|Founded||July 1, 1970|
|Thomas Bürkle (CEO)
Peter-Jürgen Schneider (Pres. of supervisory board)
|Total assets||€ 181 billion (2015)|
Number of employees
The Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale (abbreviated NORD/LB) is a German Landesbank and one of the largest commercial banks in Germany. It is a public corporation owned by the federal states of Lower Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt with its head office in Hanover and branches in Braunschweig and Magdeburg.
NORD/LB was established in 1765 as Braunschweigische Staatsbank. The main areas of specialization of NORD/LB are investment banking, agricultural and real estate banking, corporate finance, ship and aircraft financing and private banking. NordLB maintains branch offices in all major financial and trading centers, including London, Singapore and New York City. Today, NORD/LB is Germany's largest bank for national and international bond issues.
Before the financial crisis of 2007–2008, NORD/LB, like many German banks, pushed into lending to companies transporting the world's burgeoning trade in goods and raw materials, propelling Germany to the top spot in ship lending worldwide. By 2016, however, the bank saw a record loss of 1.96 billion euros ($2.1 billion), caused by 2.94 billion euros in provisions for bad shipping loans. As a result, it took full control of its loss-making Bremer Landesbank (BLB) unit, which suffered particularly from a weak shipping market that was chipping away at its capital, and sold a $1.5 billion portfolio of shipping loans to KKR Credit and a sovereign wealth fund. By late 2016, NORD/LB still had about 8 billion euros in non-performing shipping loans in its books.
In recent years, NORD/LB has developed a range of partners to bundle loan portfolios and place them with investors, working with insurers Talanx and ERGO Group, Bankhaus Lampe and Bavarian pension fund Bayerische Versorgungskammer (BVK). Its lending business runs on a joint IT platform with BayernLB.
In 1985 NORD/LB started to build up an art collection with the aim of representing post-1945 modern art in an international context. The collection today comprises about 3,000 artworks, still with an emphasis on postwar art, including Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter, Sol LeWitt, Jeff Koons, Jannis Kounellis and Jörg Immendorff, among others. Employees can use the works to decorate the buildings, and they are displayed within the bank's own exhibition program. In 1999 it was able to open the exhibition space of its own.
In 2009, NORD/LB returned Franz Marc's Cat Behind a Tree (1910), a painting the bank had bought in 1983, to the descendant of a Jewish shoe-manufacturing family persecuted by the Nazis; the bank had loaned the painting long-term to the Sprengel Museum in Hanover. In 2012, the bank sold its Jeff Koons sculpture, Tulips (1995-2004), from the “Celebration” series. The bank will use the proceeds to set up a foundation to promote contemporary art and cultural projects in northern Germany.
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- Thomas Atkins (May 28, 2015), NordLB sees Q1 profit jump as shipping, hedges perform Reuters.
- Alexander Hübner (April 6, 2017), NordLB sufficiently capitalised to swallow record 2016 loss -CEO Reuters.
- Maria Sheahan (September 1, 2016), NordLB to take full control of Bremer Landesbank unit Reuters.
- Maria Sheahan (August 22, 2016), NordLB to sell $1.5 bln worth of shipping loans to KKR, fund Reuters.
- Nicholas Brautlecht (November 28, 2016), HSH Said to Confirm Outlook as Talks With Potential Buyers Start Bloomberg News.
- Andreas Kröner (March 22, 2015), German landesbanks relieve merger pressure through cooperation Reuters.
- Catherine Hickley (March 23, 2009), NordLB Returns Franz Marc’s Cat Painting to Jewish Family Heir Bloomberg.
- Julia Michalska (October 9, 2012), German bank to sell Koons's Tulips The Art Newspaper.
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