Daniel is a partner at German law firm SMP where he is heading the firm's digital assets & blockchain practice group. He advises all range of clients on tokenization and blockchain-related business models, transactions and regulatory policy. As part of his policy-related work, he has been directly involved in the legislative initiatives on the planned introduction of blockchain-based electronic securities as well as the regulation of digital assets custody under German law.

In addition, Daniel is a Senior Fellow at the Wharton School and co-founder of regular international working groups on blockchain regulation/DeFi as well as blockchain governance hosted by the Wharton School.

In this year's The Best Lawyers® in Germany edition the US publishing house in cooperation with business daily Handelsblatt® commend Daniel as one of Germany's best lawyers for capital markets law.

Education and Career

After his legal studies at Münster University and his practical legal training in Hamburg, London and New York, Daniel started his career as an Associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Before joining SMP, Daniel was an independent advisor on economic and legal aspects of crypto assets.


Daniel‘s recent work highlights include advising:

  • several clients on economic and legal aspects relating to Token offerings
  • initiators of a blockchain-based decentralized trading platform on governance matters
  • operators of a Token-sale platform on a variety of regulatory matters

* not a partner within the meaning of the German Partnership Company Act (Partnerschaftsgesellschaftsgesetz – PartGG)

  • Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) – market, economics and regulation Journal of Banking Law and Banking 2018 (ZBB), 89-106 (together with Lars Klöhn and Nicolas Parhofer) - [in German]
  • Statement on Token regulation with a focus on Token sales by the Working Group on Finance of the German Blockchain Association (together with Nina-Luisa Siedler, Heribert Anzinger et al.)