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Certain types of people, such as the Parisian demimondaine portrayed by Greta Garbo, have long and tear-filled partings from an unfeeling world. If you listen to conversation over drinks among the supposedly well-informed, Deutsche Bank is also among the near-dead.
Deutsche Bank’s (XE:DBK) planned sale of its prime brokerage unit to BNP Paribas (XE:BNP) is not yet a done deal as both sides of the proposed transaction keep a close eye on hedge fund withdrawals, two people with knowledge of the situation told MarketWatch. The German lender said its prime brokerage unit was on the block earlier this month when it announced its largest restructuring in decades, including cutting 18,000 jobs, exiting stock sales and trading, and bundling $83 billion of assets into a separate unit for disposal. Since then, hedge funds clients have pulled about $1 billion in assets per day from the platform since its July 7 restructuring announcement, according to one of the people.
(Bloomberg) -- Nuveen LLC was giving Deutsche Bank AG an ultimatum.John Miller, who oversees $160 billion of investments in state and local government bonds for the mutual-fund company, had watched in anger as a Dallas upstart muscled in on his lucrative corner of the municipal-securities market. The latest encroachment: the rival, Preston Hollow Capital LLC, landed $200 million of debt offered by a junk-rated university located in Nuveen’s hometown of Chicago.Now, Deutsche Bank was being told that Nuveen would pull business from the bank for providing financing for Preston Hollow, according to the transcript of a December telephone call filed in a Delaware court.Miller’s subordinate said Nuveen had already penalized Wells Fargo & Co. and Bank of America Corp. And other major banks were being put on notice for working with Preston Hollow, a firm Miller said was hurting the market by charging “predatory” interest rates on bonds it planned to resell to others.“I have been working with John for 15 years and I have never seen him as serious about anything. I mean nothing gets him more upset than these Preston Hollow deals,” said the employee, who wasn’t identified by name in the transcript of the phone call with Deutsche Bank. “We are going to every single bank and broker-dealer today to examine what is the extent of their business, and the policy going forward is that if you are actively doing business with them, Nuveen will not be doing business with you.”The transcripts provide an inside look at a clash in the high-yield municipal market, a $500 billion corner where a flood of cash and relatively scant issuance frequently leaves firms fighting over new debt offerings. Few wield as much influence in that business as Nuveen, a unit of New York’s TIAA.Related: Transcript of John Miller’s call with Deutsche BankIn February, Preston Hollow sued Nuveen in Delaware Chancery Court, alleging the company used its market power to organize an industry-wide boycott against it. The telephone transcripts are at the heart of the case, with Preston Hollow arguing that they show Nuveen engaged in a “campaign of intimidation” to blackball it from the industry.Free to ChooseA spokesman for Nuveen, Stewart Lewack, said Preston Hollow’s claims have no merit and the company intends to “vigorously defend itself” when the case goes to trial later this month. He said the transcripts provide a distorted view of Nuveen’s interactions with brokerage firms. He declined to comment on whether Nuveen pulled its business from banks over their ties to Preston Hollow. Miller didn’t respond to an email seeking comment.A spokesman for Deutsche Bank, Troy Gravitt, declined to comment. Jonathan Morgan, a spokesman for Preston Hollow, said Deutsche Bank didn’t cut its financing to the company.In court filings, Nuveen’s lawyers argued that the firm can choose with whom to do business and select partners based on whether they work with competitors. They said Preston Hollow hasn’t identified any lost business because of Nuveen’s alleged conduct or demonstrated a reciprocal, collusive relationship among Nuveen and Wall Street banks, the filings said. This year, Preston Hollow has purchased at least $136 million bonds in exclusive deals underwritten by Loop Capital Markets LLC, Stifel Financial Corp. and Piper Jaffray Cos., according to offering documents.The lawsuit comes just as competition for the riskiest municipal bonds has intensified as rock bottom interest rates leave investors hunting for larger returns. High-yield municipal securities funds have picked up $10.5 billion of new cash in the first half of 2019, according to Morningstar Inc. data. Miller’s $20 billion fund at Nuveen received 20% of it.Striking Core BusinessSpending the money isn’t always easy. It’s rare to see billion-dollar deals for large speculative projects, such as Virgin Trains USA’s passenger railroad in southern Florida or the American Dream shopping mall in New Jersey’s Meadowlands. Most low-rated municipal-bond deals come in chunks of $50 million or less from smaller borrowers like hospitals, charter schools or senior-living centers.That’s why even a firm like Preston Hollow could create a challenge for far bigger rivals. Rather than buy bonds in public offerings, the 5-year-old company negotiates to buy the entire deal in private. That saves borrowers costs for marketing and credit ratings.In a phone conversation with Deutsche Bank, which extended financing to Preston Hollow through a so-called tender option bond program, Miller said the Dallas rival had initially only been doing a “handful” of $20 million to $50 million deals.But it had started buying ones of $100 million or more, including from issuers whose securities Nuveen owned. Miller said that Preston Hollow was engaging in predatory practices by charging overly high interest rates for debt that it didn’t intend to hold on to, creating financial risk for the borrowers and other bondholders.