Deutsche Bank (XETRA: DBKGn.DE / NYSE: DB) and Barclays today announced a strategic partnership that allows Barclays to provide its larger corporate customers with state-of-the-art cash management services in continental Europe by leveraging Deutsche Bank’s franchise.
This partnership will put Barclays, which banks almost one in four UK businesses, significantly ahead of its UK competitors, and allows the bank’s customers to benefit from a solution that is fully integrated with Barclays cash management offering in the UK. The structure encompasses account services, domestic and international payments and collections, liquidity management and electronic banking solutions, supported by a comprehensive customer service and streamlined documentation processes. While servicing Barclays UK-based corporate customers who also benefit from Barclays’ market-leading relationship banking services, Deutsche Bank will continue to provide its generic cash management services to its target market of top-tier corporates in the UK.
This is the first partnership of its kind in Europe, where a leading provider like Deutsche Bank offers its cash management franchise to another financial institution to serve its corporate clients. Similar structures between Deutsche Bank as a global provider and other players are expected to follow suit and reflect the bank’s endeavour to drive the ongoing consolidation process in the European cash management market. This strategy leverages the bank’s strong corporate and institutional franchise in Europe.
Norbert Wanninger, Head of Global Cash Management at Deutsche Bank, said: “In an aggressively consolidating environment, this development creates a win-win-win situation for Barclays’ customers and both partners. While the corporates have access to a first-class cash management platform, Barclays will strengthen its prime relationships in the local market with a fully-fledged product range. Deutsche Bank will benefit from increased transaction volume that allows us to operate a profitable cash management franchise – a pre-condition for staying long-term in a business with an enormous cost base and ever-growing regulatory requirements.”
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