Axel Cordewener started his professional career as a tax inspector after graduating from the University of Applied Sciences of North Rhine-Westphalia in 1990. He then studied law at the University of Bochum and the University of Utrecht (Netherlands) and graduated in 1996.

Subsequently, Axel Cordewener obtained a Master of Laws at the University of Leuven (Belgium) and served as a research assistant at the Institute of Tax Law of the University of Bonn where he completed a PhD on EU law in 2001. Parallel to this, he completed his ‘Referendariat’ (two-year practical legal training) in September 2001.

In 2002, Axel Cordewener joined the Bonn office of Flick Gocke Schaumburg as a lawyer. He became an associate partner in 2006 and of counsel in 2007 when he took up a part-time teaching position as professor at the University of Leuven. Between 2012 and 2014, he was a member of the legal service of the European Commission.

Axel Cordewener specialises in EU and international tax law. He has extensive litigation experience both before the German tax courts, including the Federal Tax Court, and the European Courts in Luxembourg.