Michael Heinen spent 11 years in the financial services industry in New York, working for Deutsche Bank and Bear Stearns/JP Morgan. He was born in New York City after his parents immigrated from Germany in the late 1960s, but grew up in Bavaria after his parents moved back to Germany in the 1970s. Guided by his family and specifically his grandfather, who was a member of the German Bundestag, he showed an early interest in politics, and attended the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
After graduation, Michael attended the Bundestag Internship Program as part of MdB Paul Breuer’s team in Bonn. During his subsequent time in New York, he met his wife Caroline, and together they decided to move to Berlin in 2011. There, he was recruited to lead the implementation of the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) initiative for the German and Dutch Mortgage / Deposit Businesses of Lloyds Banking Group. With a new addition to the family, they made their way back to Caroline’s home town of Washington, DC.
As founders of Graciela Haim and Heinen Group in 2015, they decided to form an international real estate team to focus on the needs of relocation in the DC metro area. Their clients include the German Embassy, German Historical Institute, and the Goethe Institute. Their young daughter attends the German International School in Potomac, MD.