Here's Why US Is Probing Deutsche Bank, Other Banks

  • Deutsche Bank AG DB is among several investment banks included in a comprehensive industry-wide U.S. regulatory probe, Bloomberg reports.
  • The investigation determines the degree of employee reliance on private communication channels like Meta Platforms Inc FB WhatsApp to conduct business.
  • Deutsche Bank tested new software to improve its ability to archive messages and has repeatedly warned staff not to delete messages.
  • German supervisor BaFin sought similar information requests from Deutsche Bank, including the messaging behavior of CEO Christian Sewing and the rest of the management team.
  • The use of personal communication tools attracted intense scrutiny since U.S. regulators slapped $200 million in fines on JP Morgan Chase & Co JPM in December for failing to keep adequate records of staff messages. 
  • At least five other global banks acknowledged fielding U.S. inquiries since the JPM penalty.
  • Price Action: DB shares traded higher by 2.39% at $10.07 on the last check Thursday.
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