GFKL Lowell has appointed Matthias Gerhardt in the newly created role of group director of corporate development.
Gerhardt, a member of the DACH region (Deutschland, Austria and Switzerland) executive board, will be based in Germany and will report directly to group chief finance officer Colin Storrar.
The debt purchaser said Gerhardt’s team will focus on mergers and acquisitions by identifying more growth opportunities in the current core markets of the DACH region and the UK, as well as other European countries.
His team will also manage the group’s strategic projects, the relationship with its investors and be the initial contact for the capital markets.
He is joining Lowell from Arvato Financial Solutions where he held the position of head of corporate development.
Gerhardt previously worked at advisory firm Innovalue Management Advisors, now EY Innovalue, and for the financial institutions group of Credit Suisse in both Frankfurt and London.