UBS is said to be in takeover talks with Credit Suisse amid turmoil

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Switzerland’s biggest bank UBS is reportedly in talks to take over its troubled rival Credit Suisse, easing growing concerns that turmoil at the European bank could ripple through the global economy.

Boards at Switzerland’s two biggest banks are meeting later this week on plans to merge by Saturday evening. According to a Financial Times report. The discussions are the latest development in more than a week of confusion and fears about the resilience of the global financial system after the stunning collapse of a Silicon Valley bank and moves by regulators to prop up Wall Street and major financial institutions.

According to the Financial Times, major regulators of banks in the United States, Britain and Switzerland are also considering the legal framework for a deal as UBS seeks concessions, including some form of government contract, to cover future legal costs. Shares of Credit Suisse rose 7 percent in after-hours trading.

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Credit Suisse and UBS declined to comment. The Swiss National Bank and the US Federal Reserve did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Germany’s Deutsche Bank is looking at whether it can acquire some Credit Suisse businesses. Bloomberg News reports.

A takeover could limit fears that the turmoil at Credit Suisse and many other troubled financial institutions in the U.S. could create a banking contagion, as happened in the 2008 financial crisis. Even after moves by governments and financial institutions this week, the stock market continues to show concern that the banking sector’s mess has not been resolved. Still, experts say the financial system remains on solid ground and that volatility in the stock market reflects news developments rather than a signal of a broader crisis.

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Credit Suisse had a week of confusing discussions. On Thursday, Switzerland’s central bank granted the company $53.7 billion in liquidity support.

But Credit Suisse’s fundamental problems began before the recent trouble at banks in the United States. The 167-year-old bank, which originally served the ultra-wealthy, has been plagued by financial losses, risk and compliance issues and a critical data breach. Credit Suisse reported in October that it had suffered significant customer withdrawals and a major loss in 2021 due to the collapse of New York-based Archigos Capital Management.

The moves in Europe follow Thursday’s announcement that 11 major banks in the U.S. will deposit $30 billion into First Republic Bank. The move was intended to shore up the bank and send a signal about the broader safety of the US financial system. Meanwhile, Silicon Valley Bank’s parent company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday.

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