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February 5, 2003

Deutsche Bank acquires Rüd, Blass & Cie AG from Zurich Financial Services


Deutsche Bank and Zurich Financial Services today announced the signing of a definitive agreement regarding the acquisition of Rüd, Blass & Cie AG Bankgeschäft, a Swiss private bank, by Deutsche Bank. Under the agreement, Deutsche Bank (Switzerland) Ltd. will acquire 100% of the Zurich-based bank. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval.

Rüd, Blass & Cie AG focuses on providing private banking solutions to high net worth individuals. It is noted for its expertise in managing Swiss and European equities and Swiss real estate investment products and has CHF 7.1 billion invested client assets.

Pierre de Weck, Global Head of Deutsche Bank's Private Wealth Management unit, said, "This acquisition provides an ideal platform for Deutsche Bank's entry into the Swiss private wealth management onshore market, while leveraging Deutsche Bank's first class infrastructure. Rüd, Blass & Cie AG will operate under its current brand name as a separate legal entity."



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