Dr. Birka Stroschein studied law at the University of Cologne, Germany.
During her time at the Law Center for European and International Cooperation, Cologne (R.I.Z.), she participated in the 8th Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, organized by Pace University, New York, USA, and achieved Vice World Champion.
Afterwards Dr. Birka Stroschein completed her doctoral studies in international civil procedure law at the University of Cologne.
After completing her legal traineeship at the regional court of Cologne and admission to the German Bar at the Bar Association of Frankfurt am Main in 2007,
Dr. Birka Stroschein started in the Corporate Department of DLA Piper UK LLP, one of the world’s largest law firms in Frankfurt am Main. Following this she worked for HRS Hotel Reservierungs Service Robert Ragge GmbH, and later for Quest Media GmbH, Cologne, as General Counsel.
Dr. Birka Stroschein specialises in corporate and commercial law.
She has been appointed as specialist lawyer for commercial and corporate law by the Bar Association of Frankfurt am Main in 2012.
She has many years experience and a profound knowledge of all aspects of commercial law, including, the drafting and negotiation of day-to-day business contracts, sales agency and distribution law, as well as, the representation of clients vis-à-vis public authorities, public notaries, commercial registers and in court.
In corporate law, Dr. Birka Stroschein advises, inter alia, on the incorporation and acquisition of (shelf) companies, the liquidation and transformation of companies, corporate housekeeping as well as complex national and multi-jurisdictional transactions / M&A. She also frequently represents clients in corporate litigation cases.
She represents her corporate litigation clients both in and out of court.
Thorsten Makowka, LL.M. studied law at Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel, University of Hamburg and LUISS University, Rome (Italy).
He completed his legal traineeship at the regional court of Lübeck and was admitted to the German Bar at the Bar Association Munich.
In the beginning of his career Thorsten Makowka,, LL.M. worked for many years for international clients of PwC Legal AG, the law firm of world’s leading “Big-Four”-audit company PwC in Frankfurt am Main.
During his time at PwC he enjoyed a secondment at Siemens AG, Munich.
Afterwards, he worked successfully as Inhouse Legal Counsel for PVH Corp., the world`s biggest apparel company.
Thorsten Makowka, LL.M. focuses on corporate and commercial law.
He has been appointed as specialist lawyer for commercial and corporate law by the Bar Association Frankfurt am Main in 2011. He has been appointed as specialist lawyer for international business law by the Bar Association Düsseldorf in 2018.
He achieved the title Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Fernuniversität in Hagen with a master thesis on the acquisition of enterprises (M&A) in 2012.
His profound knowledge of commercial law includes amongst other things the drafting and negotiation of national and international agreements, distribution law, as well the representation of clients vis-à-vis public authorities, public notaries, commercial registers and in court.
He advises on corporate law matters including issues of corporate housekeeping, preparation and drafting of shareholder resolutions, incorporation and acquisition of (shelf) companies, liquidation of companies, share transfer, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) as well as representation in corporate litigation, in and out of court.