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UBS to Buy Beleaguered Credit Suisse for $3.3 Billion

Swiss banking giants combine to quell growing global bank crisis

Credit Suisse, the battered Swiss bank, has agreed to an emergency takeover by its rival UBS, Switzerland's largest bank, a move engineered by the Swiss government to stave off immediate concerns of a global financial crisis.

The hasty deal, which was announced Sunday following a weekend of negotiations, offers a temporary reprieve after days of panic in global markets triggered by the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank. But it does little to ease longer-term worries of instability in the banking system.

A "swift and stabilizing solution was absolutely necessary," said Alain Berset, president of the Swiss Confederation, during a Sunday afternoon news conference. The UBS deal, he added, was "the best solution for restoring the confidence that has been lacking in financial markets recently."

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