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Matthias Paul Kuhlmey

Lecturer; Chief Development Officer, Hightower Advisors

Matthias Paul Kuhlmey is the Chief Development Officer of Hightower, a national holistic wealth management firm in the independent space for financial advice. Matthias brings over 25 years of dedicated leadership, international banking, and investment management experience to this role. He joined Hightower during the start-up phase and, over time, has held various positions, most notably as the originator of what is today HighTower’s Wealth Management division but also in informing the early build of the firm’s M&A acquisition strategy. Currently, he oversees several, majority-owned Registered Investment Advisors. 

Matthias joined Hightower from UBS’s prestigious Private Wealth Management division, post him leading Bank Julius Baer’s NYC-based domestic Private Banking team. Prior, at Deutsche Bank AG, Matthias advised a global client base, and was involved in projects leading to the integration of acquired Bankers Trust Co. into Deutsche Bank’s U.S.-based operation. At Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, Matthias focused on exposure and credit risk management. Starting his career in Europe, Matthias worked in various functions with Deutsche Bank, including as a member of a global Divisional Board Member team in Frankfurt, Germany. 

Matthias received his degree in Business Law from the Leuphania University in Lüneburg, Germany, and a degree in finance and banking from Hannover Business School, Germany. As a native German, he is proficient in spoken and written German. Matthias holds FINRA Series 7, 63, and 65 licenses. 

As an experienced capital market expert and passionate socioeconomic observer, Matthias has been a contributor to various media channels, incl. Bloomberg, Reuters, as well as a featured column author with the HuffPo and He launched Hightower’s first “Collective Wisdom” podcast.

An aficionado of 1980s music, Matthias is classically trained in piano and voice, and has a keen eye for design elements, artwork, and photography. He lives in NJ, and enjoys traveling, exercising, and spending time with his wife, Jessica, and their two daughters.


  • LL.M., Leuphania University - Lüneburg, Germany
  • M.Sc., Hannover Business School - Germany