Case | HBS Case Collection | March 2011 (Revised October 2011)

Wealth Management Crisis at UBS (A)

by Paul M. Healy, George Serafeim and David Lane

Abstract

The case describes the challenges that UBS faced as a result of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation for tax fraud, that claimed that UBS had helped some 52,000 U.S. residents hide billions of dollars in untaxed assets in secret Swiss accounts between 2000 and 2007, depriving the U.S. Treasury of hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes.

Keywords: Misleading and Fraudulent Advertising; Competitive Strategy; Taxation; Risk Management; Global Strategy; Asset Management; Emerging Markets; Ethics; Problems and Challenges; Governing Rules, Regulations, and Reforms; Financial Services Industry; United States; Switzerland;

Citation:

Healy, Paul M., George Serafeim, and David Lane. "Wealth Management Crisis at UBS (A)." Harvard Business School Case 111-082, March 2011. (Revised October 2011.)