Governance

Learn about our legal structure & regulators and meet our Branch Management, the flatexDEGIRO Bank AG Board of Directors and the flatexDEGIRO Bank AG Supervisory Board members.

How we came to be

DEGIRO B.V. was founded in Amsterdam on June 3rd, 2009. In 2020, over a decade later, the Dutch DEGIRO B.V. was bought by the German flatex AG. In May of 2021, the two companies officially merged, becoming flatexDEGIRO Bank AG. flatexDEGIRO Bank AG still operates as two separate brokers in their respective marketplaces under their brand names flatex and DEGIRO. The merger allowed us to combine our experience and expertise and grow to be Europe's leading broker.

Internal and external supervision

INTERNAL

To ensure comprehensive oversight of our operations, we have implemented a governance structure consisting of three tiers.

First and foremost, the Dutch Branch of the flatexDEGIRO Bank has its own Branch Management. The Branch Management consists of two Branch Managers and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of DEGIRO. Within the Branch Management team, there is a clear division of responsibilities, with each of the Branch Managers having their own focus points.

DEGIRO’s Branch Management reports to Frank Niehage in his function as CEO of flatexDEGIRO Bank AG. The Board of Directors of flatexDEGIRO Bank AG is responsible for the day-to-day management and long-term strategy setting of the company. When it comes to setting the strategy of DEGIRO, the Board of Directors works in close cooperation with the Branch Management.

Finally, the Board of Directors is overseen by the bank’s Supervisory Board. The Supervisory Board is responsible for supervising and advising the Board of Directors.

EXTERNAL

flatexDEGIRO Bank Dutch Branch, trading under the name DEGIRO, is the Dutch branch of flatexDEGIRO Bank AG. flatexDEGIRO Bank AG is primarily supervised by the German financial regulator (BaFin). In the Netherlands, flatexDEGIRO Bank Dutch Branch is registered with DNB and supervised by AFM and DNB.

See our registration in DNB’s public registry here.

Branch Management DEGIRO

Frans Kuijlaars

Frans Kuijlaars

Branch Manager – Customer Service and Country Management

Frans focuses on customer service and country management.

Frans joined the flatexDEGIRO group as Country Manager for the Netherlands at flatexDEGIRO Bank AG. During his career, Frans gained significant experience as a banker, focusing on retail and investment banking. He held various positions at ABN AMRO, Royal Bank of Scotland, and BNP Paribas, among others.

Giscard Monod de Froideville

Giscard Monod de Froideville

Branch Manager – Commercial

Giscard focuses on the Marketing and Communications strategy for the 15 European marketplaces that DEGIRO operates in, as well as acting as CMO.

Giscard started off at DEGIRO as a freelance International Brand Strategy & Marketing Consultant and later joined full time as the Global Head of Marketing. Giscard has gained significant marketing experience either as a consultant or leading marketing teams for various companies, such as Bunq, Yearn and Pricewise.com.

flatexDEGIRO Bank AG Board of Directors

Frank Niehage

Frank Niehage

CEO of flatexDEGIRO Bank AG and flatexDEGIRO AG

In addition to being CEO of flatexDEGIRO Bank AG, Frank is the CEO of the holding company flatexDEGIRO AG.

Frank has vast experience across all segments of retail and commercial banking, working as Managing Director at Goldman Sachs until August 2014 when he joined flatexDEGIRO. In previous positions, he was instrumental in the growth of Bank Sarasin AG as CEO in Germany.

During his career, Frank served in various senior positions at Commerzbank, Credit Suisse, UBS and international law firm Beiten Burkhardt, both in Germany and internationally, especially in Asia.

Frank is an attorney at law in Germany and has received his Master of Laws majoring in International Economics from the University of Houston Law Center.

Dr. Matthias Heinrich

Dr. Matthias Heinrich

CRO of flatexDEGIRO Bank AG

Dr. Matthias Heinrich joined flatexDEGIRO Bank AG with approximately 30 years of operational experience in the European banking sector, including 10 years as member of the Management Board of Raiffeisen-Landesbank Steiermark AG, Austria and as Managing Director of EIS Einlagensicherungsbank GmbH, Germany. Prior to this, Matthias held various risk related management positions in the financial industry, including at Banco Santander, Spain, HypoVereinsbank, Germany and Dresdner Bank Lateinamerika, Germany.

Steffen A. Jentsch

Steffen A. Jentsch

CPO of flatexDEGIRO Bank AG

Steffen has extensive experience in financial services, consulting and IT.

He previously served as a Member of the Board of Directors for Fiducia & GAD IT and Atruvia AG before joining the flatexDEGIRO group in 2017. Steffen has extensive management experience at various companies such as BearingPoint, KPMG and Helaba.

Benon Z. Janos

Dr. Benon Z. Janos

CFO of flatexDEGIRO AG and flatexDEGIRO Bank AG

Benon joined the flatexDEGIRO group in 2016 and currently serves as the CFO of flatexDEGIRO Bank AG.

