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The Association of German Banks is the voice of the private banks

The Association of German Banks is a leading trade association.

The Bundesverband deutscher Banken (Association of German Banks), 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. Its member banks compete keenly with one another. They include both big and small banks, banks operating worldwide and banks with a regional focus, universal banks and banks specialising in individual lines of business. For further information, see the association’s articles.

As a leading trade association, the Association of German Banks stands for a market-based economy and a strong German and European financial centre. It is committed to helping create an attractive framework for doing business in Germany.

The Association of German Banks shapes and represents the common interests of the private banks.

The Association of German Banks represents the common interests of the private banks at regional, national and international level. It identifies relevant national and international developments, particularly regulatory and legislative initiatives, and works out common positions for its members. On behalf of members, it participates in public debate and plays a part in the political opinion-forming process.

The Association of German Banks mediates between banks, policymakers, authorities, consumers and the business sector.

It conducts an intensive dialogue with all relevant national and international stakeholders.
Its work is non-partisan. Among the tasks it performs is informing the general public both about the private banks’ standpoints and on economic and social issues. By presenting practice-oriented arguments, it promotes understanding between policymakers and the business sector.

The Association of German Banks serves the private banks.

It assesses the impact of political action, particularly new regulation and legislation, on banks. It communicates the results in plain language and helps its members to translate the regulatory and legislative requirements into banking practice.