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Taunusanlage 12
60262 Frankfurt am Main
Germany

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History of Deutsche Bank Ag

Deutsche Bank AG has weathered two world wars, three depressions, and a divided Germany to become one of the world's leading financial institutions, entering the 21st century as the second largest bank in the world. Its operations are divided into two customer-oriented business groups. The Corporate and Investment Bank Group serves corporate and institutional clients, offering investment banking and corporate financing services on a worldwide basis. The Private Clients and Asset Management Group focuses on retail banking, mostly in Germany, and the worldwide provision of asset management services for both individuals and institutions.

19th-Century Origins

Deutsche Bank was founded in Berlin on March 10, 1870, with the approval of the king of Prussia. The company opened its doors for business a month later under the directorship of Georg von Siemens, with five million thalers in capital.

The company's creation coincided with the unification of Germany. After Germany's victory in the Franco-German War, France was required to pay an indemnity of FFr 5 billion, which greatly stimulated German industry, trade, and consumption. Deutsche Bank naturally assumed a position of leadership in the country's expanding economy. The founding of the Second German Reich in 1871 led to another important development: the thaler was replaced by the mark, a new currency based on gold.

Within two years, the bank had established domestic branches in Bremen and Hamburg and expanded into eastern Asia with offices in Shanghai and Yokohama. In 1873 it opened a London branch, and capital stood at 15 million thalers.

Many joint-stock banks, including Deutsche Bank, had been created in the wake of the liberalization of requirements for starting new companies, but many failed within a few years. During the financial crisis of 1873-75 it appeared that the entire economic system was on the verge of collapse; small shareholders as well as wealthy businesspeople were ruined, and in Berlin alone nearly 50 banks filed for bankruptcy.

But Deutsche Bank, because of its concentration on foreign operations, was largely unscathed by the financial panic. With its assets intact, the young bank began to make significant acquisitions, including Deutsche Union-Bank and the Berliner Bankverein, both completed in 1876. These purchases transformed Deutsche Bank into one of Germany's largest and most prestigious banks.

In 1877 Deutsche Bank joined a syndicate of leading private banks popularly known as the 'Prussian consortium.' The bank was also employed by the government for the issue of state loans, and it grew rapidly in both influence and assets. By 1899 it was able to offer to float, without help from other financial institutions, a 125 million mark loan for Prussia and, at the same time, a 75 million mark loan for the German Reich.

Throughout the 1880s and 1890s Deutsche Bank was a leader in electrical development. It helped to form finance and holding companies and issued bonded loans and shares for the construction of dynamos, power plants, electric railways, tramways, and municipal lighting systems. By 1897, there were 750 power plants located across Germany. The bank also invested in the Edison General Electric Company in the United States and began to build a power plant in Argentina.

During the same period, the bank was a driving force behind railway development. In 1888, Deutsche Bank obtained a concession to build an east-west railway to open up Asiatic Turkey. A decade later, 642 miles of the Anatolian railway were in operation in Turkey. At the same time, in the United States the bank participated in the financial reorganization of Northern Pacific Railroad. All of this, of course, was done in addition to contributing significantly to the development of Germany's own extensive network of surface and underground railways.

Consolidation and Growth in Early 20th Century

The continuity of bank operations was uninterrupted when von Siemens died in October 1901. At Deutsche Bank, like most other German banks, all decisions are made by the board of directors, and the board customarily takes credit for the company's successes. The firm has no official chairman, but selects one board member to act as 'spokesman.' Thus the absence of von Siemens had little effect on the bank, since management by consensus was the bank's guiding principle.

By the early years of the 20th century, the company had acquired interests in the Hannoversche Bank, the Oberrheinische Bank, and the Rheinische Creditbank, and in Italy, had participated in the 1894 founding of Banca Commerciale Italiana. In 1914 the acquisition of Elberfeld-based Bergische-Märkische Bank and its branches in the Rhineland-Westphalia region increased Deutsche Bank's branch network from eight outlets to 46. The bank's capital was now more than six times the amount it was founded with.