“What’s happened in the last two months really strikes more at the core of our business,” Miller said, according to a transcript of his call filed in court. He later said that their “ability for them to move up the scale into deals that are really hurting us and really hurting our industry. That ability does come from your TOB financing.”‘Devastating News’One of Preston Hollow’s deals was for Roosevelt University, a private school near Chicago’s Grant Park that’s seen enrollment shrink by 30% since 2014. In September 2018, Wells Fargo sold the entire issue, which was done through the Illinois Finance Authority, directly to Preston Hollow, even though Nuveen already owned some of its debt.In the call with Deutsche Bank, the Miller subordinate criticized Preston Hollow for securing “exorbitant” yields and weakening protections for bondholders. “It’s predatory,” the employee said.Allegations that Preston Hollow charged excessive rates and structured rushed deals are false and defamatory, the firm said in court filings. Roosevelt University’s 2018 bonds had stronger financial protections for investors than prior bond issues by the university and Preston Hollow engaged in extensive discussions on the covenants with Roosevelt and its financial adviser, bond counsel and underwriter, said Morgan, the Preston Hollow spokesman.Nuveen suspended its trading with Wells Fargo, the employee said, speculating that the move helped contribute to the ouster of the bank’s public finance chief, Stratford Shields, after about a year on the job. Deutsche Bank needed to cut off the liquidity and unwind financing to Preston Hollow, the employee explained, or Miller would reduce Nuveen’s business with the bank “to zero.”“It’s devastating news,” one unidentified Deutsche Bank employee said.Shields said through a spokesman that the comments cast doubt on the company’s previously stated reasons for his ouster. A spokesperson for Wells Fargo declined to comment.Deutsche Bank ignored the suggestion, according to Morgan, the Preston Hollow spokesman. But he said the Dallas lender is concerned about the effect the “extreme economic pressure” applied by Nuveen could have in the future. “We are thankful for Deutsche Bank’s willingness to stand up to Nuveen’s pressure and hope it will continue to do so in the future,” Morgan said.Can’t Do BothThe transcripts show that Deutsche Bank wasn’t the only one to face such hardball tactics. Miller told Deutsche Bank he had commitments from Bank of America, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. and was soon meeting with Citigroup Inc. about not working with Preston Hollow. An agreement with Morgan Stanley, he said, was pending and similar deals were in the works with “a whole bunch” of smaller, region-based underwriters.Morgan Stanley didn’t stop doing business with Preston Hollow following conversations with Nuveen, said Mark Lake, a spokesman. Spokespeople at Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan declined to comment.“The Street just has to choose,” Miller said in a call with Goldman Sachs, according to a court transcript. “They have to choose who and what type of business they’re going to do because they’re not going to do both. At least not with Nuveen.”“I’ve got 90% of the major top bracket muni broker dealer firms and banks to say absolutely never again, and I’m working on 100%,” Miller told Deutsche Bank. “I feel my chances are very good at getting there.”\--With assistance from Jef Feeley.To contact the reporter on this story: Martin Z. Braun in New York at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Elizabeth Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org, William SelwayFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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(Bloomberg) -- Deutsche Bank AG is considering subletting the London offices occupied by its wealth management business and its asset-management arm DWS Group, according to people with knowledge of the matter.The bank has discussed the possibility of moving staff out of the Zig Zag building near Westminster Cathedral, though no decision has been made, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the deliberations are private. Deutsche Bank signed a 15-year lease for the property with Land Securities Group Plc and started moving employees in two years ago. Property Week reported the news earlier.Respresentatives of Deutsche Bank and DWS declined to comment.The German lender is planning to eliminate about 18,000 jobs globally under a restructuring plan announced this month by Chief Executive Officer Christian Sewing. While much of the layoffs are in the investment bank, the asset management unit under CEO Asoka Woehrmann has accelerated cost cuts amid industrywide pressure on fees and has also been reducing staff.The bank has separately signed an agreement with LandSec to move its U.K. headquarters to a building being constructed at 21 Moorfields in the City of London financial district on a 25-year lease. The project won planning approval last year. The new property will have space equivalent to about 10 soccer fields and is expected to be completed in 2021.