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Credit Suisse Packages Deemed Safe After Offices Evacuated

December 14, 2011

(Updates to add description of evacuation in third paragraph.)

Dec. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Suspicious packages received by Credit Suisse Group AG were deemed harmless after prompting an evacuation at the Swiss bank’s Manhattan offices.

The packages “presented nothing dangerous or potentially dangerous,” said James Margolin, a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in New York.

Credit Suisse, Switzerland’s second-biggest bank, said it evacuated all workers from its offices at 1 Madison Ave. on advice from the New York City Police Department after receiving two suspicious packages. About 2,000 people work for the lender there, a person with knowledge of the matter said.

Authorities warned financial firms in New York last week to be on alert after police in Germany said a functional letter bomb addressed to Deutsche Bank AG Chief Executive Officer Josef Ackermann was intercepted on Dec. 7 at the firm’s Frankfurt headquarters. An anarchist group later claimed responsibility for the letter bomb.

--With assistance from Elena Logutenkova in Zurich. Editors: David Scheer, Peter Eichenbaum.

Patricia Hurtado in New York at pathurtado@bloomberg.net Donal Griffin in New York at dgriffin10@bloomberg.net; Chris Dolmetsch in New York at cdolmetsch@bloomberg.net.

To contact the reporters on this story: Elena Logutenkova in Zurich at elogutenkova@bloomberg.net;

To contact the editors responsible for this story: David Scheer at dscheer@bloomberg.net; Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net.


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