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Deutsche Bank was founded in 1870 as a foreign trade bank, and within three years had opened branches in Japan, China and the UK. By the end of the century we’d financed a number of large-scale industrial projects, including the development of Germany’s electrical engineering industry and the building of the Baghdad Railway.


The first half of the twentieth century was dominated by inflation, crisis and war, and we responded with consolidation and by pioneering a number of huge mergers and acquisitions. In the face of enormous challenges, the resilience, optimism and hard work of our people helped us emerge stronger than ever.

Domestic and foreign expansion followed, and we made fundamental reforms to our organizational structure. We moved into general retail banking and, as our international business grew, we developed into a truly global group.

Today Deutsche Bank is one of the world’s largest investment banks. Our international reach provides our workforce with unprecedented opportunities to develop their careers and achieve their ambitions.

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