(Updates with details of cost cuts in fourth paragraph.)\--With assistance from Suzy Waite and Nicholas Comfort.To contact the reporter on this story: Jack Sidders in London at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Shelley Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org, Patrick Henry, Christian BaumgaertelFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- The radical restructuring of Deutsche Bank AG unveiled at the start of July will be a monumental task for the lender’s senior managers. The job of the European Central Bank’s finance industry supervisors, who have to make sure the revamp goes smoothly, won’t be easy either.Deustche’s plan is a last-ditch attempt to make sure the troubled bank avoids more serious problems in the future. The ECB will need to use its regulatory stick and carrot wisely. This means standing by the lender in its sensible efforts to downsize, but being ready to demand more capital if the attempt doesn’t go according to schedule.Andrea Enria, head of the Single Supervisory Mechanism (the ECB’s banking supervisory body), dodged a bullet in April when Deutsche and its domestic rival Commerzbank AG decided not to merge. The combination would have created a mega-lender that was too big to fail and one that had little credible prospect of shrinking any time soon. The collapse of the talks left Deutsche’s executives with little alternative but to scale down on their own, which was always the best route.So far the supervisors have been supportive of the bank’s restructuring. Deutsche will target a core capital ratio (CET1) of 12.5%, which is above its minimum level of 11.8% but below the 13.7% in the fist-quarter and a previous full-year target of higher than 13%. This concession means the lender won’t have to raise extra capital on the market, a boon for its shareholders. The message from the ECB seems to be that so long as the bank is willing to address its problems and become less risky, the supervisors will support it.Such leniency makes sense but it cannot last forever. Deutsche’s strategy involves several uncertain steps, including the creation of a “bad bank” to hold 74 billion euros ($83.2 billion) of risk-weighted assets. This move accompanies the courageous decision to shut down Deutsche’s equity trading and sales business, which became a liability as the lender tried unsuccessfully to compete with Wall Street’s giants. Some of these assets will have to be sold and the central question for supervisors is what price Germany’s largest bank will be able to command. Should it be too low, this might create a capital hole.This issue is acute because Deutsche will start from a position of weakness in any sale negotiations. Some of the assets are illiquid and there may not be many buyers queuing up for them. Deutsche’s bargaining power will be weakened further because potential purchasers know it’s under pressure to sell.The unwinding of Deutsche’s equity business could bring to the fore a controversy that has long tormented the SSM. Some – notably the Bank of Italy – have argued that the illiquid assets sitting on the balance sheets of large lenders like Deutsche are a far bigger problem than the ECB has dared acknowledge. The central bank has always insisted supervision has been adequate and that there’s been no special treatment for certain countries or lenders.Supervisors certainly can’t afford for this restructuring to go wrong. In 2016 the International Monetary Fund singled out Deutsche as “the most important net contributor to systemic risks” to the global financial system. For now the German lender appears to have enough capital and plenty of liquidity, although its profitability has been poor. In the absence of a convincing turnaround, the ECB may face uglier questions in the future, including whether Berlin should be allowed to rescue the bank. While the EU has vowed to ensure that any bank can be wound down safely, this is untested in the case of mega-banks such as Deutsche.Enria’s legacy at the helm of the SSM will hinge on how well he oversees Deutsche’s reset. For the sake of the EU’s financial stability, one hopes he gets it right.To contact the author of this story: Ferdinando Giugliano at email@example.comTo contact the editor responsible for this story: James Boxell at firstname.lastname@example.orgThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Ferdinando Giugliano writes columns on European economics for Bloomberg Opinion. He is also an economics columnist for La Repubblica and was a member of the editorial board of the Financial Times.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
The Qatari-backed lawyer tasked with trying to draw a line under Deutsche Bank's regulatory scandals has risen rapidly at the German bank, jumping to the management board after three years as a "sparring partner" on the bank's supervisory body. Deutsche Bank is desperate to clean up its act and restore its reputation after years of turmoil including the Libor rate-rigging scandal and money-laundering investigations, and Stefan Simon has an intimate knowledge of the bank's rocky relationships with regulators and courts. The enigmatic corporate lawyer will soon be sitting on Deutsche's management board, promoted from its external oversight board as part of a 7.4 billion euro ($8.3 billion) overhaul which will see the bank shrink and lose 18,000 jobs.
