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Ann-Cathrine Siepmann
Ann-Cathrine Siepmann Assistant to the Board and Human Resources Managerin

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

Your contact person

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.

Isabelle Fischer
Isabelle Fischer
Senior Consultant
Marius Welling
Marius Welling
Managing Director - Dispute Resolution, General Counsel
Christoph Schubert
Christoph Schubert
Managing Director - Dispute Resolution
Markus Glaser
Markus Glaser
Director - Dispute Resolution
Kirsten Harenberg
Kirsten Harenberg
Senior Legal Counsel
Dr. Edgar Stieglitz
Dr. Edgar Stieglitz
Senior Legal Counsel
Wolfgang Krüger LL.M.
Wolfgang Krüger LL.M.
Senior Legal Counsel
Michael Korbik
Michael Korbik
Controller
Maren Thaysen
Maren Thaysen
Assistant to the Board
Andreas Koglin
Andreas Koglin
Senior Consultant
Doina Roman
Doina Roman
Senior Consultant
Andreas Dirksen
Andreas Dirksen
E-Commerce, Incorporation Services
Stefanie Mettelsiefen
Stefanie Mettelsiefen
Legal Assistant
Conny Leuschner
Conny Leuschner
Marketing and Communication
Nadja Furth
Nadja Furth
Legal Assistant
Jasmin Fröhlig
Jasmin Fröhlig
Assistant
Marina Töws
Marina Töws
Legal Assistant
Prof. Dr. Hanns-Ferdinand Müller
Prof. Dr. Hanns-Ferdinand Müller
CSO
Dr. Volker Knoop
Dr. Volker Knoop
CEO
Rolf Völker
Rolf Völker
Senior Consultant & Data protection officer
Ann-Cathrine Siepmann
Ann-Cathrine Siepmann
Assistant to the Board and Human Resources Managerin
Sandra Gründler
Sandra Gründler
Vorstandsassistenz
David Kahl
David Kahl
Software developer
Michael Seidel
Michael Seidel
Software developer
Isabelle Fischer

Isabelle Fischer

Shelf Companies
Senior Consultant

Isabelle studied Business Law and has worked at FORIS AG since 2018.

Her role in the team is to ensure the smooth transition of the entire incorporation process and sale of our shelf companies. Furthermore, she is the main contact person for all questions concerning FORIS’ shelf company portfolio, incorporation and purchase procedure.

Isabelle liaises closely with the management to continuously optimise the business process.

Marius Welling

Marius Welling

Litigation and Arbitration Funding
Managing Director - Dispute Resolution, General Counsel

Marius Welling is General Counsel of FORIS AG and leads a litigation funding team as Managing Director.

Before joining FORIS, Marius Welling was Head of the Litigation Team of UBS Europe SE in Frankfurt. In addition to handling numerous lawsuits, he was particularly responsible for overseeing external investigations and implementing appropriate internal measures. Prior to that, he worked as a lawyer in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department of Latham & Watkins, a US law firm. There, Mr. Welling primarily advised German and international companies on defending shareholder and investor cases as well as on directors' and officers' liability and has extensive experience with class action lawsuits.

As well as being admitted to the bar, Mr. Welling is also a certified specialist for banking and capital markets law. He is a member of the advisory board of the Dispute Resolution Magazine for many years and is also a member of the Working Group for Banking and Capital Market Law. In addition, Mr. Welling is a regular speaker at various events such as the Frankfurt Banking and Capital Markets Law Conference as well as at seminars for litigation or corporate lawyers.

Marius Welling studied at the University of Trier and the Universidad de Salamanca. He was admitted to the bar in 2006 and speaks English and Spanish and German.
Christoph Schubert

Christoph Schubert

Litigation and Arbitration Funding
Managing Director - Dispute Resolution

Directors’ and officers’ liability
D&O insurance law
Commercial and corporate law
Insolvency law
Christoph Schubert takes care of complex disputes in commercial law across all industries and, as a lawyer, heads a litigation funding team.

Before joining FORIS, he worked for many years in the German commercial law firm GÖRG and the major international law firm DLA Piper in the area of litigation/arbitration. His main areas of practice were the enforcement of claims in insolvency proceedings and D&O liability cases including D&O insurance law. In addition, he often advised his clients in corporate law and contract law disputes. Furthermore, he has many years of experience in difficult negotiations for out-of-court enforcement of claims.

