Deutsche, Commerzbank tentatively talk about merger after months of speculation: source

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The management board of Deutsche Bank has agreed to hold talks with rival Commerzbank on the feasibility of a merger, a person with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Saturday.

First unofficial contacts took place within a very small group and the mandate from Deutsche’s board was given more than a week ago, said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Talks were at a very early stage and could fall apart, the person added, confirming information reported earlier by the Welt am Sonntag newspaper.

A spokesman for Deutsche Bank and a spokeswoman for Commerzbank both declined to comment.

Speculation about a possible merger between Germany’s two largest listed lenders has been rife for months, heightening under the tenure of

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