I am a partner focusing on corporate governance, compliance and sustainability here in Düsseldorf and a member of our Global Compliance and Investigations Steering Committee, providing cross-industry advice on all matters.

I am a member of the advisory boards of 'Compliance Business' and 'Deutscher AnwaltSpiegel' magazines. In addition, I support the board of trustees of the EBS Law School and am a member of the advisory board of the Centre for Corporate Compliance of the EBS. As well as being a member of the Economic Criminal Law Association, I am the author of numerous specialist legal articles and a regular speaker on compliance topics, as I did most recently at our London Compliance Conference.

Before joining our team here, I was General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for a leading listed financial conglomerate in Germany for ten years, with a responsibility for the legal affairs and compliance matters of all the group's companies in the building society, banking, insurance and real estate sectors. While there, I developed a groupwide sustainability programme and led it for several years.

  • Head of Group Legal and Compliance, General Counsel and CCO at Wüstenrot & Württembergische AG (listed in S-DAX/building society, banking, asset management, insurance and real-estate companies).
  • Chief Compliance Officer for financial institutions and insurance companies.
  • Chairman of the Group Sustainability Committee.
  • Head of the Office of the Board of Managing Directors.
  • Member of Committees on Legal Affairs (German Insurance Association, German association of Private Building Societies, Chamber of Industry and Commerce Stuttgart – Deputy Chairman).
  • Member of the Advisory Board for the magazines Deutscher Anwaltspiegel and Compliance Business.
  • Member of the Advisory Board of Lytt GmbH (Whistleblowing System).
  • Academic Advisory Council of the Centre for Corporate Compliance at the EBS Law School.
Education
  • Legal studies at the universities of Bielefeld and Bonn
  • Legal clerkship at the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court
  • General management studies at St. Galler Business School, Switzerland
Admissions
  • Admitted to the German bar in 1996