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It’s been a week to forget for Deutsche Bank



Deutsche BankREUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

  • Deutsche Bank’s shares drop after Citigroup CEO
    dismisses the chance of a merger between the two
  • Deutsche’s shares were hit earlier this week after it
    was embroiled in the ongoing Danske Bank money laundering
  • Follow Deutsche Bank’s share price

It’s been a rollercoaster week for Germany’s biggest lender,
Deutsche Bank, which ended on a sour note after Citigroup’s CEO
dismissed talk of a merger between the banks in a German business

Michael Corbat reportedly told German business publication
Manager Magazin that there was too much “overlap”
between Citigroup’s and Deutsche Bank’s businesses, and that a
takeover based purely on cost savings wasn’t a
good idea

Deutsche Bank shares dropped 1.5% in Frankfurt Thursday
after the interview, and closed Friday down 0.7%. The bank’s
shares started the year at €15.88, but now trade at €8.12, down a
remarkable 48.6%. 

Takeover or merger talk is nothing new for Deutsche with
talks of a tie up with another lender often mentioned. Most
rumours circulated that the bank had internally discussed merging
with Swiss bank UBS.
Deutsche denied that rumour strongly,
with CFO James von Moltke calling it a “fiction of the

It’s the second time in a week that the bank has been hit.
The first came after it was named as the bank at the centre of a
$150 billion money laundering scandal centred on Danske Bank’s
operations in Estonia. It’s alleged that Deutsche Bank processed
a large chunk of money for Danske Bank from Russia into
international markets via Tallinn between 2007 and 2015.

A Deutsche Bank spokesperson, in a
to Reuters, said: “Our role was to process payments
for Danske Bank. We terminated the relationship in 2015 after
identifying suspicious activity.”

The bank is in the middle of a major cost cutting scheme
but its third quarter net revenues were down 9% this year causing
some concern amongst investors. 

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