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December 19, 2012
11:17 EDTUBSDOJ files charges against UBS Securities Japan for LIBOR manipulation
The Justice Department is filing a criminal information charging UBS Securities Japan – a subsidiary of the multinational financial institution UBS – with felony wire fraud for engaging in a scheme to manipulate the London Interbank Offered Rate, or LIBOR – a key benchmark for financial products and transactions around the world. The company has agreed to plead guilty to this charge, to admit to its criminal conduct, and to pay a $100M fine. UBS AG – the parent company of UBS Japan – has agreed to pay a penalty of $400M to the U.S government; to admit and accept responsibility for its misconduct; and to continue cooperating with the Department’s ongoing investigation as part of a non-prosecution agreement. Combined with roughly $1 billion in regulatory penalties and disgorgement, these criminal fines and penalties bring today’s total resolution to approximately $1.5B. The non-prosecution agreement illustrates the significant steps that UBS has taken to help investigators uncover LIBOR misconduct, and to implement remedial measures strengthening the company’s internal controls. Reference Link
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July 29, 2014
18:00 EDTUBSUBS could have 25% upside, Barron's says
UBS' current drop could be a buying opportunity as steady cash flow could boost dividend. The stock looks like it has a 25% upside, Barron's contends in its "Ahead of the Crowd" column. Reference Link
06:11 EDTUBSUBS says 'responding to inquiries' on dark pools
UBS says it is responding to inquiries concerning the operation of UBS’s 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 UBS’s 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 defendants’ 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 25, 2014
06:45 EDTUBSUBS blasts French prosecutors over probe, NY Times reports
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06:40 EDTUBSLoan 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
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
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 yesterday’s auction of mostly subprime-mortgage bonds, according to Bloomberg, citing a person with knowledge of the transaction. Reference Link

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