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06/06/18 MainFirst awarded Best Equity Research for German and Swiss equities
Frankfurt am Main, 6 June 2018 – MainFirst Bank AG has won Best Research for German and Swiss equities in the Extel Survey 2018, Europe's foremost evaluation of the best brokers in research and trading. MainFirst thus maintained its top ranking for Switzerland, and climbed from second to first place for research in Germany. Every year, a top quality body of sector specialists at Extel Survey evaluates areas including the services of research providers, using the results of a broad-based investor survey. Some 7,000 institutional investors participate in the survey annually. “The fact that we have been named best research provider for equities in Germany and Switzerland serves to underscore our strategy. The experience of our research team, the independence of our around 40 analysts and their excellent contact network to companies enable us to provide high quality research that offers real added value for investors. We focus primarily on German, Swiss, French and Italian equities and several European sectors,” said Lyonel Françoy, Head of European Research at MainFirst. “We plan to expand our coverage of French and Italian equities in addition to our broad scope of German and Swiss securities.” “The results of this year's survey underpin our success as one of the leading equity research and trading providers. We have recently significantly increased our market share in the area of equities,” said Ebrahim Attarzadeh, Head of Equities and member of the Board of Management at MainFirst Bank AG. “The award for best research in German and Swiss equities is particularly representative in the new world of MiFID 2, where customers are only willing to pay for differentiated, high quality and independent equity research. The award is more than just an acknowledgement, it is also an incentive. Our objective is, and will remain, to offer our clients top class research and efficient execution,” said Attarzadeh.
03/22/18 New Management Board member at MainFirst Bank AG
Frankfurt/Main, 22 March 2018 – A new member will join the Management Board of MainFirst Bank AG: The Supervisory Board has appointed Ebrahim Attarzadeh as a member of the Management Board of MainFirst Bank AG with effect from 1 April 2018. Together with Management Board member Bjoern Kirchner he will form a dual leadership team for MainFirst Bank AG from 1 May 2018. As announced in July 2017 already, current CEO Andreas Haindl will be leaving the company at his own request when his contract expires on 30 April 2018.
11/17/17 MAINFIRST CHARITY DAY - Many thanks!

We would like to thank all our customers, business partners and staff very much for the active and successful participation in this year's CHARITY DAY. Your contribution will allow us to ensure the work of MAINFIRST CHARITY also in the future and to support many important social projects. Many thanks.

07/13/17 Changes in management team and supervisory bodies at MainFirst
Frankfurt/Main, 13 July 2017 – After having established a long-term stable shareholder structure by selling the majority of shares to Haron Holding AG in April 2017, MainFirst is setting on course a change in its management team. Andreas Haindl, member of the management board of MainFirst Bank AG since 2007 and CEO since 2013, at his own request will leave the firm when his current contract ends on 30 April 2018. Succession to the management board will be appointed from within the Bank and be announced in due course. Bjoern Kirchner, CFO since 2007, has extended his contract until 2020. 
06/27/17 MainFirst Equity Brokerage: Top rankings for MainFirst’s Equity Analysts at Thomson Reuters Analyst Awards
Frankfurt am Main, June 26, 2017 – Five equity analysts from MainFirst Bank were honoured for the quality of their analyses at this year’s Thomson Reuters Analyst Awards, an annual ranking conducted by the media group of the same name to recognize the best sell-side analysts. Andreas Heine, Christian Korth, René Locher and Alain-Sebastian Oberhuber all received an award while Jean-Baptiste Sergeant accepted awards in two categories. Ebrahim Attarzadeh, Head of Equities at MainFirst, said:
„We are delighted that the excellent individual performance of our analysts was recognized by Thomson Reuters, especially as it comes in the wake of this year’s Extel Survey, which confirmed our position as one of the leading brokerage houses for German and Swiss equities. All these results once again demonstrate our aim to be one of the leading companies in European equity research. ”The Thomson Reuters Analyst Awards honour the top three "Earning Estimators" and "Stock Pickers" in a total of 14 regions. All MainFirst awards at a glance:
06/13/17 MainFirst Equity Brokerage achieves top rankings in the Extel Survey 2017
Frankfurt am Main, 13 June 2017 – MainFirst Bank is one of the leading brokerage firms for German and Swiss equities. This is confirmed by the Extel Survey 2017, in which the bank has been ranked among the top three brokerage firms in Germany (3rd place) and Switzerland (2nd place). In this year’s ranking, MainFirst has now moved up five places in Germany and three places in Switzerland. Around 16,000 institutional investors take part in the annual survey. “The results from this year’s study underscore our success as one of the leading equity research and broking firms. In the recent past, we have gained market share in equity brokerage. This positive development is based on our high-quality research with a focus on German, Swiss, French and Italian mid- and large-cap stocks,” says Ebrahim Attarzadeh, Head of Equities at MainFirst. He adds: “We don’t see MiFID II as a risk but as an opportunity. Accordingly, over the past years we have continued to improve the quality of our research and execution. In an increasingly competitive and challenging market, these accolades serve as an additional incentive for us to provide our clients with first-rate research and efficient execution.” The rankings for the Extel Survey 2017 are divided into various sub-categories: The survey accolades for MainFirst Equity Brokerage at a glance:

3rd place – Germany Leading Brokerage Firm
  • 1st place – Germany: Small & Mid Caps Trading/Execution
  • 2nd place – Germany: Country Research
  • 2nd place – Germany: Equity Sales 
  • 2nd place – Germany: Trading/Execution
2nd place – Switzerland Leading Brokerage Firm
  • 1st place – Switzerland: Country Research 
  • 1st place – Switzerland: Small & Mid Caps Research 
  • 2nd place – Switzerland: Small & Mid Caps Sales 
  • 3rd place – Switzerland: Equity Sales 
  • 3rd place – Switzerland: Company & Expert Meetings 
  • 4th place – Switzerland: Trading/Execution 
11/21/16 "Thank you" - MainFirst Charity Day 2016
“We would like to thank all our customers, business partners and staff very much for the active and successful participation in this year's CHARITY DAY.
11/09/16 MainFirst Charity Day 2016
Following the positive feedback and a total fund raising of more than EUR 3 million for our social commitment since 2001, we will again hold a MAINFIRST CHARITY DAY this year.
05/18/16 New senior joiner in MainFirst Equity Sales
The renowned senior sales expert Tarek Fayek Nakhla will strengthen MainFirst´s Equity Sales Team. On May 16th 2016 he joined MainFirst as Managing Director – European Equity Sales in New York. He will look after North American clients with advice on European stocks.
11/18/15 Thank you
We would like to thank all our customers, business partners and staff very much for the active and successful participation in this year's CHARITY DAY. We had an unexpectedly high response. Your contribution will allow us to ensure the work of MAINFIRST CHARITY also in the future and to support many important social projects. Many thanks.
11/18/15 MainFirst Charity Day 2015
Following the positive feedback from our customers and a total fund raising of more than EUR 3 million for our social commitment since 2001, this year we will again hold a MAINFIRST CHARITY DAY.
07/07/15 Three new joiners in MainFirst Equity Research
Daniel Schwarz will join MainFirst Equity Research in Frankfurt and will be covering the German automotives and suppliers. Philip Morrisey and Sebastian Davidison will join MainFirst in London. Philip Morrisey will cover the beverages and spirits sector, while Sebastian Davidison will strengthen our product quality and editorial team.
05/20/15 High-profile newcomer in equity research
As of September this year, Andreas Heine will strengthen MainFirst’s equity research team, covering of the European Chemicals sector, in which he has more than 20 years’ experience.