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Deutsche Bank: Restructure, Change, and Trust
Harris, Robert S.; Wicks, Andrew C.; Yemen, Gerry Case F-1962 / Published January 27, 2021 / 13 pages.
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This public-sourced case describes Deutsche Bank and what leaders called its most fundamental transformation in decades to frame a discussion on how the current CEO, Christian Sewing, chooses to reshape the global bank. Notable were plans to reduce Deutsche Bank's footprint in investment banking and reorganize management. The material offers a short history of prior restructuring efforts that allow for an opportunity to discuss what Deutsche Bank's core business is and who the bank should serve. What part of its identity and history should Deutsche Bank embrace and which should be discarded or downplayed? Amid a wave of poor performance, public criticism, and loss of public trust, how should leaders at the bank deal with each? The case also describes key banking performance metrics (e.g., ROE, ROA) and other critical variables such as those reflecting capital health (Tier 1 ratio). It also gives an overview of the bank business model and factors impacting bank profitability and value.


Learning Objectives

•To evaluate Deutsche Bank's latest restructuring plan and discuss lessons learned from the previous two plans •To explore the logic of Basel requirements •To discuss role of regulation and its ability to rein in alleged excesses and greed in the financial sector •To consider the role of banks as positive forces in economies as well as how Deutsche Bank can become a responsible leader in the banking sector •To understand the loss of public trust based on scandals and behavior the public views as problematic •To introduce key performance and capital ratios for banks and other core elements of a coherent strategy for competing in the future •To consider messaging and the role of leadership in a turnaround

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  • Overview

    This public-sourced case describes Deutsche Bank and what leaders called its most fundamental transformation in decades to frame a discussion on how the current CEO, Christian Sewing, chooses to reshape the global bank. Notable were plans to reduce Deutsche Bank's footprint in investment banking and reorganize management. The material offers a short history of prior restructuring efforts that allow for an opportunity to discuss what Deutsche Bank's core business is and who the bank should serve. What part of its identity and history should Deutsche Bank embrace and which should be discarded or downplayed? Amid a wave of poor performance, public criticism, and loss of public trust, how should leaders at the bank deal with each? The case also describes key banking performance metrics (e.g., ROE, ROA) and other critical variables such as those reflecting capital health (Tier 1 ratio). It also gives an overview of the bank business model and factors impacting bank profitability and value.

  • Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    •To evaluate Deutsche Bank's latest restructuring plan and discuss lessons learned from the previous two plans •To explore the logic of Basel requirements •To discuss role of regulation and its ability to rein in alleged excesses and greed in the financial sector •To consider the role of banks as positive forces in economies as well as how Deutsche Bank can become a responsible leader in the banking sector •To understand the loss of public trust based on scandals and behavior the public views as problematic •To introduce key performance and capital ratios for banks and other core elements of a coherent strategy for competing in the future •To consider messaging and the role of leadership in a turnaround