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Deutsche Bank Sees Merger by Mid-Year If All Else Fails

  • Executives are said to worry bank is running out of time
  • CEO Christian Sewing has pleaded for patience with his plan
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Will Deutsche Bank merge with Commerzbank? Bloomberg’s Steven Arons reports.Source: Bloomberg
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Deutsche Bank AG executives are worried that they’re down to the last 60 days to turn around their struggling franchise.

On the eve of fourth-quarter results that are likely to reflect its troubles, the bank’s ability to avoid a government-brokered merger with Commerzbank AG could rest on its performance in the first quarter of 2019, according to people briefed on the thinking of its top executives.