Eric Romba is one of the leading lawyers in Germany when it comes to advising on legal matters regarding capital markets on the interface of digitalization. He is well known for his out of the box thinking and innovative approach to help clients creating new products in a digital platform and blockchain environment. 

Eric's focus is on capital markets and regulatory issues all in connection with the development of digital business. His clients range from Fintechs, asset managers, financial service providers to credit institutes.  

Eric has been admitted to the bar in 2003. In his professional career he worked in the German Federal Parliament, has been the head of an industry association and worked for several renown law firms before joining Osborne Clarke as Partner in 2022.

Eric Romba enjoys an increasingly high-profile name in the German startup and FinTech ecosystem. A banking and capital markets regulatory lawyer, he specialises in blockchain, crypto and digitalisation projects, while appearing regularly in thought leadership conferences within the financial sector.

Helping you succeed in tomorrow's world

We see a fast development in capital markets. Financial services and financial products swift from the classical “bricks and mortar” banking, through digital and online banking to embedded finance. This swift is a huge challenge for established institutes. They have to adapt to new technologies in a highly regulated market. Furthermore they have to follow their customers needs. Selling services and products is driven by the customers and their perspective.

With my advice I help either incumbents to evolve to the new world or support challengers to deal within the regulatory framework. 

Next to my legal knowledge I have a broad understanding of digital technology and technical processes. I am a true believer that you can shape the legal framework by technical setup and vice versa.

Being a lawyer is not just about rendering legal advice. I have a holistic approach and like to develop businesses together with my clients.

Work

Upvest

Dr Robert Oppenheim and Eric Romba of Osborne Clarke advise Upvest on securities trading bank licences, read more

HANSAINVEST

Osborne Clarke advises HANSAINVEST on implementation of special AIF for crypto assets investments

Hauck Aufhäuser Lampe

Osborne Clarke advises Hauck Aufhäuser Lampe on licensing of crypto capital management company, read more

Bitbond Finance GmbH

Advising on the first blockchain-based securities issue in Germany with the approval of the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) under EU prospectus law

eSec GmbH

Advised on the first crypto securities in Germany under the new Electronic Securities Law (eWpG)

CRR-credit institute

Advised on the application and setup of the organizational handbook for a full AIFMD-license (Voll-Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft) in Germany for investments in digital assets

Service AIFM

Advised on the first open ended Special fund solely investing into crypto currencies

Crowdfunding platform

Advising on the application of an ECSP-license under the EU ECSP-law

Iconic Holding GmbH

Advising on the setup of Bitcoin underlying Exchange-Traded-Notes and listing on the regulated market in Frankfurt and other stock markets in Europe

Different clients

Advising on more then 15 license application for several financial service licenses under the German Banking Act (KWG) and Security Institute Law (WpIG). Among others, securities trading bank, crypto custody, investment brokerage, securities registry management

Asset-manager

Advising on the setup of closed-end Real Estate AIFs