6-K 1 a201201-6k.htm 6-K

Washington, D.C. 20549
Form 6-K
December 1, 2020
Commission File Number 001-15244
(Translation of registrant’s name into English)
Paradeplatz 8, 8001 Zurich, Switzerland
(Address of principal executive office)
Commission File Number 001-33434
(Translation of registrant’s name into English)
Paradeplatz 8, 8001 Zurich, Switzerland
(Address of principal executive office)

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This report on Form 6-K is being filed by Credit Suisse Group AG and Credit Suisse AG and is hereby incorporated by reference into the Registration Statement on Form F-3 (file no. 333-238458) and the Registration Statements on Form S-8 (file nos. 333-101259, 333-208152 and 333-217856), except for the sentence “Further information about Credit Suisse can be found at www.credit-suisse.com.” Information contained on our website is not incorporated by reference into this report.


Media release
António Horta-Osório proposed for election as Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting on April 30, 2021
Zurich, December 1, 2020 – The Board of Directors of Credit Suisse Group AG proposes to the shareholders to elect António Horta-Osório as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors at the next Annual General Meeting on April 30, 2021.

António Horta-Osório shall succeed Urs Rohner who will step down in 2021 as previously announced upon reaching the statutory term of 12 years. At the Annual General Meeting in 2009 Urs Rohner was elected to the Board of Directors and became its full-time Vice-Chairman. He became full-time Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2011.

In order to find a successor to Urs Rohner, the Board of Directors established a dedicated search committee. In an intensive search process with an international focus, this committee reviewed numerous particularly well-qualified personalities and eventually recommended to the Board of Directors to propose to the shareholders to elect António Horta-Osório as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors.

António Horta-Osório is 56 years of age and a citizen of Portugal. He currently is the Group Chief Executive of Lloyds Banking Group, the largest retail and commercial bank in the UK. António Horta-Osório started his career in banking in 1987 at Citigroup in Portugal where he became Head of Capital Markets. From 1991 to 1993, he worked in corporate finance at Goldman Sachs in New York and London. In 1993 he joined Grupo Santander, where he was responsible for several executive functions and developed and further expanded the business in various key countries: First as Chief Executive Officer of Banco Santander de Negócios Portugal until 1996, from 1997 to 2000 as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Banco Santander Brazil, from 2000 to 2006 as Chief Executive Officer of Banco Santander Totta (Portugal), as Executive Vice President of Banco Santander in Spain from 2000 to 2010, as well as from 2006 to 2010 as Chief Executive Officer of Santander UK / Abbey. Finally, effective March 2011, Lloyds Banking Group appointed him to his current role. In addition, António Horta-Osório served on the Court of Directors of the Bank of England from 2009 to 2011.

Urs Rohner, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Credit Suisse Group, said: «I am extremely happy that we can propose a highly proven and recognized professional of the international banking business as my successor. I am convinced that, subject to the election at the next Annual General Meeting, and thanks to his impressive record of accomplishments, António Horta-Osório will make a major contribution to the future success of our bank as a leading wealth manager with strong global investment banking capabilities.»

António Horta-Osório said: «I am delighted to be proposed as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Credit Suisse Group. I look forward to working closely with the Board and management team to build on the Group’s many strengths. This is a time of great opportunity for the Group, its people, clients and shareholders.»
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Contact details
Investor Relations, Kinner Lakhani, Credit Suisse AG, tel. +41 44 333 71 49,

Media Relations, Dominique Gerster, Credit Suisse AG, tel. +41 844 33 88 44,

Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse is one of the world's leading financial services providers. Our strategy builds on Credit Suisse's core strengths: its position as a leading wealth manager, its specialist investment banking capabilities and its strong presence in our home market of Switzerland. We seek to follow a balanced approach to wealth management, aiming to capitalize on both the large pool of wealth within mature markets as well as the significant growth in wealth in Asia Pacific and other emerging markets, while also serving key developed markets with an emphasis on Switzerland. Credit Suisse employs approximately 48,800 people. The registered shares (CSGN) of Credit Suisse Group AG, are listed in Switzerland and, in the form of American Depositary Shares (CS), in New York. The composition of the Board of Directors of Credit Suisse AG is the same as the composition of the Board of Directors of Credit Suisse Group AG. Further information about Credit Suisse can be found at www.credit-suisse.com.

