Prof. Dr. Bernd Geier, LL.M (Cambridge)

Partner
Rechtsanwalt, Solicitor (England & Wales)

Frankfurt am Main
Germany

Bernd Geier is a partner focused on finance, regulatory law, and funds. His practice covers the entire spectrum of regulatory issues (compliance), with a focus on the financial sector, including FinTech. He advises clients on financial market regulation, transaction structuring and optimisation, outsourcing law, as well as on new technologies (cryptocurrencies) and sustainability requirements (ESG).

Bernd Geier is Professor of Business Law, Banking and Capital Markets Law as well as Regulation at SRH University Heidelberg and Lecturer in Banking Supervisory Law at the University of Speyer. He is a member of the advisory board of the journal "Recht der Finanzinstrumente", a member of the jury of the Science Award of the Federal Association of Alternative Investments (BAI), and a member of the BAI Expert Committee on Fund / Market Regulation.

  • Fondsdepot Bank on strategic partnership with Elinvar
  • DXC Technology in relation to the acquisition of AXA Bank in Germany
  • German Savings Banks Association (DSGV) on the sale of HSH Nordbank AG
  • Paydirekt, the private and mutual banks on the setting up and introduction of a new payment service (“Paydirekt”)
  • Eurex Clearing AG on the development and implementation of its Individual Clearing Model (ICM CCD)

(includes work for other law firms)

 Best Lawyers

„Banking & Finance Law”

2021 and 2022 editions

 Legal 500

“outstanding legal advice, very gut industry knowledge and very quick response times”

2018 edition

 Juve

“renowned expert”

Handbook 2015/2016

 Juve

“very knowledgeable, right down to the details”

Handbook 2015/2016

 Juve

“highly competent as advisor to trading venues”

Handbook 2014/2015

Juve 

“considered and profound”

Handbook 2014/2015

Since 2021
Partner at Rimôn Falkenfort

Since 2018
Professor of Business Law, Finance, Capital Markets & Regulation School of Social and Legal Sciences SRH University Heidelberg

Since 2011
Lecturer University of Administrative Sciences, Speyer

Since 2011
Admission as Solicitor (England & Wales)