Among other positions, Benon has served as a Supervisory Board Member for fixed income-focused investment Boutique Nord IX and as Managing Director within the Securities Division of Goldman Sachs.

Benon holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Stephan Simmang

Stephan Simmang

CTO of flatexDEGIRO AG and flatexDEGIRO Bank AG

Stephan is the flatexDEGIRO group CTO and Head of IT for DEGIRO.

Before joining the flatexDEGIRO group in 2016, Stephan worked at Goldman Sachs for nearly 20 years in several roles, including Executive Director Banking Divisional Systems. Stephan has a background in Electrical Engineering, obtaining a Masters in this field at RWTH Aachen University, whilst simultaneously running his own IT consultancy business.

Jens Möbitz

Jens Möbitz

Operational Customer Functions and the Treasury for flatexDEGIRO Bank AG

Jens is responsible for the Bank’s operational client functions (front-, middle- and back-office), including the processing of securities as well as conducting treasury operations within the bank’s Management Board. The addition of Jens to the Management Board bolsters our corporate governance and improves the overall organisational setup.

For the previous 20 years, Jens has had various management roles within the flatexDEGIRO Group. Throughout that time, Jens has greatly contributed towards the professionalisation of ongoing business operations in a dynamic growth environment. Jens has played an important role in forming the operational integration of DEGIRO into the Group’s processes and leveraging the resulting synergies.

Christiane Strubel

Christiane Strubel

CHRO of flatexDEGIRO Bank AG and Member of the Management board for flatexDEGIRO AG

In her role, Christiane focuses on human resources and data protection & authorisation management.

Christiane joined flatex in 2016 as the Head of Human Resources and Executive Director. She was later promoted to Global Head of HR and Managing Director within the flatexDEGIRO group.

Christiane has greatly contributed towards raising the HR department of flatexDEGIRO Bank AG to an international standard and played an important role in shaping the group's personnel growth from a national provider with around 400 employees in Germany to Europe's online broker with around 1,300 employees working in our various international offices in Amsterdam, London, Sofia, Vienna/Graz.

flatexDEGIRO Bank AG Supervisory Board

Martin Korbmacher

Martin Korbmacher

Chairman of the Bank Supervisory Board

After finishing his studies of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science, Martin started his career in 1991 at JP Morgan where he served as Head of Trading before joining Dresdner Kleinwort in 1997 as Global Head of Fixed Income Trading. He later became the Global Head of Equites in 2000.

In 2005, Martin took over as Head of the Investment Banking Division at Credit Suisse for Germany and Austria and played a key role in the successful growth of the business activities.

He later founded Event Horizon Capital & Advisory in 2011 and has been advising multiple companies in corporate finance and innovation. Since 2014, Martin is the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of flatexDEGIRO AG and since 2017 also of flatexDEGIRO Bank AG.

Stefan Müller

Stefan Müller

Member of the Bank Supervisory Board

Stefan started his banking career in 1985 with Bayerische Hypo- und Vereinsbank (today: HVB, subsidiary of UniCredit) and went through different roles, including positions in the securities and private banking business. In 2002, he joined the former flatex Holding AG and became member of the board until 2014.

Today, he is the general representative of Börsenmedien AG, one of the leading financial media companies in Germany, Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of flatexDEGIRO AG and member of the Supervisory Board of flatexDEGIRO Bank AG.

Aygül Ōzkan

Aygül Ōzkan

Member of the Bank Supervisory Board

Aygül is Managing Director of the German Property Federation (ZIA) and represents the leading association of the real estate industry in a wide range of political and business-oriented bodies.

From 2014 to 2020, she was Managing Director and member of the Management Group Germany at Deutsche Bank PCC Services GmbH and Deutsche Bank Kredit Service GmbH. Previously, Aygül was Minister for Social Affairs, Women, Family, Health, Construction and Integration in Lower Saxony (2010-2013) and in 2014, a member of the Lower Saxony state parliament.

Aygül has been a member of the supervisory board of flatexDEGIRO Bank AG since 2022.

Stefan Müller

Britta Lehfeldt

Member of the Bank Supervisory Board

Britta has been a member of the Supervisory Board of flatexDEGIRO Bank AG since June 2023.

Britta, with a degree in Economics (from the University of Giessen), forged a 20-year career at Deutsche Bank AG, progressing from operational roles to becoming a board member. As a Management Board member, she oversaw critical areas such as human resources, legal affairs, compliance and crisis management. In her final role at Deutsche Bank, she was COO from January 2020 and managed all commercial and procedural aspects of the IT business area. Her departure in mid-2021 marked the end of a successful and impactful chapter at Deutsche Bank. Throughout her tenure, Britta held significant mandates on supervisory and advisory boards, showcasing her influential presence in the financial sector.

