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Credit Suisse Blow-Ups Give Gottstein a Crash Course in Risk (1)

Dec. 14, 2020, 10:46 AM

Two months after Thomas Gottstein took over at Credit Suisse Group AG following a damaging spying scandal, the new chief executive found himself defending losses the bank had incurred in one of Asia’s most spectacular accounting frauds: Luckin Coffee Inc.

It was only the beginning. From questionable deals arranged for SoftBank Group Corp. to a $450 million hit from an investment in hedge fund York Capital, Gottstein has confronted one setback after the next in his short reign atop Switzerland’s second-largest lender. The losses and scandals, many of which he inherited, have compounded the damage inflicted by the global pandemic ...