Credit Suisse thinks the $1 billion takeover bid by the largest Swiss bank is too low

Credit Suisse closed up 8% at CHF 1.86 on Friday

UBS Group AG is offering to buy Credit Suisse Group AG for up to $1 billion, a deal the ailing Swiss company is pushing back with the backing of its largest shareholder.

Credit Suisse, which ended Friday with a market value of about 7.4 billion Swiss francs ($8 billion), believes the offer is too low and would hurt shareholders and employees who have deferred shares, the company said persons familiar with the matter.

The UBS offer was announced on Sunday at a price of CHF 0.25 per share to be paid. UBS also insisted on a material adverse change that would void the deal if credit spreads widen by 100 basis points or more, the Financial Times reported. Credit Suisse closed up 8% at CHF 1.86 on Friday.

Swiss authorities are trying to broker a deal that would address a collapse of Credit Suisse, which sent shockwaves through the global financial system last week as panicked investors dumped their stocks and bonds following the collapse of several smaller US lenders. A liquidity backstop from the Swiss central bank briefly halted the declines, but the market drama poses the risk that customers or counterparties will continue to flee, with possible repercussions for the broader industry.

The complex discussions surrounding the first merger of two global systemically important banks since the financial crisis have prompted Swiss and US authorities to get involved, according to people familiar with the matter. Talks accelerated on Saturday, with all sides pushing for a solution that can be implemented quickly after a week in which clients withdrew money and counterparties backed out of some deals with Credit Suisse.

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