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I have a very complicated and difficult situation at work.

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I have a very complicated and difficult situation at work. I am a partner in an investment management business (KA) which is an appointed representative of anXXX registered investment XXX, whose CEO I will call S. I also am an employee of theXXXregistered firm. I am based, since March, in Barcelona but the main office is in London, and for the period of November 2013 to Sept 2014, I worked exclusively foXXXonly now splitting my duties with KA. Starting in September, a few partners and I started this new firm (KA) within XXX. I came to notice recently that the relationship with S seemed to have deteriorated and heard through my partners that he was badmouthing me at every opportunity he had, which belied how he behaved around me. Considering that I had facilitated the deal between XX and XXX, I was surprised because XXX had been in real financial trouble, and the deal saved XXX Further, S claimed that there were considerable monies owed by me to the firm which was disproven by me with a record of all payments received by me versus what had been owed to me by the firm. On wednesday of this week, I flew up to London to attend some meetings and the annual christmas party. We decided to have a meeting with one of my partners, our COO, and S, to discuss business. I wanted to give S a chance to discuss any grievances he had with me at that point rather than rumours and the like. The conversation went well until he began discussing a trade problem we had had early in the year, which he claimed that he knew nothing about until after the fact. When I pointed out the fact that I had mentioned it to him at the very time of the trade, he became extremely aggressive and angry, and ranted and raved. I asked him if he could sit down and so that we could talk about it calmly, he stood up, leaned over my chair, put his closed fist about 3 inches from my face and said "I"m going to punch you in the f-cking face!" then walked out of the room, came back in and threatened me in a similar way again. he did not touch me, but then walked out of the room. At that point I gathered my bag, and ignoring the pleadings of my partners to not leave the office, I went to my hotel. On the way, I received a phone call from my partner saying that S felt very bad, knew he crossed the line, and wanted to reach out to me. I said I wasn't interested and that this went WAY beyond simply "crossing the line". I then received a text message from S which said "Sorry mate I know I crossed the line, but being called a liar by a friend really hurt. Grab a beer?". I ignored the text message and told my partner I wanted to think and sleep on it before really answering or figuring out what to do. The next day I decided not to go to the office or the christmas party and researched what the legal angle was, realising that what happened to me might be a criminal situation. Then yesterday, at the airport returning to barcelona, I come to find out that he threatened my partners saying that if I was not removed from the business, that he would cancel the Appointed XXX. Furthermore, he deleted my Bloomberg terminal account, which is how I communicate with the market. This is causing repetitional damage to me because all of my clients in the market now are wondering if I have been fired from XXX or what the story is. My employees are texting and calling, asking me if i am still with the firm. In essence this is a bit of a disaster, and are the actions of someone who one would think was the person assaulted and not the perpetrator. My partners have urged me to calm down and see if we can work things out, because they are worried that the business is going to completely blow up at this point. What I want to know is What Recourse do I have here, if for some reason I am removed from employment by my partners? Also can I press criminal and civil charges against S? Also, I have heard that he's been arrested for assault and battery before, how can I get ahold of that information? Thanks

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