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Germany’s Banks Start Ditching Offices as Remote Work Soars

  • Lenders under cost pressure seeking ways to cut real estate
  • European lenders are now rolling out work-from-home plans
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The Back-to-the-Office Disconnect
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Banks in Germany are rapidly cutting back on office space as a rising number of staff work from home, putting them at the vanguard of a global shift that could permanently change the way bankers work.

Deutsche Bank AG is vacating several floors in a building housing about 1,000 employees, HSBC Germany is ditching six separate offices in Dusseldorf for one new one with less than half the space, and BNP Paribas’s unit in Frankfurt is cutting the amount of desk space to cover just 60% of staff. Regional lenders DZ Bank AG and BayernLB say they’re assessing similar plans.