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January 13, 2011

Commerzbank plans measure to optimise its capital structure

Today, as a step in its capital management, Commerzbank AG has provided the basis for a contribution in kind of a portion of the hybrid equity instruments (Trust Preferred Securities) issued by companies of the Commerzbank Group in Commerzbank in exchange for new shares issued from the authorized capital (“genehmigtes Kapital”) of Commerzbank.

In this connection, a capital increase by means of a contribution in kind of a maximum of 10% minus one share (equalling a maximum of 118.135291 million shares) of Commerzbank’s current subscribed capital using the Bank’s authorized capital is planned. The necessary resolutions, including the ultimate size of the capital increase, are expected to be adopted by the Board of Managing Directors and the Supervisory Board on January 21, 2011. A syndicate of banks comprising Credit Suisse, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and UBS will place the new shares to be issued by means of the capital increase in kind with institutional investors beginning today.

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 corresponding portion of the silent participations held by SoFFin is intended to be converted into shares, using the conditional capital authorized in the 2009 Annual General Meeting of shareholders.

This transaction marks an important step in optimising Commerzbank’s capital structure. Execution of the transaction will have a one-off positive effect on the results of the Bank pursuant to IFRS; it will not have any noticeable impact on the Bank’s Tier 1 capital ratio, but it will result in an increase of Core Tier 1 capital.

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