About us


Prof. Dr. Daniel Graewe – Director

Attorney at Law Prof. Dr. iur. Dipl.-Pol. Daniel Graewe, LL.M. is the Director of the Institute for Applied Business Law at the NORDAKADEMIE.

He was born and grew up in Westphalia. After graduating from the Ernst Barlach High School, he studied law and political science in Germany (especially at the University of Fribourg), Switzerland and the USA. He then passed his first state law examination in Hesse. He received a diploma in political science from the University of Hamburg and completed his legal clerkship in Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Speyer and Washington DC. In Hamburg he also passed the second state examination in law and was admitted to the bar. After his legal doctorate at the University of Cologne (on a corporate law topic with Prof. Dr. Barbara Dauner-Lieb) he completed a Master of Laws (LL.M.) with a focus on Japanese law with a research stay in Kyoto. He then spent many years as a lawyer with White & Case and CMS Hasche Sigle in Hamburg, London and Munich.

In 2016, he accepted an appointment to the Chair of Business Law at NORDAKADEMIE. There he is also head of the Master’s programme in Business Law (LL.M.). In 2018 Daniel Graewe was appointed Faculty Member of the Institute for Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances in Vienna and in 2019 Senior Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Anke Gößmann – CEO

Anke Gößmann studied law at the Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg. After completing her legal clerkship at the Bamberg Higher Regional Court and obtaining her doctorate at the University of Würzburg, she began her professional career in the legal department of a mortgage bank in Hamburg.

Since 2016 she has been a research assistant at NORDAKADEMIE and managing director of the institute.

Johanna Tensi – Projectmanager

Johanna Tensi came to Hamburg after graduating from high school to study the bachelor’s programme “Economics and Culture of China” at the University of Hamburg. During a one-year stay abroad in Shanghai, China, she gained international experience through working for a political foundation. Following her studies, she first worked as an assistant to the management and later as a HR specialist at Paula & Max Kindertagesstätten GmbH. In the winter semester of 2017, she began an extra-occupational Master’s programme in “Business Psychology”.

Since January 2019, Johanna Tensi has been project manager of the China Investment Project at NORDAKADEMIE.


The Institute for Applied Business Law is the central institute for legal research at the NORDAKADEMIE University of Applied Sciences. It has a current teaching and research profile which, in addition to classical commercial private law, focuses strongly on the application of law.

In addition, the Institute serves as a network platform for the establishment and development of relationships among its members and with the legal research community and thus for mutual professional as well as personal exchange.

Research, teaching and networking are essentially shaped by the persons involved, the board of directors, the scientific advisory board, the associated scientists and practitioners, but also by the members represented in the general meeting, who are predominantly professionally active in legal practice.