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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 and ESG compliance (incl. Anti-Money Laundering) and global investigations.

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)