Deutsche Bank and Link Market Services reach agreement for sale of registrar services GmbH
Deutsche Bank has reached an agreement with Link Market Services (Link), a leading provider of share registry and associated value-added services in Australasia, on the sale of registrar services GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Deutsche Bank.
Under the proposed transaction, Link will acquire 100% of registrar services. The transaction is subject to certain approvals.
Based in Eschborn, near Frankfurt, registrar services is part of Deutsche Bank’s Global Transaction Banking division. The company is a pioneer in share registry services in Germany and has long-standing relationships with large-cap companies such as Deutsche Bank.
As part of the Link Group global network, Link Market Services is active in share registry, superannuation administration and shareholder and member analytics. In share registry, the Link Group is active in Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa with a sister company operating in the United States and Canada.
Satvinder Singh, Head of Trust & Securities Services/Cash Management Financial Institutions in Deutsche Bank’s Global Transaction Banking, said: “In line with Deutsche Bank’s strategy of focusing on its core competencies, we are pleased to have found a specialized partner that will continue to offer Deutsche Bank and its clients high quality share registry and shareholder services. In Link, we have found a committed partner that will also execute the transition sensitively and continue to invest in the acquired business.”
John McMurtrie, Managing Director and a Board Member of the Link Group: “This is an exciting transaction for Link as it broadens our global footprint and increases our exposure to the important EMEA market. As a leading provider of shareholder services, we are committed to growing this business with alignment to our existing platform. We look forward to working with Deutsche Bank and its clients.”
For further information, please contact:
Link Market Services
Phone: +61 2 8280 7645 / +61 417 088865
Deutsche Bank AG
Press & Media Relations
Dr. Klaus Winker
Phone: +49 69 910-32249
About Link Market Services
Link Market Services is the Link Group’s share registry, superannuation administration and shareholder and member analytics business. In share registry, Link Group is active in Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa with a sister company operating in the United States and Canada. In superannuation administration, Link Group looks after 4.5 million member accounts in Australia. The company also offers value added products and services through Money Solutions (financial planning), Orient Capital (investor relations), Company Matters (Company Secretarial) and Empirics. (www.linkmarketservices.com.au)
About registrar services GmbH
The registrar services operations are based in Eschborn near Frankfurt am Main. The company was established in 1998 and is a pioneer in German registered share administration services. Its core service offering includes share register administration, Annual General Meeting (AGM) mailing & tabulation, and shareholder analytics. It has a leading position in its core products with excellent and longstanding client relationships.
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