Germany’s Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank discuss mega-merger
Deutsche Bank is in talks with Commerzbank, its German rival, about a merger that would be one of the biggest banking tie-ups in history.
If it takes place, there would likely be thousands of job cuts in Germany and potentially a strategic overhaul of international operations, including Deutsche’s presence in London, where it employs 5,000 people.
There has been speculation for months about a potential deal between the banks, addressing weakness in their domestic operations by cutting costs and potentially raising prices for retail customers. A would-be deal has received the unofficial backing of Olaf Scholz, Germany’s finance minister, as a way of creating a national champion and improving the strength of the banking sector, according to reports.