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Dr. Axel Smend

Of Counsel

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
Friedrichstraße 140
10117 Berlin

Phone +49 30 52133 21500
Fax +49 30 52133 110

Languages: German, English, French

Curriculum vitae

Dr. Smend was born in 1944.  After completing his second state exam (1972), he started working for Commerzbank AG and from 1974 onwards he held managerial positions both in Germany and abroad, most recently as a member of the Hamburg management board.  From 1995 to 2002 he was a fully authorised representative of DZ Bank AG in Frankfurt and Berlin.  In 2002 he established "Deutsche Agentur für Aufsichtsräte" (www.aufsichtsrats-agentur.de) as founding managing shareholder in Berlin; the focus of his work is: verifying the efficiency of as well as training and coaching supervisory boards, advising members of the supervisory board.  Publications and seminars on subjects relevant to supervisory boards.

Areas of Practice

Providing advice on all subjects relevant to supervisory boards (in particular stock corporation law and corporate governance; management board contracts).