UBS AG announced today that UBS Financial Services Inc. has reached a settlement agreement with the New York Stock Exchange, the State of New Jersey and the State of Connecticut with respect to certain short-term trading activity between 2000 and 2002 by clients of several UBS Financial Advisors. As part of the settlement agreement, UBS has agreed to pay $54 million, of which $18 million will be set aside for potentially affected investors and $16 million for investor education and securities-enforcement initiatives.
The UBS Board of Directors nominates two candidates for election to the Board at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 19 April 2006. The nominees are Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler and Joerg Wolle. At the same time UBS announces the appointment of Marcel Rohner as Deputy Group CEO and Rory Tapner, Chairman & CEO Asia Pacific, as a member of the Group Executive Board.
UBS will sell its 55.6% stake in Motor-Columbus to a consortium of Atel's Swiss minority shareholders, EOS Holding and Atel, as well as to French utility Electricité de France (EDF). Corresponding agreements to this effect have been signed. The sale price has been set at CHF 1.3 billion, resulting in an estimated pre-tax gain for UBS of around CHF 350 million. The transaction must be approved by various national and international authorities and will not be completed until the beginning of 2006 at the earliest.
UBS announces senior management appointments
Saxo Bank has become the 20th institution to sign up with UBS as an active CLS third-party client. By entering into this partnership, Saxo will be able to execute and settle its cross-border foreign exchange transactions through the CLS global settlement system.
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