UBS to Buy Credit Suisse in $3.3 Billion Deal to End Crisis
UBS Group AG agreed to buy Credit Suisse Group AG in a historic, government-brokered deal aimed at containing a crisis of confidence that threatened to spread across global financial markets.
The Swiss bank is paying more than $2 billion for its rival, according to people with knowledge of the matter. It will be an all share deal and priced at a fraction of Credit Suisse’s price at the close on Friday, when the bank was valued at about 7.4 billion francs ($8 billion.)
The plan, negotiated in hastily arranged crisis talks over the weekend, seeks to address a massive rout in Credit Suisse stock and bonds over the past week following the collapse of smaller US lenders. A liquidity backstop by the Swiss central bank failed to end a market drama that threatened to send clients or counterparties fleeing, with potential ramifications for the broader industry.
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