Axel Wieandt is adjunct professor of Finance and a German senior financial services professional. He is currently lecturer for Financial Intermediation at WHU Otto-Beisheim School of Management and for Bank Management at Goethe Business School, Frankfurt University. Axel is member of the Advisory Boards of auxmoney GmbH, a German Fintech and the leading European consumer lending market place, and of Aquila Capital Group, an independent alternative asset manager; he is also Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Alceda Asset Management GmbH, the regulated subsidiary of the Group. Until spring of 2015 Axel was CEO and CFO of Valovis Bank AG. Other prior positions he has held include Global Head of Corporate Development / Corporate Investments of Deutsche Bank AG, CEO of Hypo Real Estate Holding AG as well as CEO of pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG and Managing Director Investment Banking with Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Ltd. . After graduating as a scholar of the Sudienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes from WHU (Diploma and Ph.D. summa cum laude) and as a DAAD (Procter & Gamble) scholar from the J.L.Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston (IL) (Master of Management with honors) Axel began his career with McKinsey & Company, Inc. in Duesseldorf and Boston (MA) and Morgan Stanley & Co. Ltd. in London. Since 2009 Axel serves on the Board of Trustees of the "Europaeische Stiftung Kaiserdom zu Speyer".
Bank Management, Financial Intermediation, Financial Regulation, Too-Big-To-Fail
This seminar will use a roundtable discussion format to facilitate an in-depth exploration of current issues in corporate governance and finance, and how they affect and are influenced by society. Our sessions will focus on a combination of predetermined topics and ones chosen by students from the current events of the week. We will begin by debating a central question in corporate governance: should creating value for shareholders be the firm's first priority? The seminar will also discuss major issues such as corporate decisions to lay off employees, public policies aimed at achieving gender parity in corporate boardrooms, the growth of executive compensation, and the rise in the top one percent (all topics are subject to change). Source materials will include a combination of business cases, recent academic research, and news articles from the popular press.