

Oxford graduate anjool malde  walked into the eighth-floor Coq d'Argent in the City of London at lunchtime on Sunday, just two days before his 25th birthday, clad in a Hugo Boss suit. He then ordered a glass of champagne and made his way on to the roof terrace, before jumping to his death.

The stockbroker had a burgeoning career at Deutsche Bank and was also a successful entrepreneur, co-founding an events company called AlphaParties, which organises social gatherings for young professionals, students and interns in London.

Last night, the stockbroker's parents, Naina and Bharat, issued a joint statement which read: "We are absolutely devastated. Equally we are so touched by the warm words from his many, many friends that alluded both to his tremendous talent and positive, lively spirit. He was an inspiration to so many. He meant everything to us.

"Apparently he donned a Hugo Boss suit with matching designer accessories, treated himself to a glass of champagne at the much frequented, upmarket City restaurant Coq d'Argent, and jumped from an eighth-floor rooftop. Style meant everything to him and that's how he chose his exit."

A close friend of Mr Malde said he had been upset after his employers suspended his Bloomberg account, which gave him access to the financial markets and allowed him to communicate with other bankers.

He said: "All of us have heard he was about to be suspended by Deutsche Bank and he was upset about it. I know for certain that the bank deleted his Bloomberg account which was not a good sign."

A spokesman for Deutsche Bank said Mr Malde had been helping the company with "an inquiry into an IT matter" and was sent home from work early on Friday afternoon, but had not been suspended and had been expected to return to work this week.

He refused to go into details about the nature of the inquiry, adding: "We are deeply saddened by our colleague's death, and our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this time."

City of London Police said Mr Malde's body was discovered lying on the pavement beside the restaurant by pedestrians at noon on Sunday, and that his death was not being treated as a suspicious.

The stockbroker had planned to celebrate his 25th birthday tonight at a champagne and canapés party at the Amuse Bouche bar in Soho. He had organised the event through his own company. It is not the first time someone has committed suicide by jumping from the roof of Coq d'Argent, a French restaurant popular with City bankers and financiers. In May 2007 Richard Ford, a 33-year-old City worker, died after throwing himself off the building and landing on top of a bus.

A spokesman for the restaurant's parent company, D&D London, said it was "too early" to comment on whether any changes would be made.

On his Facebook profile, Mr Malde listed his main interests as "Las Vegas, tropical islands, financial markets, restaurants, nightclubs, property, Jacuzzis, steam rooms, saunas". Last night, more than 420 of his friends had joined a group on the site dedicated to his memory.

Barry Bagirathan, 26, had known Mr Malde for six years and worked alongside him at Deutsche Bank. He said his friend had idolised Michael Jackson and had been extremely upset by his death, even writing an obituary for the singer, but described his sudden suicide as "absolutely out of character".

He said: "It's like a big punch in the stomach. When we first read it we thought it was some kind of joke. It was a surprise to us all, because he was a really strong person who took everything on the chin. We knew he was quite upset about MJ [Michael Jackson], but apart from that there was nothing unhappy going on in his life."

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/stockbroker-wore-a-designer-suit-ordered-a-glass-of-champagne-ndash-and-jumped-1738048.html

City wine bar to install rooftop barriers and employ guards after fourth jump death
A City wine bar has employed a security guard and will install high barriers to prevent people committing suicide after four people fell to their deaths.

The Coq D'Argent restaurant at No 1 Poultry in the City of London will install the 2m-high protective measures after four people fell seven storeys to their deaths in five years.
Security guards will question anyone found alone on the rooftop bar, next door to the Bank of England.
Volunteers from the Samaritans have given training to staff at the restaurant, a favourite with financial workers.
The plan was heard at the inquest into the death of banker Nico Lambrechts, 46, who jumped to his death after being unable to pay his children's school fees.
The City of London's health and safety officer, Rachel Sambells, said Government regulations on suicide hotspots meant talks were underway to raise the height of the wall on the terrace to 2m by using metal bars.
She said: "The measurements of the barrier itself was fully compliant. There's no direction of a dereliction of duty.
"In the longer term proposals are for a raised barrier.
"The terraces have been closed off in the main part and a security guard has been employed to patrol the area.
"If anyone is up alone up there he approaches them and makes sure they don't have the same intention."
British Library worker Rema Begum, 29, jumped from the same restaurant just a month before Lambrechts after losing her job in a row with bosses.
Stockbroker Anjool Malde, 24, jumped clutching a glass of champagne in 2009. He had been sent home from his job at Deutsche Bank following an 'IT problem'.
In May 2007 Richard Ford, 33, also a City worker, threw himself off the building, landing on a bus.
Mr Lambreacht's widow wept as City of London Coroner's Court heard how the father-of-three, who lived in Cobham, Surrey, had contemplated ending his life after he was unable to transfer cash from his native South Africa to pay for school fees for his children.
The South African died of multiple injuries, including severe head wounds, climbing over the terrace just after midday, minutes after a long phone call with his wife Adele, captured on CCTV.
His GP, Dr Mark Jenkins, told the court how Lambrechts was healthy apart from being slightly overweight.
He added: "I didn't have the opportunity of meeting him but I understand from his widow that he was under an enormous amount of pressure from his new work which must have become unbearable."
The court heard how when the South African had moved his family to London at his previous employer, financial giant Merrill Lynch, the process had been managed for him, but at Investec had to organise it himself.
The man who hired him at Investec Asset Management, Domenico Ferrini, told the court how Lambrechts had moved to the firm, which was due to move back to Cape Town, on July 1 last year after years at the rival company.
He said: "He was very interested to start with and it was a wonderful opportunity within our growing business.
"I think there were a few things he was worried about. Relocating back to South Africa concerned him and the political climate there - was it the right thing?
"The transition of being very successful in his previous job, and having to re-establish himself at Investec. I tried to help him find his feet, that kind of thing."
Because the firm was due to move to Cape Town, Lambrechts had agreed to be paid in South African Rand but had struggled to move cash to the UK so he could pay for his children to attend private school, the court heard.
PC Trish Robinson, who was called to the scene minutes after the banker jumped from the rooftop terrace, said it was clear "it was a very deliberate act".
She added: "I think it was just general stress of moving companies, the relocation of his family to South Africa - the usual stress you have.
"Between three or four weeks beforehand he was at a very low ebb.
"He had been trying to get the money situation sorted out and trying to settle into his job. On one occasion he said he was going to be home and didn't turn up, so his wife text him and his daughter read the text, and he had said he was very low and had been sitting somewhere and contemplated suicide."
Coroner Dr Roy Palmer recorded a verdict of suicide said he was sure that Lambrechts, of Hillview Place, Cobham, had intended to take his own life on October 11 and was 'very sorry' that his widow had lost her husband in the tragedy.
"I have to be sure, and I am sure, that he intended to die by his actions," he said.
"You don't fall seven floors and go over a wall without that.
"I do not doubt that he was seriously stressed but I conclude that he killed himself and I am very sorry that he did so in such sad circumstances."

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