With the planned acquisition of Credit Suisse, UBS outlines its new operating model and leadership team, an important milestone in the combination of the two firms.
UBS anticipates that the legal close will take place in the next few weeks. At this time, Credit Suisse Group AG (CS) will be merged into UBS Group AG (UBS) and the combined entity will operate as a consolidated banking group. UBS AG and Credit Suisse AG will continue to operate independently for the foreseeable future and UBS will carry out the integration in a phased approach.
Sergio P. Ermotti, CEO, UBS Group said, “This is a pivotal moment for UBS, Credit Suisse and the entire banking industry. Together we will solidify and represent the Swiss model for finance around the world, one that is capital-light, less reliant on taking risk and anchored by stability and high-touch service. This transaction will allow us to offer attractive returns to our shareholders and give us capacity to further invest and grow. With the new operating model and leadership team, UBS is well-equipped to build on its existing strength and the successes of the past decade. The integration of the businesses and legal entities will take time. But adding Credit Suisse to UBS’s highly capital-accretive business model, diversified revenue streams, disciplined risk management and balance sheet for all seasons will benefit our clients, employees, investors, the economies we serve and the wider financial system”.
At the time of legal close, the following governance will apply:
The combined firm will operate with five business divisions, seven functions and four regions, and in addition Credit Suisse AG. Each will be represented by a Group Executive Board Member, all of whom will report to Group CEO Sergio P. Ermotti.
Ulrich Körner, as Credit Suisse AG CEO, will become a member of the UBS Group Executive Board upon transaction close. With his knowledge of both organisations, he will be responsible for ensuring Credit Suisse’s operational continuity and client focus, while supporting the integration process.
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