Deutsche Bank May Eventually Allow NYC Staff to Move Elsewhere

Deutsche Bank AG is considering moving some of its 4,600 Manhattan staff to other hub cities across the U.S. but there are no concrete plans as yet.

The German lender is discussing how to allow more employees to work from home and from other locations as it moves operations to the Time Warner Center in New York City, spokesman Daniel Hunter said.

Hunter’s comments come after Christiana Riley, chief executive officer of the Americas division, told the Financial Times that Deutsche Bank could “conceivably” cut its New York headcount by half in the next five years.

“I’m optimistic that New York remains, to a degree, a hub,” Riley told the FT. “You will continue to have significant amounts of institutional capital sitting in and around New York… But that isn’t maybe going to be relevant for all of those people.”

Banks and other companies are thinking about how to re-balance their office locations and the amount of on-site work for the period after the Covid-19 pandemic, which has prompted an unprecedented number of people to work from home.

Bloomberg reported last week that Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is scouting for potential locations in South Florida for part of its asset management arm, while Ken Moelis said he’s prepared to let his bankers work in the Sunshine State if they want.

Deutsche Bank this week said that it expects to lower its 2022 adjusted costs by 300 million euros ($363 million) more than previously announced, partly thanks to the impact of the pandemic on work habits.

The lender said in September that workers in New York could continue working from home until the middle of next year.

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