Since 2004
Admission to the bar in Germany

2015 – 2021
Partner at international law firms

2008 – 2015
Lawyer at international law firms

2007
Master of Law (LL.M), University of Cambridge

2007
Ph.D., University of Cologne

2004
Second State Exam in Law, State of Bavaria

2002
First State Exam in Law, University of Bayreuth

  • WM-Webinar: Distributed Ledger Technology (MiCa, DORA, eWpG, Pilotregime, Crowdfunding-VO) schöne neue DLT Welt? [on crypto assets], March 2021
  • WM-Webinar: ESG – Die neue Nachhaltigkeit (Disclosure-VO, Taxonomie-VO, Bilanz-Rili, MiFID, etc.) [on sustainability regulation], February 2021
  • WM-Webinar: Kapitalmarktrecht aktuell Brexit und die Folgen [on Brexit], January 2021
  • BAI-Webinar, Digitales Asset Management [on crypto assets], October 2020
  • WM-Webinar, Distributed Ledger Technology, October 2020
  • WM-Webinar, Nachhaltigkeitsbezogene Offenlegungspflichten [on Disclosure Regulation], October 2020
  • BAI-Webinar, Covid 19: Vertragsgestaltung – Risiken – Auswirkungen [on Covid], May 2020
  • WM-Webinar: Covid 19 – Auswirkungen auf die Vertragsgestaltung und bilanzielle Aspekte [on Covid], May 2020
  • BAI-Webinar, Corona-Virus, Contingency Planning: Notfallpläne, Risk Monitoring und Kundenschutz, [on Covid], March 2020
  • VAB-Seminar, Main Features and Practical Implications of MaRisk, February 2020
  • WM-Seminar, Der neue Emittentenleitfaden [on the Market Abuse Regulation], February 2020
  • Radio Regenbogen (Baden-Württemberg), Blockchain und Kryptowährungen (Interview) [on crypto currencies], Februar 2020
  • Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, Guest Lecture in „Restructuring & Strategic Management Control“, October 2019
  • WM-Seminar, Die neuen Referenzzinssätze in der praktischen Umsetzung [on the LIBOR transition], September 2019
  • WM-Seminar, Die neuen Referenzzinssätze [on the LIBOR transition], April 2019
  • Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, Guest Lecture in „Business Ethics“, March 2019
  • WM-Seminar, Haftungsrisiko Benchmark-Verordnung [on the Benchmark Regulation], November 2018
  • ICMA/bmf, 9th Annual Capital Markets Conference, Panelist, October 2018
  • Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, Guest Lecture in „Restructuring & Strategic Management Control“, September 2018
  • WM-Seminar, Bankenaufsichtsrecht [on bank supervision], September 2018
  • VAB-Seminar, Compliance im Wertpapiergeschäft [on securities compliance], June 2018
  • RdF-Seminar, Rechtliche und steuerrechtliche Aspekte von MiFID II [on MiFID II], October 2017
  • WM-Seminar, MiFID II / MAR / EMIR (Zurich), June 2017
  • WM-Seminar, Neue Entwicklungen in der Derivateregulierung [on the European Market Infrastructure Regulation], March 2017
  • VAB, Foreign Banks in Germany – New Challenges and New Chances, October 2016
  • WM-Seminar, Das neue europäische Marktmissbrauchsregime [on the Market Abuse Regulation], October 2016
  • WM-Seminar, Neue Entwicklungen in der Derivateregulierung: Bilaterale Besicherung - Regulatorische Entwicklungen - Collateral Management [on the European Market Infrastructure Regulation], September 2016
  • Academy of European Law (ERA) – The Regulation of Derivatives in the EU, September 2016
  • ISF, German Securities Finance Summit V, September 2016
  • Deutsche Börse, Stocks & Standards, Marktmissbrauchsverordnung [on the Market Abuse Regulation], Juni 2016
  • BVI-Seminar, Compliance Day, June 2016
  • Turkish Capital Markets Association-Seminar (Istanbul), March 2016
  • WM-Seminar, Clearing, Handel, Sicherheiten, Reporting – neue Pflichten im Derivatehandel [on the European Market Infrastructure Regulation], March 2016
