Steven Arons, 15 June 2021
Deutsche Bank AG revamped the units seeking to detect and prevent financial crimes after a number of recent compliance issues risk undermining progress in Chief Executive Officer Christian Sewing’s turnaround plan.
Chief Administrative Officer Stefan Simon, in a memo to employees Tuesday, announced a reorganization of his business into six units, with the aim of reshaping the bank’s anti financial crime efforts. As part of the changes, Mary Kirwan, a former Credit Suisse Group AG executive, and Jan-Gerrit Iken from Commerzbank AG will join.
“The goal of this new setup is to become more effective in all areas, but especially in the fight against financial crime,” Simon said in a memo seen by Bloomberg. “The aim is always to have a global overview of the remediation requirements of our regulators worldwide and to centrally manage these requirements.”
The moves come as Germany’s largest lender contends with a string of new issues that threaten to overshadow a successful first half of Sewing’s four-year turnaround plan. German regulator BaFin in April expanded the mandate of its anti-money laundering monitor at Deutsche Bank, while the Federal Reserve admonished the lender over ongoing compliance failures. There’s an internal investigation into alleged misselling of derivatives in Spain, and Chief Risk Officer Stuart Lewis is facing a probe over his role in dividend arbitrage transactions known as Cum-Ex.