The Frankfurt European Banking Congress (EBC) premiered in 1991 on the initiative of the International Bankers Forum (IBF). From 1992 to 2008, the congress was hosted annually by Germany's leading banks based in Frankfurt am Main Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank and Dresdner Bank as well as by the Deutsche Bundesbank, the City of Frankfurt am Main, and the IBF. From 2009 to 2015, the chairmen of Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank took turns in officially hosting the EBC. Since 2016, BNP Paribas, Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank have been the co-hosting banks of the congress.
Traditionally, the EBC takes place on Friday prior to the very last Friday in November at the Alte Oper Frankfurt.