Dr. Daniel Walden
    ADVANT Beiten - Munich

    Dr. Daniel Walden

    ADVANT Beiten - Munich


    T : +49 89 35065-1379

    F : +49 89 35065-123


    Dr Daniel Walden is Partner at ADVANT Beiten's Munich office and a member of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice group. Dr Walden specialises in commercial and corporate law and liability. He resolves complex disputes out of court as well as before state courts and arbitration tribunals, advises executive bodies (executive board, supervisory board, managing directors, etc.), accompanies shareholders' meetings and structural measures, answers questions regarding group law and accounting law-related issues and has extensive expertise in the areas of ESG, Due diligence in the supply chain, internal business organisation and compliance. For many years the focus of his work has been the efficient handling of directors' and officers' liability cases, taking into account the D&O insurance and, if necessary, other insurers. He also publishes regularly on the legal aspects of ESG, gives lectures on the subject and is co-editor of the first comprehensive work on "CSR and Law" as well as the the first commentary on the Supply Chain Due Diligence Act.

    Dr Daniel Walden studied law at the Universities of Constance and Dallas (USA) and was admitted to the German bar in 2002. He initially worked as a lawyer in the corporate law/M&A department of a US law firm in Dusseldorf and as an in-house lawyer and authorized signatory (Prokurist) in the legal department of Bayerische Hypo- und Vereinsbank AG in Munich. In 2009 he joined ADVANT Beiten as Partner.


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    Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (LkSG)
    C.H.BECK, Dr Daniel Walden and Dr André Depping (editors), 2022

    CSR and law - regognise and understand legal aspects of sustainable business management
    Gabler Verlag, Dr Daniel Walden and Dr André Depping (editors), 1st edition 2015


    CSDDD: The planned EU Supply Chain Directive and key differences to the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (LkSG)
    Dr Daniel Walden
    in:, 2024

    EU supply chain law: it's coming, it's not coming, it's coming, it's not coming...
    Dr Daniel Walden and Dr André Depping
    in: ZVertriebsR, Issue 2/2024, p. 69 ff.

    Human rights due diligence and ESG - a new field of activity (also) for lawyers
    Dr Daniel Walden and Dr André Depping
    in: Karriere im Recht, 1/2024, p. 4 ff.

    Complex regulatory landscape overwhelms many lawyers
    Dr. Daniel Walden (Quotes)
    in:, December 11, 2023

    LkSG-related human rights due diligence obligations when acquiring a company
    Dr Daniel Walden and Dr André Depping
    in: M&A Review, 07 September 2023

    Shell on the frontline of climate change litigation
    Dr Daniel Walden
    in:, 09 June 2023

    Climate change litigation: contribution to global justice or departure from basic (civil) legal principles?
    Dr Daniel Walden and Lukas Frischholz
    in: ZIP 49/2022, 09 December 2022, p. 2473 et seq.

    Human rights due diligence in the supply chain: BAFA seeks to concretize the LkSG
    Dr Daniel Walden and Dr André Depping
    in: SustainableValue 4/2022, p. 18 et seq.

    Improving the Protection of Human Rights - In Focus: The Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (LkSG)
    Dr Daniel Walden and Dr André Depping
    in: SustainableValue, 20 June 2022

    Consideration of environmental and social sustainability: Proposed amendments by the Government Commission on the German Corporate Governance Code
    Dr Daniel Walden and Dr. André Depping
    in: SustainableValue 1/2022, p. 3 et seq.

    ESG stakeholders at a glance
    Dr Daniel Walden, Dr André Depping and Martina Seidl
    in: SustainableValue 4/2021, p. 11 et seq.

    Sustainability is a matter for the boss!
    Dr Daniel Walden
    in: SustainableValue 1/2021, p. 22 et seq.

    Sustainability - Despite the Coronavirus Still the Topic of the Future
    Dr Daniel Walden
    in: Zdirekt! 03/2020

    Sustainability Remains Essential Even in Times of Corona!,
    Dr Matthias Etzel, Dr Daniel Walden, Dr André Depping
    in: Deutscher Anwaltsspiegel, 10 June 2020

    Auditor's Liability to Capital Investors for Incorrect Audit Certificate (Comment on Decision)
    Dr Daniel Walden
    in: Der Betrieb no. 22, 02 June 2020, p. 1167 et seq.

    Corporate Social Responsibility: Rights, Duties and Liability of the Management Board and Supervisory Board
    Dr Daniel Walden
    in: NZG 2/2020, p. 50 et seq.

    Legal Committee as Game Changer - the German Act for Implementing the Second EU Shareholder Rights Directive, ARUG II: Now More Sustainability Through Remuneration of the Management Board?
    Dr Daniel Walden
    in: Deutscher AnwaltSpiegel, 25/2019, p. 10 et seq.

