Round Table

Retail investors and institutional investors – How wide is the Gap?


  • Mark Cringle, Managing Director HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt
  • Sven Giegold MEP, Group of the Greens / European Free Alliance
  • Dr. Dirk Klee, Chairman BlackRock Asset Management Germany
  • Prof. Roland Klose, DSW / Euroshareholders
  • Christoph Lammersdorf, Chairman Boerse Stuttgart
  • Prof. Martin Weber, University of Mannheim

  • Jeremy Grant, Financial Times

Mark Cringle
Managing Director
HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt

Mark Cringle started his career in derivatives in September 1985 trading equity and later index options on the floor of the LTOM in London. Over the next 25 years he has witnessed many events at first hand e.g. the far reaching (planned and unplanned) impact of Regulatory change, the impact on markets from technological progress or rational and irrational markets in all stages of “fear and greed” to name but a few.

As Managing Director responsible for the equity markets business at HSBC Trinkaus Mark is well qualified to consider the challenges facing retail and institutional investors in today’s world.

Sven Giegold
Member of European Parliament
Greens / European Free Alliance

Sven Giegold was elected MEP in June 2009 and since then is the coordinator of the “Greens/EFA” group in the European Parliament in the committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON).

He also was elected for the presidential assembly of the German protestant Church Congress from 2007 up until now. In January 2010 he was one of the co-founders of the German think tank “Institut Solidarische Moderne (ISM)” and is member of its board.

After studies in Lüneburg, Bremen, Paris and Birmingham Sven earned a Master’s degree of Social Science in Economic Policy and Economic Development at the University of Birmingham.

Sven’s political career started with an involvement in the youth environmental movement BUNDjugend (board member of the federal Friends of the Earth in Niedersachsen). He was one of the co-founders of Attac Germany (2000), Tax Justice Network (2003), and Campact (2004). In 2007 he was elected for the Attac-Council as a representative of Friends of the Earth Germany and had many TV- and media-appearances in the context of the Attac-campaign for the shutdown of tax havens.

Dr. Dirk Klee
BlackRock Asset Management Deutschland

Dirk Klee, Managing Director, is BlackRock’s Country Head of Germany, Austria and Eastern Europe. He also leads the iShares business for Central & Eastern Europe and is the CEO of BlackRock Asset Management Deutschland AG and a member of the BlackRock EMEA Operating Committee. Dirk represents BlackRock as a Board Member of the German Asset Management Industry Association (BVI) as part of EFAMA. He joined the company in 2008.

Dirk was previously a Managing Director with Allianz Global Investors in Frankfurt where he was heading retail distribution for Germany and Austria. He started his career as an attorney-at-law for the international law firm Freshfields. In 1998 he moved to Allianz to lead the institutional client servicing team. He then joined Allianz Group Company PIMCO/Newport Beach in 2000. Subsequently Dirk was in charge of products and sales for PIMCO in Germany and Austria.

Dirk earned a Master degree in law from the London School of Economics and a Dr. jur., summa cum laude, from the University of Mainz.

Prof. Roland Klose
DSW / Euroshareholders

Roland Klose is professor for strategic management at the FOM, University for Applied Sciences, Essen and holds a PhD in business administration from the University of Wuerzburg, Germany. As one of the speakers of DSW and Euroshareholders he is representing shareholder interests. At the DIPS, German Institute for Portfolio Strategy, Essen, he serves as member of the advisory board. Other fields of expertise include corporate governance concerning shareholder interests, compliance, as well as board and management compensation issues. He also is actively involved in DSW shareholder information seminars.

Christoph Lammersdorf
Chairman of the Management Board
Boerse Stuttgart

Christoph Lammersdorf was appointed CEO of Boerse Stuttgart AG with effect from 01 September 2008. He is also Chairman of the Management Board of Boerse Stuttgart Holding GmbH and CEO of EUWAX AG.

Christoph graduated in physics at the Technical University of Clausthal. A proven stock market expert, he was also a co-founder of database operator Counterparty Link Ltd., London, which was sold to a private equity firm in March 2008. Prior to this, he gained six years’ experience with Deutsche Börse Group, Frankfurt, where in his last role as managing director he was responsible for the Information Services division. During his earlier career, he held a series of international management positions with Dow Jones Markets (Telerate), a provider of real-time financial information for banks, insurers and companies.

Prof. Martin Weber
University of Mannheim

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Martin Weber has a Chair for Banking and Finance at the University of Mannheim. He is also Director of the University`s Institute of Investment Banking.

His main interests lie in the area of banking, behavioral finance, and its psychological foundations. He has published in the Journal of Political Economy, the Review of Financial Studies, Management Science and many others. He has developed an interactive tool helping investors to assess their financial risk attitude and is the author of a textbook on investors' behavior and biases. Based on his research a broadly diversified mutual fund “ARERO – der Weltfonds” for private investors was launched in 2008.

Jeremy Grant
Financial Times Trading Room

Jeremy Grant is Editor of the Financial Times Trading Room. He edits, and writes for, the FT Trading Room, the FT’s new web offering and providing a single source of intelligence for trading, exchanges, clearing, settlement, financial markets regulation and trading technology.

Mr. Grant started his career at the FT as the paper’s first Vietnam Correspondent based in Hanoi (1994-1998), followed by reporting in the London-based Capital Markets team and over three years as editor i/c European companies coverage. In March 2008 he returned to the FT’s London office, as Senior Corporate Reporter covering British business news and trends, as well as stock and derivatives exchanges/clearing and emerging trading platforms in Europe.

His background in exchanges coverage started with an assignment as Chicago & Midwest correspondent for the FT (2002-2005), covering US derivatives exchanges. He then spent three years in Washington, DC covering financial regulation focused on the Securities and Exchange Commission and Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

He graduated with a B.A. (Joint Hons.) in German & Politics from Bristol University in 1986.