John Varley, the former boss of Barclays, will stand trial alongside three former colleagues and the bank itself in January 2019, Southwark crown court was told on Monday.
Varley is charged along with Roger Jenkins, Tom Kalaris and Richard Boath over the way the bank raised billions of pounds from Qatar in 2008.
The four men sat alongside each other in the dock at Southwark crown court in London for their first appearance since the high-profile case was transferred there from Westminster magistrates’ court this month. They spoke to confirm their identities.
They are the first senior bankers to face criminal charges in relation to events dating back to the banking crisis almost a decade ago, when Barclays raised £11.8bn in emergency funds from a number of big investors, including Qatar.