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June 27, 2012

Payment of variable remuneration in shares strengthens Core Tier 1 capital of Commerzbank by EUR 213.8 m

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  • Almost 90% of the eligible non-pay-scale employees opt for payment in Commerzbank shares
  • Measure further improves the capital base of the Bank in the light of the stricter requirements of Basel 3

Commerzbank will satisfy EUR 213.8 million of the individual variable remuneration entitlements of its non-pay-scale employees for 2011 in shares of Commerzbank AG. The Board of Managing Directors of Commerzbank has with the approval of the Supervisory Board, therefore, today adopted a resolution on the execution of the capital increase against contribution in kind. According to this the subscribed capital of Commerzbank is to be increased by means of a contribution in kind by approximately 176.5 million shares, i.e. by approximately 3.2%, using authorised capital with the exclusion of the shareholders' pre-emptive rights. The final number of the shares to be issued will most likely be determined by the Board of Managing Directors of Commerzbank with the approval of the Supervisory Board on June 28, 2012.

In total almost 90% of the eligible non-pay-scale employees have decided to have their variable remuneration paid out in Commerzbank shares. This will strengthen the Core Tier 1 capital by a total of EUR 213.8 million. The measure had already been announced in January 2012 at the presentation of Commerzbank's plan to achieve the capital target of the European Banking Authority (EBA). After the original EBA capital target of EUR 5.3 billion had already been surpassed by approximately EUR 1.1 billion as of March 31, 2012 with a set of measures, this measure further strengthens the capital base of the Bank in the light of the stricter requirements of Basel 3.

In this context, Commerzbank AG and Deutsche Bank AG as Joint Bookrunner will sell approximately 128.3 million of the newly-issued shares to institutional investors in the framework of a coordinated sales transaction. The proceeds are received by those employees of Commerzbank Group who have made their shares available for the placement. Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank will start to approach relevant investors already today, June 27, 2012. The registration of the execution of the capital increase in the Commercial Register is expected for June 29, 2012. The new shares are expected to be included in stock exchange trading for the first time on July 2, 2012.

The German Financial Market Stabilisation Fund (SoFFin) intends to continue to maintain its equity interest ratio in Commerzbank (25% plus one share) upon completion of the transaction. For this purpose, a portion of the silent participation is to be converted into shares, using the conditional capital authorised in the 2011 Annual General Meeting of shareholders.

In November 2009 Commerzbank had launched a new remuneration system for the first and second management levels, as well as for the non-pay-scale employees, to come into effect from 2010 onwards. This model is based on the guidelines of the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh in 2009 and is oriented to personal performance and to the long-term success of the Bank. Thus, the new remuneration system incorporates long-term, variable components combining three main aspects: an appropriate level of risk-taking, sustainability and transparency. It also pays greater consideration to performance and differentiation targets. The remuneration model leads to increased payments in good, and reduced payments in bad times.


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About Commerzbank

Commerzbank is a leading bank for private and corporate customers in Germany. With the segments Private Customers, Mittelstandsbank, Corporates & Markets, Central & Eastern Europe as well as Asset Based Finance, the Bank offers its customers an attractive product portfolio, and is a strong partner for the export-oriented SME sector in Germany and worldwide. With a future total of some 1,200 branches, Commerzbank has one of the densest networks of branches among German private banks. It has around 60 sites in 52 countries and serves almost 15 million private clients as well as 1 million business and corporate clients worldwide. In 2011, it posted gross revenues of almost EUR 10 billion with 58,160 employees.


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Disclaimer

This press release does not contain or constitute an offer of, or the solicitation of an offer to buy or subscribe for, securities to any person in Australia, Canada, Japan, or the United States of America or in any jurisdiction to whom or in which such offer or solicitation is unlawful. The securities referred to herein may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act") or another exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act. Subject to certain exceptions, the securities referred to herein may not be offered or sold in Australia, Canada or Japan or to, or for the account or benefit of, any national, resident or citizen of Australia, Canada or Japan. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft does not intend to register any portion of the offering in the United States or conduct a public offering of securities in the United States The offer and sale of the securities referred to herein has not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act or under the applicable securities laws of Australia, Canada or Japan.

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