FirstFT: Credit Suisse to borrow up to $54bn from Swiss central bank

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In the wake of Silicon Valley Bank’s collapse, turmoil has gripped Europe’s banking sector. After Credit Suisse shares plunged more than 30 per cent yesterday, Switzerland’s central bank stepped in with a $54bn lifeline.

Meanwhile, regulators are pointing fingers over SVB’s implosion, with European officials privately blaming American “incompetence” for the bank’s failure. In the US, Republican and Democratic lawmakers are squabbling over future financial legislation ahead of Treasury secretary Janet Yellen’s expected testimony in the Senate today on regulators’ interventions at SVB and Signature Bank.

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Today’s top news

1. Credit Suisse plans to borrow up to SFr50bn ($54bn) from the Swiss central bank and buy back about SFr3bn of its debt, in an attempt to boost its liquidity and calm investors after its shares fells as much as 30 per cent.

2. Europe’s regulators are furious at the US handling of Silicon Valley Bank, privately accusing American authorities of tearing up a global rule book for failed banks that they had helped to write. Here’s why European officials are seething about their counterparts’ “incompetence”.

3. EXCLUSIVE: British American Tobacco is under pressure to move its primary listing to New York after top-five shareholder Rajiv Jain said it “makes no sense” to remain in London. The Financial Times speaks to the GQG Partners founder.

4. EXCLUSIVE: Brussels is expected to impose curbs on imports of Chinese green technologies today, demoting bidders for public contracts and making it harder for buyers to access subsidies. Read more details on the measures in the EU’s Net Zero Industry Act.

5. UK chancellor Jeremy Hunt delivered a defiantly upbeat Budget that offered a £9bn tax break for business, an extension of free childcare and a surprise pension boost for the well-off yesterday. Read the full story here.

  • The FT View: The chancellor’s announcements are a step in the right direction for UK growth, but there is a long way to go, writes the editorial board.

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