One of Europe’s leading Financial Centres

There are many advantages of the location Frankfurt. Find out why it is a top financial centre in Europe and the world. Frankfurt is home to more than 200 banks, of which 196 are foreign banks and their representative offices. Moreover the Rhine-Main Region is one of the most powerful economic region in Europe and home to many regulatory authorities. Furthermore, the Rhine-Main Region is one of Europe’s strongest economic regions and home to top-class universities and research institutions.

Advantages of the Location Frankfurt

Economic Power and Innovative Strength

The commercial potential for both domestic and foreign participants is based on the high concentration of successful, future-oriented companies from many industries, which make the region of Rhine-Main a thriving economic area. Companies in Frankfurt have access to financial markets through Deutsche Börse Group, which ranks as a global player among the largest stock exchanges in the world. As the leader in technology and innovation, it possesses the most stable, most efficient and most economical clearing and settlement systems in Europe. In Frankfurt, companies profit from a unique, completely integrated and international commercial network.

Frankfurt Rhine-Main Knowledge Region

The Frankfurt Rhine-Main academic region also bears witness to an export hit. The universities of Frankfurt possess an excellent international level of education and research. In the Rhine-Main region, an academic network of finance has developed that is probably the most consolidated in the world. Companies appreciate the large number of well-trained employees. The practice orientation of university education in Frankfurt and the Rhine-Main Region is based on a close and permanent exchange between industry and academia.

Here’s an overview over Frankfurt Rhine-Mains Top-Universities:

Excellence in Finance for tomorrow’s Markets

The House of Finance combines several interdisciplinary research and education activities in the area of finance at Goethe University Frankfurt. It is an open meeting place and cooperation forum for academia, politics, and practitioners from industry and regulation. The House of Finance aims at becoming a leading European center for financial research and education.

The House of Finance houses seven research and education institutions that belong to or are affiliated with Goethe University. Since the beginning of 2013, the Research Center „Sustainable Architecture for Finance in Europe“ (SAFE), a cooperation of the Center for Financial Studies and Goethe University and funded by the State of Hessen’s “LOEWE” excellence initiative, has also been based in the House of Finance.

Altogether, 170 scholars conduct research and offer courses at the House of Finance, among them 30 professors, – one of the largest research groups on financial and monetary issues in Europe. Researchers come from the areas business administration, especially finance, economics, especially money and macroeconomics, and law, especially corporate and financial law.

The House of Finance opened its doors in May 2008 as part of the newly build university campus Westend. It offers attractive premises and an up-to-date technical equipment.


House of Finance
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Campus Westend
Grüneburgplatz 1
60323 Frankfurt am Main

Tel.: +49 (0) 69 798-34 000
Fax: +49 (0) 69 798-33 910

In January 2013, the Center for Financial Studies and Goethe University Frankfurt launched their new Research Center “Sustainable Architecture for Finance in Europe“ (SAFE). The new LOEWE center will be dedicated to top-level scientific research and research-based policy advice. The Center, which is based in the House of Finance, receives EUR 13 million in funding over the first three years of a projected six-year period by the State of Hessen’s “LOEWE” (Landes-Offensive zur Entwicklung wissenschaftlich-ökonomischer Exzellenz) excellence initiative.

SAFE will investigate the requirements for an optimal regulatory framework for financial markets and their players. Fully functional financial markets are indispensable for a flourishing economy, growth and prosperity. However, as recent years have shown, financial market turbulence can involve tremendous risks for the economy, society and governments. “Therefore, we need a framework that is flexible enough to allow for innovation and competition, but, at the same time, is as rigid as necessary to ensure stability”, said Jan Pieter Krahnen, Co-Director of the CFS and Scientific Coordinator of the new center.

In order to meet the political and economic challenges hindering a sustainable financial environment in Europe and the rest of the world, the Center follows an interdisciplinary approach. About 50 professors and just as many junior researchers working in the areas of finance, micro- and macroeconomics, financial mathematics, marketing and law are collaborating with each other. Eleven of these professorships and – only in the initial phase – more than 20 doctoral and post-doc positions are created by SAFE funds.

