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 intellectual property law and winner of the 2018 CorporateLiveWire M&A awards in the category “Most Outstanding in Copyright Law”.
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. Appointed honorary professor at the Humboldt University of Berlin and one of the Directors of the Research Institute for the Law of the Legal Profession at Humboldt University Berlin in 2017.
Since 1998 lecturer at Humboldt University Berlin on German Civil Procedural Law, Private International Law and Law of International Civil Procedure.
Various publications in the areas of private international law, German, European, and international civil procedure law, and European law.