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BaFin Corrects False Warning Against a Real Company and Warns Against Fake Business of a Doppelganger

Authorities, Read

Following its consumer report of December 3, 2020, the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) now makes it clear on January 18, 2021 that the activity as “asset manager” is not used by HTG Consulting GmbH, but by unknown third parties. HTG Consulting GmbH became victim of identity theft. On December 3, 2020, BaFin reported, among…

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FATF and BaFin Ratings

Authorities, Compliances, Governance, Regulations

The European Union (EU) and Financial Action Task Force (FATF) lists countries with deficits in the fight against money laundering, terrorist financing and the financing of proliferation. The lists have far-reaching implications for country ratings and especially for ratings of financial service providers. FATF publishes a consolidated table of assessment ratings. On the basis of…

No Risk-Free Deposit World in this World


Dr. Tamaz Georgadze comments in the renowned “Börsen-Zeitung” on the “Causa Greensill“ Deposit platforms such as the German “WeltSparen” and “Zinspilot” are among the most important innovations in banking: Customers get more choice and can benefit from higher interest rates from other banks. Deposit-taking banks efficiently diversify the sources of their customer liquidity, which contributes…

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Political Network Makes It Possible


Berlin network of politicians, raters and auditors. “Wirecard illusion factory only conceivable through political network”, is a quote from the Cicero, the German magazine for political culture. The members of the committee of inquiry have an unequivocal answer to this. The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) sees Finance Minister Olaf Scholz at the center of the…

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Scope’s Greensill Bank Rating Tragedy

Agencies, Authorities, Governance, Read, Regulations

The Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) filed criminal charges Against The Bank’s Board Members. The Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) in Germany received monthly reports from Greensill Bank AG (Greensill Bank) about the bank’s balance sheet data from January 2019 on. This is evident from the answer given by Parliamentary State Secretary Sarah Ryglewski on…

Collection of Contributions by The Institutional Protection Scheme of EdB

Associations, Authorities, Read

A credit institution is an undertaking which conducts at least one of the banking businesses described in detail in section 1 (1) of the German Banking Act (Kreditwesengesetz) commercially or on a scale which requires commercially organised business operations. The banking businesses include the deposit business and credit business, but also specific securities-related activities such…

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Western Countries Still Lack Systems to Fight Identity Theft

Authorities, Crime, Read, Systems

The German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) published an urgent announcement “21.12.2020 | Topic Consumer protection: Warning regarding the website ‘’”. Regardless of the warning, the website is still active: BaFin advises that the website “” does not belong to the US company OTC Markets Group Inc. “This is a case of identity theft committed…

Double-edged Strengthening of Banks’ Equity


A few days after the European Central Bank and the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin), the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB) is now recommending that distributions continue to be restrictive in view of the corona pandemic. General Board of the European Systemic Risk Board held its 40th regular meeting on December 15, 2020. According…

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Separation of Product Comparison, Brokerage and Insurance Services

Compliances, Governance, Read

Any rating company who does not limit itselve to the comparison of financial services, but also insures the customer against risks, must obtain approval for this. There is no free market for financial services in Germany. The Federal Financial Supervisory Authority in Germany, Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht (BaFin), ordered the CHECK24 comparison portal CHECK24 Vergleichsportal Finanzen…

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Credit Rating and Residual Debt Insurance

Read, Scores

The question of the extent to which the creditworthiness of the borrower has an impact on the take out of a residual debt insurance is repeatedly the subject of discussions, i.e. whether consumers with lower creditworthiness are sold residual debt insurance more often than consumers with better creditworthiness. The German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (bundesanstalt…

How the Authority Determines Whether a Board Member Has Sufficient Time

Certifications, Read, Registrations, Regulations

Within the scope of the Banking Act, the notification of intent to appoint a management board member must include the material facts for an assessment of whether sufficient time is available for the performance of the related duties. Board members are required to provide detailed information on how they spend their time. It is at…

Management Board Members Must Submit a Certificate of Good Conduct for Official Purposes

Certifications, Read, Registrations, Regulations

Depending on their nationality and place of residence, management board members must submit the original copy of a “certificate of good conduct for presentation to a German authority (certificate of good conduct for official purposes)” (document type “O”) issued by the Federal Office of Justice (Bundesamt für Justiz – BfJ). This document is issued in…

Data for Bank Management Board Member’s Reputation Rating

Certifications, Criteria, Read, Registrations, Regulations

The German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht – BaFin) provides some insights into what kind of data is used to establish a bank management board member’s reputation rating in its Guidance Notice on management board members. This is pursuant to the German Banking Act (Kreditwesengesetz – KWG), the German Payment Services Supervision Act…

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Professional and Personal Requirements for Persons Appointed as Management Board Members

Certifications, Compliances, Read, Registrations, Regulations

The Federal Financial Supervisory Authority of Germany (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht – BaFin) provided a Guidance Notice on management board members pursuant to the German Banking Act (Kreditwesengesetz – KWG), the German Payment Services Supervision Act (Zahlungsdiensteaufsichtsgesetz – ZAG) and the German Capital Investment Code (Kapitalanlagegesetzbuch – KAGB). The following introduces the approach how to check…