SAFE employs a comprehensive approach for five key research areas: financial institutions, corporate governance, household finance, financial markets, and macro finance. In addition to traditional methods, it enters uncharted territory by setting up so-called “Research Labs”. These labs will result in genuine added value by cutting across traditional lines of research. They will be a key motivator for overcoming the boundaries that normally confine finance and economics-related research. In a first phase, research labs on systemic risk and transparency have been implemented. Such an interdisciplinary set up with cooperation among different faculties is ideally suited to overcoming the limitations posed by the fragmentation of individual disciplines.

The Center does not only conduct research and train young professionals, but also reaches out to the wider community by creating a platform for interaction between academics and policy makers. In a continuing dialogue with Berlin, Brussels and Wiesbaden, SAFE provides independent, research-based policy advice to policy makers and supervisors alike. It has a strong European orientation, while contributing to an alignment with similar initiatives across the Atlantic. SAFE aims to introduce new concepts for the sharing of knowledge; giving students, policy makers and financial practitioners the opportunity to acquire first-hand information on specific subjects, often those of a technical nature.

In order to achieve cutting-edge research and policy results, the Center will not only acquire relevant data but combine and collect new, unique data sets, for example, ones on the changing behavior of banks, households, firms, and policy institutions that focus on the differences between optimal and actual behavior, as well as the related potential costs and solutions.

Located in Goethe University’s House of Finance, the Center builds upon existing relations, events or networks.

An attractive location. A unique approach.

Goethe Business School (GBS) offers executives and young professionals an exclusive platform for a broad portfolio of education and training programs at Goethe University – at the heart of Europe’s financial center Frankfurt am Main. Founded in 2004, GBS is closely connected to the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.

The GBS learning approach is truly unique and offers a custom-tailored type of education based on the combination of insights of leading academics, practical content as well as relevant soft skills. The attractive study facilities of the House of Finance at one of the most modern university campuses in Europe enables participants to further enhance their professional and personal skills. All programs are taught by renowned academics with practical experience in collaboration with a continuously growing network of partners offering a wide range of competencies in different areas of expertise.

GBS part-time master programs offer young professionals the possibility to further enhance their professional as well as personal development in a goal-oriented way, thereby implementing the acquired knowledge in their professional practical environment. Through an interdisciplinary approach and the possibility to incorporate an individual focus, students succeed in achieving an academically founded as well as practice-oriented advanced education.

Within the framework of open courses and training programs, which can be booked individually but also as a separate program, every professional who is interested in this particular academic area (with or without student status) has the chance to gain new academic knowledge or refresh existing knowledge on the subject.

Customized programs are the focus of work within the GBS Executive Education department. The realization of the customized program takes place in close collaboration with the corporate client and is based on the foundation of agreed learning objectives in the identified areas of competencies. The China Executive Education Center (CEEC) has a specific geographical focus, and has successfully offered senior managers from the Chinese financial sector interdisciplinary educational training programs on management themes for many years, allowing Chinese and European financial leaders to connect and build a network.


Goethe Business School
House of Finance
Grüneburgplatz 1
60323 Frankfurt am Main

Tel.: +49 (0) 69 798-33 500
Fax: +49 (0) 69 798-33 530

The Frankfurt School of Finance & Management is a research-based business school situated in the financial centre of Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The foundation university is exclusively financed through tuition fees, consulting fees as well as foundation funds.

The portfolio includes continous development and academic courses, Executive Education, open seminars and training courses, as well as tailor-made educational and consulting measures for companies.

At nearly 100 locations in Germany, the Frankfurt School offers professional education courses for bank clerks (Bankfachwirt, Bankbetriebswirt, Management studies) that are pursued in parallel with full-time employment. The professional programmes have more than 100,000 graduates.
The Frankfurt School is an academic university with the right to confer doctoral degrees. On the Frankfurt campus, about 1,500 students study in the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. programmes. All programmes are state-recognised and accredited.

