Troubled German banking giant Deutsche Bank is making an investment in the FinTech space and taking a 12.5% stake in trade receivables marketplace TrustBills.
The Hamburg-based company offers an electronic auction platform for selling international receivables of companies to institutional investors.
Deutsche Bank’s head of global transaction banking Germany Michael Spiegel said: “Advancements in technology will significantly change the trade finance market.
“The digital solution offered by TrustBills is an excellent add-on to our value proposition in corporate banking.”
The startup’s founder and CEO Joerg Hoerster said Deutsche Bank’s position as one of the world’s largest trade finance banks will “provide a great basis for the international roll out of TrustBills.”
The financial terms of the deal are undisclosed. It follows Frankfurt-based DZ Bank’s acquisition of 25% of TrustBills.
DZ Bank’s head of structured finance Gottfried Finken commented on the deal: “We welcome the investment of Deutsche Bank which will further boost particularly the company’s internationalisation.”
Adding: “The corporate clients of the cooperative banks and DZ BANK who export globally will benefit from it.”
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