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Helaba short for Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen

Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen (Helaba)
Institution incorporated under public law
Industry Finance and insurance
Founded June 1, 1953
Headquarters Frankfurt and Erfurt, Germany
Key people
Hans-Dieter Brenner, CEO of Helaba
Total assets 180 billion (2014)
Number of employees
6,300 (2014)
Website [1]

Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen (Helaba) is a commercial bank with core regions in Hesse and Thuringia, Germany. It is the group bank for savings banks, Landesbank and public sector banks located in the two federal states and their municipalities, as well as a commercial bank with orientation to wholesale customer business. Helaba is an institution incorporated under public law. With approximately 6,300 employees, the Helaba Group is one of the larger German Landesbanks. Its two head offices are in Frankfurt and Erfurt. The bank has branches in Kassel (Landeskreditkasse zu Kassel), New York, London, Paris and Dublin and is also present with representative offices in Madrid, Moscow and Shanghai. Belonging to the Helaba Group are the subsidiaries, Helaba Invest Kapitalanlagegesellschaft, Frankfurter Bankgesellschaft and the OFB Group, which is active in real estate project development.

Business fields[edit]

The business field “Wholesale customer business” comprises financial services for enterprises, banks and institutional investors. In the business field of “private customers and small and medium-sized enterprise (SMEs)”, through its S-Group Bank, Helaba provides services for the S-Group savings banks in Hesse and Thuringia. Since the acquisition of Frankfurter Sparkasse, the Helaba Group is the regional market leader in retail banking. At the same time, with 1822direkt, it has an online bank. In the framework of “public development and infrastructure business”, Helaba serves the development support programmes of the regional state of Hesse and participates in the development institutions and agencies in Hesse and Thuringia. With GWH, one of Hesse’s biggest housing corporations also belongs to the Helaba Group.

Main Tower in Frankfurt


On June 1, 1953, Hessiche Landesbank Girozentrale arose from the merger of Hessische Landesbank Darmstadt Girozentrale (founded in 1940), Nassauische Landesbank Wiesbaden (founded in 1940) and Landeskreditkasse zu Kassel (founded in 1832). In the 1970s, a financial scandal brought Hessische Landesbank into serious difficulties. On July 1, 1992, a state treaty between Hesse and Thuringia on uniting the savings banks organizations of the two federal states brought about the creation of a joint Landesbank. As a result, it was the first Landesbank to operate outside a single federal state’s boundary. In the year 2005, Helaba acquired Frankfurter Sparkasse and thereby entered further into private customer business, which it had already conducted through its Darmstadt Branch and at its Kassel location through Landeskreditkasse zu Kassel.

Legal form and owners[edit]

Helaba has legal capacity as an institution incorporated under public law. Owners and guarantors of Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen are the Sparkassen- und Giroverband Hessen-Thüringen (85%) (Savings Banks and Giro Association of Hesse-Thuringia), the Federal State of Hesse (10%) and the Free State of Thuringia (5%). The governing bodies of the bank are the Owners’ Assembly, the Supervisory Board and the Board of Managing Directors. CEO of Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen is Hans-Dieter Brenner.

Helaba’s head office in Frankfurt[edit]

The foundation stone of the Main Tower was laid in October 1996. Three years later, the bank moved into the building. With a height of 200 metres, it is the fourth-highest skyscraper in Frankfurt. Earlier, the bank was headquartered in the adjacent building, now called Garden Towers.

EU bank stress tests[edit]

In July 2011 it was reported that Helaba would pull out of the EU's bank stress tests to avoid public failure. [1]

Board of Managing Directors[edit]

Former Chairmen of the Board of Managing Directors[edit]

  • Dr. Günther Merl (2001–2008)
  • Walter Schäfer (1996–2001)
  • Dr. Hermann-Adolf Kunisch (1995–1996)
  • Dr. Karl Kauermann (1993–1995)
  • Dr. Herbert J. Kazmierzak (1985–1993)
  • Heinz Sippel (1975–1985)
  • Dr. Wilhelm Hankel (1971–1973)
  • Gustav Bothe (1971)
  • Dr. Wilhelm Conrad (1964–1971)
  • Dr. Herbert Lauffer (1953–1964)


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