„A good partner is like a fine wine – they get even better with age.“ - Unknown
In 2001, Thomas Amend and his business partner set up Axxion S.A. Before that, he was the head of investment fund business at DZ Bank International for ten years. Other notable employers in the banking expert's career include WestLB and Apotheker- und Ärztebank. At Axxion, the native Rheinlander is responsible for the Legal Service, Corporate Functions and Risk Management teams and, together with Pierre Girardet, heads up the Axxion Germany team.
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„Misfortune is the result of deficient performance – success in the world of work does not come to those who rely on luck.“ - Kauthilya
Pierre Girardet has been part of the Axxion management team since May 2011. As one of the company's first employees, he was involved in the set-up of the Client Service team in February 2004 and took over leadership of this team in 2007. A banker by trade, he studied business administration at HTW Dresden and the University of Greenwich in London. He has many years of experience in research and portfolio management, as well as looking after institutional clients in the fund sector. Among others, he gained this experience at an independent fund boutique in Luxembourg. At Axxion, he is responsible for the Client Service, Fund Set-up and Marketing Service teams and, together with Thomas Amend, heads up the Axxion Germany team.
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„The harder it gets, the greater the joy if we succeed.“ - Abraham Lincoln
The field of outsourcing controlling at Axxion was redefined and centralised by Maria Schickes in August 2014. She graduated from the Vienna Business School before moving to Luxembourg to study business administration in Trier to become a Bachelor of Science. As a student trainee, she gained her first work experience in the investment fund business with a well-known bank in Luxembourg. After being taken on in a permanent position in 2012, she was responsible for monitoring associate service providers before joining the Axxion team, bringing a wealth of relevant knowledge in this field with her.
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„Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.“ - Henry Ford
Felix Petrat has been part of the Client Service team at Axxion since April 2017. Prior to that, he studied business administration, writing his Bachelor's and Masters thesis in cooperation with the European Investment Fund (EIF) in Luxembourg. The enthusiastic football fan gained his first practical experience in the fund sector with a 1-year internship with as asset management company in Luxembourg during his studies. At Axxion, he focuses on order management.
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„It's amazing how much you can hear when no one is saying anything.“ - Elaine St. James
The certified corporate treasurer (VDT) and international investment analyst (CIIA) has been getting to know the Client Service team since May 2013 and is the first point of contact for Axxion clients for daily business. Daniel Burens came to Axxion as an undergraduate in April 2006 in order to use an Axxion investment fund as an example in his thesis "Marketability through securitisation transactions in the investment fund sector". The business studies graduate trained as a banker before completing his business administration studies at Trier University.
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„We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.“ - Aristoteles
Oliver Melle has been part of the Client Service team at Axxion since April 2017, focusing on outsourcing controlling. Before coming to Axxion, the banker initially worked as a customer advisor for a cooperative bank for 3 years before spending a further 3 years there as an internal auditor. At the same time, he expanded his expert knowledge by studying business administration while working.
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„It is the lives we encounter that make life worth living.“ - Guy de Maupassant
Timo Nauth has been part of the Client Service team since June 2015. He is the first point of contact for our clients when it comes to order management. After training as a wholesale and export merchant, he spent two years working in sales and distribution before studying business administration at Trier University of Applied Sciences, majoring in financial management and financial markets. He then stepped into the financial sector, working for an audit company in Luxembourg for two years as an investment fund and private equities auditor.
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„Those who think it isn't possible, should not interrupt those doing it.“ - Unknown
Benjamin Linn has been working at Axxion as relationship manager since january 2018 . After his apprenticeship as a banker, he first finished his banking administrator degree (Frankfurt school) before he focused on asset management. Having worked many years as advisor of fund projects and asset managers within various societies in Germany and Luxembourg, he serves Axxion with a lot of practical knowledge when it comes to fund set-up, management and administration of AIF and UCITS funds. The sporty expert for liquid alternatives and alternative investments also lectures on liquid alternatives at a German University (EBS). Moreover, he has successfully passed the CAIA and all three CFA Levels.
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„In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.“ - Albert Einstein
Peter Schermann has been part of the Risk Management team since December 2014 as the main contact for everything relating to valuation. He gained his first professional experience in the financial and insurance sector during his economics studies at Trier University, majoring in finance. He then worked for a large audit company in Luxembourg, focusing on fund and company auditing.
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„It's not the work we do that makes us tired, but the work we don't do.“ - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
Marie Ziegler became part of the Axxion team in May 2013. She initially supported both the Client Service team and her Risk Management colleagues. From December 2013, the economist decided to focus entirely on risk management. Before coming to Axxion, she gained her first professional experience with the Audit, Real Estate & Infrastructure division of an audit company in Luxembourg, having trained as an office communications assistant.
