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 helping clients create 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, and 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 renowned law firms before joining Osborne Clarke as a 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.

Osborne Clarke is once again one of the “Most Renowned Law Firms for Banking and Finance Law” in 2023 according to WirtschaftsWoche. In addition, the business magazine awarded Eric as TOP lawyer 2023 for banking and finance law.

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 swiftness 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.

Expert article in "Der Betrieb"

(German only) "Die elektronische Aktie im ZuFinG: Eine Bestandsaufnahme - Ein
zusammenfassender Überblick der gesetzlichen Änderungen" – Eric Romba, Sascha Nicolai Grimm, DB 2023, 2868-2871. Read the article here in German (subject to charge).


EU crowdfunding permission: Zinsbaustein obtains licence as EU crowdfunding service provider with Osborne Clarke. Read more here.

G2 Venture Partners

Osborne Clarke has advised investor G2 Venture Partners on its investment in energy start-up 1KOMMA5°. Read more here

Klima Energy Transition Fund

Osborne Clarke advises Klima Energy Transition Fund on Series B financing round of digital energy trading platform Enmacc, read more


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


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


Advising on the setup of closed-end Real Estate AIFs

Contact Eric