Christoph Frank was born in 1972. He graduated with honours from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich with a degree in economics incl. a concentration in capital market research. In his diploma thesis he focused on income from securities and further developed the Fama-French three-factor model. In 2008, he was certified as an international investment analyst (CIIA). Before and during his studies, he cut his teeth successfully investing family members’ money on the stock market. Since January 2006, Frank used his experience with trading and analyzing stocks on the editorial team of “Platow Börse”. In April 2008, he took over management of the markets team, which he successfully led until August 2016. During his tenure, “Platow Börse” won the “Best General Market Newsletter” award. Frank has advised the DWS Concept Platow (formerly DB Platinum III/IV Platow) continuously since its launch in May 2006 and took over primary responsibility in April 2008. Frank has developed and continuously refined the fund’s investment strategy and turned it into one of the best-performing products in the German equity category. Over the years, the fund has number of awards. As a sign of his commitment to his own investment strategy, Frank has continuously invested the majority of his personal assets in the DWS Concept Platow since 2008. In order to be able to concentrate fully on his investment fund advisory business, Frank founded pfp Advisory together with Roger Peeters and Platow. Since July 2016, he is the company’s executive partner. Outside of the office, the Munich native is a loyal fan of the FC Bayern soccer team and is a board member for a Frankfurt fan club.
Roger Peeters was born in 1973. While working toward his business administration degree in the late 1990s, he worked for an online bank’s brokerage service. In 1999, he became a member of “PLATOW Börse”’s editorial staff and acted as managing editor from April 2000 to March 2008. During his tenure, the company won the “Best General Market Newsletter” award in 2008. In 2006, he conceived the DWS Concept Platow (formerly DB Platinum III/IV Platow), for which he held primary advising responsibility until March 2008. He became sole director of the recently founded Close Brothers Seydler Research AG (CBSR) the following month, which he developed into one of the leading German research firms focusing on small- and mid-cap companies. When Seydler was taken over by French private bank Oddo, CBSR was absorbed by the Oddo Seydler Bank, which Peeters entered as a general agent. The certified European financial analyst (CEFA) continued to lead his team there, which Starmine named the second best analyst team for German equity in 2016. Peeters played an essential role in merging the business with Oddo’s research team in Paris. By the end of June 2016, Peeters left Oddo Seydler to start pfp Advisory together with Christoph Frank and Platow. He has been an executive partner since its inception in July 2016. Peeters has authored two books and numerous articles on the German stock market and has regularly appeared on television as an interviewee for almost 20 years. Peeters is also member of the board of DVFA ("Deutsche Vereinigung für Finanzanalyse und Asset Management"), which is the professional organization of all Investment professionals in the German financial and capital markets. The father of six children supports Cologne’s soccer club 1. FC Köln and is an avid runner.
Simone Steymann is assistant to the management of pfp Advisory GmbH. As such, she is jointly responsible for the organization and other activities except fund advisory. Born in Hamburg, she joined pfp Advisory in July 2018 and has twenty years of experience as assistant to the Management of various financial ínstitutions. Her last position was in Private Banking at Oddo BHF Bank. Prior to that, the trained foreign language secretary worked as assistant to the board of directors at Close Brothers Seydler Research AG, Close Brothers Bank AG and Deutsche Boerse Group, among others. Privately, Steymann, born in 1977, enjoys spending time with her husband and two children in the Austrian province of Carinthia.