Aygül Ōzkan

Herbert Seuling

Member of the Supervisory Board

Herbert, a Business Administration graduate from the University of Bamberg in 1983, became a tax consultant in 1987. In 1993, he joined Dr. Mehnert und Seuling Steuerberatungsgesellschaft, later founding C.P.A. Dr. Mehnert & Seuling GbR, a leading northern Bavarian consulting firm. As Managing Director of M & S Monitoring GmbH since 2019, he oversees its operations.

With over two decades of experience on the board of examiners for tax advisors, Herbert has been integral to the industry. Since 2016, he's been a key figure in advisory and supervisory roles. He has been on the Supervisory Board of flatexDEGIRO AG since 2016, chairing the Audit Committee since December 2021 and, since August 2022, he’s been the Chairman of the Joint Risk and Audit Committee and Member of the Remuneration Control Committee of flatexDEGIRO AG.

Our story

Our journey began in 2013 when we revolutionised the retail investing industry with the launch of our services in the Netherlands. Just 10 years later, we are proud to have become Europe's leading broker, offering our services in 15 countries all over Europe.

2022

Continued growth

In 2022, we reached 2M clients in Europe and surpassed 100K clients in Italy & Portugal. We were also proud to take home new awards, giving us over 100 international recognitions in total. And we kept working on improving our platform, adding new features like the Dark Mode and Top lists.

2021

Improved platform

In 2021, we added an extensive amount of financial data, such as ESG ratings and Analyst Views, and began rolling out flatexDEGIRO Cash Accounts, a new solution to hold uninvested money. We also began offering investing on Tradegate Exchange, allowing for pre-market and after-hours trading.

2020

The next chapter

In 2020, we joined forces with flatex AG, becoming one of the biggest brokers in Europe. We also were included in the SDAX, making flatexDEGIRO one of the 160 largest listed companies in Germany. Together, we began offering our services to over 1 million investors.

2019

A new trading platform

In 2019, we launched our new trading platform based on our clients’ feedback and the changing technology. Thanks to our investors, we were awarded with multiple international prizes again this year.

2018

More clients & more awards

In 2018, we surpassed 350,000 clients. We became even more a reliable and trustworthy broker, winning over 40 international broker awards, including the awards for Best Broker and Best Mobile App, given by the Financial Times & Investors Chronicle.

2017

Top-5 in Europe

In 2017, we reached more than 200,000 clients and became one of the five largest brokers in Europe based on transactions per year. We continued to win numerous awards including the Best Broker award in Germany from the Handelsblatt Broker Comparison.

2016

Largest broker in the Netherlands

In 2016, we became the largest online broker in the Netherlands in terms of transactions per year handled. We also welcomed Switzerland into our family making it the 15th country to benefit from our incredibly low fees.

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2015

More expansion

In 2015, we continued our growth across Northern Europe and Italy and launched our English platform in the UK. We were recognised with several international awards along the way, including the prestigious Golden Bull Award in the Netherlands.

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2014

Nine countries reached

In 2014, we began our expansion, offering our services in nine European countries. We started a name for ourselves in the Dutch market by winning the Best Broker award and announcing our partnership with Euronext.

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2013

Launch of DEGIRO

In 2013, we introduced services in the Netherlands our, with the possibility for all our retail clients to invest with incredibly low fees. This was the beginning of our mission: making global trading accessible and affordable for everyone.

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Our journey has only just begun

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Terms and conditions for the €100 transaction fees offer

If you activate your DEGIRO investment account before the 1st of March 2024, DEGIRO will reimburse your transaction fees up to €100. The following conditions apply to this offer:

  • The offer is valid until (including) the 29th of February 2024.
  • During the offer period, new clients who have activated an account will receive up to €100 in transaction fees reimbursed.
  • The first transaction costs and external handling fees up to €100 within the timeframe until the 31st of March 2024 will be reimbursed.
  • Currency handling fees (Auto FX trader and Manual trade ) are not eligible to be refunded with this promotion.
  • We will reimburse the transaction costs and external handling fees you have spent (up to a maximum of €100) to your DEGIRO account in early April 2024.
  • This offer is only valid for new clients with an Irish DEGIRO account.
  • Once you sign the Client Agreement, your account is activated and the offer period starts.
  • To start trading and therefore use the €100 voucher, the new client needs to make a first deposit (minimum amount is €0.01).
  • New clients who started their registration before the offer period, but activate their DEGIRO account during the offer period, are also eligible for this offer.
  • If an existing account is already linked to the address of the new client, participation is excluded.
  • Each new client can only claim the €100 transaction credit once.
  • Dutch law is applicable to this promotion.

Acceptance of offer conditions

By participating in the offer, the client automatically accepts the offer conditions and terms. DEGIRO may terminate the campaign at any moment prior to expiry or change the campaign conditions. DEGIRO will communicate any changes via the website.

Participation

Participation in the offer is open to all clients who have activated an account at DEGIRO on or before the 29th of February 2024.

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