Born in Hanover in 1958. Studied law in Göttingen. 1982 first State examination, 1986 second State examination. Research assistant at the Institute for International Law at the University of Göttingen 1982 to 1984. 1984 doctoral degree with Prof Dr Zieger, Göttingen. Lawyer in Hanover 1986 to 1987. Worked in the Department of Law and Insurance at the Federal Association for the German Industry (BDI) in Cologne and at the same time lawyer with the firm, 1988 to 1989. Head of the office of the President of the German Bundestag 1989 to 1991.
Joined the firm in 1991. Worked at the London office from 1991 to 1997. Working at the Berlin office since July 1997. 2003‐2009 member of the firm's management committee.
Listed by Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers in “Germany's best lawyers 2021” in intellectual property law, corporate and litigation and winner of the 2018 CorporateLiveWire M&A awards in the category “Most Outstanding in Copyright Law”.
Chairman of the Board of Foundation Encounter Place Gollwitz. Chairman of the Board of Bristow Church Foundation and member of the Board of Konrad Redeker‑Foundation. Since 2017 one of the Directors of the Research Institute for the Law of the Legal Profession at Humboldt University. From 2011 to June 2021 Member of a council of advisors of the Archbishop of Berlin to provide advice on questions related to charges of sexual abuse of minors and adults. Member of the Board of Trustees of the Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz (German Foundation for the Preservation of Monuments) since 2021.
Honorary professor at Humboldt University Berlin on German, European and International law of civil procedure, conflict of laws and litigation.
Acting as counsel in cross‑border and international litigation and arbitration proceedings, including FIDIC Dispute Adjudication Boards; conduct of litigation for large national and international corporations; legal advice in German and international commercial law;
Legal advice and representation of public and policy‑related institutions; international and European civil procedure law and private international law.
Various publications in the areas of private international law, German, European, and international civil procedure law, and European law.