Here for Asia PacificFor 150 years Deutsche Bank has been connecting Asia Pacific
It’s why we’re here
Deutsche Bank was founded to connect Germany to the rest of the world. Asia Pacific was central to this strategy from the start.
From old to new, from past to future, from local to global, we’ve grown together
It was in Asia Pacific that we opened our first international branches. This is where we first connected European companies to the rest of the world and began directing cross-border capital to finance the growth of industries, economies, and markets. We’re still doing that today, and much more, to support this region. For 150 years Asia Pacific and Deutsche Bank have grown together, moving from old to new and from past to future.
Our local network spans 14 markets and has deep roots. As well as marking 150 years in the region, this year we celebrate significant milestones in Malaysia (55 years), Singapore (50 years) and Vietnam (30 years). The longevity of our presence and the local insight that comes with it are why we’ve been a trusted partner to our clients here for so many years.
From the multinational to the start-up, our clients count on us to keep trade, payment, and investment flows moving into, out of, and within the region. We provide the advice and financing so the ambitious can take the next step. We manage local payments and foreign currency transactions. We help develop markets, build businesses, and grow wealth.
We’re here for the pioneers and forward thinkers, sharing their entrepreneurial spirit and backing their vision. That’s created transport networks that connect countries. It’s brought digital connectivity and financial inclusion to communities. It’s why we are Asia Pacific’s partner in its sustainability journey.
We are proud to have contributed to the rise of this region, which has done so much to power our success in return. It’s here that our past, present and future meet. Ever-changing, always dynamic, Asia Pacific is leading the way into Deutsche Bank’s next 150 years.
Here for the pioneers
Deutsche Bank’s very first overseas markets are China and Japan
Our presence in Asia’s emerging markets begins with Malaysia
We underwrite China’s first sovereign debt transaction in Europe’s capital markets
China is industrialising — we help set up companies that lead the way
Our Hong Kong office begins the growth of our network in the region
After opening in Vietnam, Deutsche Bank now operates in 14 markets across Asia Pacific
A bond issue finances the extension of Osaka harbour, which increases trade with the rest of the world
We establish our Singapore office, dual hub of our Asia Pacific operations with Hong Kong
We launch the Deutsche Bank Asia Foundation, which transforms thousands of lives every year
Here for all
We begin providing retail banking to clients in India
We support the emergence of a new global currency – China’s renminbi
Setting up local convenience stores as payment points for AEON Credit improves financial inclusion in Indonesia
Here for the forward thinkers
We support Taiwan’s journey to renewable energy through European investment in wind farms
Our ESG Centre of Excellence in Singapore helps accelerate sustainability globally
We continue to support the opening and growth of local capital markets across the region
For 150 years we’ve been committed to
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Deep Roots - An illustrated history of Deutsche Bank in Asia Pacific
This book is available in two formats: a limited edition in print and an eBook. Flip through the eBook below to know more about our story in Asia Pacific, see bonus videos and photos.
1870: foundation in Berlin
Deutsche Bank was founded in Berlin to promote and facilitate trade relations between Germany and international markets.
1872: Shanghai and Yokohama
Deutsche Bank established its first foreign branches in Shanghai and Yokohama. Both branches had to be liquidated due to losses in the silver trade in 1875.
1889: Deutsch-Asiatische Bank in Berlin
Foundation of Deutsch-Asiatische Bank in Berlin – as a special institution for the East Asian market – by a German bank syndicate led by Disconto-Gesellschaft and Deutsche Bank.
Deutsch-Asiatische Bank opened its main branch in Shanghai. Further branches were established in China before the First World War.
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Deutsch-Asiatische Bank opened its first branch for India in Kolkata
1900: Hong Kong
Deutsch-Asiatische Bank opened a branch in Hong Kong.
Deutsch-Asiatische Bank established Japanese branches in Yokohama and one year later in Kobe.
Deutsch-Asiatische Bank establishes a further Japanese branch in Kobe on May 8, 1906.
Deutsch-Asiatische Bank opened its branch in Singapore on June 16, 1906.
1914–1918: branches closed during First World War
All branches of Deutsch-Asiatische Bank in the Asia Pacific region had to be closed during the First World War.
