Swiss bank UBS is weighing legal action against Nasdaq OMX after losing up to $350 million during the botched Facebook IPO, according to CNBC.
Citing sources, CNBC says that UBS placed an order for one million Facebook shares on 18 May, the day the social network floated. When the company did not receive confirmations it repeated the order a number of times, ending up with unwanted stock.
UBS has issued a statement confirming it lost money but has refused to say how much other than the amount is not material, adding that it is "continuing to consider avenues to recover our losses in this matter, but have not yet taken legal action".
Last week Nasdaq OMX said it was setting aside around $40 million to cover broker losses related to the botched Facebook IPO in a plan widely criticised by both customers and rivals.
UBS May Have Facebook Trading Loss of $350 Million - CNBC
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