FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Deutsche Bank Chief Executive Christian Sewing has told his counterpart at Commerzbank that he wants more time to consider a merger, a German newspaper reported on Wednesday.
Die Welt, without citing any sources, reported that Sewing delivered the message in a meeting with Commerzbank CEO Martin Zielke on Tuesday evening. Deutsche’s management board met earlier on Tuesday.
The banks, which had announced they were in preliminary talks about a merger on March 17, declined to comment.
Sewing would prefer to make a decision on the merger after Easter, which is on April 21, while Zielke would prefer a decision before then, Die Welt reported.
Reuters reported last week that the two banks were divided over the pace of their merger, with Commerzbank wanting a speedy decision and Deutsche wanting more time.
Reporting by Tom Sims and Hans Seidenstuecker; Editing by Ludwig Burger and Susan Fenton