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Best Investment Bank 2012: Deutsche’s momentum drives it to the TOP

Deutsche Bank has grown from being a top-three global markets trader into a top-three global corporate finance house as well: a powerful combination whose architect, Anshu Jain, now hands over to two successors to guide through its most testing period. Deutsche is the master of markets so broken and illiquid that high share is almost a curse, not a blessing. But if better times lie ahead, it will reap rich rewards.

Come September, Anshu Jain, co-chairman of the group executive committee and management board of Deutsche Bank, will be presenting on the bank’s strategy 100 days into his tenure alongside Jürgen Fitschen, as co-head of the eurozone’s regional champion bank.

He will face plenty of questions on the bank’s plans to build its fully loaded Basle III core equity tier 1 ratio: how far can it raise equity organically now that plans to sell its global alternative asset management division appear to have foundered? Can it sell or mitigate more risk-weighted assets without hurting the bank’s earnings and profits, and what return on tangible common equity can the bank generate if market and regulatory demands on banks continue to require higher ratios?

What new plans does the bank have for its retail banking businesses in Germany and abroad? Which will it grow and which sell? And how will it fix the asset management and wealth management businesses?

If the present macro-uncertainties in Europe continue to intensify and if wholesale clients continue to reduce activity and avoid risk, it could be a tough time for Jain.

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