Deutsche Bank has announced that Stefan Bender and Jens Hardekopf have been appointed co-heads of corporate finance, Germany, effective July 1.

Bender, currently head of global transaction banking (GTB) in Emea, will retain his existing responsibility of GTB Germany. Hardekopf, currently head of investment banking coverage (IBC) Germany, Austria and Switzerland, will assume the role in addition to his existing responsibilities.

Bender and Hardekopf will work to provide holistic coverage to corporate clients across IBC, capital markets and treasury solutions, corporate banking coverage and German large corporates. They will report to Karl Altenburg and Miles Millard, co-heads of corporate finance Emea, and also locally to Dirk Schmitz, head of corporate banking and securities, Germany.
Commenting on the appointments, Alternburg and Millard said: “Jens has been one of our senior leaders in Germany for many years and is a trusted advisor to some of our largest German clients. Stefan is a seasoned banker with a proven track record of consistently delivering results. Bringing together the leadership of our corporate finance and global transaction banking business will ensure that we have one client-centric organisation to expand our market leadership in our core home market.”

Bender joined Deutsche Bank in 1997 and has held positions in capital markets and foreign exchange in London, Frankfurt and Singapore. He was appointed global head of capital market sales in 2010 before being promoted to Head of GTB Emea in 2011.

Hardekopf joined the Bank’s corporate finance business over 20 years ago, and has held positions in New York and across Germany. As well as serving as Head of IBC Germany, Austria, Switzerland, he is also senior client executive for a number of high profile corporate clients.