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Late Lunchtime Links: UBS is going for it in investment banking


Once upon a time post-Kweku, there were mutterings that UBS might be going easy on investment banking and refusing to commit much in the way of balance sheet. Today, such talk is silenced once and for all.

Fresh from hiring the force that is Andrea Orcel, UBS has let it be known in the Financial Times that it has big intentions and is prepared to put its money where its intentions are.

People, ‘close to’ Sergio Ermotti have informed the FT that the bank is, “is committed to backing the client relationships that Mr Orcel will bring with funding commitments on a par with those made available by BofA.

“We need to take risk. We will have the same kind of risk appetite as BofA,” one banker told the paper.


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