Deutsche Bank boss warns over the rise of robot bankers

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John Cryan urged colleagues to embrace their "revolutionary spirit" (Source: Getty)

Deutsche Bank boss John Cryan today warned that staff who behave like robots will soon begin to be replaced by robots.

According to reports, he told a conference in Frankfurt: “In our banks we have people behaving like robots, doing mechanical things. Tomorrow we're going to have robots behaving like people.”

As well as urging colleagues to embrace their “revolutionary spirit”, Cryan also claimed that Frankfurt is competing with New York and Singapore, rather than Dublin and Paris, for post-Brexit spoils.

John Cryan said the race to become the European Union’s new leading financial centre was “won before it even began” after the UK’s Brexit vote.

“Of course, new financial industry jobs will be created in cities like Dublin, Amsterdam and Paris,” he said at a conference in Frankfurt today.

“However, in reality, none of these locations have the structures in place to assume a large portion of the business from London. There is only one European city which can fulfil these requirements and that city is Frankfurt.

“This is where the relevant supervisory authorities, major law firms and consultancies are based, there are excellent data lines to the entire world and we have an international airport on our doorstep.”

He added that it was up to Frankfurt to decide how much business it would like to gain from Brexit. And he warned that non-EU cities could benefit instead if Germany does not “want to take full advantage of the option that it now has”.

Cryan added: “It is always an option for an international bank to retain only the absolute minimum and to carry out practically all tasks that are not connected to direct client contact in America or Asia.

“For this reason, it’s not about a choice between Dublin, Paris or Frankfurt – it’s about a choice between New York, Singapore or Frankfurt.”

Frankfurt-headquartered Deutsche Bank is planning to relocate jobs from London to Frankfurt to prepare for Brexit. One executive warned that this could affect up to 4,000 jobs.

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