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Swiss National Bank expedites UBS acquisition of Credit Suisse

Chatham is committed to keeping our clients apprised of changes in counterparty risk. While the initial wave of concern was due to distress at a number of smaller banks, Credit Suisse’s shares saw significant sell-off headed into last weekend, sparking increasing concern in the market regarding financial institutions. While the Swiss National Bank took extraordinary measures to shore up Credit Suisse’s liquidity (lending CHF 50B from the Swiss National Bank’s liquidity facility late last week), it became clear there was a crisis of confidence in Credit Suisse. Unlike the smaller banks, Credit Suisse is deemed a global, systemically important bank (GSIB). In an effort to stem growing systemic distress, the Swiss National Bank took further action over the weekend by facilitating the acquisition of Credit Suisse by the larger Swiss bank, UBS.

While details are still being made public at the time of this writing, headlines indicate the purchase price is CHF 3B (less than half the value at which Credit Suisse was trading as of Friday), and that the deal is being supported by the Swiss National Bank with a CHF 100B liquidity facility and a guarantee from the Swiss national government of CHF 9B from potential losses to UBS from Credit Suisse assets.

By Friday, 2- and 10-year U.S. Treasury yields had slid to 3.81% and 3.39%, respectively (a 124 bp and 69 bp drop since the highs seen in early March). Following the UBS acquisition announcement, yields initially moved up in Asia trading but have returned to Friday’s ranges in European and early U.S. trading. Currently at 3.86% and 3.43% respectively, these continue to bounce around in volatile trading (see table below for comparison of swap rates).

As of March 20, 2023 at 9:30 a.m. ET

Chatham is here to support you and your organization, especially during these periods of increased volatility. ChathamDirect, our debt and derivatives platform, is designed to help you quickly see your bank counterparty exposures and provides valuable insights into your hedge and loan portfolios. By leveraging ChathamDirect, you can stay informed about your hedge and loan positions while making strategic decisions about the future of your portfolio.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your Chatham contact with questions or changes you might want to make to your portfolio. Although interest rates have come down, high volatility and limited liquidity create a challenging market backdrop. Chatham is actively advising through this shifting landscape and can help you navigate these markets to efficiently manage your risk profile.

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