As a leading specialist in escrow services, Deutsche Bank enables clients to mitigate risk to their business transactions by placing assets in the custody of the Bank as a neutral third party. With a dedicated, global team of escrow specialists, a worldwide network of offices, a track record of product innovation, and a focus on client satisfaction, we help clients efficiently close transactions

Your trusted partner

With business transactions becoming ever more sophisticated and complex, many participants now require that funds, securities or other assets be held in escrow until the transaction is successfully completed, creating a greater demand for an experienced and efficient escrow provider.

Solutions to meet your escrow needs

Our escrow solutions accommodate a wide range of scenarios:

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Holding a portion of the purchase price in escrow until the terms of an agreement are satisfied: earn-outs, indemnity and post-closing adjustment

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Safekeeping a portion of the transaction purchase price through the auction process

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Assuring financial advisors that funds will be available and segregated throughout the duration of the offer (subject to regional regulations)

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Consolidating acquisition proceeds from numerous funding sources to facilitate efficient distributions and transaction closing

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Holding the accumulated proceeds associated with acquisition financing or a pending IPO, private equity, hedge fund, consortium or SPAC transaction

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Releasing funds according to a schedule of pre-defined milestones

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Holding various collateral types in restructuring, bankruptcy, default and other distressed situations 

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Segregating cash or securities as margin collateral: control accounts for margin loans, workers compensation, insurance trust, etc.

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Safekeeping assets in escrow pending appeal of a court judgment, bankruptcy or class action

Escrow Direct - Our Paying Agent Service

Our Escrow Direct portal provides buyers, selling shareholders and attorneys a digitised, centralised and simplified process that allows for the management of shareholder information, creation of Letters of Transmittal (LOT) and fast-tracked payments to shareholders. This digital channel replaces the paper-based process for LOT collection, mitigates execution risk and enables faster, seamless payments to shareholders.

Upload shareholder details
Escrow Direct enables you to upload a centralised register of shareholder information to view and confirm data. Our teams validate contents of completed Letters of Transmittal against this register for accurate payment transmission.

Create digital LOTs and execute documentation electronically
Our online digital templates enable clients to create LOTs and incorporate customised terms and conditions in a few simple steps. Escrow Direct then embeds shareholder information and tax documents for frictionless email transmission to shareholders, who can securely populate, review and submit tax information, and execute the documentation electronically.

Track LOTs online
Track the status of LOTs sent and signed to shareholders in real time on a dashboard with individual shareholder details and aggregated status charts and graphs.

View payment transmission status
The Escrow Direct payment dashboard tracks the status of shareholder payments with payment initiation, distribution amount and confirmation details.

The Deutsche Bank advantage

Commitment. We have a dedicated and growing team of professionals with deep expertise focused exclusively on escrow solutions.

Agility. Our standard escrow agreements and transparent “know your client” checks enable us to set up escrows quickly.

Reach. We combine a global network with local expertise to offer escrow accounts in multiple jurisdictions in over 50 currencies.

A one-stop shop. By integrating Deutsche Bank’s global capabilities, including foreign exchange, cash management, custody, payment and reporting, we provide clients with complete solutions.

A wide range of investment options. Clients have access to a full range of investment options, including customised investment solutions, interest and non-interest bearing accounts, multicurrency deposits, money market funds, offshore funds, and short- and long-term securities.

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How Deutsche Bank‘s escrow services can meet your needs

  • How a private equity sponsor used multiple segregated control accounts to pledge shares in a listed company for the banks providing margin loans

    In this case study, we show how Deutsche Bank's standard Account Control Agreement helped a private equity company seamlessly acquire a substantial stake in a listed company

  • How an insurance company secured a portfolio of policies via a third party trust structure

    In our case study we show how our solutions can help insurers with complex transactions. In this instance, a ceding insurance company is buying reinsurance cover for a portfolio of policies from a non-rated reinsurer, fronting for an ILS investor. They required a quick solution from an experienced provider with a track record in the market

  • How an institution closed an acquisition quickly with the help of a tailored escrow solution

    In this case study an institution looking for acquisition financing required a hold back escrow to be set up quickly by an experienced provider

  • How an international company segregated its bond financing for a large acquisition

    This case study looks at a large multi-currency acquisition for an international company which needed to segregate its bond financing before a deal closed

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