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Deutsche Bank reveals radical restructuring plan

  • 19 October 2015
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Deutsche Bank has announced a radical restructuring as part of a drive to restore its reputation and profitability.

The investment bank is being split, with several senior bankers departing.

The chairman, Paul Achleitner, described it as a "fundamental reorganisation" that required tough decisions.

New boss John Cryan is under pressure to reform Deutsche following a series of scandals.

Earlier this year the bank was fined $2.5bn (£1.7bn) for its role in the Libor-rigging affair.

The fine resulted in co-chief executives Juergen Fitschen and Anshu Jain resigning in June, to be replaced by Mr Cryan.

As part of the drive to simplify the management structure, the investment bank's sales and trading activities will become part of a new division called global markets.

It will be run by Garth Richie, head of Deutsche's equities business.

The corporate and investment banking division will be headed by Jeff Urwin, a Briton whom Deutsche poached earlier this year from JP Morgan.

Colin Fan, the co-head of the investment bank and an ally of former co-chief executive Anshu Jain, will leave.

A video in which he warned investment banking staff against being "boastful, indiscreet and vulgar" became a viral hit last year.

The head of Deutsche's wealth management business, Michele Faissola, will be replaced by Quintin Price, a former Blackrock manager.

Stephan Leithner, Stefan Krause and Henry Ritchotte will also leave the management board.

Postbank sale

Deutsche is the latest European investment bank to undergo big changes in a bid to boost profits and cut costs.

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Mr Cryan, a 54-year-old Harrogate-born banker who was chief financial officer of UBS from 2008 to 2011, also plans to sell Postbank, Deutsche's low-profit German retail lender.

By offloading Postbank and other businesses, it is thought he could cut Deutsche's 98,000 workforce by almost a quarter.

The bank said earlier this month that it will post a net loss of €6.2bn (£4.5bn) for the third quarter on the back of writedowns and legal costs, which may force it to cut the dividend.

Deutsche is due to publish its full third-quarter results on 29 October.

Shares closed up 2.4% at €26.66 in Frankfurt on Monday, valuing the bank at €36.7bn.

Ingo Speich from Union Investment, one of Deutsche's top 20 shareholders, said: "The fresh start as far as personnel is concerned has been done. Now the bank needs to deliver substance."

Another investor said that Mr Cryan was trying to mend bridges, both inside the bank and externally: "He is sending a message that 'we are sorry, and we really mean it this time'."

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