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About Us

The first litigation funder in Germany

The success story of FORIS started with an innovation in 1998: the invention of commercial litigation funding. A lot has happened since then. Learn more about our structure and development.

Our corporate structure

The FORIS AG is a publicly traded stock corporation. The majority of shares is held by private investors. We have no parent corporation and are thereby the largest German independent litigation funder. Working with the market leader has several advantages: firstly, due to our independence, there are absolutely no conflicts of interest; we do not have to be concerned about the interests of a parent corporation. Secondly, for us, it is irrelevant who you are up against, and we will not back down from financially stronger opponents. We decide and direct on the basis of one criteria only: what is best for your case.

Our team

Our team – your support: collaboration with our employees is based on trust and partnership, and we are there for you with our knowledge and experience. Are you looking for a contact person? You will find the right one here.

Thomas Abrokat
Thomas Abrokat
Head of Finance
Dr. Edgar Stieglitz
Dr. Edgar Stieglitz
Director Dispute Resolution
Dr. Anke Warlich, LL.M. Eur.
Dr. Anke Warlich, LL.M. Eur.
Senior Legal Counsel
Stefanie Jacob
Stefanie Jacob
Senior Legal Counsel
Christian Vaaßen
Christian Vaaßen
Senior Legal Counsel
Doina Roman
Doina Roman
Senior Consultant
Thorsten Schmidt
Thorsten Schmidt
Manager Tax & Legal
Conny Leuschner
Conny Leuschner
Legal Assistant, Marketing/Communication
Marina Töws
Marina Töws
Legal Assistant
Nadja Schulz
Nadja Schulz
Legal Assistant
Denitsa Petrova
Denitsa Petrova
Bachelor of Laws
Christiane Mohn
Christiane Mohn
Board Officer
Yvonne Riegel
Yvonne Riegel
Consultant
Nils Weiland
Nils Weiland
Consultant
Maren Thaysen
Maren Thaysen
Human Resources Officer
Christian Maletz
Christian Maletz
Sales Manager
Julia-Pia Reutter
Julia-Pia Reutter
Business Development Manager
Alina Miron
Alina Miron
Assistant
Frederick Iwans
Frederick Iwans
CEO
Daniel Schüller
Daniel Schüller
Digital Marketing Manager
Milena Sanchez
Milena Sanchez
Receptionist
Wiebke Zillinger
Wiebke Zillinger
Controller
Michael Brück
Michael Brück
Accountant
Andreas Dirksen
Andreas Dirksen
E-Commerce, Incorporation Services
David Kahl
David Kahl
Software developer
Michael Seidel
Michael Seidel
Software developer
Thomas Abrokat

Thomas Abrokat

Head of Finance

Thomas Abrokat heads Accounting and Controlling at FORIS. His responsibilities comprise managing all commercial aspects within the FORIS group of companies.

Before joining FORIS, Thomas worked in various financial management roles at banks, factoring and leasing companies. From 2015 through 2019 he was in charge of the local German accounting and financial statements of SANTANDER Bank Group. At Volvo Auto Bank, Thomas was responsible for both local and international accounting and regulatory reporting since 2003. During this time he was involved in the qualifying examination for the Deposit Protection Fund of the Association of German Banks, in the introduction of ABS financing and in extensive due diligence audits.

Thomas Abrokat studied business administration at the University of Trier with a focus on tax after completing an apprenticeship as a banker at Commerzbank Düsseldorf. As a business graduate, he then worked for two years in Auditing at KPMG Cologne as well as 1.5 years in Venture Capital.
Dr. Edgar Stieglitz

Dr. Edgar Stieglitz

Litigation and Arbitration Funding
Director Dispute Resolution

Construction and architect Law
Intellectual property law
Antitrust law
International arbitration proceedings
Edgar Stieglitz studied law at the University of Münster. He was called to the bar in 2001 and has worked as a lawyer for FORIS AG since 2006.

Edgar Stieglitz has extensive knowledge of practising law and is adept in matters of strategies and tactics in civil suits from his many years of experience as a lawyer.

He is a member of the German Bar Association (DAV), Cologne Bar Association (KAV), the DAV’s consortium on labour law, the German Society for Construction Law, GRUR, and the German Federal Association of Company Lawyers (BUJ).
Dr. Anke Warlich, LL.M. Eur.

Dr. Anke Warlich, LL.M. Eur.