In the Bachelor programmes, a semester abroad is mandatory, English is the language of instruction in all Master programmes and some of the Bachelor programmes. Practice integration is an essential part of all study programmes. In parallel to their studies, students are employed, complete a professional training respectively internship. Foreign language training and a semester abroad form part of all study programmes.

While completing their internship abroad, student gain insights into the professional world of the host country. The Frankfurt School offers quality of service and care through small study groups, easily accessible and competent lectureres as well as a state-of-the-art infrastructure. The library and the computer rooms are open every day around the clock. The Career Services team supports students and graduates in creating job applications. At the same time, businesses which have vacancies approach the Frankfurt School’s Career Services.

The Frankfurt School has a network of approximately 100 partner universities on all continents, where students can spend their semester abroad. In addition, the Frankfurt School has offices and representatives in Shanghai, Kinshasa, Nairobi, Pune, Beijing, Sao Paulo, Istanbul and Duschanbe.

The Frankfurt School’s faculty consists of 50 professors. In their research activities they address current financial and management issues. They are organised in five departments: Finance, Economics, Management, Accounting, Legal Studies & Ethics.

With certificate programmes, Executive Education, seminars, coaching and training sessions the Frankfurt School offers specialised professional education programmes. In addition, Frankfurt School offers generalistic managment programmes on issues of leadership and strategy as well as on personal development. All programmes are offered as open seminars as well as tailor-made inhouse measures for companies and organisations.

The Frankfurt School International Advisory department consists of experts who manage consulting and training projects on development finance in developing countries all over the world. Essential project topics are microfinance, renewable energy finance, rural finance and housing finance. The Frankfurt School – UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance forms also part of International Advisory Services.

The Frankfurt School’s affiliate company ConCap (Connective Capital GmbH) specialises in fund management and advisory within development finance. The Frankfurt School’s publishing house, Frankfurt School Verlag, and efiport, a specialist business for e-learning are further affiliate companies of the Frankfurt School.


Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
Sonnemannstrasse 9-11
60314 Frankfurt am Main

Tel.: +49 (0) 69 154 008 0
Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

WHU is a private, state-accredited business school based in Vallendar and Düsseldorf. Founded in 1984, WHU is now one of the most renowned German business schools with an exceptional national and international reputation. WHU stands for „Excellence in Management Education“ and pursues this goal in three core areas: Academic Programs, Research, and Executive Education & Corporate Connections.

Quality, internationalization, and practical relevance are our principal guidelines in all areas. National and international ranking results prove the high quality. Furthermore, our business school has more than 197 partner schools worldwide and an outstanding corporate network.

WHU is regularly certified by EFMD (EQUIS), FIBAA and AACSB and was awarded the FIBAA System Accreditation in April 2012, which guarantees the excellent standard of research and academic programs as well as a high degree of internationalization.

Currently there are 38 professors, 11 assistant professors and 11 centers which are combined in so-called “Groups.”

The Finance & Accounting Group comprises the following academic members:

  • Behavioral Finance – Prof. Dr. Mei Wang
  • Corporate Finance – Prof. Dr. Burcin Yurtoglu
  • Empirical Corporate Finance – Prof. Dr. Christian Andres
  • Empirical Capital Market Research – Prof. Dr. Lutz Johanning
  • Finance – Prof. Dr. Markus Rudolf
  • Financial Accouting – Prof. Dr. Garen Markarian
  • Mergers and Aquisistions – Prof. Dr. Nihat Aktas
  • International Accounting – Prof. Dr. Martin Glaum
  • Taxation – Prof. Dr. Martin Jacob


  • Junior Professor for Financial Reporting – Jun.-Prof. Dr. Maximilian André Müller
  • Junior Professor for Asset and Wealth Management – Jun.-Prof. Dr. Julia Kapraun

Prof. Dr. Markus Rudolf is head of the Center of Asset and Wealth Management.