  • VAB-Seminar, WpHG-Compliance 2016: Das Finanzmarktnovellierungsgesetz [on MiFID II], December 2015
  • DAI-Seminar, Die Umsetzung der Finanzmarktrichtlinie MiFID II/MiFIR in Deutschland [on MiFID II], November 2015
  • 4th ECN Crowdfunding Convention (Paris), October 2015
  • Academy of European Law (ERA), MiFID II: Latest development for practice, October 2015
  • WM-Seminar, FINMAG / FINIG / FIDLEG / FINFRAG mit Blick auf Europa MiFID II / MiFIR / EMIR (Zurich) [on financial regulation], September 2015
  • ISF, German Securities Finance Summit IV, September 2015
  • Academy of European Law (ERA), Summer Course on EU Regulation and Supervision of Financial Markets, June 2015
  • WM-Seminar, MiFID II / MiFIR, Überblick Auswirkungen auf Geschäftsmodelle und Marktinfrastruktur [on MiFID II], March 2015
  • WM-Seminar, Die neue Welt der Bankenrettung [on bank recovery and resolution], February 2015
  • WM-Seminar, Clearingpflicht, Segregation, Sicherheiten [on the European Market Infrastructure Regulation], January 2015
  • VAB: Compliance im Wertpapierhandel [on regulatory compliance], December 2014
  • BVI: MiFID II – Thema Marktinfrastruktur [on MiFID II], September 2014
  • WM-Seminar: MiFID-Reform: Neue Regeln für Finanzinstrumente, Finanzdienstleistungen und Marktinfrastruktur [on MiFID II], Juli 2014
  • Institute of Law and Finance: LL.M.-Guest Lecture in „Derivatives (Part 3 – Regulatory Framework)“, June 2014
  • WM-Seminar: MiFID-Reform: Neue Regeln für Finanzinstrumente, Finanzdienstleistungen und Marktinfrastruktur [on MiFID II], May 2014
  • WM-Seminar: Neue Marktinfrastruktur für Derivate [on the European Market Infrastructure Regulation], March 2014
  • DAI-Seminar: Herausforderungen für den Kapitalmarkt [on new rules fort he capital market], February 2014
  • BAI-Seminar: Schnittstelle EMIR / KAGB – Auswirkungen auf die Fondswirtschaft [on the European Market Infrastructure Regulation], December 2013
  • WM-Seminar: Update EMIR – Neue Dokumentationsstandards – Neue Clearingmodelle [on central clearing], November 2013
  • Handelsblatt-Tagung – EMIR – Impact of market infrastructure regulation on European banks, September 2013
  • Handelsblatt Jahrestagung: Kapitalanlagestrategien für Versicherungen und andere institutionelle Investoren [on investments by insurance companies], Munich, June 2013
  • WM-Seminar: Neue Entwicklungen bei der Bankenrestrukturierung [on bank recovery and resolution], June 2013
  • TSI-Seminar: Strukturierte Finanzierungen und Verbriefungen [on securitisation transactions], May 2013
  • WM-Seminar: Grundlegende Änderungen der Rahmenbedingungen für OTC-Derivate (EMIR, MiFID II/MiFIR, CRD IV/CRR) [on financial regulation], March 2013
  • WM-Seminar: Neue Vorgaben für OTC-Derivate [on the European Market Infrastructure Regulation], November 2012
  • Baader Investment Conference, Munich, September 2012
  • The European Compliance Conference, Lisbon, March 2012
  • WM-Seminar: Marktinfrastruktur im Wandel [on MiFID II and EMIR], March 2012
  • §§ 200 – 204 KAGB [on securities financing transactions] in: Emde/Dornseifer/Dreibus/Hölscher (editors), KAGB, 2nd edition 2019 (with Anh-Vu Tran, et al.)
  • Vor § 104 (Grundlagen des Kapitalmarktrechts); § 104 (Finanzkommissionsgeschäft) [on basic principles of capital markets and on the execution of transactions in securities] in: Schimansky/Bunte/Lwowski (editors), Bankrechtshandbuch, Vol. (2), 5th edition (with Oliver Seiler)
  • Verwahrungsgeschäfte, insb. Depotgeschäft [on custody business] in: Derleder/Knops/Bamberger (editors), Deutsches und europäisches Bank- und Kapitalmarktrecht, 3rd edition 2017
