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Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE) has appointed Pierpaolo Di Stefano as vice chairman, Origination & Advisory for the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region, starting Jan. 1, the lender said on Thursday.

Di Stefano, who will be based in London and Milan, brings “extensive M&A experience and deep knowledge of investment banking and financial services”, Deutsche Bank said in a statement.

For the last four years, Di Stefano was chief investment officer at Italian state-backed lender Cassa Depositi and Prestiti (CDP) and managing director at CDP Equity. He had previously spent 25 years in the investment banking sector at Citi and other international banks.