[T]he Arbitrator noted that there were no settlement documents to review in relation to Occurrence Number 1470172, as the customer was refunded his initial investment as part of an industrywide consent decree that involved paying the customer the par value of the instruments at issue. The Arbitrator noted that the refund to the customer was not conditioned on the customer not opposing the request for expungement. The Arbitrator also noted that Claimant did not contribute to the refund, nor did he participate in the decision to make the customer whole.
The customer complaint arose in connection with the industrywide breakdown of the liquidity in the market for auction rate securities. The customer complaint was not against Claimant. It is factually impossible or clearly erroneous to find Claimant at fault for the alleged product failure. Claimant was not involved in any alleged investment-related sales practice violation. Any claim that Claimant was at fault for the industrywide events is false. Claimant played no role in the customer's complaint about the illiquidity of the auction rate securities market.
December 2008 SEC Complaint: UBS Misrepresented ARS Safety to CustomersUBS announces comprehensive settlement, in principle, for all clients holding auction rate securities at the estimated cost of USD 900 million (UBS Press Release / August 8, 2008)https://www.ubs.com/global/en/about_ubs/about_us/news/news-ndp/en-20080808-2008_08_08.htmlUBS announced today a settlement, in principle, with the New York Attorney General (NYAG), the Massachusetts Securities Division, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other state regulatory agencies represented by North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) to restore liquidity to all remaining clients' holdings of auction rate securities (ARS).Under the agreement in principle, UBS has committed to purchase a total of USD 8.3 billion of ARS, at par, from most private clients during a two-year time period beginning January 1, 2009. Private clients and charities holding less than USD 1 million in household assets at UBS will be able to avail themselves of this relief beginning Oct. 31, 2008. From mid-September, UBS will provide loans at no cost to the client for the par value of their ARS holdings.In addition, UBS has also committed to provide liquidity solutions to institutional investors and will agree from June 2010 to purchase all or any of the remaining USD 10.3.billion, at par, from its institutional clients. Today's news is in addition to the firm's recently announced intention to repurchase USD 3.5 billion of tax-exempt Auction Preferred Stock."Today's solution provides further relief, beginning in September, to investors who have been understandably frustrated by the industry-wide failure of the ARS market. Our leading position in supporting the market and providing liquidity is clear, and now, we are the first firm to give all clients -- private, corporate and institutional the opportunity to be made whole," said Marten Hoekstra, Head of UBS Wealth Management Americas."Since the breakdown in the market, UBS clients have been offered multiple liquidity options. They have been able to borrow 100 percent against the value of their holdings. The solutions announced today provide our clients with the widest range of choices in the industry, including a two-year window during which clients can either continue to earn interest or redeem their ARS at any time," Hoekstra added.The firm has also agreed to pay a fine of USD 150 million - USD 75 million to the state of New York and USD 75 million to other state regulatory agencies. UBS neither admits nor denies allegations of wrongdoing.The full cost of the proposed settlement, taking into account the projected redemption patterns of clients, the difference between the purchase prices and the current market value of client ARS holdings, and the regulatory fine related to the settlements, is estimated to be in the range of USD 900 million on a pre-tax basis, to be booked in the second quarter results. This includes reimbursements to all clients for losses incurred from sales of ARS holdings between Feb. 13 and Aug. 8, 2008.A provision for the costs of this settlement will be included in the firm's second quarter financial results, which will be announced on Aug.12, 2008.Results, including this settlement, for UBS AG for the second quarter will be consistent with guidance given by the firm on July 4, 2008.
1. This is a case in which the Defendants misled tens of thousands of its customers regarding the fundamental nature and increasing risks associated with auction rate securities ("ARS" or "ARC")) that UBS underwrote, marketed and sold. Through its financial advisors ("FAs"), marketing materials, and account statements, UBS misrepresented to its customers that ARS was safe, highly liquid investments that were equivalent to cash or money-market funds. As a result, numerous customers invested their savings in UBS's ARS that they needed to have available an a short-term basis.2. In the latter part of 2007 and earIy 2008, UBS's senior management was aware of undisclosed risk factors associated with its ARS program, including concerns about its ability and willingness to support the auctions. As evidence of the importance of this type of information to investors, at the end of 2007 and in early 2008, several senior executives sold all or some of their personal ARS holdings after becoming aware of the mounting institutional and market related problems facing the program.3. On February 13,2008, UBS determined that it would not continue to support auctions, as it had historically done, and that it would let its auctions fail. As a direct result of auction failures, over forty thousand UBS customer accounts holding more than $3 5 billion in auction rate securities had their investments rendered virtually illiquid overnight and, because of the illiquidity, many customers incurred mark to market losses on the par value of their ARS investments held at UBS. Customers who did sell their securities in the secondarymarket had to do so at a loss.4. By engaging in the conduct described in the Complaint, the Defendants violated Section 15(c) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 [15 U.S.C. Section 78o(c)] Accordingly, the Commission seeks: (a) entry of permanent injunctions prohibiting the Defendants from further violations of the relevant provisions of the Exchange Act; (b) imposition of a civil penalty against each defendant; and (c) any other relief this Court deems necessary and appropriate under the circumstances
UBS Finalizes ARS Settlements / Comprehensive settlements restore liquidity to most clients (UBS Wealth Management USA. Press Release / March 2010 Update)https://www.ubs.com/us/en/wealth-management/ubsfinalizesarssettlements.htmlMarch 2010 UpdateOn March 4, 2010 UBS announced it had finalized a settlement with the Texas State Securities Board (TSSB), in conjunction with the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), regarding clients' holdings of auction rate securities (ARS). The NASAA settlement is the latest step in UBS's ongoing effort to restore liquidity to its ARS clients who were adversely affected by the failure of the ARS market in February 2008 and who continue to have difficulty finding relief.
Former UBS clients may call 1-800-253-1974 for more information regarding this settlement and the steps necessary to initiate the process for recovering liquidity.UBS previously announced the terms of its settlement with NASAA, the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) and the states of New York and Massachusetts on August 8, 2008. Under the terms of the August 2008 settlement, UBS agreed to purchase ARS at par from "Eligible Clients" pursuant to an ARS Rights Offering prospectus dated October 7, 2008 (ARS Rights Offer (PDF, 161 KB)). All Eligible Clients under the ARS Rights Offering were sent notice letters in October 2008. The ARS Rights Offering committed UBS to purchase USD 8.3 billion of ARS from retail clients beginning October 30, 2008 and to purchase USD 10.3 billion ARS from eligible institutional clients beginning June 30, 2010. UBS was the first major firm to announce a definitive timetable for institutional clients. The UBS ARS Rights Offering covered holders of ARS who were UBS clients at the time of the market failure, regardless of where those ARS were purchased. It also covered clients that had purchased ARS at UBS between October 1, 2007 and February 13, 2008 but transferred them away from UBS prior to February 13, 2008. Detailed information regarding the firm's settlement with the SEC is available in UBS's August 8, 2008, press release. UBS has also created a tool for investors with Eligible ARS to determine current interest rates and/or dividends for their specific ARS holdings; security identifiers (knowns as CUSIPs) were included in the letters that were mailed to eligible current and former clients. . . .
THE CUSTOMER DID NOT MAKE A CLAIM FOR COMPENSATORY DAMAGES AND/OR DAMAGES WERE DETERMINED TO BE LESS THAN $5,000.
The customer complaint arose in connection with the industrywide breakdown of the liquidity in the market for auction rate securities. The customer complaint was not against Claimant. . . .
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