Cautionary statement regarding forward-looking information
This document contains statements that constitute forward-looking statements. In addition, in the future we, and others on our behalf, may make statements that constitute forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements may include, without limitation, statements relating to the following:
our plans, targets or goals;
our future economic performance or prospects;
the potential effect on our future performance of certain contingencies; and
assumptions underlying any such statements.

Words such as “believes,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “intends” and “plans” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements but are not the exclusive means of identifying such statements. We do not intend to update these forward-looking statements.

By their very nature, forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, and risks exist that predictions, forecasts, projections and other outcomes described or implied in forward-looking statements will not be achieved. We caution you that a number of important factors could cause results to differ materially from the plans, targets, goals, expectations, estimates and intentions expressed in such forward-looking statements. These factors include:
the ability to maintain sufficient liquidity and access capital markets;
market volatility and interest rate fluctuations and developments affecting interest rate levels, including the persistence of a low or negative interest rate environment;
the strength of the global economy in general and the strength of the economies of the countries in which we conduct our operations, in particular the risk of negative impacts of COVID-19 on the global economy and financial markets and the risk of continued slow economic recovery or downturn in the EU, the US or other developed countries or in emerging markets in 2020 and beyond;
the emergence of widespread health emergencies, infectious diseases or pandemics, such as COVID-19, and the actions that may be taken by governmental authorities to contain the outbreak or to counter its impact on our business;
potential risks and uncertainties relating to the severity of impacts from COVID-19 and the duration of the pandemic, including potential material adverse effects on our business, financial condition and results of operations;
the direct and indirect impacts of deterioration or slow recovery in residential and commercial real estate markets;
adverse rating actions by credit rating agencies in respect of us, sovereign issuers, structured credit products or other credit-related exposures;
the ability to achieve our strategic goals, including those related to our targets, ambitions and financial goals;
the ability of counterparties to meet their obligations to us and the adequacy of our allowance for credit losses;
the effects of, and changes in, fiscal, monetary, exchange rate, trade and tax policies, as well as currency fluctuations;
political, social and environmental developments, including war, civil unrest or terrorist activity and climate change;
the ability to appropriately address social, environmental and sustainability concerns that may arise from our business activities;
the effects of, and the uncertainty arising from, the UK’s withdrawal from the EU;
the possibility of foreign exchange controls, expropriation, nationalization or confiscation of assets in countries in which we conduct our operations;
operational factors such as systems failure, human error, or the failure to implement procedures properly;
the risk of cyber attacks, information or security breaches or technology failures on our business or operations;
the adverse resolution of litigation, regulatory proceedings and other contingencies;
actions taken by regulators with respect to our business and practices and possible resulting changes to our business organization, practices and policies in countries in which we conduct our operations;
the effects of changes in laws, regulations or accounting or tax standards, policies or practices in countries in which we conduct our operations;
the expected discontinuation of LIBOR and other interbank offered rates and the transition to alternative reference rates;
the potential effects of changes in our legal entity structure;
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competition or changes in our competitive position in geographic and business areas in which we conduct our operations;
the ability to retain and recruit qualified personnel;
the ability to maintain our reputation and promote our brand;
the ability to increase market share and control expenses;
technological changes instituted by us, our counterparties or competitors;
the timely development and acceptance of our new products and services and the perceived overall value of these products and services by users;
acquisitions, including the ability to integrate acquired businesses successfully, and divestitures, including the ability to sell non-core assets; and
other unforeseen or unexpected events and our success at managing these and the risks involved in the foregoing.
We caution you that the foregoing list of important factors is not exclusive. When evaluating forward-looking statements, you should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and events, including the information set forth in “Risk factors” in I – Information on the company in our Annual Report 2019 and in “Risk factor” in I – Credit Suisse in our 1Q20 Financial Report.

This document was produced by and the opinions expressed are those of Credit Suisse as of the date of writing and are subject to change. It has been prepared solely for information purposes and for the use of the recipient. It does not constitute an offer or an invitation by or on behalf of Credit Suisse to any person to buy or sell any security. Any reference to past performance is not necessarily a guide to the future. The information and analysis contained in this publication have been compiled or arrived at from sources believed to be reliable but Credit Suisse does not make any representation as to their accuracy or completeness and does not accept liability for any loss arising from the use hereof.

Copyright © 2020 CREDIT SUISSE GROUP AG and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.


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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrants have duly caused this report to be signed on their behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
/s/ Flavio Lardelli
Flavio Lardelli
    /s/ Claude Jehle
    Claude Jehle
Date: December 1, 2020   Director