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Nikolai Badenhoop is a lawyer whose research covers European Union law, financial regulation, competition, contract and tort law, corporate governance, consumer protection, professional secrecy and Brexit. He currently focuses on sustainable finance.

As a European Lawyer, he holds law degrees from Humboldt University Berlin (German state examination), Sapienza University of Rome (Laurea Magistrale in Giurisprudenza) and King’s College London (LL.M.). Nikolai obtained his Ph.D. from Humboldt University Berlin exploring EU banking regulation and its impact on national private law in his doctoral thesis. He speaks English, German, French, Italian and Spanish fluently.

Nikolai gained practical experience working several years for international law firms in London and Berlin, the German Federal Ministry of Finance and a leading European start-up bank.  He is a fully qualified lawyer (Volljurist) and holds the necessary qualification to become a judge in Germany.

His teaching experience includes German administrative and constitutional law courses at Sapienza University of Rome where he taught Italian law students at bachelor and master level.

During his Max Weber Fellowship at the EUI, Nikolai focuses on sustainable finance in the EU legal framework. His research reaches from the definition of environmental, social and governance sustainability goals to their implementation within financial markets, banking regulation and corporate law. Starting from the European Green Deal, he analyses how existing regulatory tools impact sustainability goals and how the tools can be enhanced to increase sustainability.


Peer-reviewed articles in law journals


        Book review: Maria Lucia Passador, Banca, borsa, titoli di credito 74 (2021) 463–464


  • Chapter 27 – Article 35 ECSPR Professional Secrecy, in Eugenia Macchiavello (ed), European Crowdfunding Service Providers for Businesses Regulation – A Commentary, Elgar Commentaries In Financial Law Series (Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2022)

Contribution to books

Articles in law journals

  • Brexit – Folgen für Kreditinstitute, Wertpapier-Mitteilungen (2018) 1078-1085 (with Henning Berger)

Case note



2021    Second German legal state examination at the Higher Regional Court of Berlin

2019    Ph.D. in Law from Humboldt University Berlin on “European banking regulation and private liability

2010-2016    Graduate and postgraduate law studies in the European Law School:

  • First German legal state examination in Berlin (Humboldt University of Berlin)
  • Laurea Magistrale in Giurisprudenza (Sapienza University of Rome)
  • LL.M. on financial regulation and commercial arbitration (King’s College London)

2009    German A-level (Abitur)

2007    French A-level (Baccalauréat Littéraire)


English (near native – C2)

French (near native – C2)

Italian (near native – C2) 

Spanish (excellent command – C1)

Latin (proficient reader)

German (native speaker)