Prof. Dr. Daniel Graewe, LL.M.

Curriculum Vitae

I studied law and political science at the University of Freiburg. This was followed by a semester abroad in Lausanne/Switzerland and a move to the University of Frankfurt a.M.. In Hesse, I passed the first state law examination and began the legal clerkship in Hamburg, where I also completed my political studies with a degree in political science.

During my legal clerkship, I worked at the Hamburg Regional Court, the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency, and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, among others. Further stations led me to the Federation of German Industries (RGIT) in Washington D.C./USA, and to the German University of Administrative Sciences in Speyer. In the year 2009, I passed the second state law examination in Hamburg. In the same year, I was also admitted to the bar.

Subsequently, I completed the doctorate on a corporate law topic in the field of corporate governance under Professor Dr. Barbara Dauner-Lieb at the University of Cologne. Already during my doctoral studies, I worked for an established German law firm and represented numerous companies throughout Germany in labor court proceedings and in the field of international commercial law. Subsequently, I completed an LL.M. program with a focus on Japanese law as a scholarship holder of the Robert Bosch Foundation with a research stay in Kyôto/Japan.

After completing my PhD-thesis, I joined White & Case, a leading American law firm, where I worked for several years in the areas of corporate and capital markets law in Hamburg, London and Munich. At the same time, I successfully completed a specialist attorney course in tax law. I then worked for several years in the Hamburg office of CMS, an equally renowned international law firm, in the area of corporate law and private clients.

After many years of parallel teaching assignments in German and English in the areas of commercial and corporate law, venture capital and business law, I accepted a full professorship in business law at Nordakademie University of Applied Sciences in the year 2016. There, I was also founding director of the Institute for Applied Business Law (WIRE). From 2017 to 2021, I held a parallel position as Of Counsel at Eversheds Sutherland. I was also appointed Faculty Member of the Institute of Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances in Vienna in 2018 and Senior Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley (Fulbright Commission Scholarship) in 2019. In 2022, I transferred the WIRE-Institute to the HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration, and opened the Hamburg office of the law firm MARTIUS in 2024.

In my free time, I'm involved in church and social institutions. I am also a reserve officer in the German Armed Forces (Lieutenant Colonel). In 2012 I was awarded the White & Case Pro Bono Award and in 2019 the Fulbright Certificate of Excellence.

I live in Hamburg with my wife and our three daughters.


  • Association of University Teachers of Business Law

  • Youth Chamber International Alumni

  • German Atlantic Society

  • Federal Association of Medium-Sized Businesses

  • Christian Democratic Union of Germany

  • Economic Council of the CDU

  • Fulbright Alumni Network Germany

  • Association of Reservists of the German Armed Forces

  • Christian Democratic Union

  • KSCV