Sven advises both banks and unregulated companies and their corporate bodies worldwide on

  • the structuring, introduction or review of group-wide compliance governance programs,
  • internal investigations as well as investigations con­ducted by German and foreign, primarily Anglo-American, criminal prosecution and regulatory authorities into potential compliance violations, and
  • compliance due diligence projects.

He also advises banks on corporate and regulatory law issues in connection with their formation and licensing, organiza­tional and operation structures, as well as on issues arising in crisis situations (restructurings, insolvencies and liquidations).

He has extensive experience and expertise in dealing with the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin), the European Central Bank (ECB) and various other authorities.

Sven is the author of over one hundred publi­cations on corporate and capital markets law. He is an executive editor of the Neue Zeitschrift für Gesellschaftsrecht (NZG).

Sven is a Recommended Lawyer for Banking/ Regulatory, JUVE 2018/2019 and ranked as Highly Regarded for Banking/ Financial restructuring by the IFLR 1000.

Career

  • Admitted to the German bar in 2003
  • Attorney-at-Law (New York)
  • Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg and Johannes-Gutenberg-University of Mainz (Dr. iur.)
  • Clerked at the Higher Regional Court of Hamburg
  • Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley (LL.M.)

Publications

A complete list of publications can be downloaded here.

Recent Work

Advice on internal investigations and other compliance issues:

  • Bosch: advising on the internal investigation into, and proceedings before public authorities and courts in Germany and abroad relating to, the alleged manipulation of control units for diesel vehicles
  • Credit institution operating worldwide: internal investigation regarding cum/ex investigations conducted by public prosecutor's offices and BaFin against the German subsidiary credit institution of the banking group and its employees
  • Deutsche Bank: lead partner on the Hengeler Mueller team advising on the global internal and external investigations into alleged manipulations of reference interest rates (especially Libor and Euribor)
  • Deutsche Bank: lead partner on the Hengeler Mueller team advising on the internal and external investigations into potential violations of U.S. export control law (OFAC)
  • Credit institution operating worldwide: advising on how to deal with investigations into potential violations of German securities trading law conducted against the German subsidiary credit institution of the banking group and a management board member
  • Asset manager operating worldwide: advising on how to deal with investigations conducted by BaFin into potential violations of German securities trading law
  • German branch of a major foreign insurer: advising on allegations of corruption brought against a member of the management board

Banking regulatory law and corporate banking law:

  • Major European credit institution: advising on the transformation of a German branch into a subsidiary bank.
  • Another major European credit institution: advising on the transformation of a German branch into a subsidiary bank.
  • WestLB / Portigon: providing comprehensive advice on the transformation and establishment of Erste Abwicklungsanstalt EAA (the first German bad bank established under the German Financial Market Stability Act)
  • Hypo Real Estate: advising on the transformation and establishment of FMS-Wertmanagement FMS-WM (the second German bad bank established under the German Financial Market Stability Act)

A description of our Compliance & Internal Investigations practice group can be downloaded here