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Marcel Ospel

Former UBS President Urges Bank Break-up

Late on Thursday April 3rd 2008, news emerged that c/a>, a former president of troubled Swiss bank UBS AG, is pushing for a potential break-up of the bank, according to a letter Mr. Arnold and his London investment firm Olivant Advisers Ltd. in London have sent to UBS's board late on this date. Mr. Arnold served as president of UBS in 2001 before departing the bank after a dispute with current Chairman Marcel Ospel. This is a surprise move and is likely to accelerate changes at UBS, particularly regarding its investment banking division.

Luqman Arnold is quite a credible individual. After leaving UBS, Mr. Arnold joined U.K. lender Abbey National PLC as executive before overseeing the sale of Abbey to Spain's Banco Santander SA. As The Wall Street Journal details, today Mr. Arnold's firm Olivant Advisers Ltd. specializes in financial services.