Dr. Bernd R. Mayer leads Skadden’s German offices, serves as the head of the firm’s German corporate governance practice and serves on Skadden’s Policy Committee. He has substantial experience in advising and assisting management and supervisory boards in corporate governance, internal investigations and regulatory matters.


Mr. Mayer has handled accounting and tax fraud matters for financial institutions, advised on the implementation of corporate compliance programs, provided training of management and employees, conducted internal cross-border investigations and provided related corporate governance advice.

As a member of the firm’s corporate investigations practice, Dr. Mayer has assisted clients with cross-border investigations in, among others, Angola, Austria, Brazil, Columbia, Egypt, Germany, Guatemala, India, Israel, Lebanon, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Spain and Switzerland. He is familiar with best practices relating to forensic investigations. Dr. Mayer had a leading role on the team advising Daimler AG regarding SEC/DOJ investigations into the infringement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Dr. Mayer is listed as one of Germany’s top 16 senior partners in corporate law by JUVE Wirtschaftskanzleien and as a “leading individual” by Chambers Global and Chambers Europe. He also is recognised as being among the world’s leading investigations lawyers in Who’s Who Legal: Investigations and in Global Investigations Review’s GIR 30.



  • Dr. jur., Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, 1994
  • University of Tübingen, Germany, 1990
  • University of Tokyo, 1990-1993


  • Munich


  • Member, International Bar Association


  • German
  • English
  • Dutch

Bernd R. Mayer

Partner, Corporate Governance; Cross-Border Investigations; Litigation