The Bundesverband deutscher Banken (Association of German Banks), the voice of the private commercial banks in Germany, was founded in Cologne in 1951. Its forerunner was the Centralverband des deutschen Bank- und Bankiergewerbes, which existed from 1901 to 1945. In March 1999, the association moved from Cologne to Berlin. It represents more than 200 private commercial banks and eleven regional member associations. For further information, see the association’s articles.