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  • Aareal Bank headquartered in Wiesbaden, is one of the leading international real estate banks. It provides property financing solutions in more than 25 countries including North America and the Asia/Pacific region.
  • Commerzbank AG – A leading bank in Germany, founded in Hamburg in 1870. With more than 1,200 branches, Commerzbank has one of the densest networks among German private banks and serves over 15 million customers worldwide. As of June 30, 2014, it had total assets of €582.6 billion.
  • Degussa Bank – A German private bank based in Frankfurt am Main. Specialising in WorkSite banking, the range of services is tailored to the needs of companies and their staff.
  • Deutsche Bank AG – A global financial service provider with headquarters in Frankfurt. At December 31, 2013, the Bank operated a network of 2,907 branches in more than 73 countries and had total assets of EUR 1.611 trillion. The market capitalization was $42.6 billion as of November 5, 2014.
  • Deutsche Bundesbank – The central bank of Germany headquartered in Frankfurt am Main. Eurosystem monetary policy is the Bundesbank’s core business area. The Deutsche Bundesbank was established in 1957 and has nine regional offices. They in turn have 47 branches.
  • Deutsche Kreditbank (DKB) – A subsidiary of Bayerische Landesbank. The Banks was established in 1990 and serves nearly 2 million private customers.
  • Deutsche Postbank (DPB) – With 14.4 million active domestic customers, Postbank is one of the largest retail banks in Germany. It is the market leader in direct banking, with 3.4 million Internet checking accounts and 3.9 million telephone-banking customers. DPB was formed in 1990 and is headquartered in Bonn.
  • Dresdner bank was one of largest banks in Germany. As of December 31, 2008, Dresdner Bank had more than 6.3 million customers and over 850 domestic branches. On January 12, 2009, Commerzbank completed the takeover of Dresdner bank.
  • DVB Bank based in Frankfurt, specializes in the global transport market. Its main business segments are Shipping Finance, Aviation Finance and Land Transport Finance. It has numerous subsidiaries, including DVB Bank America in the Netherlands Antilles, DVB Group Merchant Bank (Asia), DVB Transport Finance in Japan and DVB Holding (US) in the United States. DZ BANK owns 95% of DVB Bank.
  • DZ BANK – A commercial bank and, together with WGZ-Bank, the central administration for approximately 1,400 co-operative banks or credit unions covering more than three quarters of all Volksbank and Raiffeisenbank (co-operative banks) in Germany and Austria.
  • Eurohypo AG – A real estate bank headquartered in Eschborn, Frankfurt. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Commerzbank. Eurohypo changed its name to Hypothekenbank Frankfurt AG on August 31, 2012.
  • HypoVereinsbank
  • IKB Deutsche Industriebank is specialized in lending to small and medium-sized companies. The Company focuses on two segments: corporate customers, including domestic corporate financing, especially lending and real estate customers.
  • KfW Bankengruppe – A state-owned development bank; the German government owns 80% and the States of Germany own 20%. The bank was established in 1948 and is headquartered in Frankfurt.
  • WestLB AG was a commercial bank headquartered in Düsseldorf, Germany. It was partly owned by the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. As of June 30, 2012, WestLB was formally dissolved.
  • WGZ Bank – The umbrella organization of over 230 Volksbanken and Raiffeisenbanken member banks in the Rhineland and Westphalia. In 2011, WGZ Bank and DZ Bank merged their private banking businesses based in Luxembourg.

Landesbanks (Landesbanken)

The Landesbanks are a group of regionally organized state-owned banks that mainly offer commercial banking services to Germany's small and mid-size companies.

  • BayernLB (Bayerische Landesbank) – The leading Bavarian commercial bank and one of the eight Landesbanken. Its main business segments are corporate lending, project finance, capital markets and real estate. The Bank is 94% owned by the free state of Bavaria.
  • Bremer Landesbank (54,83 % owned by NORD/LB)
  • HSH Nordbank AG
  • Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW) – One of Germany’s largest banks, created in 1999. LBBW is the central bank of the savings banks in Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland Palatinate and Saxony.
  • Landesbank Berlin (LBB) – A universal bank, the historic core of which is Berliner Sparkasse, established in 1818. In 2007, LBB was taken over by the German Savings Bank Association (Deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverband ö.K.).
  • Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen (Helaba) – A leading German universal bank with balance sheet total of EUR 166.5 billion and about 6,500 employees at June 30, 2012.
  • Landesbank Saar (SaarLB) (49,9 % owned by Bayern LB)
  • Norddeutsche Landesbank (Nord/LB) – The largest universal bank in Northern Germany with total assets of EUR 228.7 billion as of June 30, 2012. It is also one of Germany’s major players on both the domestic and international bond markets as well as for privatisations and stock exchange launches..

