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Handling of client complaints from professional and private clients

A client can file a complaint

  • by e-mail to: Compliance@metzler.com or
  • in writing to the postal address:
    B. Metzler seel. Sohn & Co. KGaA
    or
    Metzler Asset Management GmbH
    or
    Metzler Pension Management GmbH

    Compliance
    Untermainanlage 1
    60329 Frankfurt/Main, Germany

Following a review of the complaint, the client is informed of any outcomes in writing. To ensure that all risks and problems are ascertained and resolved, the compliance function monitors the complaints management system.

Should B. Metzler seel. Son & Co. KGaA, Metzler Asset Management GmbH or Metzler Pension Management GmbH fail to remedy the client’s complaint, the client can pursue a so-called “ombudsman procedure”. For more details on this, please see below under "Further Dispute Resolution Procedures".

B. Metzler seel. Sohn & Co. KGaA, Metzler Asset Management GmbH and Metzler Pension Management GmbH are required by law to point out that a client always has the option to file a civil lawsuit.

Further Dispute Resolution Procedures

  • B. Metzler seel. Sohn & Co. KGaA follows the dispute resolution procedures laid down by the consumer arbitration board "Ombudsman of German private banks" (www. bankenombudsmann.de). These procedures allow the client to call upon the ombudsman of the private banks to settle disputes with the bank. Metzler Asset Management GmbH, which is active in the Group’s asset management segment, follows the dispute resolution procedures of the consumer arbitration board "Ombudsman of the private BVI association" (www.ombudsstelle-investmentfonds.de). Further details are governed by the "Rules for Client Dispute Settlement in the German Banking Industry" and the "Rules for the Ombudsman of the BVI Investment Fund", which are available upon request or can be accessed on the internet under the aforementioned links. A complaint must be submitted in writing (by letter, fax or e-mail) to the Customer Complaints Office at the Bundesverband deutscher Banken e. V., P.O. Box 04 03 07, 10062 Berlin, Germany, Fax: (+49 30) 16 63 - 31 69, e-mail: ombudsmann@bdb.de or to the office of the BVI ombudsman, Bundesverband Investment und Asset Management e.V., Unter den Linden 42, 10117 Berlin, Germany, Fax: (+49 30) 6449046-29, e-mail: info@ombudsstelle-investmentfonds.de.
  • The European Commission has established a European online dispute resolution platform (OS Platform) at http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr/. Clients can use this OS platform for out-of-court settlement of disputes arising from online contracts with EU-based companies.