HOFMANN Christian

Assistant Professor

LL.M. in Global Business Law (NYU), LL.M. in Corporate and Financial Services Law (NUS),Professorial qualification ('Habilitation'), Humboldt-University Berlin (Germany), Dr. iur., Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg (Germany), Second State Examination, District Court of the Saarland (Germany), First State Examination, University Freiburg (Germany)

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Office Address

Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
Eu Tong Sen Building
469G Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259776
Research Interests

Regulation of financial institutions and markets
Sovereign debt restructuring
Company Law and corporate governance
Civil law
European Union law

Subjects Taught

Financial Regulation and Central Banking
European Company Law
Company Law
Contract & Commercial Law in Civil-Law Asia
Banking Law
The Law of Central Banking

Brief Biodata

Christian Hofmann received his first law degree from the University of Freiburg. He continued his legal education at the University of Halle-Wittenberg and received a postgraduate degree in international business law ( and a doctorate degree (Dr. iur.) for his thesis on cashless payment instruments (ISBN 3-452-25028-8). This was followed by the compulsory two-year clerkship for a German district court and the German bar exam.

He received his professorial qualification (Habilitation) from Humboldt-University Berlin for his thesis on the protection of minority shareholders (ISBN 978-3-11-024824-1), an LL.M. in Global Business Law from NYU and an LL.M. in Corporate and Financial Services Law from NUS through the ‘NYU@NUS’ dual LLM degree programme.

Christian Hofmann held several faculty and research positions. He was a visiting professor at the University of Cologne (Germany) and Goethe-University Frankfurt (Germany), a visiting scholar and Humboldt Fellow at UC Berkeley and a Global Research Fellow at NYU School of Law.

Prior to joining NUS law, he was a senior legal counsel for the German Central Bank (‘Bundesbank’) and a law professor at the Private University in the Principality of Liechtenstein.

Representative Publications

1. "Sovereign Debt Restructuring in Europe under the New Model Collective Action Clauses" (2014) Vol 49 (2) Texas International Law Journal 385-443

2. "The Advance Effect of Directives" in K Riesenhuber (ed.), European Legal Methodology (Cambridge: Intersentia, 2017) 373-402

3. "Greek Debt Relief" (2017) 37 (1) Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 1-30

4. Obligations and liability in multi-party payment systems ("§§ 675l, 675m, 675v, 675w") in B Gsell, W Kruger, S Lorenz & Jorg Mayer eds., Beck-Online Grosskommentar zum Bürgerlichen Gesetzbuch (Munich: C.H. Beck, 2016) (In German)

5. Minority Shareholder Protection ("Der Minderheitsschutz im Gesellschaftsrecht"), DeGruyter Publishers Berlin (2011), ISBN 978-3-11-024824-1, 700 + xx pages (in German)

6. "Shadow Banking in Singapore" (March 2017) Singapore Journal of Legal Studies 18-52

Publication List