Markus Langen | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Markus Langen
Markus Langen

Markus Langen

Partner, Frankfurt

T +49 69 29994 0


Markus Langen advises clients on all aspects of litigation. According to a client he “always has good ideas, thinks in economic terms.”

JUVE 2013/2014


Markus Langen's practice is focused on banking and corporate litigation. Recognised by leading industry guides as a noted practitioner in this area, he has particular experience representing companies in cases of capital markets and prospectus liability.

He has a significant track record of disputes involving corporate and banking law, with an emphasis on defending claims for damages brought on the grounds of allegedly deficient investment advice. In the field of D&O liability and insurance, Markus regularly acts for companies, insolvency administrators and managers in complex disputes with regard to establishing and averting liability claims.

Markus' thorough grasp of the domestic regulatory environment also enables him to steer clients through the minefield of complex compliance issues.

His deep local knowledge is matched by his international background, working on complex cross-border cases for multinational clients.

Educated in Australia and Germany, Markus also gained valuable experience at a specialised banking firm and a major law firm in Germany, where he worked prior to joining White & Case.

Bars and Courts

  • Rechtsanwalt


  • LLM, University of Sydney
  • Second State Exam, Higher Regional Court of Cologne
  • First State Exam, University of Würzburg


  • German
  • English


German Banks, 2015 – ongoing

Advising Helaba, HSH Nordbank, NordLB, Berlin Hyp, Deutsche Pfandbriefbank as bond holders on the temporary moratorium imposed on HETA ASSET RESOLUTION AG (former Hypo-Alpe-Adria AG) by the Austrian Financial Market Authority (FMA).

German Banks and European Financial Service Provider, 2011 – ongoing

Representation regarding the clients' defence against claims for damages in connection with derivatives.

Large European Financial Service Provider, 2011 – ongoing

Representation regarding the client's defence against investor claims for damages.

Leading German Commercial Bank, 2011 – 2013

Representation regarding a corporate dispute.

German Bank, 2013 – ongoing

Exclusive Representation with regard to Wölbern-Funds.

Large European Financial Services Provider, 2013 – ongoing

Advising the client on banking regulatory and prosecutorial processes on the suspicion of insider trading.

Mutual Bank, 2009 – 2014

Representation regarding the client's defence against claims for damages in connection with closed-ended funds.

Liquidator, 2011

Representation of the liquidator of a large provider of construction and construction-related services, regarding claims for damages against two former supervisory board members.

Speaking Engagements

"Negative interest rates – Update 2016 (Negative Zinsen – Update 2016)", 13/07/2016: White & Case Seminar,

"Negative interest rates in the lending, deposit and capital markets business (Negative Zinsen im Einlagen-, Kredit-, Kapitalmarktgeschäft)", 07/07/2015: White & Case Seminar, Frankfurt (together with Prof. Peter Mülbert, Karsten Wöckener and Sebastian Glock)

"HETA ASSET RESOLUTION AG - practical Update: current situation - recent developments - future outlook (HETA ASSET RESOLUTION AG - Praktiker-Update: Bestandsaufnahme - Aktuelle Entwicklungen - Ausblick)", 27/05/2015: White & Case Spring Seminar Series (together with Roger Kiem, Dennis Heuer, Karsten Wöckener, Henning Berger)


  • Federal Court: D&O Insurance Liability Cases – Broad Interpretation of the Term "Third Party" in § 108 of the Insurance Contract Act (VVG), Compliance-Berater, Issue 8, pp. 304-308, 2016, (BGH: Innenhaftungsfälle der D&O-Versicherung – weite Auslegung des Begriffs „Dritter“ in § 108 VVG) (co-author with Stefan Deller)
  • Negative interest rates affect capital markets law, p.9, Börsen-Zeitung, August 8th 2015, (Negative Zinsen beeinflussen Kapitalmarktrecht) (co-author with Karsten Wöckener)
  • US antitrust standards or the end of the assignment model? - Collective enforcement of compensation claims de lege lata, BB, Issue 149, Pages 1795-1801, 2014, (Amerikanische Verhältnisse im Kartellrecht oder Ende des Abtretungsmodells? - zur gebündelten Durchsetzung von Schadensersatzansprüchen de lege lata) (co-author with Lars Teigelack)
  • Higher Regional Court of Schleswig-Holstein: Prerequisites for Tort Liability of the Management Board of an Investment Advisory Company. Commentary on the decision of the Higher Regional Court of Schleswig-Holstein of May 23, 2013 – 5 U 140/12 , Compliance Berater, Issue 8, pp. 349–352, 2013, (OLG Schleswig-Holstein: Voraussetzungen einer Deliktshaftung des Vorstandes einer Anlagevermittlungsgesellschaft. Anmerkung zum Urteil des OLG Schleswig-Holstein vom 23.5.2013 – 5 U 140/12) (co-author with Stefan Deller)
  • Commentaries on §§ 23a, 25a of the German Banking Act (Kommentierung der §§ 23a, 25a KWG), Kreditwesengesetz. Ed. Andreas Schwennicke und Dirk Auerbach. 2nd ed., Munich, 2012
  • Investment advice and prospectus liability limitation periods dependent on knowledge, NZG, Issue 3, pp. 94–97, 2011, (Die kenntnisabhängige Verjährung bei Anlageberatung und Prospekthaftung)
  • Obligation to secure the insolvency estate and breach of duties by the supervisory board, NJW, p. 192 et seqq., 2011, (Massesicherungspflicht und Versagen des Überwachungsorgans) (co-author with Alexander Kiefner)
  • Court decisions in 2009/2010 on prospectus liability , RdF, Issue 2, p. 98 et seqq., 2011, (Rechtsprechungsreport zur Prospekthaftung in den Jahren 2009/2010) (co-author with Mareile Müller-Felsch)
  • Banking Supervision: Second Amendment of the MaRisk Minimum requirements for risk management , BKR, No. 8, pp. 309–316, 2009, (Die Zweite MaRisk-Novelle in der Bankenaufsicht)

Awards & Recognition

Recommended Lawyer: Dispute Resolution – Germany, The Legal 500 Germany, 2017

Highly Recommended Lawyer, JUVE 2016/2017

Dispute Resolution: Litigation

Highly Recommended Lawyer, JUVE 2016/2017

Banking and Regulatory

Securities and funds litigation, The Legal 500 Germany, 2014