The Bear Stearns Companies Inc.
|Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc.|
|Headquarters||New York City, USA|
On March 17, 2008, Bear Stearns Cos. was subsumed by JPMorgan Chase in a deal totaling $240 million, about 90 percent less than its value the previous week, after a run on the company ended 85 years of independence for Wall Street's fifth-largest securities firm. Shareholders of Bear Stearns will get stock in JPMorgan equivalent to about $2 a share, compared with $30 at the close on March 14.
The Federal Reserve extended a $30 billion line of credit to JPMorgan Chase to help it buy its former rival. Bear had an 85-year history on Wall Street. In addition to its own capital, Bear Stearns served as the middleman (or, "counterparty") for billions of dollars in transactions: retirement funds, smaller banks and hedge funds traded through Bear.
The Fed also created a program to give emergency loans directly to the 20 largest investment banks that do business with the Fed and which purchase the majority of Treasury securities, and it lowered the discount-lending rate by a quarter point. It followed that with a cut to the fed funds rate of three-quarters a percentage point.
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Products and Services
Bear, Stearns' core businesses included:
- Capital Markets-- This includes equity and fixed income sales, trading, research and investment banking businesses.
- Wealth Management -- This includes both private client and asset management services.
- Global Clearing Services
Headquartered in New York City [One MetroTech Center North Brooklyn, NY 11201-3859, tel: (212) 272-1000], the company has U.S. offices in:
- Atlanta (404) 842-4000
- Boston (617) 654-2800
- Chicago (312) 580-4000
- Dallas (214) 979-7900
- Denver (720) 570-2327
- Los Angeles (310) 201-2600
- San Francisco (415) 772-2900
- San Juan (787) 753-2327
Internationally, offices are located in:
- London +44-20-7516-6000
- Beijing +86-10-6505-5101
- Dublin +353-1-402-6200
- Frankfurt +49-69-9999-87011
- Hong Kong +852-2593-2700
- Lugano +41-91-911-7333
- Milan +39-02-3030-1700
- Paris +33 1 70 38 37 00
- São Paulo +55-11-3457-3200
- Shanghai +86-21-6841-3606
- Singapore +65-6437-3300
- Tokyo +813-3437-7800
- BEAR STEARNS & CO INC - NFA ID: 0000815