Christoph Schubert studied at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster and, before being admitted to the bar in 2010, worked for several years as a lecturer for the nationwide revision course Jura Intensiv, where he prepared students for the first state examination in law.
Markus Glaser

Markus Glaser

Litigation and Arbitration Funding
Director - Dispute Resolution

Insolvency law
Commercial and corporate law
D&O insurance law
Markus Glaser takes care of complex disputes in insolvency and company law.

Before joining FORIS, he worked for almost six years at the German litigation funding firm LEGIAL AG in the field of insolvency law. There he examined the chances of success and the enforceability of claims in the area of insolvency-, company and D&O Insurance law. In addition, he collected on his career experiences at the law firm Brinkmann & Partner such as at boutique law firm, specialized in litigation for insolvency administrators.

Markus Glaser studied at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, graduated his Referendariat also in Munich and admitted to the bar in 2013.
Kirsten Harenberg

Kirsten Harenberg

Litigation and Arbitration Funding
Senior Legal Counsel

Inheritance law
Family law
Trade and company law
Ms Harenberg studied law at the University of Bonn. She was called to the bar in 2004 and has worked as a lawyer for FORIS AG since 2010.

Kristen Harenberg has extensive knowledge of practising law and is extremely adept in matters of strategies and tactics in civil suits from her many years working for FORIS AG.

She is a member of the Bonner Bar Association e.V., the German Bar Association’s (DAV) , the Banking Law Association – Scientific Association for Banking Law e.V. and the DAV’s consortium on family law.
Dr. Edgar Stieglitz

Dr. Edgar Stieglitz

Litigation and Arbitration Funding
Senior Legal Counsel

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).
Wolfgang Krüger LL.M.

Wolfgang Krüger LL.M.

Litigation and Arbitration Funding
Senior Legal Counsel

Lawyer specialising in inheritance law
Lawyer specialising in family law
Wolfgang Krüger studied law at the University of Cologne. He was called to the bar in 2002 and has worked as a lawyer for FORIS AG since 2016.

Wolfgang Krüger is a lawyer specialising in inheritance law and family law and is experienced in practising law. Drawing on many years of experience, he is extremely adept at the strategies and tactics of the German Code of Civil Procedure (ZPO) and German Family Procedure Act (FamFG) and in particular in the areas of inheritance law and family law.

He is a member of the Cologne Bar Association (KAV), the German Bar Association’s (DAV) consortium on inheritance law, the hereditary - Scientific Association for inheritance law e.V., the DAV’s consortium on family law and the German Family Court Day e.V. Wolfgang Krüger has published regularly on inheritance and family law matters (e.g., in the German publications ZErb, Erbrecht effektiv, NZFam and FF).
Michael Korbik

Michael Korbik

Controller

Michael Korbik holds a degree in business administration and has worked at FORIS AG since 2009.

Michael Korbik assists and directly reports to the Board of Directors for all matters concerning control.
Maren Thaysen

Maren Thaysen

Assistant to the Board

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

Maren Thaysen is responsible for the seamless operation of the offices of the Board of Directors.
Andreas Koglin

Andreas Koglin

Shelf Companies
Senior Consultant

Andreas trained as an Industrial Management Assistant and has been at FORIS AG since 2008.

His role in the team is to advise clients on all issues relevant to the acquisition of shelf companies and to work on optimising our service. Due to his longstanding experience Andreas has additionally specialised in meeting the individual requirements of our clients when incorporating/founding a company. Andreas advises in English and German.
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.
Andreas Dirksen

Andreas Dirksen

E-Commerce, Incorporation Services

Andreas Dirksen worked at FORIS AG since 2016.

Andreas Dirksen is responsible for all apsects related to e-commerce, especially focusing on e-commerce solutions related to the incorporation services of GO AHEAD.

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

Stefanie Mettelsiefen

Stefanie Mettelsiefen

Litigation and Arbitration Funding
Legal Assistant

Stefanie Mettelsiefen has been a legal assistant since 2008, a qualified legal specialist since 2018 and worked at FORIS AG since 2012.

Along with Ms Töws and Ms Furth in the litigation financing team, Stefanie Mttelsiefen assists the lawyers at FORIS AG.
Conny Leuschner

Conny Leuschner

Marketing and 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.
Nadja Furth

Nadja Furth

Litigation and Arbitration Funding
Legal Assistant

Nadja Furth has been a legal assistant since 2004 and has worked at FORIS AG since 2010.

