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Senior Associate

Dr. David John

David advises domestic and international banks, financial and payment service providers as well as other companies active in the financial sector on regulatory issues including anti-money laundering and compliance related matters. A key focus of his practice is advising on distributed ledger technology (DLT)-based business models and the challenges posed by a constantly evolving regulatory environment.

Education and Career

David studied law at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, where he also received his Ph.D., and at the University of Oxford. Prior to joining YPOG, David worked as a lawyer at SMP, focusing on fund structuring and investment regulatory law, and at a boutique law firm in Hamburg, focusing on corporate law and M&A.


  • German qualified attorney (Rechtsanwalt)
  • Ph.D. in law (Dr. iur) (Bucerius Law School)


  • German
  • English
  • Regulation of e-money tokens - analysis and aualification within the regulatory context (in particular MiCA),
    BKR 2023, p. 373 (together with Carsten Lösing) [in German]
  • Abuse of power of representation instead of Sec. 179a German Stock Corporation Act – A step forward for M&A practice?,
    NZG 2022, p. 1383 (together with Hubertus Leo) [in German]
  • The company register pursuant to MoPeG,
    NZG 2022 p. 243 [in German]
  • (Renewed) Amendment of the Money Laundering Act as of 1 August 2021 by the “Transparency Register and Financial Information Act”,
    NZG 2021, p. 957 [in German]
  • The beneficial owner – contouring of the concept within the systematic context of the Money Laundering Act,
    NZG 2021, p. 323 [in German]
  • “Naming and Shaming” in the age of digital platform economy,
    BKR 2020, p. 335 [in German]
  • Investor onboarding in private equity and venture capital funds, 
    WM 2020 p. 1009 (together with Lennart Lorenz and Joel El-Qalqili) [in German]
  • The civil law nature of crypto tokens and the issue of ownership,
    BKR 2020 p. 76) [in German]
  • The legal doctrine of “Rechtswidrigkeitszusammenhang” and the purpose of legal provisions – dogmatic chimeras in the context of lawful alternative conduct,
    dissertation, Nomos, Studien zum Zivilrecht 28, 2020 [German]
  • (Non-)applicability of the German Capital Investment Code in constellations of practical relevance involving holding companies and employee-shareholding scheme,
    BKR 2019 p. 386 (together with Lennart Lorenz) [in German]
  • Distinction, for purposes of German income tax, between business establishment and asset management in the context of investments in crypto tokens,
    FR 2019 p. 393 (together with Julian Albrecht) [in German]
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