Deutsche Bank Escrow Solutions is a leading specialist in escrow services. We enable clients to mitigate risk to their business transactions by placing assets in the custody of Deutsche Bank as a neutral third party.

The challenge

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.

The solution

Deutsche Bank has the expertise, skills and flexibility to provide escrow services for various types of collateral. 

Deutsche Bank provides collection, trustee and custody services, plus investment, monitoring and reporting, making Deutsche Bank a one stop show for escrow clients.

With a focus on client satisfaction, a dedicated, global team of escrow specialists, a global network of offices, and a track record of product innovation, we offer our clients a professional, high quality service.

DB 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 enables 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.
  • Wide range of investment options: We offer a full range of investment options, including customised investment solutions, interest and non-interest bearing accounts, multi currency deposits, money market funds, offshore funds, long and short term securities.
Type of escrow transactionApplicationBenefits
Mergers & acquisitions

Holdbacks - to cover indemnification claims or purchase price adjustments 

Earn-outs - post closing adjustments when the acquired business achieves specific milestones

"Good faith" deposits - downpayment to show commitment and ability to fund the transaction

Safeguard against loss arising from breach of indemnities

Ensures disbursement of funds and completion of specific milestones

Provides assurance to transaction parties that funding is in place

Capital raising

Acquisition financing or pending IPO, private equity, hedge fund, consortium or SPAC transaction

Provides assurance to parties that funding is in place and disbursement is made

Segregated Collateral Accounts In order to comply with industry regulations, clients may use segregated collateral accounts to segregate cash and securities off a counterparty’s balance sheet. Accounts platform provides the flexibility to quickly move cash and securities between a client’s encumbered and unencumbered accounts held with DBTCA., Dedicated Control Account Manager, Access to Control Accounts position and transaction information through secure online platform.

Assets held separate from trading, exchange or clearing counterparty

Ensure assets segregation and parties can fulfil promise to pay

Project finance/ construction

Funds are released on completion of pre-defined milestones

Mitigates risk of non payment and ensures appropriate disbursement

Real estate

"Good faith" deposits, title insurance, guarantee future rental streams

Provides assurance on the transfer of title prior to payment being disbursed

Insurance Trust Insurance Trusts can help ensure all obligations are fulfilled in an insurance or reinsurance contract by holding pledged collateral. Escrows for Insurance Trust are cheaper and faster than Letters of Credit, and not subject to annual reviews like Letters of Credit.
DIPs and restructuring Deutsche Bank has the ability to hold various collateral types in Restructuring, Bankruptcy, Default and other distressed situations. We have a dedicated escrow team with quick turnaround times and a global network.

Assets are placed in escrow pending appeal of a court judgement, bankruptcy or class action claims

Assets safeguarded during appeal and settlement process

Case studies: 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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