Litigation and Arbitration Funding
Senior Legal Counsel

Inheritance law
Tax law
Banking and capital markets law
Corporate and commercial law
Medical liability law
Dr. Warlich studied law and European business law at the University of Würzburg and earned her PhD with a thesis in inheritance law at the University of Bayreuth. She was admitted to the bar in 2007, is a certified specialist for tax law and has joined FORIS AG as in-house counsel in 2020.

Before joining FORIS AG, Dr. Warlich worked in a law firm specialized on inheritance law and banking and capital markets law for more than a decade. She has represented clients in numerous banking and capital markets lawsuits. Further, she has advised clients in matters in corporate, commercial and inheritance law matters and has advised them in tax planning and tax investigation cases. At FORIS AG, Dr. Warlich is responsible for the firm’s dispute funding practice. Insofar, she manages all related litigation and arbitration.
Stefanie Jacob

Stefanie Jacob

Litigation Funding and Arbitration
Senior Legal Counsel

Insolvency law
Inheritance law
General civil law
Commercial law
Stefanie Jacob primarily works in the field of insolvency and commercial law. In addition, she is the contact person for inheritance disputes and litigations in medical malpractice law.

Since 2015 and before joining FORIS AG, Stefanie Jacob worked for two renowned law firms in the field of insolvency administration. She was responsible for the winding up of corporate insolvencies independently, which enabled her to gain extensive expertise. In addition, Stefanie Jacob gained experience at a "boutique" law firm in Düsseldorf specializing in tax and inheritance law.

Stefanie Jacob studied at the Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelms-University in Bonn and completed her legal clerkship in the judicial district of the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf. She was admitted to the bar in 2013.
Christian Vaaßen

Christian Vaaßen

Litigation and Arbitration Funding
Senior Legal Counsel

General civil law
Inheritance law
Medical liability law
Christian Vaaßen studied law at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University in Bonn. Even before his legal clerkship he started to focus on inheritance law working in the inheritance law team of a law firm in Bonn for several years where he gained experience in settling disputes in civil and inheritance law.

In 2022 Christian Vaaßen has been admitted to the bar after he already worked for FORIS AG as a legal expert.

In the litigation funding team of FORIS Christian Vaaßen takes care of cases regarding general civil law especially inheritance and medical liability law.
Doina Roman

Doina Roman

Shelf Companies
Senior Consultant

Doina studied linguistics and has worked at FORIS AG since 2008.

She is responsible for advising law offices, notaries and companies on all issues concerning the incorporation/formation and services of national and international corporate companies. She focuses on the incorporation and sale of shelf companies. Furthermore, she is contributing to and enhancing the digitalisation process of this field with her expert knowledge.

Doina Roman advises in English and German.
Thorsten Schmidt

Thorsten Schmidt

Manager Tax & Legal

Tax law
Corporate and commercial law
Inheritance law
Thorsten Schmidt takes care of complex issues and disputes in the areas of tax, corporate law and inheritance law.

Before joining FORIS AG, Thorsten Schmidt worked for law firms and tax consulting companies operating nationwide. He represented clients in appeal proceedings against the tax office and before the tax court. In addition, he focused on tax structuring advice, the enforcement of claims under corporate law and advice in connection with corporate acquisitions, restructurings and corporate succession. He also advised domestic and foreign clients on international tax law.

Thorsten Schmidt studied law at the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg i.Br. and the University of Bayreuth and business administration at the Cooperative State University of Baden-Württemberg in Stuttgart. After his legal clerkship in Germany and Switzerland, he was admitted to the bar in 2016 and appointed as a tax advisor in 2018.
Conny Leuschner

Conny Leuschner

Litigation and Arbitration Funding
Legal Assistant, Marketing/Communication

Conny Leuschner coordinates marketing since 2017 and supports the Board of Directors and team leaders in cross-divisional projects.

She is a qualified legal specialist and has worked at FORIS AG since 2000. Conny Leuschner benefits from her many years of experience as office manager in the area of litigation financing.
Marina Töws

Marina Töws

Litigation and Arbitration Funding
Legal Assistant

Marina Töws has been a legal assistant since 2011, a qualified legal specialist since 2016 and worked at FORIS AG since 2017.

She assists the lawyers at FORIS AG.
Nadja Schulz

Nadja Schulz

Litigation and Arbitration Funding
Legal Assistant

Nadja Schulz is a legal assistant and has worked at FORIS AG since 2010.

She supports the litigation funding team and the lawyers at FORIS AG. In addition, she is the contact person for the organization and planning of events.
Denitsa Petrova

Denitsa Petrova

Litigation and Arbitration Funding
Bachelor of Laws

Denitsa Petrova is a business law jurist and has been with FORIS AG since 2023.

