Prof. Dr. Frank A. Schäfer LL.M. (UCLA)

Prof. Dr. Frank A. Schäfer LL.M. (UCLA), Partner

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Juve names Prof. Dr. Frank Schäfer as one of Germany’s leading lawyers for banking supervisory law and corporate law disputes
(Juve Handbuch 2015/2016)

“unique academic and practical grasp of supervisory law, good networking and doesn’t baulk at conflicts with the German Financial Supervisory Agency” (JUVE Handbuch 2014/2015)

“outstanding competence”
(JUVE Handbuch 2013/2014)


  • Lawyer, partner of the partnership
  • Legal education, legal training and doctorate in Göttingen and Los Angeles (LL.M.)
  • Admission as lawyer in 1987
  • Until 1999 general counsel at the private bank HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt KGaA in Düsseldorf
  • Beginning of 1999 joined the Düsseldorf office of Sernetz·Schäfer Rechtsanwälte
  • Since October 2003 honorary professor at the Ruhr-University of Bochum
  • Main practice areas: banking and capital markets law; financial regulation; property trusts, succession and executorships
  • Activity as arbitrator
  • Member of the Commercial Law Committee of the German Lawyers’ Association (Handelsrechtsausschuss des Deutschen Anwaltvereins)
  • Memberships: Banking Law Association (Bankrechtliche Vereinigung - BrV); Corporate Law Association (Gesellschaftsrechtliche Vereinigung - VGR); Working Group for Executorships and Legal Estate Management (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Testamentsvollstreckung und Vermögenssorge e.V. - AGT); German American Lawyers’ Association (DAJV); German Lawyers’ Association (Deutscher Anwaltsverein - DAV)
  • Languages: German, English