  • § 46 KWG [on the regulatory stay] in: Reischauer/Kleinhans (editors), Kommentar zum KWG, Erich Schmidt Verlag 2016
  • Handbuch Bankensanierung und -abwicklung [handbook on bank recovery and resolution], co-editor and author, C.H. Beck 2016
  • Gestaltungsfreiheit und Gestaltungsgrenzen der mitgliedschaftlichen Treupflicht des Aktionärs [on shareholders‘ fiduciary duties], Peter Lang 2007, also Ph.D.
  • ESG: Regelwerke im Zusammenspiel [on the Disclosure & Taxonomy Regulation] (with Katharina Hombach), BKR 2021, p. 6
  • Digitalisierung: Einführung elektronischer Wertpapiere [On German Registered and Crypto Securities], RdF 2020, p. 258
  • Forward-Deal in der Projektentwicklung – eine investmentrechtliche Analyse [on the eligibility of forward deals for German funds] (with Boris Strauch), RdF 2020, p. 92
  • Euro-Clearing – Welche Wirkungen hat der Brexit auf das Clearing mit CCP im UK? [on Euro-Clearing and the Brexit], RdF 2018, S. 269 ff.
  • Finanzanalysen in MiFID II und MAR [on research under the MiFID II and MAR] (with Katharina Hombach and Harm Schütt),           RdF 2017, p. 108
  • Der schwierige Weg der Finanzmarktnovellierung [on the implementation of the MiFID II], Die Bank 2015, p. 50
  • Product Governance (with Laura Druckenbrodt), JIBLR 2015, Vol. 30 (4), p. 241
  • Identity Crisis (with Stephan Funck), IFLR 2015, June edition, p. 38
  • Product Governance: MiFID II, PRIIP, Kleinanlegerschutzgesetz – quo vadis? [on product governance under the MiFID II and the German draft retail customer protection act] (with Laura Druckenbrodt), RdF 2015, p. 21
  • Bank Capital Report 2014, German Country Report (with Dirk Eisel), IFLR, Bank Capital Report 2014, p. 14
  • Neues altes Instrument für vertragsreuige juristische Personen des öffentlichen Rechts? Eine Untersuchung der Anwendbarkeit der Ultra-Vires Lehre im Lichte der jüngsten Swap-Geschäfte [on the ultra vires doctrine in Germany] (with Christian Schmitt), WM 2014, p. 1902
  • German Bank Recovery and Resolution Regime – Current Framework and Expected Changes (with Laura Druckenbrodt), JIBLR 2014, Vol. 29 (11), p. 705
  • EMIR – New Regulatory Requirements for the Use of Derivatives in Structured Finance Transactions (with Stefan Henkelmann), JIBLR 2014, Vol. 29 (3), p. 191
  • OTC-Derivate-Regulierung aus Sicht der Buy- und Sell-Side (EMIR und MIFID II/ MiFIR) [on regulatory requirements applicable to the OTC derivatives market] (with Daniel Mirtschink), Corporate Finance biz 2013, p. 201
  • New Legal Framework in Germany for Algorithmic and High Frequency Trading (with Christian Schmitt), JIBLR 2013, Vol. 28 (6), p. 244
  • MiFID-Reform – der neue Anwendungsbereich der MiFID II und MiFIR [on the new scope of the MiFID II and MiFIR] (with Christian Schmitt), WM 2013, p. 915
  • EMIR – Auswirkungen auf Verbriefungstransaktionen [on the impact of the EMIR on securitisation transactions] (with Stefan Henkelmann), Risikomanager 2013, Vol. 19, p. 11
  • HFG-E: neue Vorgaben für den algorithmischen und den Hochfrequenzhandel [on new regulatory requirements for algorithmic and high frequency trading] (with Christian Schmitt), RdF 2013, p. 13
  • Ablauf der Krise eines Kreditinstituts unter Berücksichtigung des Restrukturierungs- und Zweiten Finanzmarktstabilisierungsgesetzes sowie des Entwurfs eines CRD IV-Umsetzungsgesetzes und der Crisis Management Directive (CMD) – eine Analyse und Prognose [on the German bank recovery and resolution regime] (with Christian Schmitt), BKR, special edition, November 2012
