Institute for Law and Finance, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

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Institute for Law and Finance, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

Über Institute for Law and Finance, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

The LL.M. finance program is a one-year postgraduate degree program instructed exclusively in English. Graduates who have a first degree in law, business or economics from an accredited university and who have strong academic records are eligible to apply to our program. Approximately 50 students are admitted each year in order to ensure academic excellence and direct personal contact between students and our faculty.

Students who wish to continue with their pre-existing employment contracts may also particpate in the LL.M. Finance program on a part-time basis, by completing the regular program over a period of two years. The LL.M. finance degree will train you to deal with and also excel in this increasingly important area where the worlds of international law and global finance meet. 

The underlying success of the program is that it overcomes the traditional separation of the academic disciplines of law and business/economics. The LL.M. finance program teaches you aspects of both law and business/economics, with a focus on their intersection and interplay. The program is international in every respect: our curriculum, faculty and our students. The curriculum will enable you to gain both a theoretical understanding as well as a practical insight into the specific requirements of banks as well as corporations, international law firms, accounting and auditing firms, the European Central Bank and Germany's Bundesbank. The reason for this is because in addition to the outstanding academics, the majority of our faculty consists of top practitioners from the fields of law, banking, central banking and financial regulation.

As an integral and important part of the LL.M. Finance degree program, you will also have the valuable opportunity to participate in a seven to eight weeks' internship at one of the ILF's various sponsors from the financial, regulatory, central banking, international law and accounting areas.


Kurse

  • Bank- und Finanzrecht
  • Gesellschaftsrecht/Corporate und M&A
  • Handelsrecht
  • Insolvenzrecht und Restrukturierungen
  • Internationales Recht
  • Internationales Wirtschaftsrecht
  • Steuerrecht
  • Wirtschaft & Business

Programmarten

  • Teilzeit
  • Vollzeit

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Kontakte

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Frau Jennifer Schmid
Admissions and Recruitment Manager

Informationen

60
Number of professors


60
Number of students


Professor-student ratio

1:1

Sehr geringSehr hoch

Accreditation

In July 2021 the LL.M. Finance program was officially re-accredited until 2029 via the Goethe University System Accreditation process.  


Renowned professors

Prof. Dr. Andreas Cahn
Director at Institute for Law and Finance
Goethe University

Prof. Dr. Thomas Gasteyer
Of Counsel
Clifford Chance LLP

Dr. Hendrik Haag
Partner
Hengeler Mueller

Prof. Michael Haliassos
Macroeconomics and Finance
Goethe University

Dr. Thomas F. Huertas
Partner
Ernst&Young, U.K.

Mr. Patrick Kenadjian
Senior Counsel
Davis Polk & Wardwell

Dr. Rüdiger Litten
Partner
Fieldfischer

Dr. Manuel Lorenz
Partner
Baker & McKenzie

Prof. Dr. Raimond Maurer
Professor of Economics
Goethe University

Mr. Stefan Nießner
Banking Supervision Law and International Banking Supervision Division
Deutsche Bundesbank
(German Central Bank)

Prof. Dr. Reinhardt H. Schmidt
Wilhelm Merton Professor of International Banking
Goethe University

Mr. Pedro Gustavo Teixeira
Head of the Supervisory Board Secretariat
European Central Bank

Dr. Thomas Schürrle
Partner
Debevoise & Plimpton

Dr. Peter Stenz
Partner
Allen&Overy

Dr. Michael Weller
Retired Partner
Clifford Chance

Prof. Dr. Chiara Zilioli
General Counsel
European Central Bank


Notable Alumni

Guillaume Beernaerts
Senior Tax Consultant
Deloitte, Luxembourg

Maxime Colle
Partner
Nauta Dutilh, Brussels

Marie-Aude Deslandes
Associate
Linklaters, Brussels

Thomas Geppelt
Managing Director Capital Markets
Baader Bank AG, Frankfurt

Tom Gutschalk
Consultant
PwC, Frankfurt

Iva Horcicova
Vice- President
ING Bank, London

Gerry Kounadis
Senior Manager
Deloitte, Athens

Stefan Landolt
Head Alternatives Structuring - Hedge Funds
UBS Wealth Management, Zurich

Stephanie Latsky
Associate
Baker & McKenzie, London

Angelo Messore
Associate
White & Case, Milan

Carl Hugo Parment
Partner
White & Case, Stockholm

Marilia Pefkianak
Supervision Analyst
European Central Bank, Frankfurt

Emilie Veyran
Associate
Ashurst, Frankfurt

Katerina Vogiazidou
Associate
Jones Day, Frankfurt

Lora von Ploetz
Head Of Department Global Financial Crime Unit
Commerzbank, Frankfurt

Jane Xu
Manager
Ernst & Young, Frankfurt

Dr. Zhilin Yao
Head of Risk Controlling
Agricultural Bank of China, Frankfurt


An Insight into the ILF


Programme

Degree to be obtained

Masters of Laws (LL.M.) in Finance


Practical relevance

The LL.M. finance program's curriculum will enable you to gain both a theoretical understanding as well as a practical insight into the specific requirements of banks and corporations, international law firms, as well as accounting and auditing firms, the European Central Bank and Germany's Bundesbank. This is because in addition to outstanding academics, the majority of our faculty consists of top practitioners from the fields of law, banking, central banking and financial regulation.

