Executive Education


This course facilitates an in-depth exploration of current issues in European banking in the aftermath of the global financial crisis of 2007–08 and is centered around Jean Dermine’s book on bank valuation and value-based management. We will explore current challenges by analyzing the financial crisis of 2007–08, including a detailed case study on the near failure and rescue of HRE, and the ensuing tightening in bank regulation.

A general framework for bank valuation provides the background for a discussion of value-based bank management, covering topics including the drivers of bank value and a detailed examination of deposit and loan pricing. The course concludes with an introduction to risk management in banking. Starting with a short introduction to financial systems and banking, covering the financial crisis, the Euro crisis, and the emergence of regulatory reforms through the Basel Framework, each session will focus on a distinct topic to allow for a comprehensive, yet focused and digestible discussion of the subject matter from both a micro and macro perspective.

The course consists of lectures, class discussions, group assignments and case studies. Source materials will include a combination of authentic case studies, relevant chapters from the leading textbooks in the field, recent academic and industry research, publications from relevant institutions and pertinent news articles from the business press.  Prior exposure to the banking sector is helpful but not a requirement. A high level of preparedness and participation, however, is essential to ensure that the course is a rewarding experience for all participants.


Ludmila Ketterer

 +49 69 798 33512



This course is offered in the part-time Master in Finance program and may be attended on a “no credit” basis by individuals not enrolled in the program. Course participants are visitors who are not responsible for assignments and do not take an exam or earn academic credits. As the number of seats in the course is limited, we recommend to register online early.


Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

Understand the peculiarities of valuing a bank, factors shaping the banking industry (e.g., regulation), and how this bears on value-based bank management

Apply key concepts of value-based bank management like deposit and loan pricing

Understand key concepts of risk management in banking


    Bank regulation
    Fundamental bank valuation model
    Bank value drivers
    Deposit pricing
    Loan pricing
    Bank risk management


Prof. Dr. Axel Wieandt

Axel Wieandt is a senior financial services executive. Until mid-2015, he was CEO of Valovis Bank AG. Other prior full-time positions he has held include Head of Corporate Development and Corporate Investments of Deutsche Bank AG, CEO and CFO of Hypo Real Estate Holding AG, and CEO and CFO of pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG, as well as Managing Director in Investment Banking with Credit Suisse Securities. His current portfolio of activities includes advisory mandates for VC and PE funds. After graduating as a scholar of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes from WHU Otto-Beisheim School of Management and as a DAAD scholar from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, Axel began his career with McKinsey & Company in Düsseldorf and Boston, MA, and subsequently with Morgan Stanley Ltd. in London. Besides teaching in the Master in Finance program at GBS, he is Professor for Financial Intermediation at WHU Otto-Beisheim School of Management. In spring of 2016, Axel served as adjunct professor of finance at the J.L. Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University where he taught a thought leadership seminar on "European Banking and the Financial Crisis“. Axel has published extensively in German and international peer-reviewed journals and is the author of “Unfinished Business: Putting European Banking (and Europe) Back on Track”. He is a long-time member of several advisory boards in the financial industry and also serves on the Board of Trustees of the „Europäische Stiftung Kaiserdom zu Speyer“. Axel received the ‘GBS Excellence in Teaching Award’ in the Master in Finance program in 2017.

Key Facts

Course materials

Course materials will be provided in electronic form.




Campus Westend of Goethe University Frankfurt.

Certificate of participation

A GBS certificate of participation is awarded upon completion of the course.

Course Fee*

€ 950 (fee is exempt from VAT). The fee for GBS students or alumni amounts to € 400.

*Withdrawal and fee refund
In case the course withdrawal request is received two weeks prior to the start of classes, GBS will retain a withdrawal fee of €50. In case the course withdrawal request is received less than two weeks prior to the start of classes, GBS will retain 50% of the payment made.

Course Schedule
Date Session
Fri., Jul 01, 2022 13:00-15:00, 15:30-17:30
Fri., Jul 08, 2022 13:00-15:00, 15:30-17:30
Fri., Jul 15, 2022 13:00-15:00, 15:30-17:30

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Stephan KieneDuke-Goethe Executive MBA Class of 2009


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