EU Green Bond Standard und EU Taxonomie

For a future-oriented financial sector, sustainability is a key issue. As part of the measures of the action plan for financing sustainable growth and thus the European Green Deal, the EU Commission presented a proposal for a regulation for European green bonds (EU Green Bond Standard, EUGBS) on July 6, 2021.

The EUGBS joins already internationally recognized green bond standards used in practice (e.g. ICMA Green Bond Principles, Green Bond Initiative, etc.) and goes significantly beyond them with its requirements. The regulatory framework is intended to increase the transparency and uniformity of green bonds and, in particular, to prevent "greenwashing". The label "EU Green Bond" therefore refers to the EU taxonomy for sustainable economic activities. This is intended to make it easier for issuers to demonstrate that the green projects financed by the bond comply with the EU taxonomy. For investors, this should make it easier to assess the sustainability of their investment and thus reduce search costs.

The video will provide (1) an overview of green bonds, (2) an insight into the EU Commission's proposed regulation, and (3) an introduction to underlying principles of the EU taxonomy.


  • Ann-Ulrike Henning, Association of German Banks
  • René Lorenz, Association of German Banks

The event is aimed at employees from sales as well as the capital markets, sustainability and legal departments.

You can order the approximately 1 1/2-hours video here at a price of 99,- Euro plus VAT. Alternatively, please send us an email to

Nachhaltige Produkte im Wertpapiervertrieb

Following the introduction of MiFID II at the beginning of 2018, the securities business is once again facing an immense regulatory challenge: The Sustainable Finance Action Plan of the European Commission provides for numerous measures that require a fundamental adjustment of existing processes in securities distribution. Since March 10, 2021, the Disclosure Regulation, according to which company and product-related sustainability information must be disclosed, has already been applied. This will be followed in the summer of 2022 by the amendments to MiFID II, which provide for the query and consideration of clients' sustainability preferences in investment advice and asset management and a reclassification of sustainable financial instruments.

Although numerous but important regulatory details are still open, institutions already have to deal intensively with internal implementation.

In addition to the European requirements, however, there are also various national plans that may lead to additional requirements for securities sales.

In the video, the banking association will therefore (I) provide an overview of the current status of European sustainable finance regulation (MiFID II, SFDR, taxonomy), (II) discuss the central changes of the MiFID II regime and (III) how these can be implemented technically.

The speakers from the Association of German Banks are:

  • Nikolai Lenarz, Head of Retail Banking and Consumer Protection
  • Alissa Wiemann, Team Retail Banking and Consumer Protection

The event is primarily aimed at product managers, sales staff, representatives of legal departments and WpHG compliance.

You can order the approximately 2 1/2-hours video here at a price of 179,- Euro plus VAT. Alternatively, please send us an email to

Nach der Bundestagswahl - Was kommt auf die deutschen Banken zu?

Germany has voted. Whichever government constellation now comes into being, the last 18 months have clearly shown the challenges facing the new federal government:

  • How will it succeed in achieving a lasting economic recovery?
  • How can Germany catch up in terms of digitization?
  • What are the future prospects for Europe?
  • What framework conditions can be expected for the transformation to a sustainable economy?
  • How will banks be regulated?
  • What tax policy can be expected?
  • How will retirement provision be reformed?

Free video of the event in cooperation with the banking association and zeb, one of the leading management consultancies for financial services in Europe, in which the election result is analysed and a possible agenda for the next months is outlined. The most important issues from a banking perspective and the lines of compromise of the possible coalition partners will be discussed.

The speakers are Markus Becker-Melching, Chief Operation Officer of the banking association, and Heinz-Gerd Stickling, Partner at zeb. 

You can order the approximately 60-minutes video here. Alternatively, please send us an email to

Business Continuity Management

BCM prepares companies for risks that threaten the company and safeguards the continuation of essential processes. The Corona crisis makes it clear that emergencies do not only occur in theory, but can find their way into social reality at breakneck speed.

In the video, in addition to a BCM retrospective on the year 2020 and a brief look at the planned MaRisk and BAIT amendments, we will focus on the topic of "Integration of Management Systems" with a BCM focus and discuss the special features and added values, but also the problems, if any.

