Credit Suisse trims 8 jobs in Southeast Asia, part of regional cuts-sources

By Anshuman Daga and Scott Murdoch

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Credit Suisse has cut eight jobs in its Southeast Asia investment banking and capital markets team, two sources familiar with the matter said, just weeks after the Swiss bank announced a major global restructuring plan.

One of the sources said the cuts in Southeast Asia affected teams involved with products, sector coverage and capital markets, but had not impacted managing directors.

Jobs were also being cut elsewhere in the region, the two sources said, but did not provide details.

The overall job reductions in Asia were less than what most employees had expected, three sources said.

Credit Suisse said in a statement on Friday that the bank’s global headcount reduction of 2,700 full-time-equivalent employees, or 5% of the group’s workforce, is already underway this quarter. The bank said this included attrition and targeted headcount reductions.

Last month, Credit Suisse said it plans to raise 4 billion Swiss francs ($4.15 billion) from investors and cut thousands of jobs and shift its focus from investment banking towards rich clients as the bank attempts to put years of scandals behind it.

($1 = 0.9649 Swiss francs)

(Reporting by Anshuman Daga and Scott Murdoch; Editing by Christopher Cushing and Sam Holmes)

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