(Bloomberg) -- As Deutsche Bank AG and BNP Paribas SA sort out a deal on servicing the German lender’s hedge-fund clients, one of the prizes at stake is the Asian business.Even after a tough few years for Deutsche Bank, 14% of funds in the region still use it as either a prime broker or trade through it, according to Eurekahedge analyst Mohammad Hassan. That gives BNP the opportunity to break into the top 10, he said. Eurekahedge’s rankings reflect its estimates of both client balances and number of fund mandates.Still, BNP would need to halt client exits and contend with a unit that has taken on a multitude of smaller funds as bigger ones reduced their business or defected. This at a time when many banks are gravitating toward larger, more profitable clients in a business that ties up capital.Read more: Deutsche Bank, BNP Face Reality of $168 Billion Hedge-Fund DealThe German bank’s regional hedge-fund clients have slipped by almost one-quarter to 132 since 2010, a survey by trade journal AsiaHedge showed in May. It ranked as the fifth-largest prime broker in Asia.Deutsche Bank was known to be more welcoming to smaller outfits in the region. About 56% of smaller funds used it as either a prime broker or to execute trades, according to Eurekahedge, which estimates that two-thirds of Asia-focused hedge funds oversee less than $100 million.The German bank and Credit Suisse Group AG had previously benefited in the region as hedge funds added European banks as prime brokers to avoid being caught up in another U.S. bank failure after the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. Globally, Deutsche Bank didn’t rank among the top seven prime brokers in 2018, according to data from Coalition Development Ltd.Prime-brokerage divisions cater specifically to hedge funds, lending them cash and securities and clearing their trades.Deutsche Bank’s high-profile clients in Asia have included Carl Huttenlocher’s Myriad Asset Management Ltd. and Kontiki Capital Management (HK) Ltd., led by ex-Ziff Brothers Investments LLC Asia head Gregard Heje.BNP spokesman Andrew Achimu and Deutsche Bank spokeswoman Karene Dufour declined to comment.Its global business has enabled Deutsche Bank to trade fixed-income and currencies, on top of equities, a rarity among peers in Asia. It can also source harder-to-find securities for funds to borrow for bearish bets, even in Southeast Asia, said two fund executives who still list Deutsche Bank as their prime brokers. It’s also got an efficient electronic trading system and can supply financing at reasonable prices, they said, asking not to be identified as they aren’t authorized to speak publicly.Smaller FirmsThe bank has also courted China-focused managers. It counts Tairen Capital Ltd. as a client and has won over Chinese quantitative asset management firms expanding offshore after a regulatory crackdown on stock futures trading domestically.Servicing smaller outfits can earn goodwill, and a chunk of business, as a client thrives. But it can also make business more costly and less profitable, at least in the short term, because not every small manager will succeed.Deutsche Bank’s exit would hit such funds hardest. The AsiaHedge survey estimated there were about 30 regional funds that used the German bank as their sole prime broker.BNP, meanwhile, is largely a niche bank, strong in certain areas but lacking Deutsche Bank’s breadth and depth. While a deal could jump-start its Asia business, it will have to invest heavily and its success will also hinge on what technology, staff and clients are eventually transferred across.(Updates with AsiaHedge estimate in 12th paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Bei Hu in Hong Kong at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Katrina Nicholas at firstname.lastname@example.org, Candice Zachariahs, Christian BaumgaertelFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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Both Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase showed declining investment banking revenue in the second quarter of 2019, with both suffering a dip in their lucrative debt underwriting businesses. How do I go about getting into the investment banking industry? JPMorgan’s M&A business suffered a sharper 16 per cent year-on-year contraction — it generated $525m in fees — as Goldman was off just 3 per cent from the previous year at $776m.