1925: re-opening in China
Re-opening of the branches of Deutsch-Asiatische Bank in Shanghai, Hankow, Peking, Tientsin, Tsing-Tao and Canton. All branches had to be closed by the end of the Second World War in 1945.
1949: Deutsch-Asiatische Bank licensed in Hamburg
Deutsch-Asiatische Bank was licensed as a foreign trade bank in Hamburg.
1958: Hong Kong
Deutsch-Asiatische Bank re-opened a branch in Hong Kong.
1968: Kuala Lumpur
Deutsch-Asiatische Bank opened its first branch for Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.
Deutsch-Asiatische Bank opened its first branch for Indonesia in Jakarta.
Deutsch-Asiatische Bank reopened its Singapore branch
1972: European Asian Bank
Deutsch-Asiatische Bank and its branches were integrated into the newly founded European Asian Bank.
Deutsche Bank opened a representative office for Australia in Sydney.
European Asian Bank opened a representative office for the Philippines in Manila.
1976: Hong Kong
Deutsche Bank opened a representative office in Hong Kong, which was converted into a branch in 1979.
On September 4, 1978, European Asian Bank opened its first branch for Korea in Seoul.
On September 8, 1978, European Asian Bank opened its branch for Thailand in Bangkok.
1980: Mumbai and Colombo
European Asian Bank opened on October 1, 1980 its first branch for India in Bombay (now Mumbai) and on October 24, 1980 its first branch for Sri Lanka in Colombo.
European Asian Bank opened its branch for Taiwan in Taipei.
Deutsche Bank opened its first representative office in the People’s Republic of China in Beijing.
1986: Deutsche Bank (Asia)
European Asian Bank became Deutsche Bank (Asia).
1988: regional head office in Singapore
Deutsche Bank (Asia) was merged into Deutsche Bank AG. The management of the Asia business was relocated from Hamburg to the regional head office in Singapore.
1989: New Delhi
Deutsche Bank opened a branch in India’s capital New Delhi.
Deutsche Bank opened a representative office in Hanoi. It was the first German financial institution to receive a banking license in Vietnam.
Deutsche Bank opened a representative office in Guangzhou (formerly Canton), which was converted into a branch in 1995.
Deutsche Bank opened a branch in Bangalore on May 9, 1994.
1995: Shanghai and Ho Chi Minh City
Deutsche Bank opened a representative office in Shanghai, which was converted into a branch in 1999.
Deutsche Bank opened a branch in Kolkata on October 8, 1996.
Deutsche Bank opened a branch in Chennai on July 27, 1999.
2003: Deutsche Bank Asia Foundation
Inception of Deutsche Bank Asia Foundation. More about Deutsche Bank's Corporate Responsibility units and foundations worldwide including Deutsche Bank Asia Foundation.
Deutsche Bank converted its representative office in Beijing into a branch.
2005: retail banking in India
Deutsche Bank launched its Private & Business Clients (PBC) activities in India.
2005: Khar, Gurgaon and Noida
Deutsche Bank opened branches in Khar on November 16, 2005 and in Gurgaon and Noida on December 2, 2005.
Deutsche Bank launched its Private & Business Clients service in China and opened sub-branches in Beijing and Shanghai.
2007: Aurangabad and Kolhapur
Deutsche Bank opened branches in Aurangabad on July 16, 2007 and in Kolhapur on July 24, 2007.
2008: Deutsche Bank (China) Co., Ltd.
Deutsche Bank (China) Co., Ltd., a wholly foreign-funded subsidiary bank solely owned by Deutsche Bank AG, officially commenced operations. The branches and sub-branches of Deutsche Bank AG in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou were converted into corresponding branches and sub-branches of Deutsche Bank China, with headquarters in Beijing.
2008: Salem, Vellore and Pune
Deutsche Bank opened branches in Salem and Vellore on September 23, 2008 and in Pune on October 6, 2008.
Deutsche Bank opened branches in Tianjin on March 23, 2010.
2010: Moradabad and Ludhiana
Deutsche Bank opened branches in Moradabad on April 10, 2010 and in Ludhiana on April 13, 2010.
Deutsche Bank opened branches in Chongqing on April 28, 2011.
2021: ESG Centre of Excellence in Singapore
Deutsche Bank establishes our ESG Centre of Excellence in Singapore to help accelerate sustainability globally.
Deutsche Bank opens a representative office in Dhaka, Bangladesh.