JPMorgan - CEO succession within UBS in the long-term is not very obvious to us

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For months, Sergio Ermotti has been under pressure from investors to show how UBS Group will stay ahead of the competition. The departure of a top lieutenant just made that harder.

Bloomberg News reports that the surprise defection of investment banking head Andrea Orcel’s to Spain’s Banco Santander leaves the chief executive officer of the world’s largest wealth manager bereft of a key partner. The two were instrumental in executing the bank’s envied turnaround of its securities unit, while the loss may add to calls for clarity on who might succeed Ermotti.

“We are disappointed with Andrea Orcel leaving UBS as we rated him as one of the best investment banking heads in Europe,” JPMorgan Chase & Co. analysts Kian Abouhossein and Amit Ranjan wrote in a note to investors. “The potential CEO succession within UBS in the long-term is not very obvious to us at this point.”

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