She supports the litigation finance team and the lawyers of FORIS AG.
Christiane Mohn

Christiane Mohn

Board Officer

Christiane Mohn has been with FORIS AG since 2024.

As a board officer, she not only supports the board, but is also responsible for cross-departmental projects and reporting. This includes, among other things, the preparation of risk reports, the co-organization of the annual general meeting of FORIS AG, the creation of company presentations and participation in the areas of investor relations and HR.

In addition, Christiane forms the central interface between the board of directors and the supervisory board.

In all of these tasks, she benefits from her training as a foreign language correspondent as well as from her diverse experience from comparable positions in large corporations, such as Deutsche Telekom and DHL. She now uses the knowledge she acquired there, particularly in the areas of IP, business management, project development, sales and IR, profitably for FORIS AG.
Yvonne Riegel

Yvonne Riegel

Consultant

Yvonne Riegel joined FORIS AG in October 2021.

Since July 2022, she has been advising customers in the field of shelf companies on all topics related to the acquisition of shelf companies. In addition, she supports the Executive Assistant in the organization of the Annual General Meeting and is the contact person for the Transparency Register service, benefiting in all tasks from her time as Executive Assistant at FORIS.

Previously, she worked as an assistant at tax consulting and law firms.
Nils Weiland

Nils Weiland

Shelf Companies
Consultant

Nils Weiland studied law at the University of Passau with focus on commercial and corporate law. He gained his first practical experience in the field of M&A in a law firm in the Cologne Bonn area during his traineeship.

Nils Weiland has been supporting the shelf companies team since February 2023 and advises law firms, notaries and entrepreneurs on all issues relating the formation and support of national and international corporate entities.

He advises in German and English.
Maren Thaysen

Maren Thaysen

Human Resources Officer

Maren Thaysen is an economist and has worked at FORIS AG since 2009.

She has been in her new HR role since May 2021 and is now responsible for the entire recruiting and hiring process. In addition, she organizes and optimizes internal processes related to human resources.

Maren Thaysen benefits from her many years of experience in the areas of Executive Assistant and the Finance/Controlling department.
Christian Maletz

Christian Maletz

Shelf Companies
Sales Manager

Christian Maletz has a Diploma in Business and Mechanical Engineering from the TU Berlin. Since 2020 he has been working for FORIS AG and is responsible for customer and market relations.

The development of new services and unlocking new markets have distinguished his professional career. Besides others he was a partner of a business consultancy, co-leader of three offices for a headhunters, an entrepreneur, a business developer for a start-up and manager of several innovative projects.

Julia-Pia Reutter

Julia-Pia Reutter

Shelf Companies
Business Development Manager

Julia-Pia Reutter has been in charge of Business Development in the field of shelf companies at FORIS AG since December 2022.

Originally coming from the field of insolvency consulting, Ms Reutter, a trained legal assistant and qualified business lawyer, joined FORIS AG after more than nine years in restructuring consulting and the real estate industry.

After studying commercial law with a focus on taxation/auditing, Ms Reutter was employed for a total of more than 16 years in a Cologne commercial law firm and has been working there since 2011 as an associate in advising and restructuring distressed corporate structures, in particular closed-end real estate funds.
Alina Miron

Alina Miron

Vorratsgesellschaften
Assistant

Alina Miron has worked at FORIS AG since 2021.

She is responsible for administrative and organizational tasks in the business area of shelf companies and supports the consulting team as well as the sales department.
Frederick Iwans

Frederick Iwans

CEO

Ressorts: Compliance, law, litigation funding and monetization
Frederick Iwans, an American citizen, was admitted as an attorney in Germany in 1995. Effective January 4, 2021 he was appointed as Member of the Management Board of FORIS AG, with responsibility for litigation funding, monetization, legal and compliance. Frederick contributes 25 years of management experience both in senior operational and legal roles.

Following his legal studies at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Frederick began his career in the year 1995 as an Inhouse Counsel for Motorola and as Head of Legal at CA Computer Associates. In 1998 he joined telco company MCI Worldcom, where he initially acted as Head of Legal and later as Country Manager Germany. From 2003 onwards, Frederick worked for Tiscali, a European ISP, both as Head of Legal & Strategy and as Managing Director of the B2B division, which he later on carved out by means of an MBO. In 2009, Frederick moved on to United Internet group, until 2012 based in Philadelphia, USA as General Manager of 1&1´s US business, and until 2017 as Group General Counsel for United Internet AG. Following that, Frederick held the same role as Group General Counsel at GfK SE, a global market research company. Both at United Internet AG as well as at GfK SE, Frederick was globally responsible for the legal, compliance, insurance, risk management and internal audit functions. In addition, Frederick has extensive management experience in B2B and large scale customer projects as well as process optimization, in particular in context with legal and compliance matters.
Daniel Schüller

Daniel Schüller

Digital Marketing Manager

Bachelor of Science Informatik
Daniel Schüller studied business mathematics at Koblenz University of Applied Sciences and computer science, specialising in media informatics, at Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences.