The bank then entered a period of consolidation and growth: it built up its subbranches; improved and extended customer services; paid particular attention to the deposit business; and promoted checks for personal use. In association with numerous regional banks, Deutsche Bank also became involved in a wide range of business activities, including transportation, coal, steel, and oil, as well as railways and electrification. Shortly before World War I, with 200 million marks in capital backed by a 112.5 million mark reserve and deposits and borrowed funds of 1.58 billion marks, the Frankfurter Zeitung called it the world's leading bank. Growth continued during the war with the 1917 purchase of the Schlesischer Bankverein, which was based in Breslau (which became Wroc;lPaw, Poland, following World War II).

Deutsche Bank weathered the many economic problems during World War I; at the end of the conflict, the bank had offices at 182 locations throughout Germany, and a staff of nearly 14,000. But with the war lost, the German empire gone, and the transition from monarchy to democracy threatened by revolution, Allied demands for reparations totaling 132 billion gold marks pushed the German banking system to the brink of ruin. By 1923, one gold mark was worth 1 trillion paper marks.

The Depression and Nazi Eras

In 1929, as financial chaos loomed, Deutsche Bank merged with its 20-year rival, the Disconto-Gesellschaft. The new entity was called Deutsche Bank und Disconto-Gesellschaft, a name that was used until 1937 when it was changed back to simply Deutsche Bank. At the time of their merger the banks were the two largest in Germany; combined, their capital, reserves, and deposits were each at least twice as large as that of any competitor. The merger, designed to cut administrative costs by closing competing operations, was very successful, and the resulting bank had enough capital and reserves to withstand the economic crisis. Before the collapse, Deutsche Bank and Disconto-Gesellschaft had handled about 50 percent of all business conducted by Berlin banks. By 1931, the bank was relying heavily on its undisclosed reserves and had twice reduced capital, but it remained solvent and required no government aid.

Under orders from the National Socialist government that came to power in 1933, unemployed workers were put to work under a 'reemployment' plan. At first, the government concentrated only on projects that were meant to counteract the high unemployment rate; the autobahns were the chief showpiece of this strategy. But by 1936, a significant percentage of industrial production had been switched to the manufacture of weapons and munitions and 'reemployment' had become 'rearmament.' Deutsche Bank supported the program through the purchase of government securities. Also, in 1933 and 1934, three Jewish members of the board of managing directors--Oscar Wassermann, Theodor Frank, and Georg Solmssen--were forced to resign.

During World War II, the government financed its budget deficit by printing new money, a misguided practice that quickly led to spiraling inflation. The problem was artificially suppressed by questionable banking measures; more treasury paper began to appear among the bank's assets. Deutsche Bank's enormous losses were made known only when Germany surrendered to the Allies in April 1945.

After the war, Allied occupation authorities investigating possible war crimes committed by German banks found that Deutsche Bank and its rival Dresdner Bank bore substantial responsibility for the war through their lending to the Nazi government, their purchase of government securities, and the influence that they exerted over large industrial concerns through their shareholdings and corporate directorships. Both banks also had close ties to SS chief Heinrich Himmler and other Nazi officials, had exploited conquered nations by seizing the assets of their financial institutions, and had helped disenfranchise Jews in Germany. Four directors (including one Nazi Party member) and two executives of Deutsche Bank were arrested by the Allied authorities, but were never tried. Further investigations into Deutsche Bank's collaboration with the Nazis began to be conducted in the 1990s and shed additional light on this dark chapter in the bank's history.

Postwar Reorganization, Expansion into Retail Banking, and International Growth

With the division of Germany into zones of occupation, and with Berlin in the Soviet zone, Deutsche Bank closed its head office there in 1945. The bank was run out of Hamburg. It lost all of its branches in what eventually became East Germany (in 1949 they became the basis for the newly formed Berliner Disconto Bank AG). In 1947-48, the western operations of Deutsche Bank were divided into ten separate regional institutions. After lengthy negotiations with the occupying forces, these ten institutions were formed into three banks: Norddeutsche Bank AG, Rheinisch-Westfälische Bank AG, and Süddeutsche Bank AG served the northern, central, and southern areas of West Germany, respectively. In 1957, these three banks were again reorganized, this time to form a single Deutsche Bank AG with corporate headquarters in Frankfurt. At the time of its reunification, the bank employed more than 16,000 people and its assets totaled 8.4 billion marks. Hermann J. Abs, the strategist behind the reorganization of the bank and one of the key figures in West Germany's financial recovery, became its spokesman.

