The Wall Street Journal: Credit Suisse consultant linked to spying on former executive reportedly dies

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A consultant who helped Credit Suisse Group AG hire investigators to trail the bank’s former wealth-management chief died in an apparent suicide last week, a lawyer in Switzerland said Monday night.

The consultant, whose identity isn’t known by The Wall Street Journal, shot himself on Tuesday, according to Zurich lawyer Thomas Fingerhuth. The Journal couldn’t independently verify the death or its cause late Monday night.

A representative for the Zurich police declined to comment late Monday night. Spokesmen for Credit Suisse CS, +0.41% CSGN, +0.95%  didn’t return calls seeking comment. News of the consultant’s suicide was earlier reported by Swiss finance blog

Fingerhuth is representing Investigo GmbH, the firm that carried out the surveillance in September on behalf of Credit Suisse. According to people familiar with the matter, Credit Suisse hired Investigo to trail a former executive, Iqbal Khan, because bank officials were concerned Khan might be recruiting Credit Suisse staff to his new employer, UBS Group AG  . A spokesman for Khan last week called any such suggestion totally absurd.

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