Dr. Karsten Bornholdt

Partner Attorney at Law · Certified Lawyer for Banking and Capital Market Law


No one else here knows as much about banking and capital market law as Karsten Bornholdt. He not only possesses a great deal of professional expertise and vast experience; clients also appreciate his prudent and purposeful approach. This makes him a very popular contact and consultant in the market. Among other things, Karsten advises a major bank, several regional banks, issuing houses, and fund companies. The 47-year-old heads the nbs partners litigation team and coordinates all the briefs at our firm when it comes to organising capital investment projects. He is also responsible for the employment law team at nbs partners.

Career path

  • At nbs partners since 1999, partner since 2007
  • Legal clerkship at the Hanseatic Higher Regional Court 1997 – 1999
  • 1995 – 1997 Dissertation on a topic related to leasing law at Freiburg im Breisgau
  • Studied law at Marburg/Lahn 1990 – 1995

Married, four children

Key activities

  • Advising banks and savings banks
  • Judicial and extra-judicial representation in the field of banking and capital-market law
  • Advising issuing houses and fund companies
  • Coordination of project planning and organisation of measures in the capital investment sector
  • Head of the employment law department at nbs partners


  • Dr Karsten Bornholdt and Dr Christian Friege, Genussrechte zur Finanzierung von Erneuerbare Energien-Projekten (Participation Rights for the Financing of Renewable Energy Projects), pages 313-330; in: Carsten Herbes, Christian Friege (eds.), Handbuch Finanzierung von Erneuerbare-Energien-Projekten (Manual for Financing Renewable Energy Projects), UVK Verlagsgesellschaft Konstanz and München mbH, 2015 (ISBN 978-3-86764-494-5)
  • Karsten Bornholdt, Leasingnehmer und refinanzierende Bank in der Insolvenz des Leasinggebers nach der Insolvenzverordnung, Europäische Hochschulschriften Reihe 2, Rechtswissenschaften Bd. 2665 ([The Role of] Lessee and Refinancing Bank in the Insolvency of the Lessor Under the Insolvency Directive, European Series 2, Law Vol. 2665), 1999 (ISBN 978-3-631-34676-1)

Memberships and commitments

  • German Lawyers‘ Association, Working Group for Banking and Capital Markets Law
  • Mentor and member of the Bucerius Law School Selection Committee
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Förderverein St. Johannis-Harvestehude e.V.
  • Head of an ecclesiastical committee in the parish of Aumühle

Service Lines

  • Legal
  • Legal advice