Risk and Capital Management

The wide variety of our businesses requires us to identify, measure, aggregate and manage our risks effectively, and to allocate our capital among our businesses appropriately. We manage risk and capital through a framework of principles, organizational structures as well as measurement and proactive monitoring processes that are closely aligned with the activities of our group divisions. The importance of strong risk and capital management and the continuous need to refine these practices became particularly evident during the financial market crisis. While we continuously strive to improve our risk and capital management, we may be unable to anticipate all market developments, in particular those of an extreme nature.

Risk and Capital Management Principles

The following key principles underpin our approach to risk and capital management:

  • Our Management Board provides overall risk and capital management supervision over our consolidated Group. Our Supervisory Board regularly monitors our risk and capital profile.
  • We manage credit, market, liquidity, operational, business and reputational risks as well as our capital in a coordinated manner at all relevant levels within our organization. This also holds true for complex products which we typically manage within our framework established for trading exposures.
  • The structure of our integrated Legal, Risk & Capital function is closely aligned with the structure of our group divisions.
  • The Legal, Risk & Capital function is independent of our group divisions.

Comparable risk management principles are in place at Postbank reflected in its own organizational setup.

Risk and Capital Management Organization

The following chart provides a schematic overview of the risk management governance structure of the Deutsche Bank Group.

Risk and Capital Management –
Schematic Overview of Governance Structure at Group Level
Risk and Capital Management – Schematic Overview of Governance Structure at Group Level (organigram)

Our Chief Risk Officer, who is a member of our Management Board, is responsible for our Group-wide credit, market, operational, liquidity, business, legal and reputational risk management. Additionally our Chief Risk Officer is responsible for capital management activities and heads our integrated Legal, Risk & Capital function.

Two functional committees, which are both chaired by our Chief Risk Officer, are central to the Legal, Risk & Capital function.

  • Our Risk Executive Committee is responsible for management and control of the aforementioned risks across our consolidated Group. To fulfill this mandate, the Risk Executive Committee is supported by sub-committees that are responsible for dedicated areas of risk management, including several policy committees and the Group Reputational Risk Committee.
  • The responsibilities of the Capital and Risk Committee include risk profile and capital planning, capital capacity monitoring and optimization of funding. It also supervises our non-traded market risk exposures.

Multiple members of the Capital and Risk Committee are also members of the Group Investment Committee, ensuring a close link between both committees as proposals for strategic investments are analyzed by the Group Investment Committee. Depending on the size of the strategic investment it may require approval from the Group Investment Committee, the Management Board or even the Supervisory Board. The development of the strategic investments is monitored by the Group Investment Committee on a regular basis.

Dedicated Legal, Risk & Capital units are established with the mandate to:

  • Ensure that the business conducted within each division is consistent with the risk appetite that the Capital and Risk Committee has set within a framework established by the Management Board;
  • Formulate and implement risk and capital management policies, procedures and methodologies that are appropriate to the businesses within each division;
  • Approve credit, market and liquidity risk limits;
  • Conduct periodic portfolio reviews to ensure that the portfolio of risks is within acceptable parameters; and
  • Develop and implement risk and capital management infrastructures and systems that are appropriate for each division.

The heads of our Legal, Risk & Capital units, who are members of our Risk Executive Committee, are responsible for the performance of the risk management units and report directly to our Chief Risk Officer.

Our Finance and Audit departments operate independently of both the group divisions and of the Legal, Risk & Capital function. The role of the Finance department is to help quantify and verify the risk that we assume and ensure the quality and integrity of our risk-related data. Our Audit department performs risk-oriented reviews of the design and operating effectiveness of our system of internal controls.

Postbank’s Group-wide risk management organization independently measures and evaluates all key risks and their drivers. During 2010 the Chief Risk Officer had a direct reporting line to the Management Board of Postbank. Effective March 1, 2011, Postbank’s Chief Risk Officer role has been established at Management Board level.

The key risk management committees of Postbank, in all of which Postbank’s Chief Risk Officer is a voting member, are:

  • The Bank Risk Committee (newly established in 2010), which advises Postbank’s Management Board with respect to the determination of overall risk appetite and risk allocation.
  • The Credit Risk Committee, which is responsible for limit allocation and the definition of an appropriate limit framework.
  • The Market Risk Committee, which decides on limit allocations as well as strategic positioning of Postbank’s banking book and the management of liquidity risk.
  • The Operational Risk Committee which defines the appropriate risk framework as well as the capital allocation for the individual business areas.


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