Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank favour takeover rather than holding company structure: sources
Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank, in talks to merge, currently favour a straightforward takeover over more complex ways to structure a deal, three people close to the matter said.
In their base case scenario, a transaction would be organised as a share offer from Deutsche Bank for Commerzbank, they said. That structure is preferred over the creation of a new holding company, which is viewed as too difficult to execute.
"The holding structure is dead," one of the people said, referring to setting up a holding company that would buy Deutsche and Commerzbank in return for shares of the new bank.
Sources said last year that Deutsche Bank was examining creating a holding company structure amid speculation at the time that it could merge with Commerzbank.
Last month the two banks confirmed they were in talks about a merger.
The people cautioned that no decision has yet been taken on a potential deal structure and there is still no certainty that a deal will be struck at all.
Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank declined to comment.
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