During his studies, he was already able to gain in-house marketing experience by marketing specialised information services for VNR Verlag für die Deutsche Wirtschaft AG in Bonn.

Mr Schüller continued his career after his studies as a consultant for the United Digital Group.
In this role, he advised companies from various industries, including Vodafone, DEVK, Schwäbisch Hall and Bauhaus, in the areas of marketing and digital analytics.

At the Handelsblatt Media Group, Mr Schüller took on the challenge of setting up and establishing an SEO team for the Handelsblatt and WirtschaftsWoche brands.

Most recently, Daniel Schüller used his marketing expertise at the asset management company Flossbach von Storch in Cologne, in particular in the marketing of the digital asset management Flossbach von Storch ONE.

Since 2023, Daniel Schüller has been responsible for marketing activities at FORIS AG, where he contributes his extensive expertise and many years of experience to the development and implementation of marketing strategies.
Milena Sanchez

Milena Sanchez

Receptionist

Milena Sanchez has been working at FORIS AG since 2024.

As a receptionist, she is the first point of contact for customers and business partners in our Office in Bonn. In addition to preparing for and following up on meetings, her administrative tasks include ordering and managing office supplies and internal catering.

Milena Sanchez also supports the administrative team at our subsidiary Go Ahead GmbH.

She benefits from her previous experience in customer service at a service company, in the event and trade fair sector and in the public sector in the administration of applications for flood victims in the district of Euskirchen.
Wiebke Zillinger

Wiebke Zillinger

Controller

In October 2023 Wiebke Zillinger started as a Controller and joined the Finance team.

Ms. Zillinger successfully completed an apprenticeship and studied a B.Sc. in food technology. After her M.Sc. she began her career in Bonn at Haribo Produktions GmbH. During her five years at Haribo, she accompanied the roll out of the new ERP System (SAP) as a Power User, focussing on production processes. This responsibility deepened her interest in controlling activities and she gained experience and know-how in manufacturing and plant controlling. Before her current position at FORIS AG, Wiebke Zillinger was responsible for Strategical Controlling at the Police Headquarters Bonn.

Due to her varied background, she offers a new perspective and outlook towards our controlling processes.
Michael Brück

Michael Brück

Accountant

Michael Brück attends to the accounting and is responsible for the daily financial and business activities of FORIS AG.

Before joining FORIS, he worked for three decades in executive accounting and commercial positions at Cologne car dealerships for Mercedes Benz, BMW, Smart and Hyundai.

After his training as a wholesaler and export merchant, Michael Brück continued his education to become an accountant and business economist specializing in taxation and property management.
Andreas Dirksen

Andreas Dirksen

E-Commerce, Incorporation Services

Andreas Dirksen worked at FORIS AG since 2016.

Andreas Dirksen is responsible for all aspects related to e-commerce and IT, especially focusing on e-commerce solutions related to the incorporation services of FORIS Vorratsgesellschaften and GO AHEAD. Additionally he is the team leader of the FORIS Vorratsgesellschaften team.

He has several years of experience in the development and operation of e-commerce solutions in various branches of industry.

David Kahl

David Kahl

Software Development
Software developer

David Kahl is a trained IT Specialist for application development and has been with us since 2018.

David Kahl supports the implementation of IT projects in the areas of litigation funding and shelf companies. For our subsidiary, GO AHEAD, he´s creating an optimized IT and software structure with Michael Seidel.
Michael Seidel

Michael Seidel

Software Development
Software developer

Michael Seidel is a qualified IT Engineer and has been with FORIS sind 2018.

Along with Mr David Kahl he supports our key areas with the implementation of IT projects. Further more, he optimizes the IT and software structure of our start up services of GO AHEAD, our subsidiary.

Company history

Company history of FORIS

 

A look at FORIS’ history

FORIS was incorporated in 1996. We invented commercial litigation funding in 1998 and have been establishing it as a successful instrument in the German speaking world. This was a revolution, because since then claimants have been able to enforce their claims without risking their own cash.

