Deka Bank appoints head of European real estate lending

Ina-Teresa Aufmkolk will assume the role in January following the retirement of veteran Aren Wegner.

German lender Deka Bank has appointed Ina-Teresa Aufmkolk as European head of real estate lending, taking over from Aren Wegner, who is retiring after more than a 20-year stint at the company.

Ina-Teresa Aufmkolk, European head of real estate lending

Deka told Real Estate Capital Europe Aufmkolk will start her role on 1 January 2024.

Aufmkolk joined Deka in 2009 from Eurohypo and worked within its real estate lending division until 2016. Since then, she has been responsible for various projects unrelated to Deka’s property business. Most recently, as of November 2018, she was head of Deka’s innovation lab Open Digital Factory, a division solely focused on creating synergies between the firm’s different departments and its IT department.

Deka’s real estate financing division originates loans secured against offices, logistics, retail and hotel segments and focuses on both the North American and European markets.

Deka’s European arm has been active in the past few months. In September the bank provided a €145 million senior debt financing to London-based investment firm AGC Equity Partners, which was secured against its portfolio of five newly built, last-mile logistics assets in Germany. In July, the bank originated an £82.5 million loan facility to London based investment management firm Tristan Capital Partners for its 103 Colmore Row office in Birmingham.