In the 1960s Deutsche Bank concentrated on improving services for its smaller depositors. The bank launched programs for personal loans of up to DM 2,000 and medium-sized loans up to DM 6,000 for specific purchases, as well as an overdraft facility of up to DM 1,000 for consumers. Other services included personal mortgage loans, improvements in savings facilities, and the establishment of a eurocheque system. By the end of the decade, the bank had become the largest provider of consumer credit in West Germany.

Under the direction of Abs, Deutsche Bank began to reestablish its international operations (it had lost all of its worldwide holdings after the war). It first reopened offices in Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, and Rosario, Argentina, and then in Tokyo, Istanbul, Cairo, Beirut, and Teheran. In 1968, Deutsche Bank joined the Netherlands' Amsterdam-Rotterdam Bank, Britain's Midland Bank, and Belgium's Societé Generale de Banque in founding the European-American Bank & Trust Company in New York. In 1972 Deutsche Bank founded Eurasbank (European Asian Bank) with members of the same consortium.

When Hermann Abs retired in 1967, Karl Klusen and Franz Heinrich Ulrich took his place, becoming cospokesmen. Abs had wielded such a great concentration of economic and financial power that a special law limiting such influence was named after him-'Lex Abs' reduced the number of supervisory-board seats a single person could hold simultaneously in West Germany.

During the 1970s Deutsche Bank became the dominant financial institution in West Germany. Under the guidelines of the 'universal banking' system in place in Germany for more than a century, commercial banks were allowed to hold unlimited interests in industrial companies, underwrite and trade securities on their own, and play the foreign currency markets, in addition to providing credit and accepting deposits. Deutsche Bank took advantage of this rule during the 1960s and 1970s by investing in a wide range of industrial companies. In 1979, the bank held seats on the supervisory boards of about 140 companies, among them Daimler-Benz, Volkswagen, Siemens, AEG, Thyssen, Bayer, Nixdorf, Allianz, and Philipp Holzmann.

But the bank's extraordinary influence in West Germany aroused concern about the extent of the bank's instruments in other companies. As a result of these concerns, Deutsche Bank began to reduce its industrial holdings in the 1970s. This trend, however, was briefly interrupted in 1975 when Middle Eastern concerns flush with petrodollars supplanted the big banks as a source of capital investment. At the request of Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, Deutsche Bank purchased a 29 percent interest in Daimler-Benz from industrialist Friederich Flick to ensure that it would stay in German hands, with the understanding that the bank would resell the shares once the crisis had passed. Deutsche Bank already owned 25 percent of the famed automaker. In December of that year, it resold the shares to a consortium that included Commerzbank, Dresdner Bank, and Bayerische Landesbank.

Becoming a Global Power in the Late 20th Century

During the 1980s, Deutsche Bank made major expansions in its foreign operations, both in commercial banking and investment banking. It opened its first U.S. branch office in New York in 1979, and by 1987 had bought out all its partners in the Eurasbank consortium and renamed it Deutsche Bank (Asia), providing 14 more branches in 12 Asian countries. At nearly the same time, the company's capital-markets branch began operating and trading in Japanese, British, and American securities. By the end of 1988, the bank had approximately 7.2 million customers at 1,530 offices, more than 200 of them outside of West Germany.

In 1980 Deutsche Bank was the only one of the West German Big Three banks to turn a healthy profit. Unlike Commerzbank and Dresdner Bank, the other two of the Big Three, Deutsche Bank did not overexpand, but remained cautious in the face of high interest rates and continued recession. In 1984 it acquired a 4.9 percent stake in Morgan Grenfell, the British securities firm; in 1985 it bought scandal-plagued industrial giant Flick Industrieverwaltung from Friederich Flick, with the intention of taking it public; and in 1988 it acquired a 2.5 percent interest in the automaker Fiat. Another sign of Deutsche Bank's aggressive pursuit of foreign markets was the fact that in the wake of the stock market crash in October 1987, at a time when massive layoffs were taking place in the securities industry, its American securities affiliate, Deutsche Bank Capital Corporation, expanded its workforce. In 1988 Deutsche Bank entered the treasury securities market at a time when many foreign firms were leaving. Two years later, the U.S. Federal Reserve recognized Deutsche Bank Government Securities Inc. as a primary dealer of government securities.

