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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Fido Seals Another IPO Deal

by: Meredith Mazzilli

Fidelity has followed up its Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. deal with another IPO agreement. Wednesday morning, Fidelity executives said they sealed a deal with Deutsche Bank that provides Fidelity's brokerage clients the ability to buy into IPOs and follow-on offerings underwritten by the bank.

The agreement follows last month's announcement by Fidelity that gave the Boston Behemoth's customers access to KKR's IPO and other stock offerings (see The MFWire, 6/08/09).

Mark Haggerty, president of Fidelity capital markets, noted that the two deals come at a time when brokerage clients will benefit from a thawing IPO market.

"With our new Deutsche Bank alliance and our KKR relationship, Fidelity is well-positioned to offer our customers the ability to participate in new issue equity deals as the IPO market begins to show signs of increased activity," Haggerty said.




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Fidelity To Offer Retail Investors Access To Deutsche Bank's Initial Public Offerings And Follow-On Issues.

Alliance Significantly Expands Deutsche Bank's Retail Investor Base; Fidelity's Brokerage Clients Gain Access to Deutsche Bank's New Issues

BOSTON and NEW YORK, July 29, 2009 -- Fidelity Investments ("Fidelity") and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. ("Deutsche Bank") today announced an agreement that provides Fidelity's retail and institutional brokerage clients the opportunity to participate in the initial public offerings (IPOs) and follow-on equity offerings underwritten by Deutsche Bank.

The exclusive relationship expands Deutsche Bank's potential investor base to include Fidelity's extensive list of retail brokerage customers as well as customer accounts managed by Fidelity's registered investment advisor (RIA), correspondent broker/dealer and other institutional clients. Fidelity's distribution platform adds to Deutsche Bank's current distribution capabilities to high-net-worth clients via its Private Bank and Private Client Services divisions. "We are thrilled about our new relationship with Deutsche Bank, one of the industry's top IPO underwriters, and believe that this partnership will help us offer our customers additional investment opportunities, typically reserved for larger institutional investors," said Mark Haggerty, president of Fidelity Capital Markets, the institutional trading division of Fidelity Investments. "With our new Deutsche Bank alliance and our KKR relationship, Fidelity is well-positioned to offer our customers the ability to participate in new issue equity deals as the IPO market begins to show signs of increased activity."

"We're extremely excited to join with an industry leader like Fidelity," said Seth Waugh, CEO of Deutsche Bank Americas. "Fidelity's vast distribution network is an excellent complement to both our leading banking franchise and our strong Private Wealth Management distribution platform. We're confident that this collaboration will significantly benefit clients of both Fidelity and Deutsche Bank by providing a greater volume and diversity of equity investment opportunities."

The Deutsche Bank relationship builds on Fidelity's recently established alliance with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) where Fidelity's retail and institutional brokerage customers have the opportunity to participate in IPOs and follow-on offerings of KKR companies. 

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