DZ Bank

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DZ Bank AG
Private. Aktiengesellschaft
Area served
Key people
Henning Deneke-Jöhrens (Chairman)
Uwe Fröhlich and Cornelius Riese (CEO)
ProductsBanking services
Decrease1.46 billion (2020)
Decrease0.98 billion (2020)
Total assetsIncrease596 billion (2020)
Number of employees
31,410 (2020)

DZ Bank AG is the second largest bank in Germany by asset size[1] and the central institution for around 800 cooperative banks and their around 8,500 branch offices. Within the Volksbanken Raiffeisenbanken Cooperative financial network, which is one of Germany's largest private sector financial service organizations, DZ Bank functions both as a central institution and as a corporate and investment bank.

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DZ Bank is an acronym for Deutsche Zentral-Genossenschaftsbank (literally "German Central Cooperative Bank").

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As a holding, the DZ Bank Group defines itself primarily as a service provider for local cooperative banks and their 30 million or so clients. The DZ Bank Group includes: DVB Bank, a transportation finance bank; Bausparkasse Schwäbisch Hall, a building society; DZ HYP, a provider of commercial real estate finance; DZ Privatbank Gruppe; R+V Versicherung, an insurance company; TeamBank, a provider of consumer finance; Union Investment Group, an asset management company; VR Leasing; and various other specialized institutions.

DZ Bank, headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany, is a member of CIBP, EACB, the Euro Banking Association, and Unico. It maintains branches, subsidiaries and representative offices in key financial centers and economic regions worldwide. The DZ Bank building in Berlin, located at Pariser Platz 3, was designed by architect Frank Gehry.

DZ Bank also has one of the most significant collections of contemporary artistic photography which today comprises over 6,000 works by more than 550 artists.

In 2016 DZ Bank was merged with WGZ Bank, the central institute of the cooperative banks of both the Rheinland (Rhineland) and Westfalen (Westphalia).[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Germany's DZ Bank appoints new co-CEOs as of 2019". Reuters. 4 July 2017. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  2. "DZ BANK's AGM: shareholders vote in favor of merger with WGZ BANK". DZ Bank. 22 June 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2016.