BNP’s prime brokerage deal with Deutsche may transfer up to 1,000 staff

A man in silhouette as he walks behind the logo of BNP Paribas in a building in Issy-les-Moulineaux, near Paris April 23, 2015. — Reuters pic
A man in silhouette as he walks behind the logo of BNP Paribas in a building in Issy-les-Moulineaux, near Paris April 23, 2015. — Reuters pic

PARIS, Sept 23 — A deal to transfer Deutsche Bank’s prime brokerage business to BNP Paribas could see up to 1,000 staff move from the German lender to the French bank, BNP said today.

The two banks said today they had reached an agreement to smooth the transfer of the business, which serves hedge funds. The deal is a pillar of Deutsche’s restructuring.

Under the agreement, Deutsche would continue to operate the platform for global prime finance and electronic equities clients until the customers can be migrated to BNP, the banks said. A BNP spokeswoman said up to 1,000 staff could move.

Deutsche’s shares were down 3.9 per cent midmorning in Frankfurt, while BNP was down 2.5 per cent in Paris.

Deutsche Bank said in July it had struck a preliminary agreement with BNP covering the business, centered primarily in London and New York, as part of its €7.4 billion (RM34.1 billion) overhaul.

Finalising of the deal would mark a milestone in Deutsche’s restructuring, in which the bank is seeking to shed 18,000 employees and close some business lines.

BNP expects the deal to help it expand its dealings with institutional clients, such as alternative asset managers or quantitative funds, a BNP spokeswoman said.

Closing of the deal is expected at the end of this year. — Reuters

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