Curriculum vitae

  • High school education in Bremen (Germany) and Perth (Australia)
  • Banking apprenticeship in Bremen
  • Law studies at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg (Germany) and at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland)
  • 1995–1998 Student research assistant at the Institute for Foreign and International Private Law, Dept. I of the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg (Director: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Peter Schlechtriem, M.C.L.) 
  • 1998 First State Examination in Law in Freiburg 
  • 1998–1999 Thirteen-month trip around the world 
  • 2000–2002 Holder of a full research scholarship awarded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft); Member of the Graduate College "European Private and Business Law" at Humboldt University Berlin
  • 2003 Granted the academic title Doctor iuris with highest honors (summa cum laude) by the Freie Universität Berlin based on the doctoral thesis UN-Kaufrecht und Europäisches Gemeinschaftsrecht – Verhältnis und Wechselwirkungen [UN Sales Law (CISG) and European Community Law – Relationship and Interaction] supervised by Prof. Dr. Helmut Grothe
  • 2002–2004 Judicial traineeship (Rechtsreferendariat) at the Court of Appeals Berlin; inclusive of: various positions in Berlin, at the German University of Administrative Sciences in Speyer and the German Consulate General in Hong Kong (China) 
  • 2004 Second State Examination in Law in Berlin
  • 2004–2005 Research Assistant at the Institute for the Legal Profession of Humboldt University Berlin (Director: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Singer) and Lecturer in Law at Humboldt University Berlin; admitted as Attorney to the Berlin Bar
  • Winter Term 2005/06 Research Assistant, since Summer Term 2006 Assistant Professor (Akademischer Rat) at the Institute for Foreign and International Private Law, Dept. II of the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg (Director: Prof. Dr. Hanno Merkt, LL.M.)
  • February/March 2009 Visiting Fellow at the University of Hong Kong (China), Asian Institute of International Financial Law
  • September/October 2009 and May 2010 Visiting Scholar at New York University School of Law (U.S.A.)
  • Recipient of the Faculty Teaching Award 2010 given by the Faculty of Law of Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg
  • February 2011 Habilitation by the Faculty of Law of Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg based on the professorial thesis Ratings – Bonitätsbeurteilungen durch Dritte im System des Finanzmarkt-, Gesellschafts- und Vertragsrechts. Eine rechtsvergleichende Untersuchung [Ratings – Creditworthiness Assessments by Third Parties within the System of Financial Markets Law, Company Law and Contract Law. A Comparative Law Treatise]; Granted the venia legendi for Private Law, Commercial Law, Company Law, International Private Law and Comparative Law
  • 2011 Acting Professor at the University of Münster (Germany) and then at the University of Mannheim (Germany)
  • Recipient of the Hochschulpreis 2011 given by the German Share Institute (Deutsches Aktieninstitut)
  • 2011/2012 Received offers of the Chair for Private Law, Commercial and Business Law, in particular Company and Capital Markets Law at Eberhard Karls University Tübingen (declined) and of the Chair for Private Law, International Corporate Law and European Business Law at the University of Mannheim (accepted)
  • Since 2012 Full Professor with tenure at the University of Mannheim, Chair for Private Law, International Corporate and Financial Law, European Business Law
  • Since 2012 Honorary Fellow, Asian Institute of International Financial Law, University of Hong Kong (China)
  • Recipient of the Stiftungs-Förderpreis 2012 given by the Foundation Capital Markets Law for the Financial Centre Germany
  • Since 2013 Director of the Institute for Corporate Law at the University of Mannheim (IURUM)
  • Since 2014 Senior Member of the Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation (MaCCI)
  • January 2016 Offer from the University of Basel (Switzerland) of a Professorship for Private Law, in particular the Law of Obligations and Comparative Law (accepted effective 1 February 2017)