Date and Place of birth: January 18, 1947, Tegernsee, Germany
Civil status: married, five children
Education/Professional Development: Universities of Heidelberg, Würzburg and Munich, Germany (1966-1970): Studied law and business administration; University of Munich Germany (1970): First State Exam / State of Bavaria ("Referendar"); University of Munich, Germany (1971-1972): Studied political science (focussing on Eastern Europe); University of Munich, Germany (1973): Doctor of Jurisprudence–Thesis on public law; State of Bavaria (1974): Second State Exam, (Bar Exam) ("Assessor"); State of Bavaria / Munich Bar Association (1974): Admission to the German Bar; University of California at Berkeley, USA, (Boalt Hall School of Law) (1974-1975): Studied US law Degree, Master of Laws, Master Thesis on Inter-company Pricing; International Tax Division, Peat Marwick Mitchell, CPAs, New York and Frankfurt New York and Frankfurt (1975-1979); In-house counsel/lawyer in private practice and with two law firms in Munich (1979-1986); University of Augsburg (1982-1983): Lecturer on Anglo-American legal terminology; Foundation of HEISS & PARTNERS (1986); Qualification as Tax Lawyer (FAfStR) (1986); Qualification as Tax Advisor (StB) (1986); Qualification as Certified Public Accountant (WP) (1992).
Language skills: Fluent in German, English and French; Basic knowledge in Spanish and Russian.
Memberships: German Bar Association; German Association for the Protection of Industrial Property and Copyright; Institute of Copyright and Media Law; Munich Chamber of Tax Advisors; German Chamber of Certified Public Accountants; Institute for Certified Public Accountants, IDW; German Tax Law Society, DSTJG; Munich Juridical Society, MJG; Association of Independent Entrepreneurs, ASU; Association for Law and Politics and Health Care; The Association of the Bar of the City of New York; International Bar Association (IBA, Member, Section on Business Law); International Fiscal Association, IFA; German-American Lawyers' Association, DAJV; American German Chamber of Commerce; The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law; Austrian Association for Arbitration; Member of the Board of Examiners of the Munich Bar for Tax Lawyers.