Oppenheimer Asserts Claim
NEW YORK, March 15, 2013
NYSE - OPY
NEW YORK, March 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. and several
of its affiliates (Oppenheimer) today announced the filing of a breach of
contract action against Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and several of its
affiliates (CIBC) in state court in New York City. The action was filed in
connection with a sale of the business and related assets of CIBC's U.S.
capital markets business to Oppenheimer in January 2008.
As part of the transaction, the parties provided for a deferred purchase price
based on an agreed formula or a minimum payment of $25 million. The agreed
upon formula did not result in any additional payments and thus the minimum
payment amount of $25 million is in dispute as a result of the breach of
contact. Oppenheimer has deposited the $25 million minimum payment in escrow
pending the outcome of the legal proceedings. The deferred purchase price
amount would have been otherwise due in April 2013 absent the breach of the
agreements governing the sale of the business asserted by Oppenheimer in its
complaint. The expense related to the deferred purchase price was charged to
earnings by Oppenheimer over the life of the agreement and was fully accrued
at the end of December 2012.
Oppenheimer, through its principal subsidiaries, Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. (a
U.S. broker-dealer) and Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc., offers a wide range
of investment banking, securities, investment management and wealth management
services from 94 offices in 26 states and through local broker-dealers in 4
foreign jurisdictions. Oppenheimer employs over 3,500 people. The Company
offers trust and estate services through Oppenheimer Trust Company. OPY Credit
Corp. offers syndication as well as trading of issued corporate loans.
Oppenheimer Multifamily Housing & Healthcare Finance, Inc. is engaged in
mortgage brokerage and servicing. In addition, through Freedom Investments,
Inc. and the BUYandHOLD division of Freedom, Oppenheimer offers online
discount brokerage and dollar-based investing services.
SOURCE Oppenheimer Holdings Inc.
Brian Maddox 212 850-5661
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