Volksbank

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A Volksbank branch in Alswede (part of Volksbank Lübbecker Land eG)

There are several European banks that operate under the name "Volksbank" (German for "people's bank").

There are also 1,099 independent local Volksbanken in Germany. They are completely separate from the Austrian Association of Volksbanks. Volksbanken are also known as VB (Volk is the German word for people) or as VR (Volksbanken Raiffeisenbanken). The German association is one of the world's largest financial conglomerates and is both larger and more important than the Austrian Association of Volksbanks.

Germany - Volksbanken Raiffeisenbanken[edit]

Bundesverband der Deutschen Volksbanken und Raiffeisenbanken e. V. (BVR)
Commercial Association
Industry Finance and Insurance
Founded 1840
Headquarters Berlin, Germany[1]
Products Financial Services
US$ 371,430 million interest income (2012)[2]
US$ 93,000 million (2012)
Number of employees
159,750[3] in 13,211[4] branches (2012)
Website www.bvr.de

The "Bundesverband der Deutschen Volksbanken und Raiffeisenbanken" (Federal Association of Volksbanken and Raiffeisenbanken) is a consortium of 1,099[5] independent credit unions, which represents the banks as Germany's largest banking group in several marketing affairs and as service partner Genossenschaftliche Finanzgruppe Volksbanken Raiffeisenbanken - Cooperative Financial Group.

The Genossenschaftliche Finanzgruppe is the only banking group which survived the financial crisis of 2007-08 without any state intervention. Former subsidiaries of Volksbank, have been sold to Sberbank of Russia.

Companies of the Genossenschaftliche Finanzgruppe[edit]

  • DZ Bank - Central Bank of Germany
  • DG HYP - mortgage bank
  • Münchener Hypothekenbank - mortgage bank
  • WL BANK - Investment for banks
  • Bausparkasse Schwäbisch Hall - building society
  • R+V Versicherung - insurance services
  • Union Investment Gruppe - asset management
  • VR LEASING Gruppe - investment financing
  • easyCredit - personal loans
  • DZ PRIVATBANK - private banking, asset management
  • VR Equitypartner - equity funding
  • VR Mittelstandskapital

13 January 2013 robbery at Berliner Volksbank[edit]

On 13 January 2013 robbers stole goods from 100 private safe deposit boxes located in Steglitz, Berlin. In the official statement the police said that bank security officer noticed smoke coming from the deposit room on Monday morning (January 14). Next they found broken deposit boxes and a 30 m tunnel, the digging of which probably took a couple of weeks or even months. The tunnel (external pictures) was reportedly so well constructed that it had ceiling supports and was about 3 feet wide.[6] It connected the bank deposit and a nearby underground parking lot. Probably nobody noticed anything, because the parking lot was shielded by roulettes, and people thought that this part was under repair. There are some similarities between this robbery and the Baker Street robbery in London.[7]

Austria - Association of Volksbanks[edit]

Association of Volksbanks
Private
Industry Finance and Insurance
Founded 1850
Headquarters Vienna, Austria
Products Financial Services
Number of employees
4,400 (2015)
Website www.volksbank.at
Volksbank in Vienna.

In Austria there are 35 local Volksbanks (by end of 2015), each of them organized as a cooperative or a corporation. By 2017 they will merge to 8 regional banks and 2 specialized banks. They build an integrated system of banks (Association of Volksbanks) connected through a contract of collaboration. The central institution is VOLKSBANK WIEN AG, the biggest regional bank of the association.[8] The central service functions were transferred from Österreichische Volksbanken AG (ÖVAG) to VOLKSBANK WIEN AG in July 2015. ÖVAG itself surrendered its banking license.[9] The "remainder of ÖVAG" continues to operate as a wind-down entity under the name of immigon portfolioabbau ag. Immigon is responsible for ensuring the orderly, active and value-preserving wind-down of its assets.

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