Until three years ago, Mr Simon was a successful German corporate lawyer working in the sleepy Rhineland town of Bonn and teaching law at the University of Cologne. In 2016, Qatar’s al-Thani royal family and Deutsche’s largest investor, suggested that Mr Simon should join the lender as a supervisory board member. Mr Simon’s latest career move is a rare step in corporate Germany and raised eyebrows among corporate governance experts.
Eurekahedge’s Macro Hedge Fund index, a weighted index of 193 funds, fell 2.6% in 2018, the first negative annual return since the index began at the turn of the millennium. Some of the industry’s best-known names are feeling the pinch.
(Bloomberg) -- When Deutsche Bank AG said it was exiting the business of servicing hedge funds as part of its historic retreat, French rival BNP Paribas SA seemed poised to benefit. The reality is more complicated.The two European banking giants are discussing how to transfer 150 billion euros ($168 billion) of balances linked to hedge funds at Deutsche Bank’s so-called prime-brokerage unit along with technology and potentially hundreds of staff, people familiar with the matter said. Yet the German lender’s clients have been pulling about $1 billion of funds per day and going elsewhere as the firms iron out the details, placing pressure on them to complete a deal soon, said the people, who requested anonymity as the talks aren’t public.Deutsche Bank Chief Executive Officer Christian Sewing is pulling back from catering to risky hedge-fund clients as he attempts to radically overhaul the troubled German lender while BNP counterpart Jean-Laurent Bonnafe wants to expand in the industry. A deal of this magnitude would be a stark example of the German firm’s retreat from global investment banking while potentially transforming its French rival from a small player in the so-called prime-brokerage industry to one of Europe’s biggest.Institutional ClientsRupert Trefgarne, a spokesman for Deutsche Bank, declined to comment. Alexandra Umpleby, a spokeswoman for BNP in London, said the bank “remains committed to growing its institutional client platform globally, including strengthening prime finance and electronic equities capabilities.” She declined elaborate on how much in client balances the French bank wants to acquire.BNP is providing “continuity of service” to Deutsche Bank’s prime-brokerage and electronic-equity clients as the two companies discuss transferring over technology and staff, according to a July 7 statement. The ultimate goal of the talks is for BNP to take over the vast majority of client balances, which are slightly less than $200 billion currently, the people said.Complex DealThe final shape of the deal remains unclear and faces a multitude of complexities, including departing clients. BNP executives are meeting with U.S. hedge-fund clients this week to convince them to stay following similar sit-downs with European funds last week, the people said.If hedge funds keep moving their business elsewhere, officials at the German bank may just relegate its assets tied to the prime finance division into the newly formed Capital Release Unit, one of the people said. That unit is winding down unwanted assets totaling 288 billion euros ($324 billion) of leverage exposure, and the prime brokerage is responsible for much of the 170 billion euros of leverage exposure that’s coming from the equities division into the division, also known as CRU, a presentation shows.Prime-brokerage divisions cater specifically to hedge funds, lending them cash and securities and executing their trades, and the relationships can be vital for investment banks. The prime business generated about $18.3 billion in fees in 2018 industrywide, about the same as revenue from trading corporate debt and currencies combined, data from Coalition Development Ltd. show.Deutsche Bank, which became a force on Wall Street in the wake of the financial crisis, has struggled to keep hedge-fund clients in recent years as it lurched from one problem to another. U.S. rivals JPMorgan Chase & Co., Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. are the top three firms in the business, while Deutsche Bank wasn’t among the top seven prime brokers in 2018, Coalition data show.BNP, based in Paris, has sought to profit from crisis before. The lender bought Bank of America Corp.’s prime-brokerage business in June 2008 as the credit crunch raged, acquiring more than 500 clients and 300 employees. Still, the firm has one of the smallest prime units among global banks, according to Coalition.Deutsche Bank’s hedge fund balances have been declining throughout the year as speculation swirled around Sewing’s intentions for the prime brokerage. One major client -- Renaissance Technologies -- has been pulling money from the firm for the last few months, people familiar with the matter said earlier this month.\--With assistance from Nishant Kumar.To contact the reporters on this story: Donal Griffin in London at email@example.com;Sonali Basak in New York at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Michael J. Moore at email@example.com, Sree Vidya BhaktavatsalamFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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The move comes after the appointment of Claudio de Sanctis, who joined Deutsche Bank Wealth Management as its new head of Europe last year from Credit Suisse. It follows the move of two other senior Credit Suisse bankers in London to Deutsche in June.
