US Authorities Weighing In on Possible Credit Suisse-UBS Deal


US authorities are working with their Swiss counterparts as they seek to hammer out a deal for UBS Group AG to buy all or part of its struggling rival Credit Suisse Group AG, according to people familiar with the matter. 

A tie-up between the two banks would be of interest to Washington regulators because both lenders have operations in the US and are considered systemically important in Switzerland. American officials may seek to weigh in on matters that may impact final terms of any deal, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified discussing the confidential conversations.

A representative for the Federal Reserve declined to comment. The Treasury Department didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

The time scale for agreement is fluid. The goal is for an announcement of a deal between the two banks by Sunday evening at the latest, according to a person familiar with the matter, who also asked not to be identified discussing the talks. The Financial Times reported that a deal could emerge as soon as Saturday evening. 

As the drama plays out in Europe, US officials are dealing with their own banking crisis at home following the collapse of three mid-sized lenders this month. On Friday, President Joe Biden sought to instill calm, telling reporters that the situation had improved after authorities took extraordinary measures.