About us

DF Deutsche Forfait is a global specialist in trade financing in the sales markets in the Middle East, particularly for trade in food, pharmaceutical and healthcare products. We support exporters and importers with transactions, while also mediating with our strategic partner banks.

DF Deutsche Forfait was founded in 2000 in Cologne (Germany), and is managed by the board members Dr. Behrooz Abdolvand and Hans-Joachim von Wartenberg.

DF Deutsche Forfait AG is the parent company of the subsidiaries DF Deutsche Forfait GmbH, based in Cologne, as well as DF Deutsche Forfait s.r.o. and DF Deutsche Forfait Middle East s.r.o., based in Prague (Czech Republic), which are part of DF Group.

DF Group draws on its extensive financial experience, gained over the last 20 years, along with its comprehensive compliance expertise, distinctive network and the know-how of its entire team, to provide customers and partners with suitable solutions.

Our skills and activities constantly drive us towards further diversification. This often leads us to new financial products or new sales markets in other economic sectors.

Management

Hans-Joachim von Wartenberg
Dr. Behrooz Abdolvand

Dr. Behrooz Abdolvand

Dr. Behrooz Abdolvand, Sociologist and Political Scientist, has been the company’s CEO since 2017. Prior to that, he was a Member of the Supervisory Board. He has also been active as a consultant in the energy sector since 2002. With his network and experience, he drives the group steadily forward.

Hans-Joachim von Wartenberg

Hans-Joachim von Wartenberg has been a member of DF Deutsche Forfait AG’s management board since 2019. He previously had links with the company through his consultancy work. With his extensive expertise in the areas of management, sales and marketing, and his work as a legal adviser, he enhances the management board with his experience, knowledge and personality.

Sales

Arnd Peterhoff
Khatereh Saeidi

Arnd Peterhoff

Arnd Peterhoff has been working for DF Deutsche Forfait since 2001. He was initially active in Sales and Operations before expanding his expertise as Compliance Officer. He has been leading the German Sales and Operations team since 2020 with all his experience and a broadly established network.

Khatereh Saeidi

Khatereh Saeidi has been part of the Sales team since 2019. An MBA graduate, she is the expert for trade and project financing in Eastern and Western Europe and the Middle East. Before joining the company, she worked in the aviation industry for several years, and is now an important link between our strategic partners and the company.

Tomás Vogl
Dalibor Hanka

Tomás Vogl

Tomás Vogl is an Economist distinguished by his many years of experience in the trade and finance sector. He has been bringing his knowledge to the Group since 2020, primarily as Factoring Expert.

Dalibor Hanka

Dalibor Hanka is one of DF Group’s most experienced employees with almost 30 years of expertise in trade finance. He has been part of the team and Managing Director of the Czech subsidiary in Prague since 2008.

Business Development

Dr. Vahid Sharif

Dr. Vahid Sharif

Dr. Vahid Sharif is Head of the Business Development area. He brings his comprehensive expertise to the areas of project and risk management and to project financing. With a doctorate in engineering, he has already worked successfully for several years on various projects, including for the World Bank and as a board member of various listed companies.

Investor Relations

Stefanie Eberding

Stefanie Eberding

Stefanie Eberding, a business graduate, acts as a link between DF Deutsche Forfait AG and its shareholders. She has been with the company since 2020. Before that, as a business graduate she provided agency support to DF Group in the area of investor relations for several years.

Supervisory Board

Dr. Ludolf von Wartenberg

Dr. Ludolf von Wartenberg has been a member of the board since 2010 and Chairman of the Supervisory Board since 2020. With his many years of experience in politics and economics, he brings to the company his expertise in financing in the foreign trade business.

Prof. Dr. Wulf-W. Lapins

Prof. Dr. Wulf-W. Lapins has been a member of the Supervisory Board since 2018 and Vice-Chairman since 2020. Prior to that, he worked as a lecturer and as the director of a globally active political foundation in Germany. He is the expert in political project management in Asia and Central Asia, and has extensive political knowledge of regions in the Middle East.

Dr. Gerd-Rudolf Wehling

Dr. Gerd-Rudolf Wehling has over 40 years’ professional experience in various areas of public service. In his office as Member of the Supervisory Board which he has held since 2020, he provides DF Deutsche Forfait AG with his legal expertise.

Branches

Anyone involved in foreign trade financing needs to know how the local markets work.

For this reason, it has always been important for DF Deutsche Forfait to be represented in the respective countries by its own subsidiaries or by working in collaboration with strategic partners. In addition to its headquarters in Grünwald near Munich (Germany), the DF Group now has branches in Cologne and Prague as well as strategic partnerships in the Middle East.