Deutsche Bank is cutting 18,000 jobs and shuttering its equity sales and trading business worldwide as part of a massive restructuring after years of struggling with profitability, but Werner Steinmueller sees opportunity in the upheaval.The bank's Asia-Pacific chief executive said the capital released by closing the equity trading operations will allow the company to reinvest in its Asian business, expand its corporate bank in parts of the region and add jobs in its wealth management business " its fastest growing business in Asia.Steinmueller declined to discuss how many people will lose their jobs in Asia as a result of the overhaul, but said the effect of withdrawing from the equity business in the region will be "minimal".The company employed 19,732 people at the end of 2018 in the Asia-Pacific region, with about two thirds working in back office and support functions in India and the Philippines that serve the business globally. Following the restructuring, Deutsche Bank will employ about 74,000 people worldwide in 2022."I'm getting more investments," Steinmueller told the South China Morning Post. "Number one [is] in the corporate bank. We already started, but with the new strategy, we are accelerating investments in China and Australia for example, as well as in technology. We want to expand our range of transaction banking services in Australia, such as cash management." Deutsche Bank revamp to cost US$8.3 billion and 18,000 jobsSewing is the bank's fourth person to hold the CEO title in the past five years as the bank has been hit with years of losses and repeated debate over its direction. The troubled bank reported its first full-year profit since 2014 last year, but has struggled to achieve the level of returns of its American rivals.Before the latest restructuring effort, Deutsche Bank considered a merger with German rival, Commerzbank, but that proved to be unpopular with shareholders and merger talks ultimately fell apart in April.Sewing described the latest overhaul as a "fundamental rebuilding" of the bank and a return to its roots."This is a rebuilding which, in a way, also takes us back to our roots. We are creating a bank that will be more profitable, leaner, more innovative and more resilient," Sewing said in a message to employers posted on the bank's website. "It is about once again putting the needs of our clients at the centre of what we do " and finally delivering returns for our shareholders again."Deutsche Bank has declined to provide a regional breakdown of the potential job losses, but the bulk of cuts from the closure of equity trading business are expected in New York and London, where the company has larger trading operations.As part of that effort, the company said it would create a new division that combines its global transaction bank and its German commercial banking business, known as the corporate bank."Cutting back volatile, capital-intensive and underperforming sales and trading activities, and further reducing the cost base should improve profitability and strengthen leverage, but execution risks are high," Fitch Ratings said in a note. "The outlook is evolving, indicating that the rating could move in either direction over a one-to-two-year horizon."Fitch said the bank could see its BBB rating upgraded if it makes significant progress in refocusing on activities with a better risk-return profile and capital usage and sees stronger returns from its core commercial banking, private banking, asset management and smaller investment banking businesses." Laid-off expat bankers struggle to find new jobs in Hong KongSteinmueller said Deutsche Bank is "performing well" in Asia and intends to allocate resources to markets and business lines where it is strong, including making a bet on the future potential of the Asian market."Asia Pacific is a market for investment for the bank," Steinmueller said. "The APAC franchise has a good performance. In nearly all products, we had revenue increases and profitability in the first quarter. In fact, it was a record result for many years. So we are a growth area and getting the investments."Steinmueller said that the corporate banking business and fixed income have been key revenue drivers for the bank and it is seeing close to a double-digit growth rate in its wealth management business.The investment will come in the form of technology investments and expansion in new markets, such as Australia where Deutsche Bank has a minimal corporate banking operation and sees the potential for expansion, Steinmueller said."Coming to the investments, it is going, of course, in fixed income. Our strength is undoubtedly on the lending side, structured lending, global credit, and distressed loans," Steinmueller said. "On the transaction banking side, we are investing in people and markets, such as to serve our multinational clients on the subsidiary side, which today, we are not able to do. [We are making] people investments on the wealth management side. This is key in order to continue to grow this business." Trade war to boost German firms in China, says Deutsche Bank's Asia chiefSteinmueller said that China and India are very important markets for the bank going forward."We want to grow