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UBS weighs Credit Suisse China stake swap with Beijing government, Bloomberg News reports

Published 09/04/2024, 01:54
Updated 09/04/2024, 14:09
© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: UBS Group and Credit Suisse logos are seen in this illustration taken March 18, 2023. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File photo

(Reuters) -UBS is in talks to acquire full ownership of its China platform by swapping its holding in Credit Suisse (SIX:CSGN)'s onshore securities venture with a Beijing government investment fund, Bloomberg News reported on Monday.

UBS is proposing to buy the remaining 33% stake in UBS Securities it does not already own from Beijing State-Owned Assets Management, and sell up to its entire 51% position in Credit Suisse Securities (China) in return, the report said, citing people familiar with the matter.

UBS has been seeking around 2 billion yuan ($277 million) for Credit Suisse's China unit, including the stake held by its local partner, according to the report.

Beijing State-Owned Assets Management could not be immediately reached for comment. UBS declined to comment.

The latest proposal adds a new twist to the months-long bidding process for Credit Suisse's investment bank in China.

While UBS has attempted to increase its ownership in UBS Securities unit to 100%, the Beijing government has so far been reluctant to sell due its growth and earnings prospect, the report added.

The bank is now engaging in talks with its state-owned shareholder to swap shares while holding advanced talks to sell Credit Suisse Securities to Citadel Securities, it said.

UBS' takeover of Credit Suisse, the biggest bank merger since the 2008 global financial crisis, was hastily arranged last year by Swiss authorities to avert Credit Suisse's collapse.

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: UBS Group and Credit Suisse logos are seen in this illustration taken March 18, 2023. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File photo

The merger resulted in UBS owning two majority-owned securities firms in China, where a company is only permitted to operate one.

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