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„Don't find fault, find a remedy.“ - Henry Ford
Manuel Schtschepik has been part of the Risk Management team since June 2017, focusing on valuations. After his Masters in business administration at Trier University, the inveterate basketball player gained his first professional experience with an internship at a private bank in Luxembourg before coming to Axxion.
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„Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.“ - Mark Twain
Christian Nick has been part of the Risk Management team since February 2017, focusing on investment compliance and responsible among other things for voting rights notifications. He trained as a banker. Alongside his work at Axxion, the handball fan has expanded his professional knowledge with studies to become a Bachelor of Business Administration.
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„The flowers of victory belong in many vases.“ - Michael Schumacher
Heiko Hector has been part of the Risk Management team since August 2009 and has been head of the team since December 2013. With an MBA (FH) specialising in accounting/auditing and bank/financial management, he gained three years of experience before joining Axxion. The Certified International Investment Analyst (CIIA) worked in both the asset management and software fields for an asset management company and financial software developer.
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„Nothing worth having in this world simply falls into your lap.“ - Marc Stegemann
Christian Beissel has been part of the Risk Management team since November 2015. He focuses on valuations and investment compliance. Before working in Luxembourg, he trained as a banker with a credit union and studied economics at the University of St. Gallen.
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„The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who actually do.“ - Steve Jobs
Sebastian Klassen has been part of the Axxion team since January 2017, focusing on investment compliance and risk control as part of Risk Management. Before joining Axxion, the inveterate footballer trained as a businessman and continued his education with a Bachelor's in business administration at Trier University of Applied Sciences and the Business School in Budapest. He then worked for just over 4 years in Luxembourg as a fund and company auditor, while also completing his Masters in international finance and entrepreneurship.
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„You'll get a headstart in life if you set to work while others are still talking about it.“ - John F. Kennedy
Christian Schneider has been part of the Risk Management team at Axxion since January 2017 and is responsible for financial and regulatory reporting. After training as a tax clerk, he completed his Bachelor's in business administration at Trier University. He then worked for an audit company in Luxembourg for 4 years, latterly as Assistant Manager, before joining Axxion.
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„It is the ultimate luxury to combine passion and contribution. It's also a very clear path to happiness.“ - Sheryl Sandberg
Natalie Cikita has been part of the Risk Management team since July 2017, focusing on financial and regulatory reporting. Before joining Axxion, she trained as a banker and expanded her specialist knowledge at the same time by studying to become a business administrator. She then worked as a trainee at the Executive Board secretarial offices of a bank.
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„The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas!“ - Linus Pauling
Sabrina Spieles has been working part-time for Axxion since January 2017 as part of the Marketing Service team, supporting the team in their everyday tasks. Since July 2012, the certified business administrator (specialising in tax and controlling) has been working for veNova S.A. The horse-lover and trained businesswoman previously worked for a major administrative unit in Trier for many years.
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„Our heads are round so our thoughts can change direction.“ - Francis Picabia
She was the founding member of the Marketing Service team in September 2006. The qualified banking administrator (Frankfurt School) has been supporting Axxion and its clients ever since when it comes to marketing and distribution. She is also responsible for events management and the company's social commitment, making use of her years of experience in the investment fund sector since 2000, including several years with a well-known German private bank in Luxembourg.
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„I'm a man of simple tastes. I'm always satisfied with the best.“ - Oscar Wilde
Kristina Nouri has been part of the Marketing Service team since August 2014. Before that, she completed her Master's in media studies at Trier University. She gained experience in PR work and events planning during her studies by volunteering with the student advisory service. As a freelance media designer, she brings a whole lot of graphic expertise to the Axxion team, adding a huge amount of value not just for us but for our clients too.
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„Everything has an end, only a sausage has two.“ - Gottlieb Wendehals
Anisha has been a part-time member of the Marketing Service team since 2011. She is an expert in treats acquisition and is responsible for shredding a wide variety of documents. In addition to her work for Axxion, this ambitious runner acts as a training partner for endurance sports. Eager to learn, she continues her further training regime to ensure that her skills are always up to date.
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„If you don't strive for the extraordinary, you won't be happy with the ordinary.“ - Karl Heinrich Waggerl
The fully qualified lawyer has been part of the Legal Service team since July 2015. After completing her legal studies, Maren Hermesdorf initially worked in the fund set-up field for a major international bank before moving over to the legal and compliance sector for the fund company belonging to a major European bank. Working at Axxion part-time, she is responsible for contract management and keeping an eye on all legally relevant changes and innovations.
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„If you make a mistake and do not correct it, this is called a mistake.“ - Confucius
Jessica Beissel has been part of the Fund Set-up team at Axxion since September 2016. After completing her "International Diploma in Office Management ESA" at Euroakademie in Trier followed by a top-up Bachelor's course in "English for International Corporate Communication" at the University of Central Lancashire, she worked as a team assistant in the private equity and real estate field for a large office in Luxembourg before joining Axxion.
