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Dr Caroline Herkströter

Head of Financial Services Regulatory, Europe

Dr Caroline Herkströter is an investment and banking regulatory lawyer based in Frankfurt. Her main focus is on securities, banking regulation as well as the regulation of investment funds. Having a particular focus on ESG related issues, Caroline is recognised as one of the leading experts in Germany with regard to ESG.

Caroline advises credit institutions and financial services providers, including investment and universal banks, AIF and UCITS management companies and securities trading companies on all aspects of German, European and international investment, banking, and capital markets law. In particular, she focuses on the cross-border distribution of financial products, and issues related to clearing, settlement and global custody and depositary services.

Caroline advises on the establishment and distribution of open- and closed-ended investment funds, particularly securities and real estate funds within Germany. Her experience also includes prime brokerage, securities lending, international securities custody, collateral management, and investment advisor liability. Additionally, Caroline advises on the establishment and acquisition of German credit institutions, joint ventures, the extension of banking licences and global outsourcing projects as well as on the listing of funds on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

Caroline also advises on FinTech regulatory matters and she has developed particular knowledge of blockchain and cryptocurrencies including crypto-custody, and advises start-ups, payments providers and financial institutions on the regulatory issues related to the deployment of these technologies.

She heads the European practice as Head of Financial Services Regulatory.

Bar admissionsRechtsanwältin admitted with Rechtsanwaltskammer Frankfurt am Main
  • German
  • English
  • French
  • Goethe-University Frankfurt, PhD
  • Goethe-University Frankfurt, second state examination
  • Goethe-University Frankfurt, first state examination

Prior experience

  • Before joining DLA Piper in 2023, Dr Caroline Herkströter worked for leading international law firms in Frankfurt.