CrossLend, the digital debt marketplace, is expanding its presence in the home market of Germany with a new office in Frankfurt am Main. Long-term capital markets experts Christine Huk and Stefan Weisser have been appointed as Directors of Capital Markets & Origination. Based in Frankfurt, they will both oversee existing customers accounts and the company’s new business locally, with a focus on banks and institutional investors such as insurance companies, pension funds, and asset managers. They will report to Chief Sales Officer, Christoph Polomsky, who joined CrossLend from BNP Paribas last October.
With over ten years of banking experience, Christine Huk comes from the investment boutique Palladio Partners, where she was most recently Director of the Infrastructure Equity Team. She started her career at HSBC, one of the world’s leading investment banks, in the Düsseldorf and London offices. During this time, she was responsible for the structuring and distribution of funds as well as the selection and due diligence of fund managers as a product specialist in the alternative investment team. At the same time, she ensured that all alternative investment funds efficiently meet all regulatory requirements and advised investors on issues related to the Insurance Supervision Act.
With over twenty years of banking and corporate finance experience, Stefan Weisser worked for WestLB in London, Düsseldorf, and Frankfurt. He held various senior positions for several years before moving to IKB Deutsche Industriebank. As Director of Loan Syndication, he was responsible for the structuring and syndication of corporate loans, promissory notes, project finance, and leveraged buyouts.
“Frankfurt is one of the leading financial centres in the world,” says Christoph Polomsky. “It’s not only the location of important financial players such as the European Central Bank, BaFin, and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, but it’s also home to some of the most important national and international banks and investment companies in the world. They all have one thing in common: they are under enormous pressure to change. We see inefficient capital markets. We also see increasingly complex regulation of financial institutions, increasing competitive dynamics and the urgent need to innovate. The industry is looking for sustainable solutions to manage its diverse challenges. With our digital debt marketplace, we support institutions in overcoming the challenges of today, tomorrow, and the future. The opening of an office in Frankfurt was the next logical step for us and we are delighted to have Christine and Stefan, two experienced experts on site, to help further expand our services.”