Co-operative banks

The co-operative banking sector in Germany include the numerous Volksbanken and Raiffeisenbanken (Volksbanks and Raiffeisenbanks), Sparda Banks, PSD Banks and other financial institutions. The Sparda Group comprises 12 Sparda Banks with more than 3.32 million customers and over 400 offices throughout Germany along with the NetBank. Total assets of the 12 Sparda Banks amounted to 61.1 billion euros as of December 31, 2011. The PSD Bank Group consists of 15 independent cooperative banks and serves about 1.23 million customers nationwide. The Volksbanken Raiffeisenbanken Cooperative Financial Network serves approximately 30 million customers and includes 1,115 primary banks (local cooperative banks, Sparda banks, PSD banks, Deutsche Apotheker- und Ärztebank, and specialized institutions), DZ BANK, WGZ BANK, Münchener Hypothekenbank, and BVR protection scheme. The total assets of the Volksbanken Raiffeisenbanken Cooperative Financial Network amounted to EUR 1.059 trillion as of December 31, 2011.

Sparda Banks

Sparda-Bank Augsburg eG, Augsburg
Sparda-Bank Baden-Württemberg eG, Stuttgart
Sparda-Bank Berlin eG, Berlin
Sparda-Bank Hamburg eG, Hamburg
Sparda-Bank Hannover eG, Hannover
Sparda-Bank Hessen eG, Frankfurt am Main
Sparda-Bank München eG, München
Sparda-Bank Münster eG, Münster
Sparda-Bank Nürnberg eG, Nürnberg
Sparda-Bank Regensburg eG, Regensburg
Sparda-Bank Südwest eG, Mainz
Sparda-Bank West eG, Düsseldorf

PSD Banks

PSD Bank Berlin-Brandenburg eG, Berlin
PSD Bank Braunschweig eG, Braunschweig
PSD Bank Hannover eG, Hannover
PSD Bank Hessen-Thüringen eG, Eschborn
PSD Bank Karlsruhe-Neustadt eG, Karlsruhe
PSD Bank Kiel eG, Kiel
PSD Bank Koblenz eG, Koblenz
PSD Bank Köln eG, Köln
PSD Bank München eG, Augsburg
PSD Bank Nord eG, Hamburg
PSD Bank Nürnberg eG, Nürnberg
PSD Bank Regensburg eG, Regensburg
PSD Bank RheinNeckarSaar eG, Stuttgart
PSD Bank Rhein-Ruhr eG, Düsseldorf
PSD Bank Westfalen-Lippe eG, Münster

Biggest Banks in Germany

 Total assets (EUR billion)

Rank Bank 31.03.2014
€ bn
€ bn
€ bn
€ bn
1 Deutsche Bank AG 1,636.57 1,611.40 2,022.28 2,164.10
2 Commerzbank AG 574.263 549.661 636.023 661.763
3 KfW Group 464.000 464.800 509.400 494.800
4 DZ Bank Group n/a 386.978 407.236 405.926
5 Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg 285.000 273.523 336.337 373.059
6 Bayerische Landesbank (BayernLB) 257.743 255.601 286.864 309.144
7 Norddeutsche Landesbank (Nord/LB) 197.424 200.845 225.550 227.630
8 Helaba (Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen) 176.503 178.279 199.301 163.985
9 Hypo Real Estate Holding AG n/a 122.454   169.000 236.586
10 DekaBank n/a 116.073 129.77 133.738
11 HSH Nordbank AG 108.680 109.061 130.606 135.906
12 Landesbank Berlin Holding AG n/a 102.437 118.298 131.175
13 WGZ Bank AG n/a 90.900 96.082 93.945
14 Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank n/a 81.932 88.398 81.287
15 Wuestenrot & Wuerttembergische AG n/a 75.0 77.2 75.4

See also: Top Banks in Germany 2007 - 2014