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September 27, 2002

Deutsche Bank and Northern Trust agree on Passive Asset Management transaction


Deutsche Bank and Northern Trust Corporation announced today that they have signed a definitive agreement for the sale of Deutsche Bank's global passive equity, enhanced equity and passive fixed income businesses. The parties expect to complete this transaction within three to six months, subject to regulatory approval and other closing conditions. Both firms will work together to ensure a smooth transition.

The purchase price is based on the total value of managed assets transferred to Northern Trust. Based on assets under management as of June 30, 2002 of US-$120 billion, the purchase price would be approximately US-$260 million, subject to adjustments.

"This divestiture is another step in the implementation of Deutsche Bank's strategy to focus on core competencies. After an in-depth strategic review, based on Deutsche Asset Management's size and global presence, we have made the decision to concentrate our efforts on active management. This will enable us to provide more focused products and services to our clients", commented Tom Hughes, Member of the Group Executive Committee and Global Head of Asset Management of Deutsche Bank. "Our global investment and distribution platforms are among the broadest and deepest in the industry allowing us to deliver significant value added expertise to our clients. With this increased focus on our key strengths, we will continue to build on our position. The passive business being sold represents total assets under management of approximately US-$ 120 billion, (as of June 30, 2002) and generates less than 2% of Deutsche Asset Management's revenues", Mr. Hughes added.

 



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