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Stephan Müller

Attorney (Rechtsanwalt)
Practice Areas:

Public Law; Foreign Trade; Compliance


German, English

Office Cologne

Telephone: +49 221 2091 448
Telefax: +49 221 2091 333



Stephan Müller heads the firm’s public law practice group (which focuses on foreign trade law as well as environmental, public procurement and antitrust law). Stephan himself specialises in export control law, sanctions and compliance with a focus on the areas anti-corruption, money laundering and internal investigations. His advice is particularly sought after in crisis situations. He has special experience in developing and implementing compliance structures. He also advises his clients in permission proceedings or before the administrative courts. He regularly publishes articles and speaks at conferences.

Since 2015 Stephan is co-chair of the IBA subsection on export controls and anti-corruption.

For many years he has been ranked as a leading practitioner in export control matters in the JUVE Handbook of German Commercial Law Firms. In the study, which is conducted every year in cooperation with the German Federal Association of Corporate In-house Counsel [Bundesverband für Unternehmensjuristen], he has also held first place for the fifth time running for Foreign Trade and Export Control in Germany.


Career / Education

Stephan is a partner of Oppenhoff & Partner. In 1996 he was a Foreign Associate with Lovells in London. From 2001 to 2007 he was a partner at Oppenhoff & Rädler / Linklaters LLP. He studied law at the University of Bonn.

In 2014, he has been elected as Vice-Chair of the International Sales Subcommittee on Export Controls, Sanctions and Anti-Corruption of the International Bar Association (IBA).


Books and Legal Commentaries

"Deutsche Tochter im internationalen Konzern – Rechtshandbuch für die Praxis“ [German subsidiaries of international groups – a practical legal handbook], Munich 2019 (publisher)

Articles and Essays

“Sanktionen mit Ansteckungsgefahr” [Sanctions with a risk of contagion], FAZ dated 2 May 2018

“Terror und Antiquitäten” [Terror and antiquities], Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung dated 29 November 2017