About me

I qualified with a degree in law from the University of Münster and studies at the Swiss University of Lausanne. Following my legal clerkship, which I completed at the Higher State Court in Hamm as well as at a French law firm, I received a fellowship at the University Lille II Droit et Santé in France where, from 1985-86 I completed my doctorate and wrote my thesis on French law and private international law.

Admitted to the Bar in 1986, I worked for a large law firm in Frankfurt and Paris from 1986 to 1989. In 1988/89, I worked as a foreign associate for Coudert Brothers, an international law firm in New York City.

From 1989 to 2016 I was the chief in-house legal counsel for the German branch of the BNP Paribas S.A.

In 1998, I founded the Consilium Iuris Ewiv and I have remained as chairman and managing director since. This European Economic Interest Grouping is a network of lawyers, auditors and tax advisors from Germany and abroad.

For some time now, I have also been entrepreneurially active as a partner/shareholder as well as managing director in various ventures.

My associate, Mrs Julia Schumann, is a certified translator for both English and French (Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences). As part of her studies she has lived and worked in France.

My clients are almost exclusively made up of medium-sized businesses with their seat in Germany and as well as abroad, in particular France.

I advise my clients in all matters regarding civil law, commercial law and inheritance law. Additionally, I manage litigation, accompany and support clients during trials and negotiations. Similarly, I can act as a neutral arbiter as well as performing trustee duties.

Each client receives individually tailored advice, delivered within a reasonable timeframe. Our strong points include our experience, economic competence, thorough language knowledge and sensitivity in our dealings with foreign clients.

Additional services, such as notarization, patent/copyright law, administrative law, foreign law, tax advice, auditing can be performed upon request by specialized lawyers chosen from my personally built Consilium Iuris network.

You can communicate with us in either French, German and English.

Awareness and constant analysis of costs and benefits defines our practice. The calculation of fees is either pursuant to the national lawyers’ compensation act or on the basis of time spent.