Deutsche Bank says US operations aren’t part of merger talks

Deutsche Bank says it is ‘firmly’ committed to its US franchise. (Reuters Pic)

MOSCOW: Deutsche Bank AG said restructuring its US investment bank hasn’t been part of talks to acquire Commerzbank AG that have intensified in recent days.

Top US executives at Deutsche Bank told employees that the bank and management are “firmly committed to our US franchise,” according to an internal memo seen by Bloomberg.

The memo followed a report by Reuters on Friday that it had discussed shaking up the business with Commerzbank.

In the report, Reuters cited unidentified people as saying that executives talked about how to scale back the unit after Commerzbank sought assurances that Deutsche Bank was prepared to make deeper cuts as a condition of a takeover.

The two banks are close to sketching out the outline of a potential merger deal, people briefed on the matter have said.

“We can assure you the US has not been a part of the discussions with Commerzbank,” Deutsche Bank said in the memo sent late Friday.

It was signed by Mark Fedorcik, co-president of the investment bank, and Tom Patrick, who runs operations in the Americas.

A Deutsche Bank spokeswoman declined to comment.

The rival German lenders started formal merger negotiations last month and have been in daily contact despite opposition across the political spectrum. People at Deutsche Bank working on the deal have estimated that tens of thousands of jobs are at stake.