Sebastian Kristen
Lawyer (Rechtsanwalt), Of Counsel

Sebastian Kristen has over 20 years of experience in providing in-house advice to banks with a focus on banking supervisory and financing law. As Head of Legal of the German branch of a major Swedish bank for many years (until and including Q1/2022), he is well familiar with all legal issues that a foreign bank may encounter in Germany.


His expertise covers the full range of a commercial bank's needs for legal advice, including higher-level strategic issues such as the opening, restructuring and closing of foreign branches, aspects of day-to-day banking operations from new business relationships to liquidation or insolvency, international financing products, guarantees and trade finance, cash pooling, accounts and payment transactions, as well as legal support for the sale of loan portfolios.


As a long-standing money laundering officer, Sebastian Kristen also has extensive experience in the implementation and application of all requirements of money laundering prevention and compliance with financial sanctions. In this function, he also acts as an interface to the audit department, the supervisory authority and the law enforcement authorities.

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