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Securitisation crisis claims casualties

October 1, 2007

Several financial institutions are on the brink of the abyss caused by the temporary closure of the asset-backed securities markets. Professor Jan Pieter Krahnen reports on the crisis and its first victims.

Hans Berger, CEO of HSH Nordbank

August 1, 2007

At HSH Nordbank, CEO Hans Berger is too busy preparing for an IPO to be concerned about the debate over Landesbanken consolidation or what role his bank could play in it.

Hannes Rehm, management board chairman of Nord/LB

August 1, 2007

In the debate on whether German Landesbanken should consolidate further, Hannes Rehm is Siegfried Jaschinski’s ideological opponent. While he does not rule out further consolidation in the sector, Mr Rehm, who has a PhD in economics, sees no pressing need for it, arguing that the three-pillar system has adequately financed corporate Germany.

Siegfried Jaschinski, CEO of LBBW

August 1, 2007

What is ironic about Mr Jaschinski is how different he is from the way in which the German press has portrayed him.

Landesbanken follow diverse paths

August 1, 2007

Cross-border expansion, privatisation and consolidation are likely to change the face of the German Landesbanken scene. Jan F Wagner, in Frankfurt, talks to three Landesbank chiefs about plans for the future.

Prospects look rosy for capital markets

April 2, 2007

With increasingly vibrant bond markets, and healthy M&A and IPO pipelines, the recovery of German real estate and the launch of REITs could be the icing on the cake. Geraldine Lambe reports.

AHBR’s Turnaround: restructuring in action

April 2, 2007

With Allgemeine Hypothekenbank Rheinboden’s (AHBR) balance sheet of about €75bn – about two-thirds in public sector loans and a third in mortgage loans – Lone Star first had to negotiate a large liquidity facility to replace the emergency measures provided by the German banks and backed by the deposit protection system.

Chipping away at the three-pillar structure

April 2, 2007

While the sale of Landesbank Berlin is raising hopes that Germany’s tripartite banking system will start crumbling, those more capitalist-inclined bank boardrooms with an eye on overseas expansion shouldn’t hold their breath. Geraldine Lambe reports.

Nick Teller

April 2, 2007

The CEO of Commerzbank’s corporates and markets division is meeting his brief to cut costs and risk but, he tells Geraldine Lambe, under his aegis there will also be selective growth.

An IPO with your Cognac, Mein Herr?

January 8, 2007

German private banks exude tradition but some of the family-owned institutions can compete with the best of the big league for Mittelstand investment banking business, writes Jan F Wagner in Frankfurt.

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