UBS Group completes merger with Credit Suisse to strengthen market position

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UBS Group AG has officially announced the completion of its merger with Credit Suisse AG, marking a significant consolidation in the global banking sector. This strategic move was finalized within the anticipated timeline, thanks to robust support from global regulators.

Merger Details and Implications

As of today, Credit Suisse AG has been deregistered from the Commercial Register of the Canton of Zurich, effectively ceasing to exist as an independent entity. UBS AG has inherited all rights and obligations of Credit Suisse AG, encompassing all outstanding debt instruments. This merger not only signifies the unification of two banking giants but also initiates the integration of Credit Suisse’s operations and client base into the UBS framework.

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Transitional Strategies and Client Integration

Following the merger, Credit Suisse clients have been transitioned to UBS AG but will continue to use existing Credit Suisse platforms and tools during an interim period. This approach ensures a seamless transition, adhering to specific business, client, and product needs. UBS Group has outlined a methodical strategy for migrating these elements to its integrated platforms over time.

Executive Insights

Sergio P. Ermotti, Chief Executive Officer of UBS Group, expressed his views on this landmark achievement: “Today we have achieved a significant milestone in our integration journey. The merger of our parent banks is critical to facilitating the migration of clients onto UBS platforms. It will also unlock the next phase of cost, capital, funding, and tax benefits from the second half of 2024. As we embark on this transitional phase of operational consolidation, we will remain focused on serving our clients, following through on our strategy, investing in our people, and acting as a pillar of economic support in the communities where we live and work.”

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Future Steps and Regulatory Compliance

The integration process is set to proceed with the transition to a single US intermediate holding company scheduled for June 7, 2024. Additionally, the merger between Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG and UBS Switzerland AG is expected to complete in the third quarter of 2024, pending final regulatory approvals.

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The merger between UBS and Credit Suisse is a transformative event for the banking industry, potentially setting a precedent for future consolidations. It reflects a strategic alignment that could reshape competitive dynamics and enhance operational efficiencies within the global financial services sector.

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