Focus topics of the video are:

  • Corona-retrospective ("2020/21")
  • MaRisk 6.0 and BAIT amendments - What will change with regard to BCM?
  • Management systems integration
    • ISO High Level Structure (HLS)
    • Focus ISO 22301
    • Requirements, added values and problems

The speaker will be Uwe Naujoks, Partner and Head of Risk Management at WG-Data GmbH in Berlin.

You can order the approximately 180-minutes video here at a price of 259,- Euro plus VAT. Alternatively, please send us an email to 

Aktueller Sachstand zur 6. MaRisk Novelle

The 6th amendment to MaRisk is casting its shadow. There will be significant changes to the management of non-performing and deferred risk positions as well as to the requirements for outsourcing.

Together with PwC, the banking association addresses the current state of affairs regarding the 6th MaRisk amendment and addresses the following topics:

  1. Development over time - The MaRisk amendment
  2. Requirements for the management of non-performing and deferred risk positions
  3. Requirements for outsourcing management
  4. Further innovations
  5. Questions and discussion

The speakers will be Matthias Eisert, Partner PricewaterhouseCoopers, Dieter Lienland, Senior Manager PricewaterhouseCoopers and Frank Mehlhorn, Director at the Association of German Banks.

You can order the approximately 90-minutes video here at a price of 159,- Euro plus VAT. Alternatively, please send us an email to 

Zahlungsverkehr in der Bankpraxis

The video of our online workshop covers current and upcoming payment traffic issues. 

New technologies, innovative fintechs and sophisticated payment projects pose major challenges to market participants. Among others, the following questions will be addressed:

  • What significance do the changes have for the processing of payment transactions and for the banks' product portfolio?
  • What requirements for settlement processes and clearing and settlement must we expect in the future?
  • What will future payments in Europe and outside the euro area look like and what other changes will the payments market see?

The speaker will be Gerd Pöhl, GWPÖHL SEMINARE.

You can order the approximately 4-hour video here at a price of 450,- Euro plus VAT. Alternatively, please send us an email to 

Hinter den Kulissen der neuen BAIT - Neue Anforderungen und prüfungsrelevanter Handlungsbedarf bei Banken

The Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) is expected to publish a new version of BAIT at the beginning of 2021. In the meantime, the expected contents have been clarified as far as possible. In revising BAIT, BaFin has also significantly incorporated the insights gained from the institutions' auditing practice, thus concretising its expectations regarding the design of procedures and processes in the subject areas covered by BAIT. Experience with BAIT audits already carried out shows that the solutions developed in the institutes on the basis of the "old" BAIT often do not meet the expectations of the (external) auditors, which leads to findings that are sometimes serious.

Since the new additional requirements and the concretisation and detailing of the existing requirements are becoming highly relevant to the audit, an internal view of the requirements and their implementation requirements that is aligned with supervisory expectations is indispensable to avoid findings.

The video is designed to help participants gain an initial understanding of the expected changes and their intended direction and scope. As the textual innovations and amended or extended passages are of a purely quantitative "manageable" scope, the first impression may arise that this also applies to the "qualitative" scope of the expected changes. However, this is not the case and the requirements, some of which are very far-reaching in terms of content, have so far partly been presented as individual word additions or inserted half-sentences.

The analysis of the main changes during the event therefore also incorporates findings from BAIT examinations that have already been carried out, which are put into context with the new requirements.

The speaker is Christian Moerler, managing director of Severn Consultancy GmbH, Frankfurt. He has 20 years of management experience in the international financial market and is responsible for numerous projects critical to success in the implementation of regulatory requirements in leading financial companies. He regularly accompanies the preparation and implementation of §44 special audits and annual audits as well as the implementation of projects to restore regulatory compliance after audits have been carried out.

The target group of the video are managing directors as well as department heads of the specialist areas of information technology, information security management, compliance, information risk management, auditing and outsourcing management of BdB member institutions and other credit institutions "typically" affected by BAIT topics.

You can order the approximately 3-hour video here at a price of 450,- Euro plus VAT. Alternatively, please send us an email to