Purpose and objectives
Deutscher Derivate Verband (DDV), the German Derivatives Association, is the industry representative body for the 17 leading issuers of derivatives in Germany. It was established on 14 February 2008, with offices in Frankfurt am Main and Berlin. The largest association of its kind in the world, DDV serves as a political interest group in Brussels.
DDV’s members are among the most important certificate issuers in Germany, representing about 95 percent of the total market. The association’s work is supported by ten sponsoring members, which include the stock exchanges Stuttgart and Frankfurt am Main, finance portals and service providers.
DDV’s aim is to improve the general political and regulatory conditions for structured products in Germany and at European level, and to encourage increasing numbers of private investors to choose certificates and warrants. The objectives of DDV therefore include making the products more understandable and transparent, as well as protecting investors.
DDV is an advocate of self-regulation, and it works in conjunction with its members and sponsoring members to set industry standards.