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„Success means having the exact abilities required at that moment.“ - Henry Ford
Mathias Kesselheim has been part of the Fund Set-up team at Axxion since June 2011 and became head of the team in April 2017. Together with his team, he advises Axxion clients in all matters concerning fund set-up and official requirements. After training as a banker and working as an investment advisor for a year, he decided to study business administration. He then gained further professional experience with a capital management company in the Luxembourg banking sector, which now benefits both his clients and his colleagues at Axxion.
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„He who believes he is somebody has ceased to become somebody.“ - Sokrates
Christian Wolff has been part of the Fund Set-up team since November 2013. Among other things, he is the contact for all issues relating to fund set-up and official requirements. After training as a wholesale and export merchant, he began his professional career in fund accounting with a well-known major bank in Luxembourg. He switched to fund set-up there in 2010. Born in Trier, he has also expanded his expert knowledge, completing his studies to become a Bachelor of Science in finance and management in 2017 while working for Axxion.
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„No one knows what he can do until he tries“ - Publilius Syrus
Carina Kleer has been with Axxion since 2011, providing support for the Fund Set-up team since May 2017. After completing her Bachelor's with a focus on marketing, she joined Axxion in February 2011 as an intern. She was quickly given a permanent position as a Marketing Service assistant. In May 2014, she moved from Marketing Service to Risk Management, where she was responsible for KIIDs and statements of account until she switched to Fund Set-up.
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„Just like in riding: don't look at the obstacle, look over it.“ - Hugo von Hofmannsthal
The fully qualified lawyer has been part of the Fund Set-up team at Axxion since June 2012. After her legal studies in Trier, the certified lawyer worked for a law firm in Germany before crossing the border to Luxembourg to join one of the major audit companies. It was here that she gained her first experience of the fund sector. After a stop-off in the legal department of a major Swiss bank, she now supports the Axxion team in all legal matters, as well as helping with fund set-up and official requirements.
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„There will always be a frontier where there is an open mind and a willing hand.“ - Charles F. Kettering
Melanie Thull has worked part-time for the Corporate Functions team since February 2016. She is the first point of contact for everything to do with personnel administration. A banker by trade, she previously spent 19 years in the securities trading sector with the Luxembourg branch of a major international bank.
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„The art of being happy lies in doing what you love.“ - Unknown
The banking administrator (Frankfurt School) has been part of the Corporate Functions team since November 2015. She focuses on controlling. After training as a banker, she worked as a customer advisor with a credit union for six years. She then spent seven years as an independent financial advisor and one year as a management assistant.
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„Every big thing in the world only comes true when somebody does more than he has to do.“ - Hermann Gmeiner
After completing her studies in "International Administration & Management", including training as a European secretary with a focus on office management at the Euro-Schule in Trier, Anna Lambio initially started out in the office at Axxion in August 2007. She supported the management as an assistant from July 2008 onwards. Since May 2011, the banking administrator (Frankfurt School) has led the Corporate Functions team, covering personnel, controlling and organisation.
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„Observe the fish in the water and you will understand the birds in the air.“ - Leonardo da Vinci
Sebastian Wagner has been part of the Corporate Functions team since December 2015. Trained as a wholesale and export merchant, he ensures that Axxion fund fees and commission payments run smoothly for our clients and the corresponding fund platforms. After training, he worked as a product marketing manager for a large online retailer and also underwent further training as a business administrator.
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„Even brainwork needs to make sense.“ - Unknown
Nicole Thiel has been part of the Corporate Functions team at Axxion since September 2016. A banking administrator (Frankfurt School) by trade, she initially worked as a financial advisor for a bank in Trier for 2 years before spending 16 years with a major bank in Luxembourg in various positions in the international loans and finance sectors. Her focus at Axxion is human resources.
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„Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.“ - David Lloyd George
Agnes Breuer joined Axxion in May 2008, initially as part of the Client Service team. She switched to Corporate Functions in April 2014. Her main role is handling everything to do with commission for the Axxion funds. A business studies graduate who completed her studies at Saarland University, she spent three years with a fund administration company in Luxembourg, gaining a wide range of experience in the transfer agent and data management sectors. She completed her studies to be a Master of Finance and Banking in 2011.
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„There's a way to do it better. Find it.“ - Thomas Alva Edison
A banker and banking administrator (Frankfurt School) by trade, he moved from Celle to Luxembourg in 1995 as a customer advisor, working for a subsidiary of a North German Sparkasse among other things. He started as part of the client service team in 2011.With almost 25 years of professional experience, he is well-acquainted with banking in Luxembourg and has been leading the business development department sind June 2019.
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