A senior Deutsche Bank banker told management the bank should break itself up

Thomas Lohnes/Getty ImagesChristian Sewing, the CEO of Deutsche Bank, at the Deutsche Bank annual shareholders meeting on May 24 in Frankfurt, Germany.

  • Back in April, Deutsche Bank’s head of mergers and acquisitions in America, who later left for JPMorgan, presented Deutsche Bank’s chief financial officer with a plan to break up the bank.
  • The plan involved spinning out Deutsche Bank’s investment bank and merging the rest of the company with another bank.
  • The CFO listened to the plans but didn’t share them with any other members of the executive team.

Deutsche Bank’s head of mergers and acquisitions in America presented a plan to break up the German lender to the bank’s chief financial officer earlier this year, according to reports.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Charlie Dupree, who left Deutsche Bank for JPMorgan in June, presented his proposals to Deutsche Bank CFO James von Moltke in April. Dupree reportedly said Deutsche Bank should spin out its investment bank and consider a merger for the rest of its operations to combat its persistent underperformance.

Deutsche Bank declined to comment when contacted by Business Insider.

Speculation that Deutsche Bank may merge with Commerzbank, its German rival, has swirled for years in the market, but neither side has commented. Bloomberg reported in June that Deutsche Bank’s board spoke with shareholders and the government privately about a potential deal.

Von Moltke listened to Dupree’s proposals but did not show them to any other members of the executive team, according to The Journal. He is said to have found the plans “well-intended but superficial.”

The presentation came about the same time that Deutsche Bank’s executive team rejected a similar proposal from shareholders to spin off the investment bank from the retail business.

Deutsche Bank continues grappling with legacy issues that have left it suffering years of share-price underperformance and high funding costs. John Cryan was ousted as CEO by the board in April because of his slow progress in turning things around at the bank. The bank’s US operations have also been deemed “troubled” by regulators.

Deutsche Bank's share price performance over the last three years.Markets InsiderDeutsche Bank’s share-price performance over the past three years.

Barclays said in a bearish note about Deutsche Bank in May that it thought the bank would struggle to cut costs, was likely to lose market share while shrinking its US business, and could face a credit downgrade.

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