Executive Education


This course studies key concepts and issues in bank management. As a motivation, it highlights current challenges by analyzing the subprime financial crisis (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 then provides the background against which value-based bank management is discussed. Topics covered include 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.


Ludmila Ketterer

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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:

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 of Hypo Real Estate Holding AG, and CEO of pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG, as well as Managing Director in Investment Banking with Credit Suisse Securities.
After graduating as a scholar of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes from WHU  Otto-Beisheim School of Management (Diploma and Doctorate, both summa cum laude) and as a DAAD scholar from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University  (Master of Management with honors) Axel Wieandt began his career with McKinsey & Company in Düsseldorf and Boston, MA, and subsequently with Morgan Stanley Ltd. in London.
He is currently Professor for Financial Intermediation (Bachelor Program) and Bank Management (Master of Finance) at WHU and lecturer for Bank Management (Part -Time Master in Finance) at Goethe Business School, Goethe University. In the spring of 2016 Axel Wieandt served as adjunct professor of finance at the J.L. Kellogg School of Management where he taught a thought leadership seminar on "European Banking and the Financial Crisis“.

He is member of the advisory boards of auxmoney GmbH in Düsseldorf, the leading European consumer lending market place, and of Aquila Capital Group, an independent alternative asset manager based in Hamburg; he is also member of the advisory board of Debitos GmbH, the online market-place for non-performing loans in Frankfurt, and chairman of the advisory board of Mehrwerk GmbH in Bielefeld, a leading provider of value-added services in Germany. Since 2010, Axel Wieandt serves on the Board of Trustees of the „Europäische Stiftung Kaiserdom zu Speyer“. He is married with two children and lives near Frankfurt.

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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