Professor Dr. Paul Achleitner (member of the management board of Allianz SE), Professor Dr. Axel Wieandt (managing director, investment banking Credit Suisse) and und Prof. Dr. Edgar Löv (partner of the Ernst & Young GmbH) are honorary professors.


WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management
Burgplatz 2
56179 Vallendar

Tel.: +49 261 6509-0
Fax: +49 261 6509-509
WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management

The Mainz School of Management and Economics (MSME) is part of the Faculty of Law and Economics at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. With 22 tenured professors and one junior professor, it is among the largest institutes of Johannes Gutenberg University. More than 2,700 students are enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Management and Economics, the B.Sc. in Mangement and Economics Education, and the Diploma in Business Administration, Economics, and Management and the Diploma in Economics Education programs. Another 1,000 students choose business administration or economics as minor subject.

The MSME covers a broad spectrum of topics both in research and teaching, with a strong focus on methodological skills, such as empirical tools. The School closely cooperates with the Mainz Law School, which is part of the same Faculty. The MSME is a founding member of the Graduate School of Economics, Finance, and Management.


Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Haus Recht und Wirtschaft I

Jakob-Welder-Weg 9
55128 Mainz
3.Stock Zimmer 03.114

Tel.: +49 (0) 6131 39-22223
Tel.: +49 (0) 6131 39-22225


Frankfurt Institute for Risk Management and Regulation

The Frankfurt Institute for Risk Management and Regulation (FIRM) is affiliated to the Society for Risk Management and Regulation in which renowned banks as well as service providers, associations and the state of Hesse are involved. Based at both Frankfurt universities, FIRM promotes research and teaching in the fields of risk management and regulation – the Goethe University‘s House of Finance is responsible for guiding research; the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management is responsible for teaching. Two high-ranking representatives of the two universities, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang König from Goethe University‘s House of Finance and Prof. Dr. Udo Steffens from the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, have assumed the leadership of the institute as presidents. In 2009, the Institute approved support for the first research projects; teaching began in summer semester 2010 with a part-time Masters Programme in Risk Management & Regulation.

One of the direct lessons of the financial crisis is that there are needs for action in the area of risk management for every bank. An overview of the teachings and research on this topic make clear the need for a consolidation in Germany. As a whole, there is a broad, but rather fragmentary, service in bank-specific risk management. For this reason, as an academic centre, the Frankfurt Institute for Risk Management and Regulation is pursuing a clear objective:

  • in teaching – training and continuing education of risk managers
  • in research – practice-oriented research on topics of risk management and the regulation

Cross-university structure

The Frankfurt financial centre stands for excellent and practice-oriented research and teachings in the field of economics and finance, as impressively demonstrated by the research institutions that have located here, such as the House of Finance of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University and the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. For the first time, FIRM is now uniting the expertise and networks of both universities into one platform. With a split headquarters at both the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University and the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, FIRM has a cross-university presence.

Within the institute, both universities cooperate in organising their research and teachings. As presidents, two high-ranking representatives of the two universities (Professor Wolfgang König of the House of Finance of the Goethe University and Professor Steffens of the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management) have assumed the leadership of the institute. The structures of the institute are explicitly directed at an integration of both further research and training institutions and representatives of the financial system.

Training of future top managers in risk management

The Executive Masters Programme in Risk Management & Regulation comprises 60 ECTS credits during studies lasting 18 months. A first academic degree is one of the admission requirements for this course which was launched during summer semester 2010 at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.
Any job in the field of risk & regulation requires related professional experience in the financial sector as a result of which the Executive Master is primarily geared towards employees working in banks, other financial institutions and supervisory bodies who have already gained practical experience in this field. The format of the Master requires at least two years of professional experience prior to admission with the option of completing the Master while pursuing a regular job.