After our stock was publicly offered and traded (IPO) in 1999, we expanded and broadened our services by founding several daughter companies offering many different legal services. In 2016, we bundled these services and are offering them under the name of FORIS. Now our customers receive all of our services and products from a single source.

Our history

What we stand for

We  create new opportunities for you

FORIS legal financial services aim to make you independent, free up your time and provide you with valuable security, thereby expanding your reach, independence and range of options.

FORIS legal financial services

 

Your legal-financial services provider

As a legal-financial services provider, we can look back at many years of experience. Our customers value us as a reliable partner who combines legal expertise with financial and economic know-how. We base all of our decisions on our due diligence of the facts and the legal basis of the cases. Our case assessments are carried out purely based on objective and plausible reasoning. This is part of our independence.

For us, freedom – also economical – is the foundation for entrepreneurial success. With our performance and products we expand your reach. This allows you to keep your independence and range of options, regardless if you just employ us to enforce your rights, use our monetisation or just want to acquire a shelf company from us. With our assistance, you can again focus on what really matters most to you and clear your head for new ideas and challenges.

Company guidelines - Guiding principles of our activities

We act with legal and moral integrity

FORIS AG is a premium service provider in the legal market. This is why it is our desire and obligation to act with legal and moral integrity at all times. In our work, we respect the law, even if we are unhappy with it. We do not conduct business activities in which we take advantage of our business partners. We do not pay or receive any hidden commissions. All agreements are open and transparent. We also ensure that our services are not used or exploited unlawfully for legally dubious actions. We categorically reject any requests of this kind.

We are quality- and service-oriented

We offer high-quality services and products. We cooperate closely with our clients, base our activities on their needs and provide them with the best service.

We act professionally

We place emphasis on an adequate and professional appearance in all business-related activities. Our position vis-à-vis our shareholders, clients, suppliers and colleagues, and even our competitors and opponents is also based on the core values of integrity, responsibility and respect for the individual. With this in mind, we handle personal and factual problems separately.

We act on our own initiative and responsibility

We promote and demand the personal initiative and commitment of our employees who take on responsibility for their actions as colleagues. We recognise the need for action and independently pursue business goals and objectives. Our executives give employees the appropriate freedom for this. We apply our skills specifically and take part in continuous professional development on our own initiative.

We are open and honest

We value our clients and colleagues and deal with each other in an open and honest manner. We practice direct communication within the company, independent of any hierarchical structures. We maintain an open exchange of ideas and opinions and share information transparently. Any factual and constructive criticism is encouraged. We understand such criticism is not a statement about the person or our position but as room for improvement.

We respect different points of view

We recognise performance and respect the positions of others. If we consider the opinion of another party to be incorrect, we do not obstruct but rather address the problem and seek a solution in negotiations. If necessary, we may also break off the legal process.

We are intellectually forthright

We tell the truth in any situation. We speak a clear language and do not hide behind phrases and ambiguities. If we have nothing to say, we remain silent. We identify errors, we analyse the source of the error objectively and constructively, limit the damages and take measures to avoid repetitions.

We avoid conflicts of interest

In the case of conflicts of interest with our clients and partners, we do not accept any personal or financial benefits (e.g., gifts, favours, invitations to meals, events or trips). We strictly separate the employee’s private interests from the interests of the company. The Board of Directors and supervisors help employees in unclear situations of conflict with support and advice.

We are trustworthy

Confidential information about our company (insider information) and our client will not be disclosed to third parties and not used for personal purposes. We take precautions to ensure that unauthorised persons do not have access to such information. We deal responsibly with company property.

We are versatile

We see change as a challenge and an opportunity and promote any new ideas from our employees. The executives make quick, clear and binding decisions based on reasonable information.

News

News

You would like to know about FORIS or the stock? Here you will find all the news from the ad-hoc announcement until the event.

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Press

Press

Here you will find all the FORIS press releases from recent years, our current press kit as well as your contact person for all press inquiries.

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Litigation Funding

Choose to enforce your rights. At our financial risk. Regardless the outcome, you will be protected against dispute cost risks.

 

Monetisation

Swap disputed claims with liquidity. We offer a cash advance and will enforce your claims. You will instantly benefit from your claims instead of being dragged into hassle and expense.

 

Shelf Companies

Kick-start your new business. We will provide you with fully compliant shelf companies in no time with all legal protections. You will be in the position to start your business instantly.

 

Contact - we are there for you
Your contact person
Conny Leuschner
Conny Leuschner Legal Assistant, Marketing/Communication
Contact - we are there for you
Your contact person
Conny Leuschner
Conny Leuschner Legal Assistant, Marketing/Communication