At home, Deutsche Bank took a large and controversial step toward becoming a one-stop financial service center in 1989 when it created its own insurance subsidiary to complement its commercial and investment banking businesses. Immediately, it was considered a strong rival for the Allianz Group, the West German-based company that was Europe's largest insurer.

Wilhelm Christians and Alfred Herrhausen became Deutsche Bank's new cospokesmen in 1985. When Christians retired in early 1988, Herrhausen was appointed sole spokesman for the bank. Following Herrhausen's assassination by terrorists on November 30, 1989, Hilmar Kopper became spokesman.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Deutsche Bank bolstered its investment banking arm through additional acquisitions, aiming to become a global investment bank. After acquiring the Toronto-based investment bank McLean McCarthy Ltd. in 1988, it purchased the remainder of Morgan Grenfell in 1989 for $1.5 billion. It also took a more aggressive approach to the North American market. In 1992 Deutsche Bank North America was formed--with John A. Rolls as chief executive officer&mdashø coordinate and manage all of Deutsche Bank's North American operations, including those in investment banking which included McLean McCarthy and C.J. Lawrence Inc., the latter a U.S. investment bank acquired in 1986. The following year Deutsche Bank Securities Corporation was formed to specifically manage such areas as investment banking, securities transactions, and asset management services.

At the same time it aimed to become a global investment bank, Deutsche Bank also pursued a strategy of extending its position as a universal bank beyond Germany. Initially, it focused on Western Europe. But with the fall of communism throughout Eastern Europe in 1989 and 1990, Deutsche Bank sought to become a Europe-wide universal bank. To that end, in 1986 it had acquired Banca d'America e d'Italia S.p.A. from the Bank of America for $603 million (in 1994 this bank was renamed Deutsche Bank S.p.A.). In 1993 Deutsche Bank increased its presence in Italy when it purchased a majority interest in Banca Popolare di Lecco. That same year, the bank purchased Banco de Madrid in Spain, later integrated into Deutsche Bank, S.A.E. By 1994 Deutsche Bank operated 260 branches in Italy and 318 branches in Spain, and in both countries it was the largest foreign bank.

Following German reunification, Deutsche Bank quickly capitalized on the opportunity by entering into a joint venture with Deutsche Kreditbank to begin to restake its claim to eastern German territory. By 1994, Deutsche Bank had more than 300 branches in eastern Germany. It also opened offices elsewhere in Eastern Europe: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Russia.

The early 1990s were a time of rising fortunes for Deutsche Bank as net income more than doubled from 1990 to 1993. This trend was reversed in 1994 when a series of problems hit within a short period. First the bank suffered huge losses from loans of DM 1.2 billion it had made to a property group run by Jurgen Schneider, which collapsed in early 1994. Then two firms in which Deutsche Bank had invested heavily ran into trouble--Balsam filed for bankruptcy and Metallgesellschaft (MG), an engineering conglomerate, nearly collapsed after losing $1.33 billion on speculative oil trades. Kopper provoked additional controversy and public resentment when he called bills amounting to $33 million that the Schneider property group owed to construction workers 'peanuts.' Early in 1995 the former head of MG sued Deutsche Bank over who was responsible for MG's downfall. Also in early 1995, Deutsche Bank's ties to the Nazi government of Hitler were dredged up when East German files were made public for the first time.

The losses it suffered in 1994 forced Deutsche Bank to increase its loss reserves, which contributed to a reduction in net income to DM 1,360 billion. In 1995 Deutsche Bank made significant moves to further establish itself as a global investment bank. Deutsche Bank North America acquired ITT Commercial Finance Corporation for $868 million to strengthen its presence in asset-based lending. The acquisition was immediately renamed Deutsche Financial Services Corporation. Later in 1995 Deutsche Bank consolidated all of its investment banking operations into Morgan Grenfell under a new unit, Deutsche Morgan Grenfell (DMG), based in London and headed by Ronaldo Schmitz. The move shifted more than half of Deutsche Bank's business to London control rather than that of Frankfurt, a shift that the European called a 'corporate revolution.' The short-term consequence of this revolution was the creation of much bad blood between the bank's staffs in Frankfurt and London. To build up its investment banking operations, DMG poached some of the top names in investment banking from rival firms in New York and London, infuriating these companies.

