PRESS RELEASES 2008

05/11/2008

Four of the world’s best show jumpers are starting as of today as Team DZ BANK

Wiesbaden. The four German world-class show jumpers Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, Ludger Beerbaum, Marco Kutscher and Markus Beerbaum have formed the Team DZ BANK as of today. With their commitment to the financial services group, the top athletes are implementing DZ BANK’s leitmotif: Achieving more together!

Horse and rider must form one unit in order to leave the course as winners. Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum demonstrated this spectacularly with 15-year-old Shutterfly at the World Cup Final in Göteborg on 27th April 2008. The pair won their second trophy having previously also won the World Cup in 2005. Well-attuned teams of rider and horse are a requirement for success. In the team every rider fights for the other and therefore for the entire team – hence: achieving more together.

The European Show Jumping Champion Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, the four-time Olympic Winner Ludger Beerbaum, the former Team World Champion Markus Beerbaum and the Olympic Bronze Medal Winner in Athens 2004 Marco Kutscher will be appearing in DZ BANK’s colors from now on, and, as Team DZ BANK, will be presenting this togetherness optically.

“We fit together superbly”, confirmed Martin Roth, Head of Communication and Marketing at DZ BANK. “As the central institution for the local cooperative banks we are rooted in the region and among the people. Furthermore, as a company that is active internationally, we appreciate the global appearance and the noted success of the Beerbaums internationally”.

Ludger Beerbaum has had a partnership for decades with the cooperative financial services sector: “I have had an account with the Raiffeisenbank since my youth”, said the four-time Olympic Winner. His medium-sized business has been serviced by the local Volksbank since it was founded. His brother Markus, who manages his wife’s training as well as the finances, also confirms this: “We come from an agricultural background and appreciate the proximity of the local cooperative banks as well as the Allfinanz strengths of the DZ BANK Group”.

Tournaments in 2008 at which members of Team DZ BANK will be participating (scheduled):

16 - 18 May - Madrid
23 - 25 May - Rome
30 May -1 June - St. Gallen
13 - 15 June - Cannes
27 - 29 June - Monte Carlo
2 – 6/7 July - Aachen
1 - 3 August - Valkenswaard
11 - 24 August - Hong Kong (Summer Olympic Games)
19 - 20 September - Donaueschingen and Barcelona
26 - 28 September - Athens
24 - 26 October - Hanover
7 - 9 November - Verona
28 - 30 November - Brussels
5 - 7 December - Munich
12 - 14 December - Geneva
19 - 21 December - Frankfurt

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Contact:

Dr. Ilja-Kristin Seewald, DZ BANK AG, Head of Press, Internal Communication and Public Affairs Department
Tel.: +49 69 7447-42894
E-mail: ilja-kristin.seewald@dzbank.de

Susanne Strübel, Spokesperson Team DZ BANK
Tel.: +49-711- 51 72 215
E-mail: s.struebel@t-online.de

Photo Team DZ BANK (1,4 MB)