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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 30, 2015
06:55 EDTUBSBanks pitch total-return swaps as stock purchase alternative, WSJ reports
Banks have been pitching certain hedge fund clients on using derivatives instead of actual stocks when placing certain bets in an effort to lessen the impact of new capital rules on the banks' businesses, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the efforts. The shift involves derivatives known as total-return swaps that mirror the effects of owning a stock or other asset, the report says. Units of Bank of America (BAC), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), and UBS (UBS) are among the banks asking clients to shift trades into total-return swaps instead of underlying securities, the report says. Reference Link
July 27, 2015
06:44 EDTUBSUBS says U.S.-based brokerage business not for sale, Reuters reports
UBS CEO Sergio Ermotti told analysts following the company's Q2 results that its U.S-based brokerage business, which posted a 6% decline in Q2 profit before tax, is not up for sale, Reuters reports. UBS formed the unit when it bought PaineWebber in 2000, and Ermotti says the unit is "critical" to the bank's overall private banking strategy. Reference Link
05:49 EDTUBSUBS reports Q2 EPS CHF 0.32 vs. CHF 0.21 last year
Reports Q2 adjusted profit before tax CHF 1.6B. Reports Q2 CET1 capital ratio 14.4%. Reports Q2 total book value per share CHF 13.71.
July 26, 2015
20:42 EDTUBSUBS to report 25% growth in Q2 profits, Reuters says
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July 24, 2015
06:25 EDTUBSUBS steps back from Puerto Rico bond funds, Reuters reports
UBS is backing away from its Puerto Rico bond funds, telling clients that they can no longer use them as collateral for some loans after Puerto Rico's financial troubles resulted in major credit agency downgrades, Reuters reports, citing a July 13 letter to clients. UBS' Puerto Rico unit said it will contact investors to discuss alternative options, the report says. Reference Link

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