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The Landesbanken in Germany are a group of state-owned banks of a type unique to Germany. They are regionally organised and their business is predominantly wholesale banking. They are also the head banking institution of the local and regional bases Sparkassen (= saving banks). Landesbanken and Sparkassen comprise one of the three pillars of Germany's banking system. The two other pillars are private commercial banks and cooperatives. Each has a different legal purpose, ownership structure, and governance model. Landesbanken and Sparkassen, as publicly owned entities, are charged by national and state banking laws to pursue an "öffentlichen Auftrag" or public purpose.[1]

92,5 % owned by NORD/LB
Lower Saxony, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Saxony-Anhalt
75,1 % owned by BayernLB
  • Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen (Helaba)
Hessen and Thuringia
  • Former Landesbank of North Rhine-Westphalia was the WestLB
  • Landesbank Berlin (LBB), Berlin
owned by Landesbank Berlin Holding


  1. ^ Deeg, Richard (1999). Finance Capitalism Unveiled: Banks and the German Political Economy. University of Michigan Press. 

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  • (Bilanzsummen minus 1.809.100.000.000 Euro) (Stand September 2010) (Schuldenbremse Grundgesetz)

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