Dr. Henning Berger

Partner, Berlin


“Henning Berger is a recognized name on the market, and described by a client as ‘reliable, quick to respond and focused on the problem at hand.’”
Chambers Europe 2013


Henning is an experienced lawyer in public commercial law, with a particular focus on insurance law and financial regulation.

As the Office Executive Partner of Berlin, Henning heads the firm's German Financial Services Regulatory practice, and has developed a strong practice related to the Supervision of the ECB over significant banks in Europe and related issues, including governance, ownership control and Brexit issues.

Often working across multiple jurisdictions, Henning advises public institutions, banks and insurance companies on corporate and product-related issues in the financial services sector. Clients benefit from his considerable experience of supervisory law, pan-European activities of financial service providers and of insurance schemes for financial institutions.

In this regard, in 2009 Henning was commended for his "specialist knowledge of the Deposit Protection Fund (Einlagensicherungsfonds) … something that almost no other practice can boast or provide" when the Firm won the Juve Law Firm of the Year 2009, for public law.

Armed with an in-depth knowledge of the regulatory landscape, he also advises clients on privatization and public-private partnerships, on environmental and planning law, as well as on constitutional and European law.

Henning is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the German Bar Association, the American Chamber of Commerce Germany (Company Delegate) and the German Association for Insurance Science.

Bars and Courts
Administrative Lawyer
Second State Exam
Higher Regional Court of Berlin
Dr jur
Free University of Berlin
First State Exam
Free University of Berlin
University of Berlin
University of Konstanz


Vattenfall, 2014
Advised Vattenfall Europe New Energy GmbH (VEN) on the sale of its stake in the waste utilization plant Müllverwertung Borsigstraße (MVB), located in Hamburg. The value of the 85.5 percent share is approximately €67 million.

DZ BANK AG Deutsche Zentral-Genossenschaftsbank (2014)
Advised DZ Bank on its €1.5 billion capital increase. All 186.9 million new shares have been placed with shareholders at a subscription price of €7.90 per share, and as a result of the capital increase DZ BANK's Tier 1 ratio has increased to more than 10 percent. This was the largest capital increase in the bank's history and, due to high demand, the issue was oversubscribed.

German Ministry of Finance, 2012
Advised on the €471 million sale of TLG Wohnen GmbH to MDAX-listed TAG Immobilien AG and on the €1.1 billion sale of TLG IMMOBILIEN GmbH to private equity investor Lone Star.

Steadfast Capital, 2012
Advised Steadfast Capital Fund III, L.P. on the acquisition of Barat Ceramics-Group from Equita GmbH & Co. Holding KGaA. The acquisition financing was provided by a bank consortium led by Helaba (Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen).

Federal Republic of Germany/ Berlin Senate, 2012
Advised the Federal Republic of Germany and the Berlin Senate Department of Urban Development on environmental and planning law, with regard to the development and construction of the 16th section of the federal motorway BAB A 100 in Berlin. The project faced strong public resistance based on environmental issues. We advised and represented the client in preparing the necessary documentations and represent the client in public hearings.

Federal Ministry of Finance, 2011
Represented the German government in a state liability case before the Berlin Regional Court, relating to investor compensation in the case of Phoenix Kapitaldienst GmbH.

Speaking Engagements

"Unified Banking Supervision in Europe: Reasons, Prospects and Problems", November 21, 2016: Humboldt-University of Berlin, Seminar for Banking and Capital Market Law, (Vereinheitlichung der Aufsicht über Kreditinstitute in Europa: Gründe, Chancen und Probleme des Single Supervisory Mechanism)

"The new German financing regulation for deposit guarantee systems against the background of national and European legal requirements", April 28, 2016: BdB/vbo-Fachtagung, Frankfurt, (Die neue Entschädigungsfinanzierungsverordnung vor dem Hintergrund nationaler und europäischer Vorgaben)

"HETA ASSET RESOLUTION AG - practical Update: current situation - recent developments - future outlook", May 27, 2015: White & Case Spring Seminar Series, (HETA ASSET RESOLUTION AG - Praktiker-Update: Bestandsaufnahme - Aktuelle Entwicklungen - Ausblick) (together with Markus Langen, Roger Kiem, Dennis Heuer and Karsten Wöckener)

"Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) – Joint Banking Supervision by ECB and BaFin", December 3, 2014: Humboldt-University of Berlin, Seminar for banking and capital market law, (Einheitlicher Aufsichtsmechanismus – Bankenaufsicht im Verbund von EZB und BaFin)

"Rights of Environmental Associations in Administrative Court Proceedings – On the Impact of the ECJ's,Trianel and, Slovakian-Brown-Bear- Decisions", January 14, 2014: Free University of Berlin, European Law Moot Court Colloqium, (Rechte von Umweltverbänden im Verwaltungsprozess – Bedeutung und Folgen der "Trianel"- und "Braunbär"- Entscheidungen des EuGH)