substantially our China business, so about 10 per cent of revenue growth every year. Onshore, we are fully licensed. We have a full product range. In transaction banking, where we are very strong in China, with both inbound and outbound business," Steinmueller said, "it means that we are dealing with both multinational clients with operations in China, and large Chinese corporates wanting to expand offshore."Deutsche Bank acted as a financial adviser on Ant Financial's US$14 billion private placement in June 2018, advised BMW on taking a 75 per cent stake in its joint venture in October and was a sponsor on Tencent Music Entertainment Group's US$1.1 billion initial public offering in the US in December.Steinmueller said that 88 of the company's top 100 clients, including European and American companies, use Deutsche Bank in the region."We make 70 per cent of our revenues outside of Germany and Asia plays a key role there," he said.Steinmueller said the company is closely watching the opening up of the financial services industry in China, including the potential to take 100 per cent stakes in joint ventures in the next few years."We are following this development very carefully," he said. "If we can do it and it fits in our business model, we will consider this option."This article originally appeared in the South China Morning Post (SCMP), the most authoritative voice reporting on China and Asia for more than a century. For more SCMP stories, please explore the SCMP app or visit the SCMP's Facebook and Twitter pages. Copyright © 2019 South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved. Copyright (c) 2019. South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved.
a week ago, there was a lot of big news to grasp: the 18,000 job cuts, the closure of the equities business, a seesawing share price as investors first welcomed the new strategy — then appeared to spot holes in it. One element has got relatively little attention, though: the regulatory dispensation granted Deutsche to lower its equity capital ratio for a period.
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LONDON/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Deutsche Bank is focusing its equity capital markets (ECM) business such as initial public offerings (IPOs) on Germany and Europe, scaling back in the United States and retreating from most of Asia, banking sources said. Germany's largest lender said on July 7 it would retain a "focused" ECM franchise as well as U.S. and European equity research teams as part of a 7.4 billion euro ($8.3 billion) shake-up which all but ends its ambitions on Wall Street.
(Bloomberg) -- Deutsche Bank AG settled a lawsuit from a Dutch affordable-housing provider that said the lender was responsible for bribery over derivatives trades, bringing an end to a long-running and at times colorful trial that was just entering its final stage.The bank paid 175 million euros ($197 million) to settle the case with no admission of liability, it said Friday in a statement. The deal ends a court battle that had featured testimony from a middleman who’s confessed to bribery, and tales of expensive sushi, “bubbly” wine, an exclusive nightclub favored by British royals, and meals at a Michelin-starred restaurant.In the London suit, Stichting Vestia -- a housing provider that nearly collapsed as a result of derivatives losses totaling more than 2 billion euros -- sought 840 million euros in damages in a bid to recoup some of those losses.It said some derivatives transactions with Deutsche Bank were “flawed” because the bank paid fees to a middleman when it entered into trades with the housing group. The bank said during the trial that the middleman seemed to be a legitimate intermediary, and it denied Vestia’s allegations.“With this settlement agreement, this dispute between Vestia and Deutsche Bank comes to an end,” Deutsche Bank said in a statement.“We are satisfied with the result,” Vestia said in a statement. The $197 million sum “is a substantial amount and makes a good contribution to the financial recovery.”The case is just one of a lengthy list of legal issues that Deutsche Bank is grappling with. The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the bank as part of a broadened probe of Malaysia’s scandal-plagued 1MDB investment fund.The Vestia trial started in early May and had been scheduled to last until July 18. The settlement deal was struck as closing arguments in the trial were due to be heard.The trial had shed light on how the lender entertained clients. Bankers took a Vestia official to Michelin-starred restaurants and to Boujis, an exclusive London nightclub, where a group drank bottles of vodka and Dom Perignon champagne, according to the housing group’s filings. That club is popular with younger members of the British royal family, “some of whom have made the transition to responsible parenthood,” Vestia’s lawyer Rhodri Davies said during the case.(Updates with details from trial, from third paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Kaye Wiggins in London at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at email@example.com, Christopher Elser, Joost AkkermansFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.