UBS could buy all or parts of Credit Suisse

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By Jan-Henrik Förster, Allyson Versprille and Dinesh Nair

March 18, 2023 — 9.33am

UBS Group AG is exploring an acquisition of each oregon parts of Credit Suisse Group AG astatine the urging of Swiss regulators aft its smaller rival was pummeled by a situation of confidence, according to radical with cognition of the matter.

Swiss officials are pushing UBS to look astatine assorted ways it could beryllium progressive with a solution for Credit Suisse, the radical said, asking not to beryllium identified describing backstage discussions. The deliberations are ongoing, and it’s unclear whether immoderate woody volition result, the radical said.

Swiss authorities are hoping UBS tin  assistance   its ailing adjacent    Credit Suisse.

Swiss authorities are hoping UBS tin assistance its ailing adjacent Credit Suisse.Credit:Francesca Volpi/Bloomberg

The boards astatine Switzerland’s apical 2 banks expect to conscionable separately this play to measurement the thought of a combination, with talks orchestrated by the Swiss National Bank and regulator Finma, according to the Financial Times, which reported the deliberations earlier Friday.

Spokespeople for UBS and Credit Suisse declined to comment.

A government-brokered woody would code a rout successful Credit Suisse that sent shockwaves crossed the planetary fiscal strategy this week erstwhile panicked investors dumped its shares and bonds pursuing the illness of respective smaller US lenders. A liquidity backstop by the Swiss cardinal slope briefly arrested the declines, but the marketplace play carries the hazard that clients oregon counterparties would proceed fleeing, with imaginable ramifications for the broader industry.


The government, cardinal slope and Finma person been successful adjacent interaction to sermon further ways to stabilise Credit Suisse, Bloomberg reported earlier this week. Ideas floated included a separation of the bank’s Swiss portion and an orchestrated tie-up with UBS, radical acquainted with the substance said previously.

Executives astatine UBS and Credit Suisse had been opposed to specified an arranged combination, radical acquainted with the substance said earlier this week.

Credit Suisse’s marketplace worth has plunged to astir 7.4 cardinal Swiss francs ($8 billion), from a 2007 highest of much than 100 cardinal francs. UBS’s marketplace worth is 60 cardinal francs.

Credit Suisse, which traces its roots backmost to 1856, has been hammered implicit caller years by a bid of blowups, scandals, enactment changes and ineligible issues. The company’s 7.3 cardinal franc nonaccomplishment past twelvemonth wiped retired the erstwhile decade’s worthy of profits.

Clients pulled much than $US100 cardinal of assets successful the past 3 months of past twelvemonth arsenic concerns mounted astir its fiscal health, and the outflows person continued adjacent aft it tapped shareholders successful a 4 cardinal franc superior raise.

--With assistance from Marion Halftermeyer, Gillian Tan and Steven Arons.

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