  • MiFID-Reform – Änderungen bei der Ausführung von Kundenaufträgen [on the execution of trades under the MiFID II] (with Christian Schmitt), RdF 2012, p. 299
  • Überarbeitung der Finanzmarktrichtlinie – Auswirkungen auf den Vertrieb von Finanzinstrumenten, insbesondere bzgl. der Beratung [on the distribution of financial instruments under the MiFID II] (with Christian Schmitt), EWS 2012, p. 264
  • Der Anwendungsbereich des Moratoriums nach Inkrafttreten des Restrukturierungsgesetzes [on the stay under the German bank restructuring act] (with Christian Schmitt, Janis Petrowski), BKR 2011, p.  497
  • Neuregelungen der Vorgaben für die Kapitalanlage von Versicherungen [on the rules governing the restricted assets of insurance companies], ZBB 2011, p. 45
  • Das Moratorium über die Depotbank [on the impact of a stay on a bank’s custody business], BKR 2010, p. 144 (quoted by German Federal Supreme Court)
  • Die Regelungen des Depotvertrags im Moratorium – Vorschläge zur Vertragsgestaltung [on certain provisions in custody agreements taking account of a potential stay], ZBB 2010, p. 289 (quoted by the German Federal Supreme Court)
  • New German Licensing Requirements for Funds Marketed in Germany, JIBLR 2009, Vol. 24 (7), p. 336
  • Die Anpassung von Gesellschaftsverträgen an sich nachträglich verändernde Realstrukturen – ein Beitrag zur Anwendbarkeit und Überlagerung des Schuldrechts durch das Gesellschaftsrecht [on the shareholders‘ right to require amendments to the articles of association of a company], ZGS 2008, Vol. 1, p. 8
  • Comparison of the Electronic Securities Settlement Systems for the Secondary Securities Markets in Germany and England, JIBLR 2008, Vol. 23 (3), p. 97
  • Trades, bona fide Acquisitions and Priority Rules in the Electronic Securities Settlement Systems for the Secondary Securities Markets in Germany and England, JCLS 2008, Vol. 8 (2), p. 225
  • Konnexität im Polizeirecht [on public powers and enforcement in police law], BayVbl 2004, Vol. 14, p. 389
  • Nachhaltigkeit: Endspurt in Etappen Börsenzeitung [on ESG regquirements], 3 March 2021
  • Aufträge bestmöglich ausführen, €uro [on execution of orders], 17 February 2021
  • A guide to EU sustainable finance reforms for asset managers (zusammen mit Matthew Baker und Chris Ormond), Institutional Asset Manager, 18 January 2021
  • Eine Brückentechnologie als Sackgasse? [on the electronic securities bill], Börsenzeitung, 17 October 2020
  • Die Ambivalenz der Short-Seller [on short-seller regulations] (zusammen mit Thorsten Sellhorn), WirtschaftsWoche vom 3. Oktober 2020
  • Was die Aufgabe der BaFin wirklich ist [on the Wirecard scandal], Börsenzeitung, 1 August 2020
  • Pandemiegesetzgebung trifft Privatautonomie [on the German corona legislation], Börsenzeitung, 18 April 2020
  • Selecting the optimum regulatory regime for blockchain (with Ben Saul and Daniel Csefalvay), Global Risk Regulator, 10 February 2020
  • Neue Regulierung für Finanzanlagenvermittler [on new rules governing fund brokerage], Börsenzeitung, 1 February 2020
  • Regulierung für Kryptowährungen geht voran [on the draft cryptocurrency regulation], Börsenzeitung, 24 August 2019
  • The right measures – Minimising business disruption from BMR, Lexology, May 2019
  • Brexit-Wirbel in der Finanzmarktregulierung [on the German Brexit laws] (wich Michael Magotsch), Börsenzeitung, 9 March 2019
  • Brexit – wie geht es rechtlich weiter? [on the German Brexit laws] (with Christoph Schärtl), Süddeutsche Zeitung, Rechtsguide 2019, p. 15
  • Benchmark-Regulierung rückt in den Fokus [on the benchmark regulation] (with Berthold Kusserow), Börsenzeitung, 19 July 2018