    Human Rights Litigation – Future Trend or Individual Cases with High Publicity?
    Dr Daniel Walden, Dr André Depping and Dr Matthias Etzel
    in. DisputeResolution, 3/2018, p. 11 et seq.

    It's about responsible management
    Dr Daniel Walden and Dr André Depping
    in: Deutscher AnwaltSpiegel, 24/2015, p. 15 et seq.

    Claim for the Return of Payments Made to Buy off Actions to Set Aside Resolutions
    Daniel Walden and Erik Ehmann
    in: NZG 2013, p. 806-809

    On The Incongruity of Blanket Assignments
    Daniel Walden
    BKR 2006, p. 162-163

    Cross-border Merger into a European Company: Planning and Preparation
    Daniel Walden and Andreas Meyer-Landrut
    in: DB 2005, p. 2119-2127

    Cross-border Merger into a European Company: Resolution and Registration
    Daniel Walden and Andreas Meyer-Landrut
    in: DB 2005, p. 2619-2623

    Freedom of Establishment, Registered Seat Theory, and Submission Decision (Vorlagebeschluss) of the VII Division for Civil Matters at the German Federal Supreme Court (BGH) as of 30 March 2000
    Daniel Walden
    in: EWS 2001, p. 256-263.


    "Business Ethics", 2nd LBBW ESG Academy, June 18, 2024

    "NIS2 Directive / Cybersecurity: Management responsibility, requirements and risks." BVMW Entrepreneur Breakfast May 13, 2024

    "ESG as a deal driver and stress test for due diligence", Evolve M&A, 19 March 2024

    "One year of the Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (LkSG) - Update", Compliance Lunch Break with the BDI, 6 March 2024

    Update on particularly relevant ESG topics for the legal department, Syndikus Networking Event 2024, 6 March 2024

    "Legal requirements for international supply chains under the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (LkSG)", Außenwirtschaft Austria event, 1 February 2024

    "Understanding ESG reporting obligations and implementing them effectively in the company", 3rd German General Counsel Congress 2024, 30 January 2024

    "Supply Chain Due Diligence Act - Challenges in implementation", Compliance Lunch Break, 8 November 2023

    ESG Panel Conference in Istanbul, 18 October 2023

    "The Supply Chain Due Diligence Act - Current focal points in the scope of application and risk analysis", Compliance Lunch Break with the BDI, 13 September 2023

    "Requirements for supply chains - Particularities in Brazil", Webinar hosted by the Association for Latin America, 15. Juni 2023

    "The Supply Chain Act in Practice", Online Info Event of wvib Schwarzwald AG, 28 March 2023

    "Economic, environmental and social: Management and supervisory boards in the crossfire of ESG risks and opportunities, new regulation, reputation and greenwashing", 12th Hamburg Financial Lines Forum, October 21, 2022.

    akzente WEBTALK: LkSG in practice: the risk analysis, November 8, 2022 [also available online: akzente Webtalk "LkSG in der Praxis" (1/4) Die Risikoanalyse - YouTube]

    "Making supply chains sustainable: What's in store for (small and medium-sized) companies with the Supply Chain Sourcing Obligations Act?", 10th Bavarian CSR Day, September 29, 2022.

    "Legal challenges related to supply chain law and ESG", VIR Online Innovation Days, June 1, 2022.

    "On the (legal) challenges and practical implementation options of the new due diligence requirements in the supply chain under the LkSG", IHK event Sustainable supply chain: options for action for companies against the background of the LkSG, May 24, 2022.

    Supply Chain Act: implications for Austrian companies, AußenwirtschaftsCenter München, April 27, 2022 [also available online: Webinar | München | LIEFERKETTENGESETZ - Auswirkungen auf österreichische Unternehmen | 27.04.2022 - YouTube]

    "Fit for Future: incorporating ESG aspects into M&A transactions", 19th German Corporate M&A Congress, November 16, 2021.

    Q&A session Supply Chain Due Diligence Act, web series "Due Diligence Act: What's in store for companies?" of the Bavarian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, October 21, 2021.

    Background and overview of the German Supply Chain Act, seminar "Supply Chain Act - Impact on German and Chinese Companies" by BWA - Bundesverband für Wirtschaftsförderung und Außenwirtschaft Global e.V., September 17, 2021

    "Importance of Sustainability and CSR for Compliance", Conference of Deutsches Aktieninstitut "Association Sanctions, Corona, Wirecard - Latest Developments in Compliance", 2 December 2020, Frankfurt a.M. / online

    "Sustainability, ESG and CSR: Liability risks for Executive Board and Supervisory Board", MWV-Seminar "Aktuelle Themen der D&O-Versicherung", 23 November 2020, online

    "Corporate Social Responsibility as a Compliance Factor: Thinking Compliance and CSR Management together", German Compliance Conference 2020, 16 September 2020, online

    "Corporate Social Responsibility: The Growing Importance for Directors' and Officers' Liability and for D&O Insurers", Euroforum Conference Liability 2020, 22 January 2020, Hamburg