"Freedom of Information and Confidentiality-Obligations in the Financial Sector – On the Referral to the ECJ by the Administrative Court of Frankfurt of 19 February 2013", April 24, 2013: Free University of Berlin, European Law Moot Court Colloqium, (Informationsfreiheit und Vertraulichkeitspflicht in der Finanzwirtschaft – Zur Vorlage des VG Frankfurt an den EuGH vom 19 February 2013)

Case Study on European State Aid Measures for Banks (Case-Study zur Bankenrettung), January 16, 2013: Free University of Berlin, European Law Moot Court Colloqium, (Case-Study zur Bankenrettung) (with Christoph Arhold)

"Overcoming Risks for the Financial System by Financial Institutions – Current Law and Proposals for a Banking Union and Bank Resolution Mechanisms", November 14, 2012: Humboldt-University of Berlin, Seminar for banking law and capital market law, (Bewältigung von Gefahren für das Finanzsystem durch Finanzinstitute – lex lata und Vorschläge zu einer Bankenunion und Banksanierungsregelung)

"Responsibilities of Board Members of Banks under European and German Supervisory Law", November 19, 2013: Association of German Banks/Association for banking organization symposium, (Die aufsichtsrechtliche Verantwortung von Vorstands-und Aufsichtsratsmitgliedern von Kreditinstituten)


Banking Supervision, in: Münchener Handbuch des Gesellschaftsrechts, Mergers vol. VIII, 2018, chapter 64

Breaking the bonds that bind, Financial Regulatory Observer, 2018, (co-author with Dr. Martin Weber)

Bank support, resolution and compensation: Current issues of the European Banking Union, in: Commemorative publication for Klaus Pannen, 2017, pages 3 – 20 (Stützung, Abwicklung und Entschädigung: Aktuelle Abgrenzungsfragen in der Bankenunion)

Application of law by the European Central Bank in the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) – part I, Wertpapiermitteilungen (WM), Issue 49, 10 December 2016, pages 2325 – 2336, (Rechtsanwendung durch die EZB im Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) – Teil I)

Application of law by the European Central Bank in the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) – part II, Wertpapiermitteilungen (WM), Issue 50 – 52, 17 December 2016, pages 2361 – 2369, (Rechtsanwendung durch die EZB im Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) – Teil II)

Freedom of information and financial supervision - Questions regarding the access to information under the European Single Supervisory Mechanism, SSM, Deutsches Verwaltungsblatt, Issue 10, Pages 608-616, 2015, (Informationsfreiheit und Finanzaufsicht – Fragen zum Informationszugang im ,Single Supervisory Mechanism, SSM’) (co-author, with Benjamin Schirmer)

The Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) – Banking supervision in the Eurozone, WM, Issue 11, Pages 501 – 506, 2015, (Der einheitliche Aufsichtsmechanismus (SSM) – Bankenaufsicht im europäischen Verbund)

Bundesbank Act, Nomos-Commentary. The German Federal Law, Baden-Baden, Loose Leaf System, Status: 06/2014, (Bundesbankgesetz, Nomos-Kommentar. Das deutsche Bundesrecht) (co-author, with Katrin Rübsamen)

Constitutional Limits of Reviews by Courts of Processing Fee Clauses in Consumer Loan Agreements, WM, Issue 40, pp. 1877–1924, 2011, (Verfassungsrechtliche Grenzen der gerichtlichen Kontrolle von Klauseln über Bearbeitungsentgelte in Verbraucherkreditverträgen) (co-author, with Katrin Rübsamen)

New regulatory requirements for members of supervisory boards under the German Act on Insurance Supervision, VersR, Issue 10, Pages 422-429, 2010, (Die neue Aufsicht über Aufsichtsräte nach dem VAG)

Conversion of property for the protection of private individuals – On the transfer of insurance contracts and property from insurance companies to a public insurance guarantee scheme according to sec. 125 par. 2, Insurance Supervisory Act Germany, NVwZ, special edition, pp. 30–34, 2005, (Eigentumsentziehung zum Schutz Privater – Zur Übertragung von Versicherungsverträgen und Vermögensgegenständen auf einen Sicherungsfonds gemäß § 125 II VAG)

Awards and Recognition

Handelsblatt Best Lawyers Germany 2018: Insurance Law and Public Law

Leading Lawyer: Insurance Law: Transactional – Germany, Chambers Europe 2016

Highly Recommended Lawyer: Banking and Regulatory, JUVE 2020/2021

Highly Recommended Lawyer: Environmental and Planning Law, JUVE 2020/2021

Highly Recommended Lawyer: Insurance Law and Public Law, Best Lawyers/Handelsblatt, 2018

Highly Recommended Lawyer: Banking Regulatory and Insurance, Legal 500 2018