* UBS may move Stamford office to New York City
* Move would not happen until 2015
NEW YORK, June 9 UBS AG (UBS.N) is considering moving its North American investment banking operations from suburban Stamford, Connecticut, to the heart of New York City, although any potential move would not occur until 2015.
The Swiss bank is considering a relocation to one of the new World Trade Center buildings in Lower Manhattan and is looking at locations in the Midtown section of Manhattan as well, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday.
No firm decisions have been made and any move might take years to complete.
UBS's lease in Stamford, were it operates the world's largest trading floor, is not up until 2015.
Some younger bankers and traders who work in the Stamford office, but live in New York City -- some 45 minutes away by train -- have told Reuters they would prefer to have the office closer to home. But others who have homes and families in Connecticut are not happy about the potential move, they said.
In a statement released on Thursday, UBS said "we routinely evaluate our space allocation as these leases expire and/or space becomes available."
The bank has over 17,000 employees in 3 million square feet of space throughout the New York City area.
UBS's investment bank has struggled to retain talent and has recently seen a number of key dealmakers defect to competitors as the Swiss bank, hit hard by the financial crisis, put curbs on compensation.