    "Sustainability in Management and Supervisory Boards: Rights and Duties", Conference of Deutsches Aktieninstitut "Focus on Sustainability - New Developments in CSR and Sustainable Finance", 21 November 2019, Frankfurt


    EU Supply Chain Act finalized - relevant for companies worldwide
    It did indeed take quite a while. And there was indeed a lot of back and forth. But now, it is final and binding: Today, the European Council gave its final green light for the so-called EU Corporate Sust…
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    EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive - Agreement and Text
    A compromise has been found for the EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive. It seems to have the support of the necessary majorities, although Germany continues to abstain. You can find the pr…
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    European Supply Chain Act close to finalization
    Historic breakthrough in the trilogue negotiations on the EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD): On 14 December 2023, the negotiators from the Parliament and Council reached an initia…
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    European Parliament in support of plans for an European Supply Chain Due Diligence Act
    On June 1, 2023 the European Parliament resolved by large majority vote to adopt its position for the upcoming negotiations with regard to the proposed Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSD…
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    New sustainability reporting and extended duties of business managers
    Large capital market-oriented companies, financial institutions and insurance companies with an annual average staff of more than 500 have been obliged to provide non-financial reports since 2017 (s289b(1)…
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    German Supply Chain Law: RegE (Government Draft Law), FAQ and EU
    In our blog post "Here we go after all: National Supply Chain Act coming!" of 12 February 2021, we reported: After tough negotiations, the responsible ministers Heil, Müller and Altmaier have reached a com…
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    Here We Go After All: National Supply Chain Act Coming!
    For a long time it seemed that this project of the Grand Coalition would not come to completion in this legislative period. The differences between the German Federal Ministers Müller, Heil and Altmeier we…
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    EU Commission Publishes Study on Sustainable Corporate Governance
    In our latest Newsletter ESG and Law we report on the "Study on directors' duties and sustainable corporate governance" ("Study") recently published by the EU Commission. The Study, compiled by EY on be…
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    National Supply Chain Law Upcoming
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    German Government Sets Out for More Sustainability
    Today, the Federal Government of Germany published its national programme for Germany's presidency of the Council of the EU, called "Together for Europe’s recovery". As expected, the programme focuses on s…
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    Taxonomy Regulation for Sustainable Investments Adopted
    On 10 and 18 June 2020, the European Council and the European Parliament adopted the Regulation establishing a framework to facilitate sustainable investment (2018/0178/COD procedure). This so-called Taxon…
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    The Council Presidency Trio Commits to More Sustainability
    Enterprises should prepare for increased ‑ also regulatory ‑ measures to promote a sustainable economy and the announced transition to a green economy. In our newsletter "Corona vs. Does the Virus also …
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    Cross-sector supply chain due diligence obligations underway
    As described in our newsletter "Corona versus CSR" in April, plans for a German supply chain law are currently on hold until the second round of monitoring of the National Action Plan on Business and Human…
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    Corona vs. CSR: Does the Virus also Stop Sustainability?
    In our newsletter "Outlook Corporate Social Responsibility 2020" at the beginning of February 2020, we presented our assessment that the new decade would be in the spotlight of sustainability. Two months l…
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    Duties of the Management with regard to the Economic Stabilisation Fund Act (WStFG)
    1. Introduction In the wake of the corona pandemic, the German economy is facing one of the greatest - if not the greatest - challenges since the founding of the Federal Republic of Germany. The crisis …
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    Update: Federal Government Legislative Package to Mitigate the Effects of the COVID 19 Pandemic
    Today, 25 March 2020, the Bundestag (German Federal Parliament) adopted the draft bill proposed by the parliamentary groups of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU/CSU) and the Social Democratic Party (SPD)…
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    Federal Government Legislative Package to Mitigate the Effects of the COVID 19 Pandemic
    The German federal government today presented the "Draft of a law to mitigate the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic". The legislative draft can be retrieved here. The legislative draft contains far-reach…
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    Particular impact of SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus) on managing directors' duties of start-up companies
    Generally speaking, the question has arisen for all companies for some time whether management boards, managing directors and supervisory boards are under special legal obligations with regard to SARS-CoV-…
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    Relevance of SARS-CoV-2 (Coronavirus) for Functional Management Specifications
    Are management boards, managing directors, supervisory boards under special legal obligations with regard to SARS-CoV-2, i.e. the coronavirus? The question is becoming increasingly crucial: The coronavirus…
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    Liability Risks for Directors of Start-ups and D&O Insurance Coverage
    As a rule, founders will want to avoid being personally liable for the start-up to the extent of their private assets. For this reason, they will generally use a company as the commercial entity, such as a…
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    2020 Corporate Social Responsibility Outlook: More sustainability, more laws, more risks
    In the new decade, the spotlight will be on sustainability. The already rapid developments in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) will gather even more speed. Companies involved in real economy and the f…
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