What You Need to Know
- Credit Suisse has lost billions of dollars to two separate entities — the family office Archegos and the supply chain finance company Greensill.
- The bank could sell the unit, which has about $1.7 trillion in assets, to raise money.
- BlackRock and State Street declined to comment on rumors they were interested.
Speculation is growing about which asset managers could be interested in acquiring the asset management business of Credit Suisse, which lost $4.7 billion in loans to the now defunct New York-based family office Archegos Capital Management.
But Credit Suisse “has no plans to sell any parts or all of its Asset Management business,” said a Credit Suisse spokesperson. The bank’s asset management division has $476.8 billion in assets, according to a bank spokesperson.
Among the names of firms said to be interested in the bank’s asset management business, according to Reuters, are BlackRock, State Street, DWS and a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) called Pegasus Europe, formed by former UniCredit CEO Jean-Pierre Mustier and French billionaire Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton. Reuters cited three sources speaking anonymously.
BlackRock, State Street and DWS had no comment on the rumors, and Pegasus Europe could not be reached.
Archegos, Greensill Fallout
Credit Suisse is in need of money. In addition to the billions in dollars in losses due to Archegos Capital Management, the Swiss-based bank faces additional losses related to $10 billion it invested in loans from Greensill Capital, a U.K.- and Australia-based company that provided short-term loans to companies to pay their suppliers. Greensill collapsed after filing for bankruptcy and losing the insurance it needed to back the billions in loans it made to businesses.