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M&G makes four Frankfurt hires to grow credit and real estate

The new staff will enhance origination, distribution and asset management in M&G’s German operations.

M&G has added four members to its Frankfurt-based private markets team to support its direct lending and real estate strategies.

The roles will enhance the distribution, origination and asset management capabilities of the firm’s German operation.

Robert Scheer and Hao Wang both join the corporate debt solutions arm, based at the Frankfurt office, and will report directly to team head James Pearce. Scheer has more than 15 years’ experience and was most recently director of the acquisition finance team at ING. Wang has six years’ industry experience and joins from Bank of Ireland Group’s leveraged acquisition finance team.

Commenting on the hires, Pearce said: “We see growing opportunities in our core focus area, which has always been more conservative senior, secured lending with lower leverage, and by expanding our origination team to Frankfurt, we will be better able to serve companies and financial sponsors in mainland Europe. Robert and Hao have hit the ground running, having already originated two transactions in the German market.”

M&G has also hired Martin Kuebler as director of institutional business development for Germany, a newly created role. He will report to M&G’s head of Germany and Austria, Werner Kolitsch, and work alongside head of institutional business development Ingo Matthey to expand the firm’s relationships with insurance companies, pension funds and institutional investors in Germany. The appointment follows M&G winning several mandates from Spezialfonds in Germany worth more than €3 billion in investment grade credit.

Finally, Victoria Van Blanken joins the firms private and alternative asset division as an associate director, focusing on German real estate assets.