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Germany returns to structured products centre stage

May 4, 2011

The German structured products market is growing steadily again and providers are involved in an intense battle for market share.

Commerzbank's bold move is a blueprint for other German banks

March 23, 2011

Commerzbank’s bold liability management exercise – the first to address Basel III at both ends of the capital structure – shows that banks need not wait for national and European regulators to finalise minimum capital requirements. It also serves as a possible blueprint for Germany’s other banks to strengthen their capital base.

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E.ON sets new precedent for German buybacks

March 17, 2011

E.ON's recent liability management exercise shows that German companies can indeed successfully tender for outstanding debt, and may encourage others to follow. 

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German banks feeling the strain

December 23, 2010

Rescue packages and a rebounding economy have stabilised the German banking system. But it remains vulnerable to weak profitability, low-quality capital and exposure to cyclical industries abroad. Moreover, some believe that even the crisis has failed to force structural change. Writer Geraldine Lambe

Frankfurt: Regulatory centre of excellence

August 30, 2010

Already home to many of the main European regulatory bodies, Frankfurt's financial centre offers the experience and stability to play a key role in helping Europe shape the future of its financial sector, says Dr Lutz Raettig.

Deutsche Bank's corporate finance business comes of age

July 28, 2010

Deutsche Bank's co-head of global client coverage and chairman of the corporate finance executive committee explains how the bank's performance during the crisis has opened new doors for it both in Europe and the crucial US market. Writer Geraldine Lambe

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Landesbanken under pressure to restructure

July 6, 2010

The German Landesbanken were hit hard by the financial crisis, and bailouts at both state and federal level have allowed the national government and the EU to increase the pressure for both restructuring and reform. Writer Michael Marray

Nimble KfW tests euro demand

July 6, 2010

In the face of heightened debt market volatility in Europe and serious concerns over the long-term future of the euro, German development agency KfW found a window of opportunity to raise €5bn in a three-year deal. Writer Charlie Corbett


What really happened at Hypo Group Alpe Adria

February 1, 2010

The nationalisation of Austria's Hypo Alpe Adria had more to do with regulation and ownership models than exposure to emerging Europe. Writer Philip Alexander

The differing strategies of Germany's private banks

December 30, 2009

Deutsche Bank's planned takeover of Sal Oppenheim will leave the German private banking sector dominated by two key players. However, Deutsche and Commerzbank are pursuing very different strategies. Writer Michael Marray

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