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Merger talks between Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank collapse

Merger talks between Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank collapse

(26 April 2019 – Europe) The proposed merger between Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank has fallen through despite continuing pressure from the German government for a deal between the two struggling lenders.

The Financial Times said both banks had concluded that the integration risks, implementation costs and capital requirements do not justify a complex deal like a merger between the two.

Deutsche Bank said the benefits from such a merger would not stack up against the probable costs. The deal was also facing increasing opposition from German unions and investors, especially in Deutsche Bank.

The market is now waiting to see if the Italian bank, UniCredit SpA, (which has a big German banking operation) will follow through with previously leaked hints that it would look at bidding for Commerzbank should the Deutsche Bank talks fail

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