A new moment of uncertainty for Credit Suisse, which has been rocked by several scandals in recent years, is considering the possibility of splitting its investment banking activities in three, with the birth of a bad bank, in which the most problematic assets can be placed and therefore valued on the market, advice and operations. And this in an attempt to avoid a capital increase in a very difficult market phase. This is what the Financial Times expected. According to the British business newspaper, the number two in the Swiss banking sector could create a unit that brings together the assets held for sale. According to “proposals submitted to the board of directors,” the FT reports, the Swiss institute hopes to sell “profitable units such as those related to securities” to save itself from a “damaging capital increase.”
The board of directors of October 27
Based on proposals submitted to its board of directors, the Ft writes, Credit Suisse hopes to sell divisions such as its securitized product business. The board is expected to unveil the new strategy, which would also lead to thousands of layoffs, with a reduction of approximately 10% from the 45,000 employees, on the occasion of the quarterly results to be announced on October 27. The board is expected to unveil the new strategy, which would also lead to thousands of layoffs, with a reduction of about 10% from the total of 45,000 employees.
The Collapse of the Title
Credit Suisse has instead denied rumors reported by Reuters that the Swiss bank is considering exiting the US market. “The bank is not leaving the US market. Any report to suggest otherwise is categorically inaccurate and completely unfounded,” a spokesperson said. But the denials didn’t help curb the fall of the Swiss stock that closed yesterday. In Zurich, it closed more than 5% to an all-time low of 4.6 Swiss francs. A descent that continues this morning with the title holding a minus 5.49% lead.
Towards a capital increase
In the summer, President Axel Lehmann appointed Ulrich Körner CEO with the task of carrying out a radical reorganization of the bank, which in recent years has been hit by a corporate espionage scandal, closure of investment funds and numerous lawsuits. A restructuring operation to avoid a capital increase, even if it would be “too late” according to analysts at Deutsche Bank.
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