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Silicon Valley Bank’s parent company files for bankruptcy following sudden collapse

SVB Financial Group is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

Associated Press
Friday 17 March 2023 13:06 GMT
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The parent of Silicon Valley Bank, seized last week by the US, is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

SVB Financial Group, along with its CEO and its chief financial officer, were targeted this week in a class action lawsuit that claims the company didn’t disclose the risks that future interest rate increases would have on its business.

SVB Financial Group is no longer affiliated with Silicon Valley Bank after its seizure by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Its collapse was the second biggest bank failure in US history after the demise of Washington Mutual in 2008.

The bank’s successor, Silicon Valley Bridge Bank, is being run under the jurisdiction of the FDIC and is not included in the Chapter 11 filing.

“The Chapter 11 process will allow SVB Financial Group to preserve value as it evaluates strategic alternatives for its prized businesses and assets, especially SVB Capital and SVB Securities,” William Kosturos, chief restructuring officer for SVB Financial Group, said in a statement on Friday.

Regulated broker-dealer SVB Securities and funds of venture capital and private credit fund platform SVB Capital and its general partner entities are not included in the Chapter 11 filing and continue to operate normally.

Funded debt for SVB Financial Group is about $3.3bn in aggregate principal amount of unsecured notes.

There is no claim against SVB Capital or SVB Securities. SVB Financial Group also has $3.7bn of preferred equity outstanding.

SVB Financial Group believes it has approximately $2.2bn of liquidity.

The Santa Clara, California-based company said it also has other valuable investment securities accounts and other assets that it’s exploring strategic options for.

The shuttering of Silicon Valley Bank last Friday and of New York-based Signature Bank two days later has revived bad memories of the financial crisis that plunged the US into the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009.

Over the weekend the federal government, determined to restore public confidence in the banking system, moved to protect all the banks’ deposits – even those that exceeded the FDIC’s $250,000 limit per individual account.

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