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Group Venture Portfolio Management Team


Eric Leupold
Eric Leupold
Executive Director

  • Has been working for Deutsche Börse Group since August 2009
  • Founded the Deutsche Börse Venture Network in June 2015
  • Head of Pre-IPO and Capital Markets from 2016–2018 and Deputy Head of New Markets until 2019
  • Executive Director of Group Venture Portfolio Management and Managing Director of DB1 Ventures since 2019
  • Member of the High Potential Circle of Deutsche Börse AG
  • Holds a diploma in Business Informatics from the University of Applied Sciences Gießen

Monika Fuchs
Monika Fuchs
Vice President

  • Joined Deutsche Börse Group in its Strategic Finance department in 2012
  • Part of DB1 Ventures team since 2016, being responsible for investments in areas including derivates trading/clearing, Investment Funds Services and post-trade
  • Responsible for the portfolio companies including Trumid, LMRKTS, Digital+ Partners and finleap connect
  • Previously worked as Assistant Vice President of Commerzbank’s M&A department advising companies and financial investors on buy- and sell-side mandates
  • Previous corporate finance experience also includes roles held at Rothschild, Deutsche Bank, KPMG and BMW
  • Holds a “Diplom-Betriebswirtin” and Licenciado Superior from the European School of Business (ESB) in Reutlingen and Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE) in Madrid

Rebecca Qian Gong
Rebecca Qian Gong
Vice President

  • Joined Deutsche Börse Group in 2014 through the Graduate Program in Deutsche Börse Group’s post-trade business Clearstream
  • Part of DB1 Ventures team since 2016, being responsible for investments in areas including data, commodities/FX, cash market and repo
  • Responsible for the portfolio companies including HQLAx, Trifacta, Digital Asset Holdings and Illuminate Financial
  • Leader of the execution of six investments, two exits and one restructure, covering deal sourcing, execution and post-investment management including taking board mandates at some of the portfolio companies
  • Awarded as Top Rising Stars 2019 by Global Corporate Venturing and member of Evolving Leaders Programme at Deutsche Börse
  • Holds a Master and a Bachelor of Economics in Finance from Renmin University of China, and a Master of Science in Banking and Finance from the University of Luxembourg

Dominik Freidorfer
Dominik Freidorfer
Associate

  • Joined Deutsche Börse Group as part of DB1 Ventures team in 2019
  • Worked previously as an analyst in William Blair’s Investment Banking department covering various international mid-cap M&A transactions
  • Further previous experience includes corporate finance and transaction advisory at a German M&A boutique and financial service advisory at Bearing Point
  • Holds a Master of Science in Finance and Accounting from the Vienna University of Economics and Business

Gati Kalim
Associate

  • Joined Deutsche Börse Group in 2015 as Product Manager for Eurex Repo being responsible for the development and enhancement of secured funding and financing markets
  • Part of the DB1 Ventures Team since June 2020
  • Member of the High Potential Circle of Deutsche Börse AG (2018)
  • Further previous experience includes Project Management for the Deutsche Börse DLT/New Markets and the Chicago Eurex Clearing Business Development Area
  • Holds a Master of Science in Finance and Information Management from the Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main

Julian Hemmerich
Julian Hemmerich
Analyst

  • Joined Deutsche Börse Group as part of DB1 Ventures in 2021
  • Previously, gained experience in private equity and corporate venture capital at BlackFin Capital Partners and Allianz X
  • Additional experience includes roles held in transaction advisory at EY and wealth management at BNP Paribas
  • Holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business from Maastricht University and studied at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

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