Dr. Kirsten Donner

Local Partner, Berlin



Kirsten Donner is a local partner in the Financial Services Regulatory practice in Berlin.

She specializes in German and European financial regulation and supervision. Kirsten Donner regularly assists banks and financial institutions on regulatory matters, including the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM), bank resolution, compliance issues, audits and investigations, the communication with the European Central Bank and other financial supervisory authorities, and the implementation of new regulatory requirements.

Prior to joining White & Case, Kirsten Donner, among others, worked in Frankfurt and New York for another leading international law firm and one of the big four audit firms.

Bars and Courts
Dr iur
University of Zurich
Second State Exam
Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt
First State Exam
Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg


Advised a German industrial company in connection with the increase of the indirect holding in a financial services institution.

Advised various major German banks in connection with internal investigation and audits (incl. anti-money laundering and fraud).

Advised various major German banks on different types of outsourcing, including the outsourcing of IT and business processes to cloud and other service providers.

Advised a major German bank on on-balance sheet netting and LCR calculation.*

Advised various German banks on capital requirements with respect to certain types of investments.

Advised various major German and international banks on the implementation of regulatory corporate governance requirements, including the three lines of defence-model.

*Matters worked on prior to joining White & Case.


Compliance and financial derivatives (Compliance und Finanzderivate), Zerey, Financial Derivatives Handbook, 4th edition 2016

Author of comments in the second and third edition of one of the standard commentaries on the German Banking Act and the German Payment Services Act (Schwennicke/Auerbach, Kreditwesengesetz)

Requirements of the commercially provided financial portfolio management (sec. 1 para. 1a sent. 2 No. 3 of the German Banking Act), joint review of the judgement of the federal court of justice (BGH) dated March 3rd 2010 VI ZR 57/09, Recht der Finanzinstrumente (RdF) 2011, p. 207

Changes of the rules on regulatory intervention according to the German Banking Act (KWG) based on the Restructuring Act, Der Betrieb 2011, Supplement 4 of magazine 13, p. 17-22, (co-author with Dirk Auerbach)

The authorized capital of the limited liability company – the new sec. 55a of the German Act on Limited Liability Companies (GmbHG) in practice, Neue Zeitschrift für Gesellschaftsrecht 2009, p. 1241 et seq., (co-author with Dr. York Schnorbus)