In September 1995 Deutsche Bank unveiled Bank 24, the first full-service telephone bank in Germany. At the same time, the company was in the midst of a four-year effort, ending in 1996, to reduce the domestic staff by 20 percent, with much of these cuts coming from the traditional branch-based retail network. Further innovation came to the domestic operations in 1996 when Deutsche Bank opened its first supermarket banks. That same year, a scandal rocked DMG when a fund manager assigned bogus values to some securities in his portfolio. Reacting quickly, Deutsche Bank management fired four managers and spent $280 million to cover potential losses at two funds. In late 1996 Kooper announced his resignation from his position as spokesman (but remained chairman of the supervisory board), and Rolf-Ernst Breuer, who had headed up the investment banking operations, became the new spokesman in early 1997.

During 1997 Deutsche Bank sold its 48-branch operation in Argentina to BankBoston Corporation for about $255 million. That year the bank set up an independent historical commission to research its role during the Nazi era. Such investigations were becoming increasingly common in the wake of the Cold War's end and the opening up of archives in the former Communist states of Eastern Europe. In 1998 the bank admitted that it had profited from gold looted from Holocaust victims and that bank officials at the time likely knew the source of the gold. An $18 billion lawsuit was soon filed against Deutsche Bank and other German lenders in relation to such looted gold. Deutsche Bank revealed in 1999 that it had helped finance the construction of Auschwitz, the infamous Nazi death camp in Poland.

With problems continuing at DMG, Deutsche Bank in early 1998 transferred most of the management control of the investment banking operations back to Frankfurt. The Morgan Grenfell name itself began to be deemphasized. Having failed to make much headway in the important U.S. investment banking market through DMG&mdash′imarily because of a clash of cultures between DMG's American investment bankers and those hailing from Germany and England--Deutsche Bank turned to the acquisition route for another U.S. invasion. In November 1998 the company announced that it would acquire Bankers Trust Corp., a New York firm that specialized in underwriting securities for smaller companies and emerging markets. Bankers Trust was the seventh largest bank holding company in the United States. It had purchased Baltimore-based investment banking house Alex. Brown & Sons in 1997 and had subsequently renamed the unit BT Alex. Brown Inc. (under Deutsche Bank, it was rechristened Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown). Also in 1998 Deutsche Bank transferred several of its major industrial holdings, a total of DM 40 billion ($24 billion) in stock, to a separate subsidiary in an effort to increase the transparency of its holdings. Among the transferred holdings were stakes in Allianz AG (7 percent), DaimlerChrysler AG (12 percent), and Metallgesellschaft AG (9.3 percent). This move was also seen as a prelude to the eventual unloading of some of these stakes.

The EUR 9.7 billion ($10 billion) takeover of Bankers Trust was completed in June 1999 but not before Deutsche Bank had received a great deal of negative publicity about its activities during the Nazi era. Under pressure from Holocaust survivors and others, Deutsche Bank finally agreed to contribute to a fund set up to settle Holocaust-era claims. The bank refused, however, to be held liable for its holdings in industrial companies that used forced laborers during that period. With the purchase of Bankers Trust, Deutsche Bank became the largest bank in the world with assets of about $750 billion. This position of preeminence proved short-lived, however, as the company was soon surpassed by Mizuho Holdings, which was formed in 2000 from the merger of three Japanese banks.

With the integration of Bankers Trust, investment banking was becoming an increasingly important part of the Deutsche Bank operations, accounting for 56 percent of pretax operating earnings for 1999, a huge jump from the 22 percent figure of 1998. On the other hand, the company was being bogged down by its inefficient retail banking operations, which accounted for only 5 percent of operating earnings in 1999. That year, the retail network was merged with the electronic banking unit Bank 24 to form Deutsche Bank 24 (DB24), which could then offer customers an array of online, telephone, and traditional branch services.

