Business Wire 8-Nov-2018 7:20 PM
UBS is confident in its legal position, based on the facts and the law
The United States Department of Justice ("DOJ") today filed a civil complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York related to UBS's issuance, underwriting and sale of residential mortgage-backed securities ("RMBS") more than a decade ago. The complaint seeks unspecified monetary civil penalties under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act ("FIRREA") regarding transactions that date back to 2006 and 2007.
The DOJ's claims are not supported by the facts or the law. UBS will contest the complaint vigorously in the interest of its shareholders. UBS is confident in its legal position and has been fully prepared for some time to defend itself in court.
UBS intends to rely on the following significant facts, among others, in its defense of this action and expects those facts to be substantiated in the course of the proceedings:
UBS Suffered Massive Losses on U.S. Mortgage-Related Assets, Including the RMBS Cited in the Complaint, Negating any Inference of Fraud
UBS Was Not a Significant Originator of U.S. Residential Mortgages
UBS Fulfilled its Disclosure Obligations to Sophisticated RMBS Investors
Any Penalty Sought by the DOJ Would be Limited, at Most, to Losses to FIFIs
The Alleged Misrepresentations Did Not Cause RMBS Investor Losses
Notice to investors
This document and the information contained herein are provided solely for information purposes, and are not to be construed as a solicitation of an offer to buy or sell any securities or other financial instruments in Switzerland, the United States or any other jurisdiction. No investment decision relating to securities of or relating to UBS Group AG, UBS AG or their affiliates should be made on the basis of this document. Refer to UBS's third quarter 2018 report and its Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended 31 December 2017 for additional information. These reports are available at www.ubs.com/investors.
Cautionary statement regarding forward-looking statements
This document contains statements that constitute forward-looking statements. While these statements represent UBS's judgments and expectations concerning the matters described, a number of risks, uncertainties and other important factors could cause actual developments and results to differ materially from UBS's expectations. Additional information about those factors is set forth in documents furnished and filings made by UBS with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, including the third quarter 2018 report and the Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended 31 December 2017. UBS undertakes no obligation to update the information contained herein. UBS specifically prohibits the redistribution or reproduction of this material in whole or in part without the prior written permission of UBS, and UBS accepts no liability whatsoever for the actions of third parties in this respect.
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