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Data privacy notice

This notice contains information on processing of your personal data when you use our website and your rights under data protection law.

Who is responsible for data processing?

The responsible organization is:

B. Metzler seel. Sohn & Co. Holding AG
Untermainanlage 1
60329 Frankfurt/Main, Germany
Phone: (+49) 69 2104-0
Fax: (+49) 69 281429

You can contact our corporate data protection officer at:

B. Metzler seel. Sohn & Co. KGaA
Data Protection Officer
Untermainanlage 1
60329 Frankfurt/Main, Germany
Phone: (+49) 69 2104-0
Fax: (+49) 69 281429

Which data do we use for which purposes and on what legal basis?

The following data is processed by us based on a weighing of interests pursuant to Article 6 paragraph 1 sentence 1 lit. f of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR):

The IP address of your computer is used to display web pages on your screen. Without it, communication between the website server and the requesting computer would not be possible and the request would not be processed. IP addresses used for this purpose are only used for the duration of the website visit and are not stored.

The following data is stored in a log file each time one of our web pages is accessed:

  • Web page accessed/name of the file retrieved
  • Date and time of request for access/retrieval
  • Notification whether the request for access/retrieval was successful
  • Volume of data transmitted
  • Current IP address of your computer and the type of browser used 

This data is required to ensure IT security and prevent cyber attacks. In order to track possible attacks, this data is stored for a certain period of time and deleted at regular intervals.

For certain website services, we are legally obligated to collect information on country of origin and on any so-called “qualified investor”. This data processing takes place pursuant to Article 6 paragraph 1 sentence 1 lit. c of the GDPR. Data is deleted without your consent when the session ends. If you have consented to your settings being stored, this data will be deleted after 30 days.

If you have given us your consent to process your personal data for specific purposes, the lawfulness of such processing is based on your consent and pursuant to Article 6 paragraph 1 sentence 1 lit. a of the GDPR. Any consent is voluntary and can be revoked for future dealings at any time (see also "What are my privacy rights?")

If you agree to the use of statistical cookies, we collect the following information using the web analysis software Matomo:

  • Current IP address of your computer
  • User data
  • Surfing behaviour

We use this data to analyse the usage behaviour on our website. The analysis serves the purpose of optimising our website and measuring statistical visitor numbers. IP addresses are shortened in such a way that it is not possible to identify a specific person. This data is also regularly deleted.

The videos published on our site are hosted by Brightcove Inc, 290 Congress Street, 4th Floor, Boston MA 02210, USA. When you view a video, you must consent to information about your user behavior being transmitted to Brightcove. You can read Brightcove's privacy policy at  to find out more about the information collected and used when you view a video. For information about data transfer to the USA and the risks involved, please see the section "Who receives my data?"

Some services collect personal data such as your email address, and in some cases, you will be required to enter login data. This data is collected by means of entries you make on a website form.

We use the data you give us, e.g. your email address via the contact form, strictly in correspondence with you and solely for the purpose intended when you provided the data to us. Some emails received via our website are forwarded to a company in the Metzler Group for direct processing. If you object to this, please inform us of this in your email.

Who receives my data?

Service providers and agents employed by us may receive data if necessary for the provision of services such as IT services, advisory services and consulting.

Further data recipients are those approved by you for data transmission.

In some cases, data is transmitted to the USA. Please note that data protection laws are not as strict in the USA as they are in the EU and that there are no appropriate guarantees that will protect your personal data. Requirements of national law in the USA and in particular of certain programs that allow access to personal data by US authorities for reasons of national security may lead to disproportionate access and/or limited protection of your personal data. Access is not limited in line with the restrictions of EU law. In particular, affected persons have no judicial remedies available to them to assert or enforce their data protection rights against US authorities. It is therefore impossible to know in advance which authorities will access your data and for how long, where and for what purpose this data will be used, or what disadvantages may result for you.

You will find links to Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Xing, LinkedIn and kununu (“social media”) on our website. We do not enable these sites’ social plugins so no personal data is transmitted to them when you visit our website. You can access these sites by clicking on one of the social media symbols at the bottom of our website or on a link to a social media site. Data is then collected, processed and used on these sites. We have no control over the data these sites collect and how they process or use it. To find out the purpose and extent of data collection and the further processing and use of the data, please see the privacy notices on the relevant sites.

What are my privacy rights?

Every data subject has the right to obtain information pursuant to Article 15 of the GDPR, the right of data correction pursuant to Article 16 of the GDPR, the right of data deletion pursuant to Article 17 of the GDPR, the right to restrict data processing pursuant to Article 18 of the GDPR, the right to object pursuant to Article 21 of the GDPR and the right to data portability pursuant to Article 20 of the GDPR. The right to obtain information and the right of deletion are subject to the restrictions set out in sections 34 and 35 of the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG). Furthermore, data subjects have the right to lodge a complaint with the responsible supervisory authority (Article 77 of the GDPR in conjunction with section 19 of the BDSG).

You can withdraw your consent to processing of your personal data by us at any time. Please note that revocation of consent only applies for the future. It does not affect data processed before you withdrew your consent. Consent can sometimes be revoked by adjusting your cookie settings accordingly. Otherwise, please send your request for revocation to:

B. Metzler seel. Sohn & Co. Holding AG
Untermainanlage 1
60329 Frankfurt/Main, Germany
Phone: (+49) 69 281429

Information on your right to object pursuant to Article 21 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

You have the right to object to processing of your personal data pursuant to Article 6 paragraph 1 sentence 1 lit. f of the GDPR (data processing based on a consideration of legitimate interests) at any time on grounds relating to your particular situation.

If you exercise your right to object, we will no longer process your personal data unless we can provide evidence of compelling legitimate interests in favor of processing that take precedence over your interests, rights and freedoms or if processing is necessary to assert, exercise or defend a legal claim.

Consent can sometimes be revoked by adjusting your cookie settings accordingly. Otherwise, an objection should be addressed to:

B. Metzler seel. Sohn & Co. Holding AG
Untermainanlage 1
60329 Frankfurt/Main, Germany
Fax (+49) 69 281429