UBS

UBS AG, the Swiss lender that’s shrinking its investment banking business to focus on wealth management, said it has a business relationship with as many as eight out of 10 billionaires in Asia. “We have a penetration of one in two billionaires in the world,” Chief Executive Officer Sergio Ermotti told analysts and reporters on a call after second-quarter earnings today. “In Asia, this was much deeper.” The Zurich-based bank has a relationship with as many as 80 percent of the billionaires in Asia, a UBS official said in an e-mail following the call.” [Bloomberg]

The bad news: Peter Ghavami is going to spend some time in prison. The goods news: it’s way less than the 21 years prosecutors were hoping for. So that’s something! Read more »

From: redacted at UBS

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To: ML-IBD-Worldwide-All

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It’s been a tough few months (years, really) for our neutral friends. There’s the LIBOR thing, the nobody wants to work here thing, the cutbacks, the “bitch set me up” thing, the petty vandalism thing, the ongoing tax evasion (formerly one of its chief businesses) thing, the mortgage-backed securities fraud thing, the Facebook proving you have no business being in the equity capital markets thing, the casual anti-Semitism thing, the paying people in high-trigger CoCos thing, the rogue trader losing $2 billion thing, and then, last month, this slap in the face.

And while UBS certainly cannot give as good as it gets, it has evened the score with BriMoy and the rest of the Charlotte bullies. Unfortunately, this has done very little to actually make UBS more money, but it knows how to do what it needs to do to have it make it more money. Read more »

  • 26 Jun 2013 at 5:38 PM

Bonus Watch ’07: ICAP

Employees of the brokerage firm were (allegedly!) rewarded by UBS for a job well done (i.e. helping the Swiss bank Libor). Read more »

  • 10 Jun 2013 at 2:45 PM
  • Banks

UBS Dethroned By Upstart At European Brokerage Tonys

Feel free to exchange exultations, insults and sour-grape rationalizations below. Read more »

  • 03 Jun 2013 at 3:39 PM

Layoffs Watch ’13: UBS O’Connor

UBS’s O’Connor LLC, the Swiss bank’s hedge fund that provoked the ire of many an employee last March, when it treated them like regular old UBS employees come pay day, causing them to “contact other hedge funds and recruiters” to explore options, has followed up its last act with one entitled “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.” Read more »

  • 30 May 2013 at 3:01 PM

Bonus Watch ’13: UBS

You get a raise! And you get a raise! And you get a raise! Read more »