Deutsche Bank ReOrgs Research Again


Another reorganization at Deutsche Bank in the research area is reflective of the search for the research value proposition on the sell side. Deutsche has restructured its research into three main areas:

  • Global Company Research
  • Global Equity Strategies and Quantitative Methods
  • Global Fixed Income Strategies and Economics

Deutsche Bank indicates that the move will position the bank to better “monetize” its research activities in the changing regulatory environment.

Many sell side institutions are in the same process of evaluating their research departments in order to turn them into profit centers, or at least defray the cost of their burgeoning research cost centers.

We include the article below:

Deutsche targets cost-effectiveness in research revamp Vivek Ahuja

17 Oct 2006

Deutsche Bank has split parts of its debt and equity research in a global reorganisation aimed at making the business more cost-effective. The move is Deutsche’s second revamp in less than two years and reverses part of the previous reshuffle in which the bank combined equity and debt research.

The latest reshuffle will see the German bank’s research division organised along three lines: global company research; global equity strategies and quantitative methods; and global fixed income strategies and economics.

While company research remains a single unit, the bank has separated elements of its non-company specific equity and debt research. Previously, the bank split its global research into four areas covering companies, markets strategy, macro research and quantitative strategy.

David Folkerts-Landau, head of global research, said the move “will allow us to respond more flexibly to changing business and market priorities, and to focus more directly on the monetisation of research through the continuous development of new products”.

The move comes as banks have been under pressure to justify the value of their research in a market that has become highly competitive in the wake of legislative changes.

The reshuffle sees Guy Ashton step up to become head of global company research having previously overseen the business in Europe. Stuart Parkinson, previously chief operating officer of global research, becomes head of the equity strategies and quantitative methods unit. Marcel Cassard, former head of global macro research, now oversees the fixed income team.

Ross Jobber, associate director of company research in the previous set-up, replaces Parkinson as chief operating officer.


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Sandy Bragg is a principal at Integrity Research Associates. He has over thirty years experience as an investment research professional. Prior to joining Integrity in 2006, he was an Executive Managing Director at Standard & Poors, managing S&P’s equity research business and fund information properties. Sandy has an MBA from New York University and BA from Williams College. Email:

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