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Nothing is as important as reliable content. In order to ensure the highest levels of quality and practical relevance in the topics we present, Sponge Compliance works in cooperation with selected industry experts. These experts combine their in-depth knowledge and expertise with Sponge Compliance's skill to produce high-quality training products to ensure that they meet the requirements of compliance professionals in all respects. Listed below are some of our authors and their field of expertise.

Dr Michael Bergmann

Dr Michael Bergmann has been a partner at the commercial law firm Raue since 2018 and heads the antitrust law department. Previously, he was part of the antitrust team at Noerr. He advises on all issues of German and European antitrust law and represents clients in antitrust damages proceedings. His focus is on regulated industries and compliance advice. He is listed in "Best Lawyers® in Germany 2022" for antitrust and competition law as well as telecommunications law and is listed as a recommended lawyer in the Juve and Legal 500. For further information, please visit

Jörg Bielefeld

Jörg Bielefeld is lawyer and partner at Addleshaw Goddard (Germany) LLP. In Frankfurt, he heads the white-collar crime and compliance team, which is part of the Global Investigations practice group. Since 2003, Jörg Bielefeld has been active in all areas of white-collar and tax criminal law, compliance advice and criminal defence. Relevant rankings regularly rank him among the best lawyers for white-collar crime and compliance. For further information on Jörg Bielefeld, please visit

Dr. Johann Bizer

Dr. Johann Bizer is chief executive officer of dataport, the IT-service contractor of the public administration in Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg and Bremen and has been proxy regional representative for data security in Schleswig-Holstein for many years. Beyond that he is known as long standing joint editor of the magazine “Datenschutz und Datensicherheit” and for numerous publications in the field of data security. Further information can be found at

Jürgen Bürkle

Jürgen Bürkle is director of the legal department of Stuttgarter Lebensversicherung a.G. since 1995 and at the same time compliance officer of the insurance company. He has published numerous articles to insurance and commercial legal issues. He is editor of the reference book “Compliance in insurance companies – Legal guidelines and practical realisation” („Compliance in Versicherungsunternehmen - Rechtliche Vorgaben und praktische Umsetzung“) and co-writer as well of the reference book „Corporate Compliance“ and of the handbook to the regulatory law of insurance companies. Furthermore Mr. Bürkle is founding and board member of the network Compliance e.V. ( and member of the advisory board of editors of Corporate Compliance (CCZ).

Prof. Dr. Kai Bussmann

Since 1999 Prof. Dr. Kai Bussmann is university professor at the chair of penal law and criminology of the Martin Luther University in Halle. His main research areas are economic crime as well as evaluation of crime prevention measures. Prof. Bussmann is also head of the Economy & Crime Research Center and head of management of the German Association for Sociology of Law. At the journal Risk, Fraud & Governance (ZRFG), he acts as a board member. Further information can be found at

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is an international law firm with a longstanding track record of successfully supporting the world's leading national and multinational corporations, financial institutions and governments on groundbreaking and business-critical mandates. Their 2,500 plus lawyers deliver results worldwide through their own offices and alongside leading local firms. More information can be found at

Dr. Gina Greeve, Attorney at law

Dr. Gina Greeve is a partner at the law offices of MGR in Frankfurt am Main. She is a specialist in economic law and construction law, and e.g. a member of the Working Group for Criminal Law and the Criminal Law Section of the German Bar Association. Numerous well-known companies have for years turned to Dr. Greeve for professional advice especially on corruption offences and cases of illegal employment. She regularly gives in-house seminars on the topic. Further information can be found at


GSK Stockmann is a leading, independent corporate law firm based in Germany. Nicole Deparade, Eric Mayer and Dr. Harald Feiler, well-respected solicitors from GSK Stockmann were appointed as expert authors for our 'Equal Opportunities', 'Fair Working Conditions' and 'Anti-Money-Laundering' learning programmes. GSK Stockmann received the ‘Top Law Firm for Compliance’ award in 2019, while Eric Mayer has been nominated ‘Top Solicitor for Compliance’. You can find more information at

Noerr LLP

For years now, Sponge Compliance cooperates with Noerr LLP in several compliance topics. Some of Noerr's authors for Sponge Compliance are:

  • Dr. Alexander Birnstiel, advises clients in all areas of antitrust, abuse and merger control proceedings at Noerr LLP in Munich
  • Prof. Dr. Karsten Metzlaff, specialist in antitrust and franchising at Noerr LLP in Berlin as well as an associate professor in media antitrust law at the European University Viadrina
  • Dr. Bärbel Sachs, expert in international and European trade law, specializing in export control, customs, and sanctions law
  • Dr. Kathrin Westermann, partner at Noerr LLP in Berlin and co-editor of NZKart, an antitrust law journal of Beck publishing house

Further information can be found at

Pohlmann & Company

Pohlmann & Company is the first interdisciplinary law and consulting firm for Corporate, Compliance & Governance. In addition, it offers specialized legal advice in the fields of environmental and real estate law. The company is specialized in providing solutions. Therefore, it works in powerful cross-functional teams of first-class lawyers and excellent management consultants. Within its practice focus it covers all legal and business aspects. Pohlmann & Company understands itself as entrepreneurial-minded partners of its clients. More information on

Steffen Salvenmoser

Steffen Salvenmoser is lawyer and certified fraud examiner. His focus is on criminal and commercial law. He is also a lecturer in the master’s programme for Business Forensics at the Hochschule Fresenius University of Applied Sciences. Other important stations of his career were the forensic department of PwC as well as serving as a judge and district attorney specialising in economic crime.

Jens-Christian Voss

Jens-Christian Voss is certified engineer and the owner of Ingenieurbüro Voss, which has been providing training and consulting services on occupational health and safety, fire and explosion prevention, and radiation and environmental protection to companies around the world since 1996. He is a member of the Association of German Safety Engineers (VDSI) and is active in numerous standardization committees. Jens-Christian Voss has published multiple books on the subject of occupational health and safety.

Daniel Wildhirt

As Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers WPG (PwC), Daniel Wildhirt is responsible for a number of divisions including investor protection and compliance, strategy development and process optimisation. He is experienced in advising well-known banks about regulatory change and supporting them to implement new requirements. Mr Wildhirt is also co-author of 'Trends in Private Banking' (Bank-Verlag 2012) and previously worked in the Private & Wealth Management division of Deutsche Bank AG before joining PwC.


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