Cleaning up their act

In 2000, the future of the German Landesbanks was in doubt. Luis Maglanoc, senior credit analyst and head of high-grade research at HVB Corporates & Markets in Munich, reviews their development over the past five years

The start of the twenty-first century was tough for German Landesbanks. The pressure had started in 1992 when the German private banks filed a formal protest about WestLB receiving a capital boost in the form of an injection of state property assets. The European Commission (EC) converted the case into a competition case in 1994. The issue of state guarantees was later included in the case.

The struggle came to a head with the bursting of the stock market bubble in March 2000. Exposing the

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