Max Planck Society

Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law

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PD Dr. iur. habil. Patrick C. Leyens, LL.M. (London)

Prof. (hon.), School of Law, Erasmus University of Rotterdam and MPI Affiliate

Phone: +49 40 419 00 - 214

Facsimile: +49 40 419 00 - 288


Main Fields of Research:

German and European corporate and commercial law, securities regulation, comparative law, law and economics, especially corporate governance

Academic Career:

Born 1974, Aachen/Germany; first state exam (law degree), University of Cologne/Court of Appeals Cologne (1999); LL.M. international business law, Queen Mary University of London (2000); second state exam (bar exam), Hanseatic Court of Appeals Hamburg, placements in Hamburg, New York, and Sydney (2006); Dr. iur. (2006) and post-doctoral thesis (Habilitation 2015), both University of Hamburg, supervised by Prof. em. Dr. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Klaus J. Hopt, MCJ (NYU), Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg.
Academic positions: research associate, focus on English law (2001-2006), senior research fellow responsible for U.S.-American law (2006-2007), affiliate (since 2007) Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg; jun. prof., private law and economic analysis of the law, Institute of Law and Economics, University of Hamburg (2007-2013); director, Erasmus Mundus European Doctorate in Law and Economics (2009-2012); co-founder, Doctorate School on the Economics of the Internationalisation of the Law, German Research Foundation and University Hamburg (since 2010); grantee German Research Foundation (2013-2015); lecturer, University of Hamburg (2013-2015), professor, Rotterdam Institute of Law an Economics, School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam (hon., since 2014); interim professorships, School of Law, University of Munster (winter term 2015/16), Humboldt-University of Berlin (summer term 2016 to summer term 2018), and University of Hamburg (since winter term 2018/19).
Research and teaching: taught courses on civil law, corporate and commercial law, banking law, securities regulation, including comparative law and law & economics, in German and English, all levels; guest lecturer, Universities of  Verona (2006 and 2007) and Mumbai (2010); research fellowships University of Cambridge (Lent term, 2010), Europakolleg Hamburg (since 2012) and New York University (October 2017); expert for legal and economic aspects of depositor and investor protection, German Federal Ministry of Finance (2007-2008) and German Federal Parliament (2009); secretary, private and public economic law section, Association of German Jurists (financial market regulation, 68th DJT 2010), and speaker, corporate and commercial law section (corporate governance, 69th DJT 2012); committee member, Schmalenbach Society for the Advancement of Research in Business Economics and Business Practice (Committee on Corporate Governance Reporting, since 2014), and speaker (69th Schmalenbach Society Meeting 2015); research member, European Corporate Governance Institute (since 2017).
Honours and awards: Schmitthoff prize, Pace University, New York, awarded for student essay on international trade law (2002); Otto-Hahn-Medal, Max Planck Society (2006), and 1st place academic award, Deutsches Aktieninstitut (2007), awarded for doctoral thesis; Kurt-Hartwig-Siemers prize awarded for doctoral thesis and further research works on corporate governance (2008); 1st place academic award, Deutsches Aktieninstitut (2017), 1st place academic award, Finanzplatz Hamburg (2015), research prize for the furtherance of capital market law and securities regulation in Germany, Stiftung Kapitalmarktrecht (2015), and award of sponsorship, Esche Schümann Commichau Stiftung (2015), awarded for postdoctoral thesis; Awards for Teaching Excellence, European Master in Law & Economics, University of Hamburg (2016) and University of Rotterdam (2018).

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