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Morning Coffee: Is it safe to work for RBS? Reassurances and absences at Deutsche Bank

RBS investment bank job cuts

Can everyone please return RBS’s calls? The government owned British bank may soon be private again.

George Osborne used his Mansion House speech to posit RBS’s return to private ownership. However, he was far from specific about when it will come to pass, saying simply that it will begin “in the coming months.” RBS insiders have reportedly taken this to mean that the privatisation process will begin in the fourth quarter, although there are suggestions that it might well take years. 

In the meantime, up to 90% of RBS’s investment banking staff face redundancy. Will the cull still happen if the company is imminently returning to private hands? Will RBS have the appetite for incurring the extra costs associated with such substantial layoffs ahead of an IPO? No one knows. RBS’s senior management are said to be looking forward to a revival in their ability to pay competitively and attract good staff.

Separately, Reuters reports that John Cryan has moved to stop an exodus of senior staff at Deutsche Bank. Fearful that Anshu Jain’s exit will precipitate the exit of others, Cryan has reportedly been meeting top managers, while Jain and Deutsche chairman Paul Achleitner have been busy telling everyone their jobs are secure. Nonetheless, Reuters notes that several senior Deutsche staff have pulled out of public appearances. This includes Anshu Jain himself. Jain was due to appear at a university in Stuttgart next week, but has cancelled.

Meanwhile:

Jim O’Neil, global head of Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s financial institutions group, is expected to be unveiled later this month as RBS’s new corporate broker and privatisation adviser. (Financial Times)

Pimco: “The primary business driver for Deutsche Bank remains its investment bank as the asset management and private banking arms have low profitability. There’s no easy fix.”  (Bloomberg)

Joerg Vogt, a former trading executive at Deutsche Bank AG, sued the U.K. financial regulator for indirectly identifying him in its Libor settlement. (Bloomberg) 

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