Credit Suisse in $2 Billion “Bail In” Debt Offering
September 15, 2015
Cleary Gottlieb represented Credit Suisse Group AG in the offering of $2 billion 3.800% senior notes due 2022 by Credit Suisse Group Funding (Guernsey) Limited. The securities are expected to qualify as “Total Loss Absorbing Capital” under the rules being developed by the Financial Stability Board in consultation with the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision for application to global systemically important banks such as Credit Suisse. The securities, which include an acknowledgement and consent by the holders to the Swiss regulator’s ability to exercise its resolution powers (including the possible write-down, cancellation or conversion into equity of the entire principal amount and/or accrued interest), have been issued by a finance subsidiary and are guaranteed by CSG, the group holding company. This is the third issuance of “bail in” securities by a Swiss bank, following on Credit Suisse’s successful $4 billion debut offering in March 2015 and its subsequent $2 billion issuance in May 2015, in which Cleary Gottlieb also acted as issuer’s counsel.
The notes were sold in a Rule 144A / Regulation S offering with registration rights. The offering launched and priced on September 10, 2015 and closed on September 15, 2015.
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