In March 2000 Deutsche Bank appeared to have a solution to its retail banking woes, namely offloading them, through a EUR 31 billion ($30 billion) merger with its longtime archrival Dresdner Bank. The deal would have included the combination of the retail networks of the two banks under the Deutsche Bank 24 unit, which would then have been spun off within three years, with Allianz, the number two insurer in Europe, taking a majority stake. The merger unraveled within weeks of its announcement, however, over the fate of Dresdner's investment banking unit, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson (DKB). Initially, Breuer agreed to merge DKB into Deutsche Bank's investment banking operations. The bank's investment bankers, however, felt that DKB's operations overlapped too much with their own, forcing Breuer to renege on his promise to absorb DKB and to insist that the unit be divested as a precondition to the merger. The Dresdner's board refused to go along with this and pulled out of the deal.

The failed merger was a huge blow to Deutsche Bank's aspirations to become an even bigger player in global investment banking. In the immediate aftermath, the company invested heavily in its e-commerce operations and announced that it would expand DB24 throughout Europe with a combined 'clicks-and-bricks' retail structure. DB24 gained control of the bank's retail operations in Belgium, France, Italy, Poland, Portugal, and Spain, a network that included more than 2,000 branches and 21,000 employees. Another significant development was a February 2001 reorganization that divided the bank's operations into two business units: the Corporate and Investment Bank Group and the Private Clients and Asset Management Group. The former encompassed the investment banking and corporate banking units, while the latter subsumed the retail banking (including DB24), private banking, and asset management units. Through the reorganization, Deutsche Bank hoped to facilitate cross-selling among the units, such as the selling of asset-management products through DB24.

Deutsche Bank's prospects in the early 21st century were clouded somewhat by the aftereffects of the collapse of the Dresdner deal. Deutsche Bank attempted to negotiate a cooperation agreement with Allianz whereby the latter would distribute insurance products through DB24. But in March 2001 Allianz announced that it would acquire Dresdner. Deutsche Bank continued to seek partners, including negotiating with AXA, the French insurance firm, about a distribution deal. Despite the setbacks that Deutsche Bank had suffered in the late 20th century, the bank remained one of the most powerful financial institutions in the world.

Principal Subsidiaries: DB Industrial Holdings AG; DEBEKO Immobilien GmbH & Co Grundbesitz Berlin OHG; DEBEKO Immobilien GmbH & Co Grundbesitz OHG; DEUBA Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH; Deutsche Asset Management Europe GmbH (93%); Deutsche Asset Management International GmbH; Deutsche Bank 24 Aktiengesellschaft; Deutsche Bank Bauspar-Aktiengesellschaft; Deutsche Bank Lübeck Aktiengesellschaft (94.04%); Deutsche Bank Saar Aktiengesellschaft (96.6%); Deutsche Bank Trust Aktiengesellschaft Private Banking; Deutsche Gesellschaft für Mittelstandsberatung mbH (96%); Deutsche Grundbesitz Management GmbH; Deutsche Immobilien Leasing GmbH; DWS Investment GmbH; EUROHYPO Aktiengesellschaft Europäische Hypothekenbank der Deutschen Bank (96.02%); GEFA Gesellschaft für Absatzfinanzierung mbH; Nordwestdeutscher Wohnungsbauträger GmbH; Versicherungsholding der Deutschen Bank Aktiengesellschaft (75.86%); Deutsche Bank S.A. (Argentina); Deutsche Australia Ltd.; DB (Belgium) Finance S.A./N.V.; Deutsche Bank S.A. - Banco Alemao (Brazil); Deutsche Bank (Canada); db Services SARL unipersonnelle (France); Deutsche Bank S.A. (France); Deutsche-Equities S.A. (France); Deutsche Securities Ltd. (Hong Kong); Deutsche Bank Rt. (Hungary); Deutsche Bank Società per Azioni (Italy; 93.53%); Finanza & Futuro S.p.A. (Italy; 99.99%); DMG Trust Bank Ltd. (Japan; 95%); DB Finance (Luxembourg) S.A. (99.92%); DB Re S.A. (Luxembourg); Deutsche Bank Luxembourg S.A.; Deutsche Bank (Malaysia) Berhad; Deutsche Bank de Bary N.V. (Netherlands); Deutsche New Zealand Ltd. (99.99%); Deutsche Bank Polska Spólka Akcyjna (Poland); Deutsche Bank (Portugal), S.A.; Deutsche Bank OOO (Russia); DB (Asia Pacific) Training Centre Pte. Ltd. (Singapore); Deutsche Bank Asia Pacific Holdings Pte. Ltd. (Singapore); Deutsche Capital Singapore Ltd.; Deutsche Bank, Sociedad Anónima Española (Spain; 99.63%); Deutsche Bank (Suisse) S.A. (Switzerland); DB Equity Ltd. (U.K.); DB Investments (GB) Ltd. (U.K.); Deutsche Morgan Grenfall Group plc (U.K.); Morgan Grenfell & Co. Ltd. (U.K.); Deutsche Sharps Pixley Metals Ltd. (U.K.); Deutsche Bank Financial Inc. (U.S.A.); Deutsche Sharps Pixley Metals Inc. (U.S.A.); Taunus Corp. (U.S.A.); Bankers Trust Corp. (U.S.A.); Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown LLC (U.S.A.).

