JOHANNESBURG, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Deutsche Bank
has hired a team of four bankers from HSBC to build up
its private banking business in Africa, an internal memo seen by
Reuters on Thursday showed.
Despite pledging to cut 18,000 staff as part of a 2018
restructuring, a process it is only part way through, Deutsche
is beginning to build back in some areas, including its
The memo said Paul Sayers will lead the team as head of
Deutsche's international private bank Africa.
Sayers and the three members of his team, who have worked
together for a number of years, will join Deutsche on Dec. 1 and
be based in Zurich, Switzerland.
"The Middle East and Africa region offers a significant
growth opportunity," the memo said, adding that Deutsche's
presence over decades in Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa means
it is well positioned.
Deutsche executives told Reuters last month that it saw a
range of growth opportunities in Africa. The bank said on
Thursday it aimed to solidify, grow and diversify its IPB client
book on the African continent.
Sayers has 19 years of wealth management experience and has
worked previously with ultra-high net worth clients in Africa,
particularly from South Africa, Deutsche said.
(Reporting by Emma Rumney; Editing by Kirsten Donovan and