With some 40 years of experience with the European Institutions, in particular in the fields of State aid, cartels and international trade, I am assisting German, European and international companies as well as public institutions with their issues before the European Commission or in the European Court and European Court of Justice. The requirements and demands of my clients - whether mid-size or family owned company, public entity or international corporation, are always at the heart of my advice. The main aim is to enable clients to realize their projects, represent their interests and economic goals, finding pragmatic solutions best serving them.As the office managing partner of leading international law firms - at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Brussels until September 2006, and at (now defunct) Howrey LLP until April 2009 - I know what clients expect from a good strategic and legal advisor. Since 1 May 2009, I make my experience available to my clients as an independent advisor. Whenever the tasks so require, I provide my assistance in cooperation with teams from international firms. Tailor-made teamwork, only when necessary, and concentrating on efficient advice, limiting the amount of time and effort whenever possible, mark my philosophy of assisting clients.