Principal Operating Units: Corporate and Investment Bank; Private Clients and Asset Management.

Principal Competitors: Dresdner Bank AG; Bayerische Hypo- und Vereinsbank Aktiegesellschaft; Commerzbank AG; Goldman Sachs Group Inc.; Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.; J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.; Credit Suisse First Boston; Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co.; HSBC Holdings plc; UBS AG; Westdeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale; Landesbank Baden-Württemberg; Bankgesellschaft Berlin AG; DG BANK Deutsche Genossenschaftsbank AG; Kreditanstalt für Wiederaubau; Bayerische Landesbank Girozentrale.

Chronology

  • Key Dates:

  • 1870: Deutsche Bank AG is founded in Berlin.
  • 1873: A London branch is opened.
  • 1876: Deutsche Union-Bank and Berliner Bankverein are acquired.
  • 1914: Acquisition of Bergische-Märkische Bank increases the branch network from eight outlets to 46.
  • 1929: Deutsche Bank merges with Disconto-Gesellschaft to form Deutsche Bank und Disconto-Gesellschaft.
  • 1933: The Nazis come to power in Germany, beginning the period of collaboration between Deutsche Bank and the Hitler regime; Jewish board members are ousted.
  • 1937: The bank's name is changed back to Deutsche Bank.
  • 1945: With eastern Germany occupied by the Soviets, Deutsche Bank is run out of Hamburg; the bank has been forced to give up all of its international holdings.
  • 1947/48:In western Germany, Deutsche Bank is divided into ten separate institutions.
  • 1952: The ten West German successor banks are combined into three joint-stock banks.
  • 1957: The three joint-stock banks are merged to form a single Deutsche Bank AG, based in Frankfurt.
  • 1960s:Reestablishment of international operations begins.
  • 1968: Deutsche Bank helps found the European-American Bank & Trust Company in New York.
  • 1972: The bank helps found the European Asian Bank (Eurasbank).
  • 1979: First U.S. branch office opens in New York.
  • 1986: Banca d'America e d'Italia S.p.A. is acquired.
  • 1989: U.K. investment bank Morgan Grenfell is acquired.
  • 1990: German reunification leads Deutsche Bank to quickly reestablish itself in Eastern Germany.
  • 1993: Banco de Madrid, a Spanish bank, is acquired.
  • 1994: Deutsche Bank posts losses from the collapses of Jurgen Schneider's property group and Balsam and the near-collapse of Metallgesellschaft.
  • 1995: Global investment banking operations are consolidated under a new London-based unit, Deutsche Morgan Grenfell; Bank 24, a full-service telephone bank, is launched in Germany.
  • 1998: Investment banking operations are restructured and the Morgan Grenfell name is deemphasized.
  • 1999: U.S. investment bank Bankers Trust Corp. is acquired; the retail banking network is merged with Bank 24 to form Deutsche Bank 24.
  • 2000: Deutsche Bank announces merger with archrival Dresdner Bank but the deal collapses.
  • 2001: Operations are reorganized into two units: the Corporate and Investment Bank Group and the Private Clients and Asset Management Group.
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