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Switzerland’s second largest bank to cut 6,500 jobs this year
Switzerland’s second largest bank to cut 6,500 jobs this year

Switzerland’s second largest bank to cut 6,500 jobs this year

ZURICH: Switzerland’s second largest bank, Credit Suisse is to cut up to 6,500 jobs this year after reporting a 2.44 billion Swiss franc ($2.43 billion) net loss for 2016, and said it was examining alternatives to a planned stock market listing of its Swiss business.

Chief Executive Tidjane Thiam is shifting the group more toward wealth management and putting less emphasis on investment banking. As part of his turnaround plans, the bank is looking to cut billions of dollars in costs and cut a net 7,250 jobs in 2016 with more to follow this year.

“We’re setting a target now of between 5,500 and 6,500 for 2017,” Chief Financial Officer David Mathers said after the bank published earnings.

The bank did not specify where the extra cuts would come but said this would include contractors, consultants and staff.

Credit Suisse said it was still preparing sell 20-30 percent of its Swiss business in an initial public offering but left the door open to alternative options to strengthen its balance sheet. It said a flotation depended on market conditions and board approval.

“So we will continue as planned our preparations for an IPO in the second half of ’17,” Thiam said.

“That said, we will also continue to analyze the evolution of our regulatory environment which is key in this and, as we always do, continuously examine a broad range of options to determine if there are ways to reach a more attractive risk/reward outcome for our shareholders.”