While I was studying for a German law degree at Munich University, the MJur attracted me as it gave me the opportunity to expand my civil law background with comparative studies in English common law. Other universities offered the LL.M. or its equivalent, but the MJur was unique in its approach to include in its curriculum more pan-European legal subjects and jurisprudence. Following my MJur degree I applied and was admitted to stay a second year and read the BCL. I was then able to build on the common law subjects I had covered in the MJur and to satisfy English law requirements to become a lawyer in England.
My memorable moments at Oxford included attending the lectures of charismatic Professor Oditah on Corporate Insolvency, sharing ideas with an outstanding selection of Law Faculty members as well as fellow students and getting inspiration from some of the most awe-inspiring libraries in existence – in particular the All Souls Codrington library. I also found some time outside the classroom to pursue other activities at Oxford and rowed in the Boat Race against Cambridge. After Oxford I trained and qualified as a solicitor at Freshfields in London before leaving private practice and becoming an in-house banking lawyer. I am currently acting as Senior Managing Counsel at Bank of New York Mellon in their Regulatory Affairs legal team.