UBS Investment Bank
VAULT RANKINGS 2013
Headquarters: New York,
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• "One of the best investment banks out there"
• "Good bank, successful, but a slaughterhouse"
• "Coming out of the woods"
• "Poor management during recent financial crisis"
NEWS AND UPDATES
• "Hands down it's the people: everyone's so talented, intelligent and geared towards succeeding that it just motivates you"
• "The opportunity to work internationally—it's a true differentiator among competing banks"
• "The culture: more relaxed than most banks"
• "Terrible reputation these days"
• "Low morale given issues with compensation"
• "Lots of cumbersome internal processes"
ABOUT THIS COMPANY:
UBS Investment Bank is the investment banking business of UBS AG, one of the world’s largest financial firms. Headquartered in Zurich and Basel, UBS AG has offices in over 50 countries and employs more than 65,000 people around the world. In addition to investment banking, UBS AG serves clients through its wealth management and asset management units. UBS Investment Bank employs 15,000 people and provides advisory services as well as access to the world’s capital markets for corporate, institutional, intermediary, and alternative asset management clients. It also provides securities products and research in equities, fixed income, rates, and foreign exchange. The current version of UBS was formed in 1998 when the Union Bank of Switzerland merged with the Swiss Bank Corporation, whose history dated to the 1870s. In 2000, UBS began trading on the NYSE and bought New York-based PaineWebber for $11.8 billion, solidifying its U.S. presence. More recently, in 2008 and 2009, it reorganized itself and shrank considerably, cutting jobs and units, as a result of losses stemming from the subprime mortgage crisis. The company also received billions of dollars in aid from the Swiss government. In addition, the firm went through a management shakeup. In early 2009, CEO Marcel Rohner resigned and Oswald Grübel, an ex-Credit Suisse executive, took over. Rohner’s resignation came amid defections, big losses, and a high-profile tax scheme controversy. Grübel, who was co-CEO at Credit Suisse from 2003 to 2007, was largely responsible for turning that firm around, and investors hoped he'd be able to do the same for UBS. But it wasn't meant to be; another scandal—involving a rogue UBS trader—resulted in Grübel's resignation in September 2011. Sergio Ermotti, the head of UBS AG’s European operations, was named interim CEO. Despite the big losses and scandals, UBS Investment Bank still ranks among the world's top firms in global M&A deal volume as well as global debt and equity underwriting volume.
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