Germany


Deutsche Bank gets go-ahead for 3,000 job cuts; invests €750m in digital projects

Deutsche Bank has got the green light from its work council to cut 3,000 full-time jobs. The cuts mainly impact retail and commercial business lines, with separate talks to be held regarding job cuts across other divisions. This development is part of Deutsche Bank’s major initiative to turn its fortunes around, announced last autumn. 9,000 […]

Commerzbank launches peer-to-peer lending platform for SMEs, Main Funders

Commerzbank says it’s the first major bank in Germany to develop this type of digital financing marketplace. Main Funders is aimed at SMEs. Main Funders enables clients of Commerzbank’s Mittelstandsbank (MSB) business division (which caters for SMEs) to present concrete investment projects to potential investors and secure financing. The financing volumes are between €200,000 and […]

Interview: Ramin Niroumand, co-founder of FinLeap

Berlin-based fintech incubator FinLeap and solarisBank have created the first global banking platform, called Solaris – a Banking-as-a-Platform (BaaP) service. What is it all about and how is it going to make its mark on the fintech industry? Devie Mohan interviews FinLeap’s co-founder, Ramin Niroumand. The solarisBank launch has been in the press quite a […]

New digital bank for SMEs gearing up for launch in Germany

Penta Bank is a new digital banking player in Germany working towards a spring 2017 launch. Penta’s initial target market will be German and French SMEs. “Our target businesses are funded start-ups and SMEs that are cashless,” says Luka Ivicev, Penta’s head of product. Penta has been in the making since February this year. Usability […]

New major IT renovation project for SAP in Germany

Germany’s largest building society, Bausparkasse Schwäbisch Hall, is modernising its core banking operations with SAP. The building society is implementing SAP’s Deposits Management and Loans Management systems. The project has been underway since late 2015. Bausparkasse Schwäbisch Hall was established in the 1930s. Today, it has 7.5 million customers in Germany and over three million […]

Germany: the sparkasse of innovation

As established banks migrate to a digital era, new entrants in the German market are threatening to seize the moment. “We see a change in society; in the way that smart phone adoption feeds back into the way we run our business,” says Andreas Vollmer, chief IT architect of Commerzbank. “It is not just about […]

SIA sets sights on German P2P mobile payments market

Italian payments company SIA is expanding its P2P service Jiffy into Germany, together with IT firm GFT Technologies. The move is part of SIA’s plan to roll out real time money transfer via mobile phone to 400 million European current account holders.

Algo tagging: where’s the logic in that?

When the requirement brought about by the German high frequency trading act to tag algorithms comes into force this month, market participants may well feel hamstrung by the complexity of the regime – and some might wonder whether this requirement goes one step too far …

Boerse Stuttgart taps Nasdaq OMX trading engine

Germany’s Boerse Stuttgart has chosen Nasdaq OMX to provide it with a new trading engine, which it says will decrease latency and increase throughput for members on the exchange. The Stuttgart exchange is focused on corporate bonds and investment funds for private investors, and has an average volume of €370 million per day. The exchange […]

DAB Bank adopts Push tools for real-time streaming to mobiles

Germany’s DAB bank has chosen a new data distribution tool called Diffusion from vendor Push Technology, which it says will help it to deliver real time data to customers. DAB Bank is an internet bank and direct broker. Founded in 1994 and based in Munich, the bank calls itself Germany’s first discount broker. The bank […]

Eurex inks FX deal with Moscow Exchange

German derivatives exchange Eurex has signed an agreement with Russia’s Moscow Exchange that will allow it to launch Euro-Russian Rouble and US Dollar/Russian Rouble FX futures in Q4 2013.

Funds managers sign with Eurex for OTC derivatives clearing

Next month, the European Commission’s EMIR regulation on the central clearing and reporting of OTC derivatives is due to take effect in Germany. Investment managers Insight Investment and OFI Asset Management have begun clearing OTC derivatives on Eurex via its new service, EurexOTC Clear.

MiFID II faces national challenges

Proposals in Germany that would affect the country’s capital market structure could create problems of regulatory arbitrage when the European Commission’s MiFID II arrives in 2015-16, according to Mark Spanbroek, general secretary at the FIA European Principal Traders Association.

French regulator raises temperature of debate in London

A heated argument that erupted between panellists at an event in London yesterday signals deep divides in Europe over the role that financial regulators should take as France and Germany introduce their own national rules.

German HFT proposals earn buy-side support

Market participants have expressed support for controversial new proposals in Germany to control high-frequency trading, including a requirement to obtain a licence or stop trading.

Singapore Exchange reaches out to Germany

The Singapore Exchange has stepped up its efforts to connect to international market participants, with a deal between itself and German derivatives exchange Eurex that will allow traders in Europe to access the Singapore market more easily.

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