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About Dr. Marlen Vesper-Gräske

Marlen focuses on Corporate Compliance, ESG and Internal Investigations.

She is advising in all areas of corporate, criminal (incl. Anti-Money Laundering) and ESG compliance as well as global investigations. Her focus includes public international law and international criminal law.

Marlen is an active member of the firm’s Global Business and Human Rights practice and its ESG focus groups.

She speaks German, English and French.



  • Humboldt-University of Berlin, Germany (Dr. iur.)
  • New York University School of Law, USA (LL.M.)
  • Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge (UK), the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law (Freiburg, Germany), the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada)
  • Law studies at the universities of Berlin, Germany, and Tours, France
  • Legal training (Referendariat) at the Higher Regional Court of Berlin (Kammergericht), Germany and (inter alia) at the World Bank's Integrity Vice Presidency - Special Litigation Unit Anti-Corruption (Washington, D.C., USA)

Professional qualifications

  • Attorney-at-law (Rechtsanwalt), Germany


  • DICO (Working Group Anti-Money Laundering, Working Group Human Rights)
  • Wirtschaftsstrafrechtliche Vereinigung e.V. (WisteV)
  • Association Internationale de Droit Pénal (AIDP/IAPL)
  • German Women Lawyers Association (djb)


  • „Human Rights Compliance", Seminar, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (30 November 2022)
  • „Canadian and European Perspectives on Green Bonds and Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance: Opportunities and Challenges", Roundtable, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (online, 3 November 2022)
  • „Sustainable Fashion", Panel, Future Forum, NYC, USA (6/7 October 2022)
  • „Nachhaltigkeitsberichterstattung in Deutschland und der EU: Aktuelle Anforderungen und Trends", UN Global Compact Netzwerk Deutschland (online, 5 July 2022)
  • „ESG – Gamechanger für M&A", CFS Lecture, The Center for Financial Studies / Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main (online, 17 May 2022)
  • „Human Rights in Action", Seminar, Akademie für europäischen Menschenrechtsschutz, Universität zu Köln (Köln, 11 May 2022)
  • „Evolving Legislation: How to stay ahead of the regulatory curve (Panel)", Responsible Sourcing and Ethical Trade Forum, Innovation Forum, (London, 4/5 April 2022)
  • „Lieferkettensorgfaltspflichtengesetz, EU-Regelungen & Co. - Was bedeutet das für mein Unternehmen?“, UN Global Compact Netzwerk Deutschland (online, June 2021)
  • „Zur Bedeutung von Compliance - auch in der Krise", UPJ - European Pro Bono Week (online, 23 November 2020)
  • „Germany's Push for Corporate Human Rights Responsibility", Universidad Carlos III / Universidad de Castilla la Mancha / AIDP (Madrid, 13/14 June 2019)