Sven-Michael has over 12 years of experience in practising Chinese law. His extensive experience includes M&A and foreign direct investment transactions, with a strong focus on advising European clients in relation to their inbound investment into China.

Dr Werner joined Bird & Bird in January 2014 as a partner in the international corporate group based in Shanghai.

He has been living and working in China since 1999 and based in Shanghai since 2003. During his career he has also been based in both London and Munich with a remit to develop inbound and outbound work for the Chinese market.

In addition to his extensive experience in M&A and foreign direct investment transactions, Dr Werner also regularly advises European and US clients in the automotive, technology, media, life sciences, consumer goods, high-end retail and services sectors in relation to commercial, compliance and anti-bribery matters.

Dr Werner was admitted to practise law in Germany in March 2004, and is fluent in German and English, and is proficient in Mandarin Chinese.

In October 2003 Dr Werner obtained a PhD degree (Dr. iur.) in Chinese and Hong Kong law. Prior to this, he studied law and business administration in Hamburg followed by a Master of Laws programme at the University of Hong Kong in the field of Chinese business law and international financial transactions.