One of the leading banks in the German financial capital of Frankfurt, the Helaba Group employs approximately 6,300 people and has total assets of € 228 bn. It offers a complete range of financial services from a single source for companies, banks and institutional investors. Helaba provides innovative, high-quality financial products and services for the Sparkassen. It serves as the Sparkasse central bank for Hesse, Thuringia, North Rine-Westphalia and Brandenburg, making Helaba a strong partner for some 40 percent of Germany’s Sparkassen. Helaba is also the regional market leader in retail banking through its subsidiary Frankfurter Sparkasse and has a presence in direct banking through 1822direkt. Landesbausparkasse Hessen-Thueringen, Helaba’s independent home loans and savings division, uses the Sparkassen as sales partners and is the market leader in both Hesse and Thuringia. WIBank, which comes under Helaba’s Public Development and Infrastructure Business unit, supports development programmes for the State of Hesse. Helaba also engages in many areas of public life by sponsoring groundbreaking cultural, educational, environmental, sports and social projects.