Dr. Michael Albrecht vom Kolke advises domestic and international management and supervisory boards in connection with corporate governance, internal investigations and compliance matters. His practice also focuses on advice relating to economic and financial sanctions of the European Union.


Dr. Albrecht vom Kolke was ranked by WirtschaftsWoche as a Highly Recommended Lawyer in the categories Compliance and Corporate Law. In addition, he has been named a Rising Star in the Corporate Governance category by LMG Expert Guides. Dr. Albrecht vom Kolke’s experience includes advising, among others:

  • the board of directors of a Middle East-based developer and operator of power generation plants in an internal investigation into fraud, bribery and corruption allegations relating to a southeast Asia energy project; 
  • the management board of an international automobile manufacturer regarding the consequence management of multijurisdictional investigations and litigation in connection with diesel exhaust emissions;
  • the supervisory board of Stada Arzneimittel AG on its US$5.6 billion purchase by Bain Capital Private Equity, LP and Cinven Partners LLP;
  • supervisory boards and management boards of multiple financial institutions regarding the consequence management in connection with so-called “cum/ex” transactions, including internal investigations, ensuing litigation and settlement negotiations;
  • a management board of a European financial institution in an internal investigation relating to business practices in connection with the so-called “Panama Papers”;
  • the management board of Hamburg Commercial Bank in connection with its privatization and related matters;
  • a management board of a European financial institution with respect to board members’ duties in a post-M&A dispute;
  • the board of directors of a U.S. technology and services company on corporate governance issues after a merger with a German stock corporation;
  • a multinational oil and gas company on compliance with EU sanctions in connection with the exportation and maintenance of high-end technologies and equipment; and
  • several multinational automotive companies on compliance matters relating to EU sanctions on investments in Russia and Crimea.

Dr. Albrecht vom Kolke is a frequent speaker and panelist at national and international conferences. He studied law at the universities of Freiburg (Germany) and Grenoble (France). Following the completion of his doctoral thesis at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg, he completed his legal preparatory service in Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich and Pristina (Kosovo).



  • Dr. jur., Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg, 2013
  • Second State Exam, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, 2014
  • First State Exam, Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg, 2009


  • Munich


  • German
  • English
  • French

Michael Albrecht vom Kolke