Nearly 1,000 individual shareholders, including former employees of failed Swiss bank Credit Suisse, are getting ready to lodge a court claim against UBS’s emergency takeover.
The Swiss Association for the Protection of Investors (SASV) is acting on behalf of shareholders. They suffered losses due to the hurried takeover.
Legal action by SASV:
The Swiss Association for the Protection of Investors (SASV), is an advocate for retail investors. It is set to file a court claim in Zurich on behalf of Credit Suisse shareholders.
Moreover, the claim represents investors, including those from the UK, who seek compensation for losses incurred.
Emergency takeover and market impact:
UBS, the largest bank in Switzerland, conducted a takeover of Credit Suisse in a rescue operation with the support of Swiss authorities.
And for that reason, they executed this action for a significantly lower market value due to concerns about safeguarding depositors and preventing a global banking crisis.
The takeover was swift, raising questions about its fairness and transparency.
Shareholder frustration and lawsuits:
Credit Suisse shareholders didn’t have the opportunity to vote on the emergency merger. So, the authority of Credit Suisse is now pursuing legal action against UBS.
Bondholders affected by the deal have filed lawsuits against Switzerland’s financial regulator.
The exchange ratio that valued Credit Suisse shares during the takeover is disputed for its arbitrary nature.
Global impact and future outlook:
The legal action involves shareholders from various countries, including the UK, US, Germany, Austria, Thailand, and Dubai.
Many of these shareholders are former Credit Suisse employees who received shares as part of their compensation packages, and the merger has led to potential job losses in London’s financial district, with UBS considering substantial reductions in Credit Suisse’s workforce.
UBS takeover faces challenges as shareholders, including former staff, seek compensation for losses incurred.
The legal action highlights concerns about the fairness of the takeover process and its impact on shareholders, especially in London’s financial sector.
The lawsuit sheds light on the complexities of emergency mergers and their broader implications for global financial stability.