(Oct 21): UBS Group AG is cutting about 40 jobs in Asia Pacific as part of a global push to trim costs and combine its trading units, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The staff reductions are roughly split between UBS’s markets and investment-banking teams with a majority at the level of vice president or below, the person said, asking not to be identified because the details aren’t public. The Asian divisions -- led by Hong Kong-based Taichi Takahashi and David Chin -- will see smaller cuts than those planned in Europe because UBS sees the region as a growth driver, they said.

UBS has embarked on a sweeping overhaul of its investment bank, reshuffling senior management and combining trading operations in changes that may ultimately eliminate hundreds of positions, people with knowledge of the plan said earlier. Citigroup Inc., Deutsche Bank AG and HSBC Holdings Plc are also cutting staff to rein in costs as the industry deals with difficult trading conditions, sputtering economies and the impact of trade tensions on cross-border deals.

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