  • Brexit and the EU27 – Germany and financial passporting (with Katja Michel / Jörg Karenfort), Lexis Nexis PSL, 3 November 2016
  • Product Governance-Vorschriften mit Spielraum [on product governance under the MiFID II] (with Katja Michel), Platow Brief, 1 June 2016 
  • Die unmögliche Umsetzung der Marktmissbrauchsverordnung [on market manipulation under MAR] (with Carsten Hahn),       Börsenzeitung, 12 April 2016
  • Wachsende Unsicherheit und steigende Kosten [on the MiFID II], Newsletter Börsenzeitung (Rules & Regulations), interview, 22 March 2016
  • Review, Teuber/Schröder, MiFID II/MiFIR, WM 2016, p. 100
  • Review, A Practitioner’s Guide to MiFID II, 2nd edition 2015, Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation (JIBLR), 2015, Vol. 30 (10), p. 578
  • German draft act: contractual recognition of resolution authorities' powers and changes to insolvency waterfall (with Druckenbrodt), Legal and Regulatory Risk Note, May/June edition 2015, p. 33
  • Insurers as Investors in CoCos: Solvency II (with Stephan Funck), RegCap Analytics, 6 June 2015
  • Bundesregierung plant Erleichterung der Bankenabwicklung [on proposed amendments to the insolvency waterfall], Börsenzeitung, 30 May 2015
  • Insurers as Investors in CoCos: The German investment ordinance (with Stephan Funck), RegCap Analytics, 13 May 2015
  • Neues Bollwerk gegen Marktmissbrauch [on the MAR] (with Dort Schroeren), Börsenzeitung, 28 March 2015
  • Noch abschließender Erklärungsbedarf beim Single Supervisory Mechanism [on the single supervisory mechanism], Börsenzeitung, 27 November 2014
  • BRRD, SRM, Ring-fencing of Risks – amendments to the German Bank Recovery and Resolution Regime (with Laura Druckenbrodt), Legal and Regulatory Risk Note, Sept/Oct edition 2014, p. 16
  • (Schöne) neue Welt der Bankenrettung [on the BRRD implementation in Germany], Börsenzeitung, 23 August 2014
  • What are the Risks and Benefits of CoCos? (with Jens Moericke), Lexis Nexis, interview, 19 May 2014
  • Die MiFID-Reform – eine Evolution und Revolution [on the MiFID reform] (with Frank Herring), Börsenzeitung, 10 May 2014
  • Neue Vorgaben an die Banken-Governance [on new governance requirements for banks] (with Laura Druckenbrodt), Börsenzeitung, 8 March 2014
  • Marktzutritt: Als ob Wolfgang Schäuble ein Geschenk machen wollte [on the liberalised market access for Swiss banks], Finews.ch, interview, 18 November 2013
  • Neugestaltung des Bankenaufsichtsrechts – CRD-IV Umsetzungsgesetz vom Bundestag beschlossen [on the CRD IV implementation act], Handelsblatt Rechtsblog, 4 June 2013
  • High Frequency Trading Act enters into Force in Germany, Lexis Nexis LNB News, interview, 23 May 2013
  • Gesetz zum Hochfrequenzhandel verabschiedet [on the German high frequency trading act], Handelsblatt Rechtsblog, 25 March 2013  
  • EMIR-Ausführungsgesetz vom Bundestag beschlossen [on the EMIR implementation in Germany], Handelsblatt Rechtsblog, 19 December 2012           
  • Neue Instrumente zur Bankenrettung werfen ihre Schatten voraus [on bank recovery and resolution], Börsenzeitung, interview, 17 November 2012
  • Umbruch im OTC-Derivatemarkt schneller als vermutet [on the EMIR], Börsenzeitung, 8 September 2012
  • Regulierung des OTC-Derivatemarktes [on the EMIR], Handelsblatt Rechtsblog, 30 July 2012
  • Mehr Sicherheit und Transparenz für Derivatemärkte [on the EMIR] (with Oliver Dreher, Patrick Scholl), Börsenzeitung, 1 December 2010
  • Griff über die Grenze: Verbraucher können in Deutschland gegen Unternehmen im EU-Ausland klagen [on retail customer protection] (with Henning Twelmeier), c’t 2003, Vol. 16, p. 184