UBS, a Swiss multinational investment bank, finalized its acquisition of Credit Suisse’s troubled peer in June after a series of bad deals led to a client exodus. In a move to reduce risk in Credit Suisse’s investment banking operations, UBS recently laid off employees from the investment bank in New York, according to a report by Reuters, citing a reliable source.
As part of the integration process, UBS has made the decision to close Credit Suisse’s office in Houston, further streamlining its operations. Market participants anticipate UBS to release more detailed integration plans later this month. Insider information and analysts’ predictions suggest that cuts could amount to approximately one-third of the combined group’s global workforce.
In June, Reuters reported that UBS was aiming to retain more than 100 Credit Suisse investment bankers across Asia, aiming to bolster its talent pool in markets where Credit Suisse had a stronger presence.
Hong Kong is one of the regional markets where Credit Suisse has investment bankers, along with China, Singapore, Vietnam, Australia, South Korea, Thailand, and India. The exact total investment banking headcount for Credit Suisse in the region remains undisclosed.
As part of the integration process, most Credit Suisse investment banking teams in Hong Kong will only be able to retain one or two staff members. However, certain sector coverage teams are expected to be removed entirely, as disclosed by two individuals familiar with the matter.
The retained staff members will primarily focus on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activities. Christian Deiss, who has been heading Credit Suisse’s Asia-Pacific M&A business since 2021, is leading the regional investment banking transition in collaboration with UBS.
As the integration progresses, the market will closely monitor the developments and UBS’ efforts to consolidate and strengthen its position in the competitive investment banking landscape. While specific details are yet to be announced, the streamlining measures are expected to reshape the combined entity’s structure and operations.