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Prof. Dr. Kai-​Oliver Knops

Of Counsel

  • Banking Law

Prof. Dr. Kai-​Oliver Knops com­ple­ments Schirp & Part­ner of coun­sel in the area of bank­ing and cap­ital mar­ket law. Since 2008, Prof. Dr. Knops is a pro­fessor for civil and com­mer­cial law, es­pe­cially bank­ing law, cap­ital mar­ket law and con­sumer law at the Uni­versität Ham­burg. From Uni­versität Bre­men he has re­ceived a PhD (1999) and also qual­i­fied as a pro­fessor (2007). Due to his prac­tice as an at­tor­ney (1997-2008), as man­ager of vari­ous com­pan­ies (1999-2002), ed­itor of the journal Ver­braucher und Recht – Zeits­chrift für Wirtschafts- und Ver­brauch­er­recht (2007-2010) and at teach­ing law, Prof. Dr. Knops works on the highest pro­fes­sional stand­ard re­gard­ing legal prac­tice, legal the­ory as well as legal de­vel­op­ment within bank­ing and cap­ital mar­ket law.


Prof. Dr. Knops gives spe­cial­ized lec­tures and pub­lishes ex­tens­ively in spe­cial­ist journ­als and col­lec­ted edi­tions on a reg­u­lar basis. From his most re­cent pub­lic­a­tions:

  • Derleder/​Knops/​Bamberger, Deutsches und Europäisches Bank- und Kapit­al­mark­trecht, 3. Aufl. Springer-​Verlag (Heidel­berg), 2 Bde., 2017, 5330 S.
  • Knops/​Bamberger/​Maier-​Reimer, Recht der Sanier­ungsfin­an­zier­ung, 2. Aufl. Springer-​Verlag (Heidel­berg), (er­scheint im Septem­ber 2019)
  • Herrlein/​Knops/​Spiegelberg, Kom­mentar zu Mietrecht, 5. Aufl., Springer-​Verlag (Heidel­berg), (er­scheint im Dezem­ber 2019)
  • Kom­men­tier­ung der §§ 308-309 BGB u. § 307 BGB (Bank- und Versicherungs-​AGB), in: So­ergel, BGB, 13. Aufl. 2019
  • Kom­men­tier­ung der §§ 3-5, 8 u. 9 VVG, in: Bruck/​Möller (hrsg. von Baumann/Beckmann/K.Johannsen/R.Johannsen), Großkom­mentar zum VVG, 9. Au­flage, Ver­lag De Gruyter (Ber­lin), 2009


WIRECARD disaster: Internal whistleblower warned EY as early as 2016

Plaintiff rep­res­ent­at­ives see tail­wind for law­suits against EY FT, Septem­ber 30, 2020, Olaf Storbeck | With ref­er­ence to an ad­dendum to the KPMG re­port of April 27, 2020, the “Fin­an­cial Times” re­ports that an EY-​internal whis­tleblower had already warned of ir­reg­u­lar­it­ies at WIR­E­CARD in 2016. Spe­cific­ally, the warn­ings dealt with a com­pany ac­quis­i­tion in In­dia and […]

KGAL TimberClass 1: Interessensbündelung und Vertretung

Der Ak­tions­bund Akt­iver An­leger­s­chutz e.V. ver­tritt bereits zahlreiche An­leger des im Jahr 2008 von der KGAL GmbH & Co. KG emit­tier­ten Wald­fonds. Wirtschaft­lich sieht es für die Gesell­schafter des Fonds schlecht aus. Die ver­sprochenen Aus­schüt­tun­gen blieben bisher aus! Der AAA hat den Fonds ana­lysiert und em­pfiehlt drin­gend zu han­deln! Quelle: Ak­tions­bund

WIRECARD AG files for Insolvency – Legal Action against EY is the best Way Out for aggrieved Shareholders, Bondholders and Derivative holders

Few minutes ago, Wir­e­card AG filed for in­solv­ency. This means that Wir­e­card AG is likely to be elim­in­ated as an op­pon­ent for legal pro­ceed­ings. Dam­aged in­vestors, how­ever, have the op­tion of re­ly­ing on Wirecard’s an­nual aud­itor, Ernst & Young Wirtschaft­s­prü­fungs­gesell­schaft (EY). In­form­a­tion on the Law­suit against Ernst & Young » The law firms Schirp & Part­ner and at­tor­ney […]

WIRECARD disaster of June 18th, 2020: Must EY compensate the investors?

Berlin-​based law firms Schirp & Part­ner and Dr. Marc Lieb­scher have filed their first law­suits against EY…

German Property Group GmbH threatens investors with insolvency

Ger­man Prop­erty Group GmbH (formerly Dol­phin Cap­ital GmbH) has re­cently sent a let­ter to its in­vestors ur­ging them to provide de­tails of their in­vest­ment. It also threatens to file for bank­ruptcy if they do not agree to re­struc­tur­ing the com­pany, i.e. ask­ing the in­vestors for a morator­ium and selling it to a con­sor­tium. We strongly ad­vise our cli­ents […]

WIRECARD AG: Independent Special Audit Required

The price of the WIR­E­CARD share is still un­der pres­sure and so far the com­pany has not been able to dis­pel the al­leg­a­tions bey­ond a reas­on­able doubt…

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