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Press release
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12
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2020

LINUS Digital Finance appoints Julia Kneist as Chief Risk Officer

Julia Kneist takes over tasks from Dr. Matthias Schulz - Previous managing director becomes co-founder of an impact fund for agriculture and forestry - Company growth and staff expansion continue

LINUS Digital Finance has appointed the previous Head of Valuation, Julia Kneist, as the new Chief Risk Officer. Among other things, she takes over the tasks of Dr. Matthias Schulz, who will leave the company at the end of the year at his own request. The fully qualified lawyer joined LINUS Digital Finance as Managing Director at the end of 2017 and has significantly contributed to the development of the innovative digital platform for alternative real estate financing. As part of his professional reorientation, Dr. Matthias Schulz will co-found and manage a new impact fund for agricultural and forestry investments.

"We thank Matthias for his great commitment and the important role he has played in our dynamic growth story over the past years", comments David Neuhoff, CEO of LINUS Digital Finance, and adds: "At the same time, we are very pleased to be able to directly present such a strong internal solution with Julia - this speaks for the deep in-house expertise we have successfully built up".

Julia Kneist is responsible for the back office area, a decisive step in the multi-stage screening process that all projects reviewed by LINUS Digital Finance go through. She is also responsible for risk management for existing and future financing as well as reporting to investors. Furthermore, she is in charge of the valuation team of LINUS Digital Finance, which offers independent valuations for third parties such as property developers, investors and financiers. All teams under her responsibility are currently being expanded in the course of LINUS' growth.

Before joining LINUS Digital Finance in October 2019, the business economist, MRICS and CIS HypZert (F) worked for CBRE for twelve years, most recently as Director CBRE Hotels.

LINUS is currently focusing on the further development of the digital platform www.linus-finance.com. The company is investing a mid single-digit million euro amount in the expansion over the coming years. Overall, LINUS wants to collect more than 250 million euros from co-investors via the digital platform by the end of 2021. In order to achieve this goal, LINUS is also significantly increasing its staff: By the end of next year, the number of employees is to be doubled to over 50.

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