In Juli 2011 the “Masters in Risk Management and Regulation” has received the official accreditation by the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditiation (FIBAA) and is now recognized by German standards as “Master of Science” (MSc). “A further confirmation of our work,” said Prof. Dr. Udo Steffens, President of the FIRM and the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management which is entrusted with the implementation.


Gesellschaft für
Risikomanagement und Regulierung e. V.

Main Triangel
Zum Laurenburger Hof 76
60594 Frankfurt/Main

Tel.: +49 (0) 69 · 94 41 80 97
Fax: +49 (0) 69 · 94 41 80 19

The Center for Financial Studies (CFS), based in the House of Finance, is an independent research institute affiliated to the Goethe University Frankfurt. It was founded in 1967 and known until 1996 as Institut für Kapitalmarktforschung. CFS conducts applied research in the areas of financial markets, financial intermediaries and monetary and macroeconomics. It serves as a forum for dialogue between academia, policymaking institutions and the financial community and offers specialized executive training. CFS also aims to offer a platform for discussion for certain topical issues, in order to encourage the academic debate in Frankfurt.


Its spectrum of activities currently spans five research areas, each of which is under the leadership of a program director. CFS academic staff collaborates on the ensuing research projects with renowned researchers (fellows) from different countries. Research findings are presented at international conferences and/or published in international academic journals or practice-oriented outlets with a wide reach in the financial community. In addition, within the framework of the individual programs, workshops and research conferences are held to discuss prevailing issues.


CFS promotes the dialogue between academia and the financial community by regularly organizing conferences, colloquia, academic forum discussions and specialist presentations on finance-related issues. CFS also cooperates with other financial research institutions and is an active participant in international research networks. CFS aims to be an active partner of policymaking institutions and the financial community in promoting the application of research findings in policy and industry practice.

CFS Financial Center Index

The CFS Financial Center Index is based on a quarterly administered management survey among Germany’s financial industry. The Index consists of qualitative input regarding four key business indicators – business volumes, earnings situation, employee numbers and investments – for the previous and current quarter. The index aggregates the judgements and expectations of key persons of Germany’s financial centers. Additionally, there are special questions that are dedicated to current topics in economics and politics.

The sponsoring body of CFS is the Gesellschaft für Kapitalmarktforschung e.V., which counts amongst its members more than 80 banks, insurances, consulting firms and commercial enterprises. CFS is headed by its President Otmar Issing. The management team of CFS consists of three Managing Directors: Michael Haliassos, Jan Pieter Krahnen, and Uwe Walz. The institute’s sponsoring association is chaired by Rolf E. Breuer.


Center for Financial Studies
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
House of Finance
Grüneburgplatz 1
D-60323 Frankfurt

Tel. +49 (0) 69 798-30050
Fax: +49 (0) 69 798-30077


Centre of European Monetary Policy and Regulation

As the headquarters of the European Central Bank and the German Federal Bank, Frankfurt is of international importance for monetary and currency policy. Thus, the financial centre forms not only the geographical heart of the European financial sector – here, the financial stability for all of Europe arises. As is the case for foreign banks, this proximity to the Central Bank is a crucial criterion for locating. The stability of Frankfurt is also displayed in periods of financial crisis, in which the financial centre has been able to prove relative strength compared to other financial centres. As a direct result of this crisis, a stronger focusing of the banks on their core business – private and corporate customer business – is to be expected. The German banks at the financial centre have been positioned well in this area for all times. Moreover, as the headquarters of the “Committee of European Insurance and Occupational Pension Supervisors” (CEIOPS), Frankfurt is also the stability centre of the European insurance industry.

These are the regulatory authorities based in Frankfurt:

  • European Centralbank (ECB)
  • Deutsche Bundesbank
  • European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB)
  • Global Legal Entity Indentifier Foundation (GLEIF)
  • Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht (BaFin)
  • Bundesanstalt für Finanzmarktstabilisierung (FMSA)
  • European Insurance and Occupational Pension Authority (EIOPA)