Dr. Kilian Eßwein

Lawyer | Partner

Kilian Eßwein advises companies and entrepreneurs comprehensively on corporate law (including corporate governance) as well as on compliance and preventing risks of liability. He represents his clients in disputes and specializes in the enforcement or defence of liability claims in litigation. A particular focus of Kilian Eßwein’s work in this area is advising and representing board members, often in defence of board liability claims.

In 2019, WirtschaftsWoche named Kilian Eßwein a TOP lawyer for compliance, and Handelsblatt & Best Lawyers have ranked him among Germany’s best lawyers for dispute resolution since 2020 and Arbitration and Mediation since 2023.

  • Doctorate (dr. jur.) in the field of directors’ corporate liability law
  • Compliance Officer (C. H. Beck)
  • Corporate law, corporate governance, and compliance
  • Representation of companies and managers in the area of directors’ and officers’ liability
  • Advising companies, corporate bodies, and board representatives on prevention of liability, in particular business allocation, delegation and safeguarding of corporate decisions (“business judgment rule”)
  • Liability of tax advisors and auditors
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Advice on corporate compliance issues and special topics, e.g., anti money laundering law
  • Preparation of guidelines, codes, and training courses to ensure compliance
  • Speaker at the Beck Academy on risk management for board members
  • Examiner in the second state examination
  • Foreign language: English


  • Handelsblatt & Best Lawyers (2024) – Germany’s Best Lawyers: Conflict Resolution (Konfliktlösung)
  • Handelsblatt & Best Lawyers (since 2023) – Germany’s Best Lawyers: Arbitration and Mediation
  • Handelsblatt & Best Lawyers (2020 – 2023) – Germany’s Best Lawyers: Litigation
  • WirtschaftsWoche 2019: TOP Lawyer Compliance
  • Joined the firm as a partner in 2022
  • Worked as a lawyer in one of Germany’s leading major law firms, a leading medium-sized law firm and, in the meantime, in the legal department of Munich Re
  • Doctorate (Dr. jur.)
  • Admitted to the bar in 2012
  • Scholarship holder of the German National Academic Foundation
  • Law studies at the Universities of Regensburg, Sheffield (GB) and Munich (doctoral studies)
  • DStR 2019, 1751, Blick ins Gesellschaftsrecht (zusammen mit Dr. Christian Dittert)
  • CCZ 2018, 73, Mitarbeiteramnestien bei der Aufklärung von Compliance-Verstößen
  • hv Magazin 06/2015, Vorstandshaftung: Keine Entmachtung der HV in den ersten drei Jahren
  • Die AG 2015, 151: § 112 AktG: Universalnorm für die Vermeidung von Interessenkonflikten? – Ein Plädoyer für die Rückbesinnung auf den Wortlaut
  • Unternehmeredition, Steuern & Recht, 01/2015, 16, Die Haftung des GmbH–Geschäftsführers
  • Süddeutsche Zeitung, 26.01.2015, Drei Jahre sind zu viel

Contact: T +49 (0) 89 / 36 88 68 9-0 | F +49 (0) 89 / 3 61 61 73 | k.esswein@fr-partner.de | VCard

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