Studied law at the Bonn and Cologne Universities; internship at the District Court in Aachen.
Qualified as an attorney in 1970 followed by 2 years working at a Cologne law firm.
From 1972 company lawyer at a Cologne-based business group (public limited company), including 12 years as financial director. Member of the management board of the German subsidiary of an American business group in Frankfurt from 1994 to 1997.
Attorney at Law. Areas of specialization: industrial property law, company law, general contract law.