Dr. Norman Kulpa

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Dr. Norman Kulpa, German qualified lawyer and certified specialist on commercial and corporate law, is partner at Austmann & Partner.


Dr. Norman Kulpa has extensive experience in providing legal advice to national and international clients with regard to M&A transactions, corporate restructurings and joint ventures. His focus is the advice on corporate law and company group law matters (especially German limited liability companies law and partnership law as well as German limited liability company group law) of corporates as well as their bodies (especially with regard to the duty of care and the limitation of liability).


Professional career

  • since 2017, partner at Austmann & Partner, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 2015-2016, Senior Manager at KPMG Law, Essen, Germany
  • 2012-2015, Senior Associate at Jones Day, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 2007-2012, Associate at Simmons & Simmons LLP, Düsseldorf, Germany


Academic career

  • Certified specialist on commercial and corporate law (Fachanwalt für Handels- und Gesellschaftsrecht), 2011
  • Second state examination (Zweites Staatsexamen), Germany, 2007
  • Doctor of law (Dr. iur.), Paris Lodron Universität Salzburg, Austria, 2004
  • First state examination (Erstes Staatsexamen), Germany, 2001
  • Law studies at the universities of Osnabrück, Germany as well as Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany



  • Düsseldorf Law Society (Rechtsanwaltskammer Düsseldorf)
  • German Bar Association (Deutscher Anwaltsverein (DAV) e.V.)
  • Association on Corporate Law (Gesellschaftsrechtliche Vereinigung Wissenschaftliche Vereinigung für Unternehmens- und Gesellschaftsrecht (VGR) e.V.)
  • German-American Lawyers‘ Association (Deutsch-Amerikanische-Juristen-Vereinigung e.V. (DAJV))
  • Indo-German Chamber of Commerce
  • German Council of Economic Advisers (Wirtschaftsrat Deutschland), Berlin
  • British Business Club Düsseldorf e.V.



  • German, English



  • Nils Krause / Norman Kulpa, Cross-boarder mergers – Against the Background of the „Sevic“ decision and the reform in the German law on mergers (Grenzüberschreitende Verschmelzungen – Vor dem Hintergrund der „Sevic“-Entscheidung und der Reform des deutschen Umwandlungsrechts), ZHR 2007, 38-78
  • Norman Kulpa, The applicable (substantive) law in international commercial arbitration (Das anwendbare (materielle) Recht in internationalen Handelsschiedsgerichtsverfahren), doctoral thesis, Peter Lang Verlag, 2005
  • Markus Schmitter / Norman Kulpa, US-(re)exportcontrol (US-(Re-)Exportkontrolle), Computer und Recht 1999, 61-64