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Credit Suisse cuts dividend on hit from Archegos hedge fund scandal; investment bank head and chief risk officer step down

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Credit Suisse on Tuesday announced several high-level staff departures and proposed a cut to its dividend as it weighs heavy losses from the Archegos Capital saga.

“Particularly following the significant US-based hedge fund matter, the Board of Directors is amending its proposal on the distribution of dividends and withdrawing its proposals on variable compensation of the Executive Board,” the Swiss lender said in a trading update.

Investment Bank CEO Brian Chin and Chief Risk and Compliance Officer Lara Warner will step down from their roles with immediate effect, the bank said.

Last week, Credit Suisse revealed that it was expecting heavy losses in the wake of the meltdown of U.S. hedge fund Archegos Capital. The bank was forced to dump a significant amount of stock to sever its ties to the troubled family office, and now expects a first-quarter pre-tax loss of around 900 million Swiss francs ($960.4 million).

“This includes a charge of CHF 4.4 billion in respect of the failure by a US-based hedge fund to meet its margin commitments as we announced on March 29, 2021,” Credit Suisse added.

This is a developing story and will be updated shortly.

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