Information for owners and advisers

Who is Aareal Bank?

Perhaps you are already aware that we offer specialist products and services for property management companies and condominium administrators ‒ maybe because your property manager has told you about a partner that could be of interest ‒ and you would now like to learn more about what kind of institution Aareal Bank actually is?

Well, hopefully the questions and answers below are exactly the right ones to provide you with an initial insight and give you a sense of who we are.

Aareal Bank Group, headquartered in Wiesbaden, is a leading international property specialist.

Aareal Bank AG, whose shares are included in Deutsche Börse’s MDAX index, is the parent company of the Group.

As a financing partner and service provider, Aareal Bank Group supports its clients in more than 20 countries on three continents, and in addition to international property financing, Aareal Bank Group offers specialist banking services, electronic banking solutions and IT services for the property industry in its second segment, Consulting/Services.

As market leader, we look after around 3,200 companies from the housing, property and energy sectors in Germany, approximately two-thirds of which are also, or principally, active in the third-party management segment. Since our foundation as Deutsche Wohnstätten-Bank AG in 1923, we have been firmly established in the housing industry, becoming a pioneer in electronic payments in the 1960s, and later in the provision of data centre services.

Thanks to our long-term partnerships and cooperations with IT manufacturers, our clients today not only have access to traditional banking services and various investment opportunities, but also to the automatic processing of mass payments and extensive process optimisation. Due to the high degree of automation, this exclusive integration in property management systems provides users of the BK01 payment transaction procedure with a substantial competitive edge.

We have a good regional network, and are available to our clients and their customers through our contact persons in our Hamburg, Berlin, Essen, Wiesbaden, Leipzig, Stuttgart and Munich branches.

We are convinced that the housing industry is one of the most important sectors of Germany’s economy and society, so are pleased to support both the market participants in their current challenges and contribute our own ideas to finding solutions.

That’s why we are a member of the Federal Association of Real Estate Managers (BVI), a cooperation partner of the Association of German Real Estate Managers (DDIV), and also take part in a range of established property management events throughout Germany.

In the property management business, it is particularly important to use efficient solutions and processes to free up time to work on the properties and with clients. The payment transaction and electronic banking products of Aareal Bank provide exactly that: for housing companies, property managers and condominium administrators under German law. Aareal Bank has therefore specialised its products for firms whose business is managing third-party portfolios.

The integrated BK01 procedure and Aareal Account, our system-independent electronic banking package, offer many advantages for the housing industry in the form of complete workflows and convenient functionalities. When used by third-party managers, these are supplemented with specific added value.

Aareal Bank is founded on a sound business model, which proved particularly successful in the recent financial crisis. From the beginning of the crisis in 2008 until today, Aareal Bank has been profitable in every quarter, which is a rare phenomenon.

Furthermore, there are two established protection schemes that apply to deposits at Aareal Bank. The Compensation Scheme of German Banks (Entschädigungseinrichtung deutscher Banken ‒ EdB) ‒ membership of which is required by law for German banks ‒ guarantees protection for every depositor for sight, term and savings deposits up to an amount of € 100,000. Note: in the case of condominium owners’ associations, per client means that the protection ceiling applies to each owner.

Aareal Bank AG is also a member of the Deposit Protection Fund of the Association of German Banks (Einlagensicherungsfonds des Bundesverbandes deutscher Banken e.V. - BdB). This fund serves as subsequent protection for the legal Compensation scheme up to the individual protection ceiling offered by the relevant bank, which can be inquired for every participating bank at https://einlagensicherungsfonds.de. The protection ceiling corresponds to 20 % of the respective bank’s total capital per client, within the meaning of Sec. 72 of the regulation (EU) No 575/2013 (CRR), but is at least € 1 million.

Due to the increased capital requirements for banks, the protection ceilings have already been adjusted once, and two further adjustments are planned. From 1 January 2020, the protection ceiling will be reduced to 15 % of the respective bank’s total capital, and from 1 January 2025, it will fall to 8.75 %. Efforts are currently under way to improve and harmonise the protection for depositors in Europe.

If you are interested in finding out more detailed information of the scope of collateralisation acc. to the statute of the Deposit Protection Fund, amended as at 1 October 2017, we kindly ask you to refer in particular to No. 20 of our General Terms and Conditions and to Sec. 6 of the statute of the Deposit Protection Fund- You will also find them under the a.m. Internet address.

Aareal Bank is a public limited company, and 100 per cent of its shares are in free float.

Franz Wieczorek
Account Manager Immobilienverwaltungen
Aareal Bank AG
+49 611 348 3345
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