Axel Wieandt

Senior Advisor

Axel Wieandt is a senior financial services professional with expertise in finance, banking, fintech and digital assets. After earning his Diploma in Business Management from the WHU Otto-Beisheim School of Management in 1990 (as a scholar of the "Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes") and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 1992 (as a scholar of the "Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst"), Axel Wieandt completed his Ph.D. in Business Management at WHU in 1993 summa cum laude. He began his professional career as a top management consultant with McKinsey & Company in Düsseldorf and Boston before taking a senior associate role with Morgan Stanley Ltd. in London. He then joined Deutsche Bank AG, where he was appointed the youngest divisional board member in the Corporate Center in 2000 and Global Head of Corporate Development in 2001 with groupwide responsibility for strategy formulation and M&A execution. Starting in 2003, he also served as Global Head of Corporate Investments with P&L responsibility for a multi-billion Euro portfolio of listed and private investments. In October 2008, at the request of a consortium of German financial institutions, Axel Wieandt was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Hypo Real Estate Holding AG, at that time a DAX 30 banking group. In July 2010, after the troubled international mortgage and public sector lender was stabilized, nationalized and restructured, he returned to Deutsche Bank AG. From 2011 to 2012, he was a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Department/Financial Institutions Group of Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Ltd. and in October 2021, at the request of the German Deposit Insurance Fund, he was appointed CEO of Valovis Bank AG, where he remained until April 2015. Since then, Axel Wieandt has been advising US and European private equity firms, venture capital funds and real estate companies on their investment and value creation strategies. He also serves as senior advisor and board member to fintech, pharma, and real estate investment companies. Axel Wieandt currently serves as a senior advisor to Exporo AG, Debitos GmbH, and HPE Growth (board observer Xempus AG), and Orphalan S.A. He is also a member of the Strategic Advsiory Council of auxmoney Europe Ltd. and a senior advisor to the EMEA FIG team of Jefferies. Axel Wieandt is honorary professor at WHU since 2004. He currently has a teaching assignment at Goethe Business School, Goethe University in Frankfurt and is an Adjunct Professor of Finance at the Kellogg School, Northwestern University in Evanston/IL. He has published over 90 peer-reviewed research papers, op-eds, blog posts and interviews. Axel Wieandt is also a frequent conference speaker and panelist. He is the author of "Unfinished Business: Putting European Banks (and Europe) Back on Track"(2017).