As SMP's CEO, Hariolf is responsible for the professionalization of the firm. He manages the firm's growth and opens up new, related business fields, inter alia by investing in legal tech.
Hariolf is a graduate in economics, in which he also holds a Ph.D. Before joining SMP he was with Baker McKenzie where he oversaw the firm's EMEA business development. Previous positions include ten years as CEO of the Hamburg-based Bucerius Law School; he continues to be a member of the Executive Faculty of the school's Center on the Legal Profession (CLP), where he serves as a co-director. In addition, Hariolf has served as founding president and management-board member of the European Legal Technology Association (ELTA) and is an initiator of ReInvent.Law, Continental Europe's first legal innovation hub.