Deutsche Bank hires Cleary’s von Dryander as German GC

Deutsche Bank has announced the appointment of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton banking veteran Christof von Dryander as its new general counsel for Germany and Central and Eastern Europe.


Von Dryander replaces Arne Wittig, who is joining ThyssenKrupp as general counsel on 1 October (5 July 2012).

As well as becoming the regional general counsel, von Dryander will also be global general counsel for Deutsche Bank’s asset and wealth management and private and business clients divisions. He will report to global general counsel Richard Walker, who is based in the US.

Von Dryander is currently based in Cleary’s Hong Kong office. He has been a partner at the firm since 1990 and helped establish Cleary’s Frankfurt office in 1991. He was based in the German city until last year, when he relocated.

He has acted on several large German privatisations, including those of Deutsche Telekom, Deutsche Post and Deutsche Postbank as well as many landmark M&A transactions. Von Dryander practises banking and finance, capital markets and corporate law.

Although he will not take up his role formally until 1 January 2013, von Dryander will be working with Deutsche Bank on a consulting basis from 1 October.