March 19 (Reuters) – UBS Group AG (UBSG.S) has offered to buy Credit Suisse (CSGN.S) for up to $1 billion, with the Swiss government planning to change the country’s laws to bypass a shareholder vote on the transaction, the Financial Times reported on Sunday.
Regulators are pushing for a deal to restore confidence in the Swiss lender before financial markets open on Monday as fear runs high in a sector also shaken by the collapse of U.S. lenders Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank.
* The Financial Times reported that the all-share takeover deal was set to be signed as early as Sunday.
* Citing people familiar with the matter, it said an offer was made on Sunday at 0.25 Swiss francs ($0.27) per Credit Suisse share, well below Friday’s closing price of 1.86 Swiss francs and all but wiping out the bank’s existing shareholders.
* However, Bloomberg News, citing people with knowledge of the matter, said Credit Suisse was pushing back against the offer.
* A takeover of Credit Suisse by UBS could see the Swiss government offer guarantees of up to $6 billion against the risks involved, two people with knowledge of the matter said previously.
* Credit Suisse’s plan to spin off its investment bank under the First Boston brand is being thrown into doubt by the takeover talks, Bloomberg News reported on Sunday.
* The Bank of England has indicated to international counterparts and to UBS that it would back a proposed takeover of Credit Suisse, Sky News reported.
* French finance minister Bruno Le Maire calls for a “quick, massive and credible” solution for Credit Suisse
[1/3] A view shows logo of Swiss bank Credit Suisse in front of an office building in Zurich, Switzerland March 16, 2023. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo
* U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is pushing for tighter banking regulation, has called for an investigation into the failures of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.
* First Citizens BancShares (FCNCA.O) is evaluating an offer for Silicon Valley Bank (SIVB.O) and at least one other suitor is seriously considering an offer, Bloomberg News reported on Saturday.
* The Mid-Size Bank Coalition of America has asked regulators to extend federal insurance to all deposits for two years, Bloomberg reported, citing a letter from the coalition.
* Asset concerns weigh on U.S. regional bank deal talks.
* As worries over banks swirl, investors seek protection against a market crash.
* Financial or price stability? Fed faces calls to pause.
* Bank panic revives memories of 2008, may bring lasting change.
* Wall St Week Ahead -Plunging bond yields boost stocks’ allure ahead of Fed meeting
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