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Case Code : ERMT-018
Case Length : 18 Pages
Period : 2003
Pub Date : 2003
Teaching Note :Not Available
Organization : Commerzbank
Industry : Banking
Countries : Germany

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Commerzbank, the fourth largest bank in Germany offered banking services to individual and corporate clients, across the world. It provided both traditional banking (company financing, investment, property services, loans, and leasing) and investment banking (asset management, market trading, mergers, acquisitions and the development of specific products) services. With 924 subsidiaries in Germany, and 21 abroad, Commerzbank was also developing an on-line banking service via COMLINE.

Some analysts believed that Commerzbank was relatively weak, compared to other German banks like Deutsche Bank, HVB Group, and Allianz-owned Dresdner Bank, both at home and in overseas markets.

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To get around these weaknesses, Chairman Klaus-Peter Muller had been attempting to cultivate more profitable relationships from the bank's clients. The company had also strengthened its cross-selling alliances with such European companies as Assicurazioni Generali and Crédit Lyonnais.

In response to a slowing international banking market, Commerzbank had cut staff, primarily in Germany, and was considering divestment of some lines of business.

The bank had launched a more performance-driven strategy and implemented an Anglo-American style of management in an effort to become more competitive. It had plans to shed 4,000 additional jobs by 2003 and to sell off Montgomery Asset Management to Wells Fargo.

Commerzbank's mortgage bank RheinHyp merged with Dresdner Bank's Deutsche Hypothekenbank and Deutsche Bank's Eurohypo in November 2001. The combined company, named Eurohypo, dealt in commercial property in Europe and the US. It had plans to rival HVB Group's mortgage powerhouse HVB Real Estate. Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank each owned 35% of Eurohypo, while Dresdner held 30%.

Background Note

In 1870 a group of merchants and bankers formed Commerz- und Disconto-Bank in Hamburg. Riding on Germany's boom after the Franco-Prussian War, the bank expanded quickly into Frankfurt, Berlin, and London. Its 1905 purchase of Berliner Bank refocused the bank on the German capital.

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