André is a Partner at 8F Asset Management. 8F is an impact-focused PE firm that invests globally in vertically-integrated aquaculture facilities. The company tackles the global challenge of healthy and sustainable protein production while creating material positive social and environmental impacts and generating compelling returns for investors.
André has over 25 years of experience in the finance industry, including 17 years at Deutsche Bank. There he held numerous senior positions in the Investment Bank incl. in Transportation, Infrastructure & Energy Financing. André also served as a member of the bank’s Corporate Banking and Securities Executive Committee Germany. He is also Chairman of the Board of a Scandinavian technology company.
As a member of the Ashoka Support Network André supports the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. Furthermore, he is a mentor to German elite Olympic athletes at “Deutsche Sporthilfe” foundation.
Several years of experience as a team assistant in the areas of Legal and Asset Management.
György Weidemann joined 360AF as an analyst in November 2021. Prior to joining, he completed his Master of Business Administration (MBA) at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, with a specialization in finance. Before pivoting to corporate finance, György Weidemann helped to establish the marketing team of the Berlin based startup mydealz, for which he worked for six years. During his time at mydealz, György Weidemann oversaw the paid and social marketing activities for multiple countries, leading efforts to accelerate growth, while reducing user acquisition costs. His responsibilities included the analysis of the firms marketing activities and development of standardized reports for the company’s leadership team. At mydealz, György Weidemann also managed the company’s email newsletter with over 150.000 subscribers and its mobile marketing efforts, achieving more than 1,000,000 downloads in multiple countries. Before joining the startup György Weidemann completed a Bachelor of Business Administration in the Netherlands.
Thomas Leidenberger has been successfully implementing corporate finance, project and asset finance with a focus on the aviation sector for more than 25 years and has many years of experience in asset management, restructuring and remarketing of aircrafts.
Prior to joining 360AF, Thomas was responsible for Alternative Investments at Hannover Leasing, where he structured aircraft funds (both debt and equity) for private and institutional investors.
Before Hannover Leasing, Thomas built LBBW’s aircraft finance business as Head of Structured Finance and managed this and other asset classes for almost 15 years. He was responsible for an investment portfolio of approximately EUR 15 billion.
After finishing his studies of business economics, Thomas started his professional career at KfW IPEX where he structured international export and project finance for 9 years – including a two-year secondment to the German Ministry for Economic Affairs where he was responsible for all Hermes guarantees relating to Airbus.
Thomas has numerous personal contacts at international banks, airlines and aircraft leasing companies.
Jan-Hendrik looks back on 25 years of structuring, executing and managing complex financing transactions enabling companies across the globe to implement their growth strategies or to realign their business models.
Before joining 360AF, Jan-Hendrik was a corporate finance consultant to a number of international and German domestic corporations, as well as managing partner and advisor to several start-up companies.
Prior to this, he spent 20 years in investment banking, with senior roles at Deutsche Bank, Dresdner Kleinwort and Barclays. During an 11-year career with Barclays in London, Jan-Hendrik led the Structured Equity-Linked Financing business globally and was a member of the Bank’s Equity & Funds Structured Markets Global Operating Committee. He has assessed >1,000 structured corporate finance and special situations transactions from every corner of the world, executing over 200 deals with a total cash outlay of >$15 billion.
Jan-Hendrik graduated with distinction in Corporate Finance, Banking and Public Finance from the University RWTH in Aachen, Germany. Based in Munich, he is a keen cyclist, who enjoys travelling, politics and history. Jan-Hendrik is also a holder of a private pilot license.
Peter Smeets is the founder and CEO of 360 Aircraft Finance GmbH (360AF). He is an admitted attorney at the law firm Bruski Smeets & Lange Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft. For over 25 years now he is advising clients in the areas of Aviation and Aircraft & Structured Finance. Peter Smeets is also qualified as a business manager of a credit institution by the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin).
Peter Smeets studied law at the Universities of Constance and Frankfurt am Main and received his doctorate from the University of Constance in the area of aviation finance. After completing his studies, he started his career in 1995 at the renowned law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. In early 2001, he founded his own law firm, Smeets Haas Wolff, which merged with the major international law firm Paul Hastings in 2008. From 2008 to 2015, Peter Smeets was head of Paul Hastings’ Frankfurt office and a member of the firm’s global management committee. In 2016, he founded the law firm Bruski Smeets & Lange, and since 2018, the advisory approach has expanded entrepreneurially via 360AF to all relevant fields in aviation & aircraft finance as well as legal restructuring consulting.