Friso is an experienced disputes lawyer who specialises in advising and representing companies that have fallen victim to white-collar crime. He has worked on numerous cases involving compliance issues and cases regarding international asset tracing and enforcement. He also represents companies as joint plaintiffs (Nebenkläger) in trials before German criminal courts.
Friso has seen both sides of the bar as a lawyer, a civil law judge and a public prosecutor. He has worked across a range of sectors and industries. He also has in-depth knowledge and a particular understanding of the transaction business, having served as a lawyer in the field of complex capital markets and banking transactions for four years.
Friso's experience includes advising:
- Representing several banks in compliance matters, particularly in cases of serious fraud, including enforcement (national and international)
- Representing domestic and international companies in cases of breach of fiduciary duties committed by directors and officers (civil and criminal law, asset tracing/enforcement)
- Preventive and case-related compliance consulting of companies operating in various industries; management of compliance investigation cases
- Legal representation of several insolvency administrators in various cases of criminal insolvency and officers' liability, including national and international enforcement/ asset tracing
- Chairing more than 500 hearings as a single judge in civil law disputes*
* prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills
Friso joined Herbert Smith Freehills in 2014.
From 2011 to 2014, Friso served as a Judge and Public Prosecutor of the State of Baden-Württemberg.
From 2007 to 2011, Friso was a Capital Markets Lawyer for another international law firm in Frankfurt.
He studied law at the University of Bonn. He holds a doctorate degree (Dr. iur. utr.) of the University of Cologne in the fields of International Arbitration and European Merger Control. He was admitted to the bar in 2007.
Friso is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb).
Co-Author, "Die grenzüberschreitende vorläufige Kontenpfändung", MDR 2017, 673
Co-Author, "Plötzlich gepfändet", Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 11 January 2017
Co-Author, "Germany intensifies fight against corruption abroad and at home", Herbert Smith Freehills – Financial Services Regulation and Corporate Crime Blog, December 2015
Co-Author, "German Federal Supreme Court: no suspension of limitation by generic model applications for conciliation", Herbert Smith Freehills – Dispute resolution e-bulletin, June 2015
Co-Author, "German Federal Supreme Court Underlines Non-Intervenistic and International Approach of German Arbitration Law", Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 2014
Author, "Schiedszusagen in der Europäischen Fusionskontrolle", 2006