The German finance ministry has taken notice of reports that the European Central Bank was considering a review of Deutsche Bank's (>> Deutsche Bank) two largest shareholders, a spokeswoman said on Monday, declining further comment.
A regulatory source told Reuters that the ECB, Europe's top banking regulator, may launch a so-called ownership control procedure to scrutinize both Qatar's royal family and China's HNA (>> HNA Holding Group Co Ltd), which each own just under 10 percent of the shares of Germany's flagship lender.
"We have taken notice of the reports," the spokeswoman said during a regular government news conference. "I have nothing to add."
(Reporting by Joseph Nasr, editing by Thomas Escritt)