Prof. Dr. Daniel Graewe, LL.M.


Prof. Dr. Daniel Graewe, LL.M. 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, he passed the first state law examination. He then began his legal clerkship in Hamburg, where he also completed his political studies with a degree in political science.

During his legal clerkship, Daniel Graewe worked at the Hamburg Regional Court, the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, among others. Further stations led him 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, he passed the second state law examination in Hamburg. In the same year, he was also admitted to the bar.

Subsequently, Professor Graewe completed his 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 his doctoral studies, he 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, he 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 his doctoral thesis, Daniel Graewe joined White & Case, a leading American law firm, where he worked for several years in the areas of corporate and capital markets law in Hamburg, London and Munich. At the same time, he successfully completed a specialist attorney course in tax law. He then worked for several years in the Hamburg office of CMS Hasche Sigle, an equally renowned international law firm, in the area of corporate law and private clients.

After many years of teaching assignments in German and English in the areas of commercial and corporate law, venture capital and business law, he accepted a full professorship in business law at Nordakademie University of Applied Sciences in the year 2016. There he was also founding director of the Institute for Applied Business Law. From 2017 to 2021, he held a parallel position as Of Counsel at Eversheds Sutherland. He 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 2021, Daniel Graewe founded the firm and is also active as a member of the Supervisory Board. In 2022, he moved the Institute to the University HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration.

In his free time, he is involved in church and social institutions. He is a mentor of the Deutschlandstiftung Integration, an honorary knight of the Order of St. John, and a member of the board of trustees of the Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Society . He is also a reserve officer in the German Armed Forces (Lieutenant Colonel). In 2012 he was awarded the White & Case Pro Bono Award and in 2019 the Fulbright Certificate of Excellence.

He lives in Hamburg with his wife and their daughters.