As an integral and important part of the LL.M. Finance degree program, you will also have the valuable opportunity to take part in a seven to eight weeks' internship at one of the ILF's various sponsors from the financial, regulatory, central banking, international law and accounting areas.


Student profile

The LL.M. Finance program is specifically designed for graduates who already have a first degree in law, business or economics from an accredited or recognized university. Therefore, if you possess a first degree in any of these subjects and have outstanding academic records, we would be happy to receive your application.

Semester break

There is a Christmas break of approximately 2 to 3 weeks.

There is also a semester break between mid-February and mid-April where the students have to complete an internship, which is a mandatory component of the program.


Summer term

Start: April
Duration: 4 months


Winter term

Start: October
Duration: 5 months


Kosten und Finanzierung

Info on tuition fees
20000
Full-time

24000
Part-time


Grants & Scholarships

Financial assistance is available in the form of an ILF scholarship that covers part of the tuition fee subject to the submission of an application pertaining to the grant and a candidate's eligibility.


Cost of living

Overall personal living expenses vary depending on the cost of accommodation and other personal choices.
An estimate of about 1.000 € per month for general living expenses is a realistic calculation for the Frankfurt area.


Zulassung

Application deadline

Applications will be considered on a “rolling basis”. Consideration of completed applications will begin in November and candidates will generally be informed of the results of their applications within 6 weeks of receipt of the completed application by the ILF. No application fee is required.


Admission Requirement

Applicants with an undergraduate degree in law, business or economics may apply to join the LL.M. Finance program.


Course Page

If you would like additional information on the courses you can find it under: Program Highlights.


How to apply

Please click on the appropriate links to

  • fill out, print and sign the application form and upload;
  • upload the other required documents; and
  • if applicable, fill out an application for an ILF Scholarship (financial need-based). Any application for financial aid must be made at the same time as the application for admission. Subsequent applications for financial aid will not be considered. Documents supporting the application for financial aid may follow the application itself.

(a) Complete and sign Application Form
and upload via (b). Please ensure that you use a current Adobe reader (which can be downloaded free of charge from the Adobe website) to fill out the application form.

(b) Upload Documents
If you do not have a document pertaining to class rank or your English proficiency results as yet, you may submit a statement stating when the documents will be available, or in the case of English proficiency results, that you are a native English speaker.

(c) Submit Application Form for ILF Scholarship (Financial Need-Based)
if applicable.
 


Paper Applications

Paper applications should be sent to:


Goethe University Frankfurt
Campus Westend, House of Finance
Institute for Law and Finance 

Attn: Ms. Jennifer Schmid

Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 3
D-60629 Frankfurt am Main

Germany                                                                                                                            


Studentenleben

Student facts

The ILF student body is a select group of highly qualified and intellectually curious individuals from varying backgrounds. Every year, we receive students who have studied at some of the finest universities from more than 20 countries.

In our institution, we value diversity and different points of view to enhance the learning experience right from the beginning.  

ILF students are able to take advantage of a stimulating and friendly international community.


International students

  • Asia (28%)
  • Eastern Europe (27%)
  • Western Europe (18%)
  • America (15%)
  • Germany (8%)
  • Africa (3%)

Study location

Frankfurt am Main


Housing

There are several accommodation options available to students in the Frankfurt area.
The ILF offers a limited number of dormitory rooms owned by the university’s student services. Since the demand for these rooms is usually greater than the number of rooms available, they are reserved to students from abroad and allocated by lottery. Students interested in one of these rooms should let us know that they wish to enter the allocation lottery.

Other options include student housing facilities offered by various church organizations and other non-profit housing facilities. We recommend strongly that students contact such organizations as soon as they receive notice of acceptance to the program, as these rooms are also very sought after. The ILF is able to provide a list of these organizations and further information to help you find private accommodation in Frankfurt.


Who are our students?

The ILF student body is small, but nationally diverse. Our students have studied at some of the finest universities from over 20 countries and represent all continents in the world. The mix of cultural and educational backgrounds makes for a lively exchange of ideas and a stimulating student life. During their time at the ILF, our students not only gain professional knowledge and experience, but also form close and long-lasting bonds with many of their classmates. Due to the limit on class size of about 50 students, making friends is easy.

Community life is facilitated by the House of Finance, which is open around the clock for study, research, meeting friends, or just reading newspapers in the lounge. ILF students are able to take advantage of a stimulating and friendly international community, offered by this unique combination of students who come together and organize numerous social and cultural activities amongst themselves. In addition, the ILF organizes extra-curricular events such as visits, excursions, receptions with sponsors and lecturers, a Christmas party and the Graduation Event.


Ratio female/male students

1:1


27
Average age