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January 9, 2013
06:17 EDTRBS, UBSRBS hires Guy Wylie in Hong Kong, WSJ reports
Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has hired Guy Wylie, the former head of Asian debt capital markets and leveraged finance at UBS (UBS), reports the Wall Street Journal. Wylie joins RBS as head of primary markets for Asia. Reference Link
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July 29, 2014
06:11 EDTUBSUBS says 'responding to inquiries' on dark pools
UBS says it is responding to inquiries concerning the operation of UBSís alternative trading system and its securities order routing and execution practices from various authorities, including the SEC, the New York Attorney General and Finra, who reportedly are pursuing similar investigations industry-wide. These inquiries include an SEC investigation that began in early 2012 concerning features of UBSís ATS, including certain order types and disclosure practices that were discontinued two years ago. UBS is co-operating in these matters. In addition, UBS is among dozens of defendants, including broker dealers, trading exchanges, high-frequency trading firms, and dark pool sponsors, named in putative class actions pending in New York federal court, which have been filed on behalf of purchasers and sellers of equity securities. The lawsuits allege principally that the defendantsí equities order handling practices favored high-frequency trading firms at the expense of other market participants, in violation of the federal securities laws.
05:24 EDTUBSUBS says underlying challenges previously highlighted remain
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05:23 EDTUBSUBS reports Q2 net income CHF 792M vs. CHF 690M last year
Reports fully applied Basel III common equity tier 1 ratio 13.5%. UBS said it resolved its cross-border tax matter in Germany with the authorities in Bochum in July. The settlement, which includes a payment of approximately EUR 300M, concludes the Bochum proceedings. UBS booked provisions of approximately CHF 120M relating to this matter in Q2. It stated, "As a result of significant efforts by the bank, over 95% of its German clients have either provided UBS with evidence of tax compliance or completed the voluntary compliance program. UBS continues to target 100% by year-end."
July 28, 2014
10:02 EDTRBSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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05:25 EDTRBSRoyal Bank of Scotland upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan
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July 27, 2014
15:44 EDTRBSRBS advised to sell stake in Ulster Bank, Reuters says
Royal Bank of Scotland has been advised by Morgan Stanley to sell a majority stake in its Irish unit, Ulster Bank, says Reuters, citing a report in Ireland's Sunday Business Post. Reference Link
July 25, 2014
09:02 EDTRBSRoyal Bank of Scotland says 1H shows progress but 'bumps' in road ahead
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09:01 EDTRBSRoyal Bank of Scotland sees 1H profit before tax GBP2.65B
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07:57 EDTRBSRBS says private equity investment in Ulster possible, Reuters reports
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06:45 EDTUBSUBS blasts French prosecutors over probe, NY Times reports
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06:40 EDTRBS, UBSLoan write down standards changed for non-U.S. banks, NY Times says
A new accounting rule will enable banks outside of the U.S. to write down the value of loans earlier but could cause loans to become less attractive for those banks, according to The New York Times. The rule was issued by the International Accounting Standards Board, whose guidelines are followed in more than 100 countries but not in America, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded European banks include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS (UBS).Reference Link
July 24, 2014
06:41 EDTUBSFrance initiates formal probe of UBS, NY Times says
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July 23, 2014
09:00 EDTRBSU.K. committee chair says RBS 'willfully obtuse' with evidence, Reuters says
The chairman of the U.K.'s Treasury Select Committee accused Royal Bank of Scotland of being "willfully obtuse" when giving evidence to lawmakers probing its Global Restructuring Group unit, which deals with corporate clients who find themselves in financial distress, said Reuters. Reference Link
07:14 EDTUBSUBS hires Edgar, Whitcher to beef-up investment banking team, Reuters says
UBS has named Craig Edgar as the new managing director and sector head of the company's power investment banking team and David Whitcher will be joining the firm as managing director of the unit, according to Reuters, citing an internal memo. UBS made the appointments in an effort to grow its America's power investment banking practice. Reference Link
06:56 EDTRBSRBS could sell Ulster Bank to private equity firm, Irish Examiner reports
Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is considering selling its Ulster Bank unit to a private equity firm, the Irish Examiner. A purchase price for the unit could be anywhere between EUR500M-EUR2.5B, depending on what assets are included in the sale, the publication says. KKR (KKR) and Apollo (APO) are rumored buyers for the unit. Reference Link
July 18, 2014
11:21 EDTRBSBritish antitrust regulator to investigate country's banks, NY Times reports
The U.K.'s antitrust authorities said they expected to open a formal investigation into Britain's retail banking industry, reports the New York Times. The regulators cited barriers to competition that include control of a national network of branches by four large banks that control more than three-quarters of the market. Reference Link
06:31 EDTRBSRBS winds-down distressed-debt unit as Weiss leaves, Bloomberg says
Royal Bank of Scotland is capping a distressed-debt division as it scales back its investment firm to revive profitability, according to Bloomberg citing three people familiar with the matter. The sources said that global head of a special situations group, Jon Weiss, departed this month. Reference Link
06:20 EDTRBSRBS considers selling Coutts' overseas operations, FT reports
Royal Bank of Scotland is eyeing the sale of Coutts' overseas operations, the Financial Times reports. The bank is currently conducting a review of its wealth management division. Reference Link
July 17, 2014
06:38 EDTUBSStudy says UBS largest private bank with assets near $2T, Reuters says
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06:34 EDTUBSBlackRock sells $3.7B of UBS securities to Credit Suisse, Bloomberg says
Blackrock (BLK) sold $3.7B of the $22B of securities it purchased six years ago from UBS (UBS) to Credit Suisse (CS) in yesterdayís auction of mostly subprime-mortgage bonds, according to Bloomberg, citing a person with knowledge of the transaction. Reference Link

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