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Dr Wolf Bussian

Managing Partner Germany

Frankfurt am Main

Bussian Wolf
Dr Wolf Bussian

Managing Partner Germany

Frankfurt am Main

As our Managing Partner Germany, Wolf heads Allen & Overy’s German practice. He focuses on litigation and investigations in the finance sector.

He represents banks, asset managers, insurers, funds, accounting firms and other companies as well as governments and public institutions in disputes both in and out of court. He deals with disputes about complex finance products and tax driven transactions (for example cum/ex and cum/cum trades) on a regular basis. Wolf also frequently advises on capital market disputes and capital market-related professional indemnity claims as well as disputes in the field of payment services. He has special expertise with disputes resulting from bank crises (restructuring, resolution and insolvency) and equity substitution. He regularly deals with international civil procedural law issues (e.g. service, taking evidence and enforcement abroad), in particular in relation to the UK and the United States.

A major focus of his work are investigations in the financial sector (e.g. relating to allegations of tax evasion, market manipulation, fraud or insider trading), typically in multi-jurisdictional teams from several practice groups (including regulatory, tax, corporate). Wolf leads internal investigations and advises on external investigations conducted by regulators (including ECB, BaFin, SEC, DOJ, FCA), tax authorities or criminal prosecutors.

Wolf regularly publishes in legal journals as well as daily press on procedural, capital market and banking issues. He is recognised as leading expert for Finance Litigation and Investigations in legal directories. Legal 500 Germany 2019 praises his Finance Litigation Practice as market leading (Tier 1). Chambers Global recognises Wolf as leading expert for Finance Litigation since 2015 already, highlighting that he "enters the rankings on the strength of his excellent reputation for representing banks and financial institutions in litigation proceedings, often with a significant international aspect". JUVE 2017/2018 lists Wolf as "leading expert for investigations and disputes in the context of tax transactions like cum/ex and cum/cum deals". The Financial Times commended Allen & Overy as "standout" for a matter led by Wolf in the category "Innovation in dispute resolution" at the FT Innovative Lawyers Awards 2015.

News & insights

Hendrik Roehricht

News: 01 JULY 2021

Allen & Overy further bolsters its private equity practice in Germany

Allen & Overy has boosted its German private equity practice with the appointment of highly regarded private equity specialist Dr Hendrik Röhricht, who is joining the firm’s Munich office as a partner…

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Publications: 02 OCTOBER 2020

GIR - data privacy & transfer in investigations

Regulators and enforcement authorities across the globe continue to focus on the activities of banks, corporations and their employees.

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Blog Post: 30 AUGUST 2019

New German legislation on corporate sanctions and internal investigations taking shape

The German Federal Ministry of Justice has prepared a draft bill of a Corporate Sanctions Act (Draft Bill). If enacted in its current draft form, it will significantly affect the prosecution of…

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Publications: 28 AUGUST 2019

New German act on corporate sanctions and internal investigations taking shape

A Corporate Sanctions Act is taking shape in Germany. It would bring about a significant increase in potential corporate fines, introduce far-reaching changes to the prosecution of corporate crimes…

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Admitted as German Rechtsanwalt, 2004


Dr iur, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, 2007

LL.M, Boston University School of Law, USA, 2006

Second German Law Degree, 2004

First German Law Degree, 2002

Published work

Bussian W. (2016): „Lichtblick für Banken in Swap-Klagewelle“, Börsenzeitung 2. April 2016

Bussian W., Loewer J. (2016): „Litigating Securities Class Actions”, Eisenberg (Hrsg.), LexisNexis, Kapitel zu “Non-US Class Actions - Germany”

Bussian W., Windthorst J.E. (2015): “Europäische Bankenaufsicht und Legal Privilege – Weigerungsrechte bei Dokumentenanforderungen im Rahmen des einheitlichen Aufsichtsmechanismus (SSM)“, WM Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Bankrecht 2011, pp. 2265 – 2271

Bussian W. (2015) "Handbuch Gesellschaftsrechtliche Streitigkeiten" (Corporate Litigation), 2. Aufl., Mehrbrey (Hrsg.), Carl Heymanns Verlag, Kapitel zu aktienrechtlicher Nichtigkeitsklagen, Freigabeverfahren, Eilverfahren, positiver Beschlussfeststellungsklage sowie Feststellungsklagen

Bussian W., Schmidt A. (2012) "Der Regierungsentwurf zur Reform von Kapitalanleger-Musterverfahren – Auf dem Weg zu Class Actions in Deutschland?", Corporate Finance Law (CFL) 2012, pp. 37 - 45

Bussian W., Schmidt A. (2012) "Zur Reform von Kapitalanleger-Musterverfahren", PHi Versicherung und Haftung 2/2012, pp. 2 -7

Bussian W. (2012) "Berlin will Kollektivklagen beschleunigen – Reform des Kapitalanleger-Musterverfahrensgesetzes", Börsenzeitung 13 March 2012

Bussian W. (2011) "Die Verwendung von Insiderinformationen", WM Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Bankrecht 2011, pp. 8 -14

Bussian W. (2011) "Pflicht zur Aufklärung über Gewinnmarge bleibt die Ausnahme", Interview zur "Swap"- Entscheidung des BGH, Börsenzeitung 23 March 2011

Bussian W., Bartlik M. (2011) "Kick-backs bei Mezzanine-Programmen", Anmerkung zu LG Frankfurt, BKR 2011

Bussian W. (2011) "BGH erschwert Verjährung von Anlegeransprüchen", Recht der Finanzinstrumente 2011

Bussian W., Achenbach M. (2011) "Haftung des GmbH-Geschäftsführers für die Gesellschafterliste trotz Mitwirkung des Notars?", Betriebs-Berater (BB) 2010, pp. 778 - 781

Bussian W., Zimmerling M. (2010) "Class Actions – bald auch in Deutschland?", Deutsches Aktieninstitut Finanzplatz Juli 2010, pp. 10 -12

Bussian W. (2008) "Due Diligence bei Pakettransaktionen: Zur Rechtsstellung des Vorstands zwischen Auskunftsanspruch der Aktionäre, Insiderverboten und Datenschutz", Peter Lang Verlag, Schriftenreihe zum Gesellschafts- und Kapitalmarktrecht, Band 23