Helpful Institutions

Helpful Institutions

Besides the Points of Single Contact, there is a broad variety of institutions and websites offering support and useful information on the provision of services in Germany. You may browse through the following entities to find further assistance.

Financial Institutions

The Association of German Public Sector Banks (VÖB)
The Association of German Public Sector Banks (Bundesverband Öffentlicher Banken Deutschlands - VÖB) is a leading industry association in the German banking industry. It represents 64 member institutions including the regional banks (Landesbanken) as well as the development banks owned by the federal and state governments.

Association of German Banks (BdB)
The Association of German Banks (Bundesverband deutscher Banken - BdB) represents the interests of more than 200 private commercial banks in Germany and 11 banking associations.

German Savings Bank Association (DSGV)
The German Savings Bank Association (Deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverband - DSGV) is the umbrella organisation of the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe and its 417 savings banks, 7 Landesbanken, 10 Landesbausparkassen, 11 public insurance companies and many more financial service providers.

Association of Banking Cooperatives (BVS)
The Association of Banking Cooperatives (Bundesverband der Volksbanken and Raiffeisenbanken - BVS) represents over 16 million members and 30 million customers.

KfW Bankengruppe
KfW Bankengruppe gives impetus to economic, social and ecological development worldwide. As a promotional bank under the ownership of the Federal Republic and the Länder (federal states), it offers support to encourage sustainable improvement in economic, social, ecological living and business conditions, among others in the areas of small and medium-sized enterprise, entrepreneurialship, environmental protection, housing, infrastructure, education finance, project and export finance, and development cooperation.

State Development Banks
The development banks of the German Federal States offer additional support for local projects. More information is available on our pages on Local State Support.

Deutsche Bundesbank
The Deutsche Bundesbank is the central bank of the Federal Republic of Germany. Eurosystem monetary policy is the Bundesbank's core business area. Other core business areas include the financial and monetary system, banking supervision, cashless payments and cash operations.

Association of Foreign Banks (VAB)
The Association of Foreign Banks in Germany (Verband der Auslandsbanken in Deutschland e.V. - VAB) represents the interests of foreign banks, investment management companies, financial services institutions and representative offices in Germany.

Association of German Pfandbrief Banks (VDB)
The member institutions of the Associations of German Pfandbrief Banks (Verband Deutscher Pfandbriefbanken - VDB) number among the most important providers of capital for residential and commercial properties as for the public sector and its institutions.


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