Latest articles from Germany

Is private equity the medicine that Germany’s banks need?

November 6, 2006

Private equity investors entering the world of Germany’s public sector banks could provide a shot in the arm for the country’s traditional three-pillar banking system. Joanne Hart reports.

JPMorgan reaps rewards of its success in Germany

October 2, 2006

JPMorgan recently followed up an IPO deal for German retailer Metro’s divestment of its DIY business, Praktiker, with an advisory role in the latter’s acquisition of a privately owned competitor. The team tell Edward Russell-Walling about their successive mandates.

Lehman’s winning formula secures chemicals takeover

August 7, 2006

Lehman Brothers’ homework enabled German chemicals giant BASF to walk off with US catalyst maker Engelhard for a mere 5% above its initial unsolicited offer. Edward Russell-Walling reports.

Dark horse strikes gold in high-cost jurisdiction

July 3, 2006

Although Germany is not normally regarded as a good place for foreign banks to make a fortune, Citigroup’s experience shows there are ways and means. By Jan F Wagner in Frankfurt.

The slow road to recovery

April 3, 2006

Although business confidence is up regarding Germany’s prospects for recovery this year, members of the public and the Mittelstand remain unconvinced. Ben Aris reports.

Refining the pfandbrief

April 3, 2006

Germany’s new pfandbrief law was designed to end anomalies arising from the ending of state guarantees for Landesbanken. Many hope that it will also reinvigorate the pfandbrief market in the face of growing international competition. Michael Marray reports.

Property woes and wins

March 6, 2006

German open-ended property funds are in crisis, yet Anglo-Saxon players are doing well in the country’s real estate investment market.
Jan Wagner reports.


January 2, 2006

DZ Bank
Ulrich Brixner, Chairman of the board of managing directors

The Conservatives

December 5, 2005

When Dietrich Hoppenstedt, president of the German Sparkassen Association (DSGV), retires at the end of September 2006, many of the association’s faithful will be very sorry to see him go.

The other German Struggle

December 5, 2005

Germany’s political battles may be over but the war over reform of the country’s banking sector has only just begun. Jan Wagner reports.
While some kind of political truce has been reached in Germany, the real fight for financial reform rages on. By the standards of modern banking systems everywhere, Germany’s three-pillar system of private banks, state-owned savings banks (Sparkassen) and co-operative banks is antiquated and inefficient.

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