Christoph Frank is managing partner of pfp Advisory GmbH and as such responsible for advising the DWS Concept Platow and pfp Advisory Aktien Mittelstand Premium. Since September 2016, Frank has been managing the DWS Concept Platow together with his business partner Roger Peeters in pfp Advisory GmbH, which was founded in 2016. From May 2006 to August 2016, Frank conducted the advisory in parallel with his work at Platow Medien GmbH, for which he worked as a parallel editor from January 2006 to March 2008 and as head of the stock market editorial department from April 2008 to August 2016. Frank further developed the fund into one of the highest-yielding products in the "Aktienfonds Deutschland" segment with an investment strategy he constructed and constantly refined, and won significant performance awards. He is convinced of his investment approach and has therefore consistently invested the majority of his private assets in the DWS Concept Platow since 2008. He has also been invested in pfp Advisory Aktien Mittelstand Premium since its launch in August 2021. Before joining pfp Advisory, Frank studied economics with a focus on capital market research at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. His thesis dealt with securities returns and a further development of Fama and French's three-factor model. After graduating with honors from the university, he became an international investment analyst (CIIA) in 2008. Frank now has more than 25 years of practical experience in the capital market. In his private life, Frank, who was born in Munich in 1972, is a supporter of FC Bayern Munich.
Roger Peeters is managing partner of pfp Advisory GmbH and as such responsible for advising the DWS Concept Platow and pfp Advisory Aktien Mittelstand Premium. With the foundation of pfp Advisory GmbH, Peeters was able to realize a dream and tie in with an important earlier activity. For in his function as head of the stock exchange editorial department at the information service "Platow", which he held from the beginning of 2000 until March 2008, he conceived the DB Platinum III Platow (later DWS Concept Platow) together with Deutsche Bank and advised it until March 2008. In April of the same year, Peeters became sole director of Close Brothers Seydler Research AG, which had been founded shortly before and which he subsequently developed into one of the leading analysis houses with a focus on shares of medium-sized German companies. Following the acquisition of Seydler by French private bank Oddo, his team, which has since grown to more than 20 employees, was honored by Starmine in 2016 as the second-best analyst team for German equities. In 2016, Peeters left Oddo to establish pfp Advisory GmbH together with Christoph Frank. Peeters studied economics and business administration in Bonn and Cologne in the 1990s and has been a certified CEFA investment analyst since 2002. In the meantime, Peeters is a member of the board of the DVFA (German Association for Financial Analysis and Asset Management) and participates in various expert committees. In his private life, the Rhinelander born in 1973 and father of six is a supporter of 1. FC Köln and keeps fit with running.
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.