Deutsche Bank loses 50 investment bankers in Singapore, Hong Kong

Pedro Gonçalves
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Deutsche Bank loses 50 investment bankers in Singapore, Hong Kong

Deutsche Bank has seen an exodus of 30%  among its investment bankers in Asia since May amidst its cost-cutting initiatives and sinking morale, according to Bloomberg.

Almost 50 bankers in Singapore and Hong Kong have left in the past six months which represents approximately 30% of the firm's investment-banking workforce. This includes eight managing directors and roughly a dozen directors.

Deutsche Bank reportedly hired 35 bankers in its two financial hubs to replenish its ranks, including three managing directors and one director, the report noted.

Rising turbulence amongst the ranks of dealmakers against a region where fees have increased faster than expected in the last five years underpin the uphill battle for Deutsche Bank's CEO Christian Sewing.

Tumbling stocks, a string of scandals and global cost cutting pressures further dented employment morale among current former bankers in Asia, the report highlighted.

At least 20 bankers based in Hong Kong decamped for rivals, according to people with knowledge of the moves and a Bloomberg News analysis of data from the local securities regulator and LinkedIn profiles.