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Studies of law and business administration at the Universities of Munich and Regensburg, doctorate thesis on antitrust law (merger control in oligopolistic situations, Dr. jur.), post graduate studies at the College of Law of the University of Illinois, USA (Master of Laws, LL.M.). Admitted as attorney at law in 1989, as certified tax advisor in 1995.

Associate and partner, respectively, with several international law firms in Munich and Frankfurt: Haarmann Hemmelrath & Partners, Pünder Volhard Weber & Axster (today: Clifford Chance), Schürmann & Partners, Coudert Brothers (Head of Capital Markets Germany). Counselling and representation of multinational enterprises, banks, managers and high net worth individuals in corporate and finance, M & A and tax planning. Apart therefrom advice and defense in white collar crime and tax evasion matters, forensic services.

More than two years member of the executive board (Vorstand) of an international stock listed corporation (Aktiengesellschaft), responsible for corporate development, M & A und law.

2002 establishment of FRANKE in Berlin, advice, representation and defense in white collar crime and tax evasion cases, representation of managers against liability claims, tax disputes.

Publications, speaches and seminars on a regular basis on white collar crime, tax evasion and manager liability.

Chairman of the Supervisory Board of IQB Career Services Aktiengesellschaft, Frankfurt

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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, USA (

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