n its quest to raise cash and get risky assets off its balance sheet, Credit Suisse Group found some willing buyers very close to home: its own employees.

Senior bankers who got illiquid loans and bonds as part of their pay participated in the Expanded Partner Asset Facility, which closed Dec. 31, and put a total of $450 million of their own funds into it.

Bloomberg reported that the new fund would use the leverage of borrowed money to buy more than $450 million of assets. The report cited someone familiar with the arrangement saying that Credit Suisse may act as the lender to the employee fund, and the reduction in so-called risk-weighted assets will reduce Credit Suisse's capital requirements.

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