Greetings

Gerhard Wiesheu, Partner B. Metzler seel. Sohn & Co. Holding AG
Gerhard Wiesheu

Welcome to the Metzler Asset Management (Japan) Co., Ltd. website.

We appreciate your continued support. Here, we will introduce the contents of our global financial services together with their unique history and management philosophy.

The purpose of our establishment in 2001 was to provide Japanese customers with global investment strategies and services as an independent partner worthy of trust and with investment advisory business experience developed over many years. Since then, we have represented an important and continuous part of the Metzler family, which was founded in 1674 and is the oldest family-owned private bank in Germany.

Our goal is to always have the ability and entrepreneurship to respond quickly to the ever-changing environment from a long-term perspective.  We always act in a future-oriented manner and at the same time are willing to adapt in response to the demands of the surrounding environment, a principle that we have steadily and consistently maintained over the centuries.

We skillfully navigate our way through times of crisis and are engaged in constant pursuit of new ideas and perspectives, both existing and innovative, as well as those that are seemingly refutable.

Needless to say, it is the interests of our customers that our ambition knows no bounds.
To that end, we have honed our sense of what is worth holding on to.

I personally believe that these values are firmly rooted in the cultures of both Japan and Germany.
Since my first visit to Japan in 1981, this fascinating country has made a number of indelible impressions on me.

I was very fortunate to have the opportunity of living there for 10 years and to meet many impressive people. Even after returning to my home country of Germany, I maintained my close relationship with Japan, both publicly and privately.
And it is the same today.

As Chairman of the Japan-Germany Business Circle and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Japanese-German Center in Berlin, it is a great pleasure for me to forge an ever-closer relationship between Japan and Germany.

My personal fascination with Japanese culture is infinite. And I am delighted to spread it to more people in Germany. For example, my enthusiasm for the Bayreuth Festival, which attracts various guests from Japan every year, and my enthusiasm and passion for Nippon Connection, the world's largest Japanese film festival held every year in Frankfurt.

In the future, we will continue to expand our personal relationships, provide our customers with excellent financial services and business opportunities in Japan, and strive to develop a collaborative relationship between Japan and Germany in various areas - this will be an unparalleled honor and joy for me.


Gerhard Wiesheu
Member of the of Executive Board of B. Metzler seel. Sohn & Co. AG

 

Born in 1962, he graduated from the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics at Landshut University and earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the same university. He then studied East Asian economics at the Duisburg Graduate School.
Since 1987, he has performed various roles such as the manager of the investment banking division of the Commerzbank AG headquarters in Frankfurt, and the manager of the Japanese and British institutional investor sales section.
From 1991 to 1999, he held a key position at Commerz International Capital Management GmbH. In particular, from 1995 to 1999, he was the representative director of the company's Japanese subsidiary (Commerz International Capital Management (Japan) Co., Ltd.) in Tokyo. From 1999 to 2001, he was Managing Director of Commerzbank Investment Management Headquarters in Frankfurt.
In April 2001, he joined Bankhaus Metzler and became Managing Director of Metzler Asset Management GmbH (he is currently Chairman of the Board of Corporate Auditors). In May of the same year, he became a director of Metzler Asset Management Co., Ltd., a Japanese corporation.
Since May 2002, he has been a partner (management officer) of B. Metzler seel. Sohn & Co. Holding AG (Metzler Group holding company), and in 2012 he became an executive board member of the company.
In 2015, he was appointed as an unlimited liability partner of B. Metzler seel. Sohn & Co. KGaA.

Main positions within the Metzler Group

Company name

Job title

Date of inauguration

Metzler Asset Management (Japan) Co., Ltd.

Director

May 2001

Metzler Payden LLC

Director

June 2003

B. Metzler seel. Sohn & Co. Holding AG

Executive Board Member

May 2012

Metzler Pensionsfonds AG

Chairman of the Board of Corporate Auditors

 August 2013

B. Metzler seel. Sohn & Co. KGaA

Unlimited liability partner

 December 2015

Metzler Asset Management GmbH

Chairman of the Board of Corporate Auditors

 September 2014

2011    Chairman of the Japan-Germany Industry Association (DJW)
https://www.djw.de/ja/

2012    Member of the Board of Trustees, Goethe University (Frankfurt) Interdisciplinary Center for East Asian Studies (IZO)  
https://www.uni-frankfurt.de/50563350/Interdisciplinary_Centre_for_East_Asian_Studies__IZO

2012   Member of the Advisory Board, German-Japanese Society Frankfurt e.V.    
https://www.djg-frankfurt.de/ja 

2015    Chairman of the Foundation Board, Berlin Japan-German Center (JDZB)
https://www.jdzb.de/jp/home/

2020   President, Member of the Executive Board, Frankfurt Main Finance e.V.  
https://frankfurt-main-finance.com/en/

2021   Honorary Member of the Board of Trustees, Bayreuth Music Festival Friends Association                  https://freunde-bayreuth.org/
            
 

Delegation Representative

2015    Chancellor Merkel
    
2016    President Gauck
    
2018    Mr. Altmaier, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy
    
2019    Chancellor Merkel