Nadja Furth assists the directors office as well as the litigaiton financing team and helps to organise events.
Jasmin Fröhlig

Jasmin Fröhlig

Assistant

Jasmin Fröhlig trained as a hotel manager and has worked at FORIS AG since 2014.

Jasmin Fröhlig is responsible for reception and hosting at FORIS AG and also oversees all correspondence.
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.

Along with Ms Mettelsiefen and Ms Furth in the litigation financing team, Marina Töws assists the lawyers at FORIS AG.
Prof. Dr. Hanns-Ferdinand Müller

Prof. Dr. Hanns-Ferdinand Müller

CSO

Areas of responsibility: Strategy, development, sales, e-commerce and human resources

Member of the Curatorium of ISM – International School of Management, Dortmund
Hanns-Ferdinand Müller studied Economics at the Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg and music at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg. Since February 2017 he is Member of the Board at FORIS AG, Bonn and Managing Director of GO AHEAD.

Before he joined FORIS Hanns-Ferdinand Müller worked for goetzpartners, Munich, a leading, international advisory firm for all key issues of entrepreneurial activity: strategy, M&A and transformation. From 2001 until 2014 he worked for RWE, from 2011 as CEO and CFO of RWE Retail Co, Dortmund. Management. Executive roles for Kienbaum and WestLB round up his professional career – the development of new markets, customer groups and new business and sales models were always focus of his professional life.
Dr. Volker Knoop

Dr. Volker Knoop

CEO

Ressorts: Compliance, law, litigation finance and monetization
Previously, he was responsible for all legal and compliance matters at AlixPartners, an international management consultancy. During his nearly seven-year tenure based out of Paris and London and covering the entire EMEA region, Volker focused on commercial contracts, large-scale advisory and interim management projects, risk management and liability defense work. In 2012, Volker, together with his colleagues of the global risk management team, was recognized for the team’s ‘Achievements in Excellence’. Before joining AlixPartners, Volker worked several years as an attorney in Munich, initially with Westpfahl & Spilker, a law firm specializing in complex litigation, later with international law firm Eversheds. His clients from various industries were primarily German and European mid-market players as well as European subsidiaries of large U.S. corporations. Volker’s expertise ranges from commercial and corporate law to product liability and insurance law. A significant portion of Volker’s work was to represent his clients in court proceedings across Germany. One of his main clients, Tyco International, chose Volker as secondee to serve as part of its European legal and compliance team and to manage all day-to-day legal work and dispute resolution for the group’s businesses in the DACH region.

Volker has studied law and dispute resolution in Kiel, New York and Los Angeles. He earned his PhD with a thesis on “mass torts in international private law”. As part of his legal training, Volker worked for the German Consulate General and with international law firm Baker McKenzie in São Paulo. He is a member of the German-Brazilian Lawyers’ Association, trained as a specialized insurance law attorney and a certified bank clerk. Volker speaks German, English, French and Portuguese.
Rolf Völker

Rolf Völker

Senior Consultant & Data protection officer

As Data Protection Office Rolf ensures that the Data Protection Directives and Regulations are adhered to. He supports the executive board in all matters of Corporate Compliance. Furthermore, he is responsible for advising clients on the incorporation/formation of the shelf companies and on all issues concerning the Go Ahead GmbH.

Rolf Völker advises in English and German.
Ann-Cathrine Siepmann

Ann-Cathrine Siepmann

Assistant to the Board and Human Resources Managerin

Ann-Cathrine Siepmann is a specialist in office and project organization and has worked at FORIS AG since 2018.

Along with Ms Thaysen she is responsible for the seamless operation of the offices of the Board of Directors.
Sandra Gründler

Sandra Gründler

Vorstandsassistenz

Sandra Gründler has worked at FORIS AG since 2019.

Sandra Gründler is responsible for the seamless operation of the offices of the Board of Directors.
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

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.

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

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

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
Ann-Cathrine Siepmann
Ann-Cathrine Siepmann Assistant to the Board and Human Resources Managerin
Contact - we are there for you
Your contact person
Ann-Cathrine Siepmann
Ann-Cathrine Siepmann Assistant to the Board and Human Resources Managerin