Dr Alexander Behrens


Alexander is Head of German Financial Regulatory and advises banks and other financial service providers, including FinTech companies, as well as unregulated companies on all aspects of financial regulatory law.
In addition to German and European banking regulatory law, he focuses on payment services law and capital markets regulation as well as issues related to the Banking Union. Furthermore, Alexander has broad experience in the areas of M&A of regulated entities, NPL transactions, civil banking law and in internal investigations in the finance sector.


Representative matters

Various banks, financial services institutions and payment institutions with respect to their Brexit related “relocation” decisions and their licensing applications (including General Terms and Conditions, MiFiD issues, etc.). 

Various banks and FinTechs on consumer law related questions connected with payment services.

A multinational financial institution on the acquisition of highly specialised technological assets of the European merchant payment services and processing business (Merchant Payments; Acquiring & Issuing) of Wirecard Group.

Recommended for Banking and Regulatory.
Next Generation Partner, Financial Services: Regulatory.
LEGAL 500 Germany 2020
A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.