As a result of many M&A transactions over the years, I have also come to advise my clients on a broad range of topics in general corporate and commercial law, with a strong focus on the automotive and general manufacturing industries. This forms a major part of my practice today. On the transactional side, I specialise in venture capital transactions, especially in technology-strong industry sectors, where I have established a reputation as a trusted advisor. You will find me listed as a 'recommended lawyer' in the VC section of legal directories such as JUVE and Legal 500, especially for venture debt transactions. Having advised on more than 80 VC transactions over the past 10 years, I can provide more than just legal advice – my hands-on experience helps me offer genuinely commercial solutions that clients appreciate especially. My industry focus is on automotive and energy and my clients there range from multinational tier-1 suppliers to small and medium-sized suppliers in the supply chain.I joined our firm in 2002 and became a partner two years later. Previously, I was an M&A corporate lawyer in the Düsseldorf offices of a prestigious German law firm and also gained some experience in the legal division of a Big 5 audit/tax firm. I also worked as a foreign associate with an international law firm from the US, where I trained in US Corporate and M&A matters in their New York office.