Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein (DrKW) – the newly merged entity of Dresdner Bank and corporate finance specialist Wasserstein Perella - has appointed Paola Giannotti De Ponti as head of investment banking in Italy.

De Ponti joins from Schroder Salomon Smith Barney (SSSB) where she spent three years as head of Italian investment banking, having previously worked for Morgan Stanley for nine years in London, New York and Milan.
Her team at DrKW will be responsible for Italian related M&A, equity and capital debt markets transactions.

Maurizio Stecco, the former geographic head of Italy at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson in Milan and head of the Italian corporate finance team becomes chairman of DrKW in Italy.