Barbara’s practice is focused on mergers and acquisitions, as well as general corporate and commercial law matters.
She represents her clients in a variety of matters, including acquisitions, joint ventures, the negotiation of supply and distribution agreements, as well as operational issues such as corporate formation, tax reorganizations, business licensing and registration, and compliance.
Barbara holds law degrees in both Germany and the United States making her uniquely qualified to assist U.S. companies entering the German market and German companies expanding to the U.S. market. She was responsible for the acquisitions of German companies by U.S. clients and the related agreements, such as employment and lease agreement. Similarly, Barbara was in charge of acquisitions of U.S. manufacturing companies by German clients. In addition, she has successfully facilitated the resolution of a number of diverse U.S.-German issues her clients faced, such as the enforcement of German judgments in the United States, the defense against temporary restraining orders in the United States or Germany, and the representation of a German client in connection with a federal antitrust investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Barbara graduated from the University in Bonn, Germany, in 1987 and worked as a law clerk in various areas before she finished her German legal education in June 1990 with honors. In Germany, Barbara focused on European legal and business issues. Before she came to Minnesota in 1996, she was chief of the division in the Department of European Affairs in the German state of Hesse.
Since 2016, Barbara also serves as Honorary Consul of Germany for Minnesota, the Dakotas, and three western counties of Wisconsin.