Professional Highlights - Dr. Andreas Respondek

Dr. Andreas Respondek started his legal career with his own high profile law suits

After completing his Fulbright sponsored Master of Laws (LL.M.) at Tulane (USA), Dr. Andreas Respondek wanted to take the Louisiana Bar Examination but was refused admission by the Louisiana State Bar Association (“LSBA”) on the grounds that he did not hold an American passport. Feeling that this reason could not withstand legal scrutiny, Dr Respondek sued the LSBA, won in the Louisiana Supreme Court (434 So.2d 413 (La.1983)) and was permitted to take the bar exam.

After successfully passing the Louisiana Bar Examination (at the time the only successful foreign candidate), the LSBA again refused his admission to the bar, citing again as the major reason the lack of an American passport. So Dr Respondek again sued the LSBA and won the case a second time in the Louisiana Supreme Court (442 So.2d 435 (La. 1983)) to become the first non-American lawyer to be admitted to the Bar in Louisiana.



  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), December 1981 (Freiburg University / Germany)
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.), May 1983 (Tulane University / USA; Fulbright Scholar)
  • Doctor iuris (Ph.D.), November 1987 (Linz University / Austria)


USA (New Orleans, La.), October 1983 (first foreign lawyer to be admitted; Dr Respondek wrote legal history with two precedents in his favour from the Louisiana Supreme Court: he had to sue the LSBA to be permitted to take the Bar Examination (434 So.2d 413 (La.1983)) and after having successfully passed the examination, the LSBA again refused to admit him to the Bar and Dr Respondek sued and won again before the Louisiana Supreme Court (442 So.2d 435 (La. 1983)) )

Germany (Berlin), August 1986

Singapore Offshore License 1995


1984 - 1987 Private law practice with several International Law Firms in Germany
1988 - 1989 Legal Counsel with Commerzbank AG, Frankfurt and Singapore
1989 - 1991 Area Counsel and Company Secretary with Boehringer Mannheim International S.A., Luxembourg
1991 - 1993 Director Legal Services, Secretary of the Executive Committee, Member of the Board, Boehringer Mannheim Overseas, Luxembourg
1993 - 1996 Director Legal Services and Member of the Board, Boehringer Mannheim Pte. Ltd./ De Puy Asia Pacific, Singapore
1996 - 1997 Managing Director Boehringer Mannheim Thailand Ltd., Bangkok / Thailand
1997 - 1998 Managing Director Boehringer Mannheim China Ltd., Hong Kong / Beijing
1998 - 1999 Regional Managing Director Fresenius Asia Pacific, Bangkok / Singapore
1999 Founder and Managing Director of Respondek & Fan, Singapore - Bangkok


Beijing Boehringer Mannheim Zhixin Medical Company, Beijing

Boehringer Mannheim Far East Pte. Ltd. (Holding Company), Singapore

Boehringer Mannheim Thailand Ltd., Bangkok

Boehringer Mannheim Taiwan Ltd., Taipei

Boehringer Mannheim Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., Kuala Lumpur

Boehringer Mannheim China Ltd., Hong Kong

P.T. Boehringer Mannheim Batam, Indonesia

Farmaceuticos Lakeside S.A. de C.V., Mexico City


Chartered Arbitrator: FCIArb (London, February 2007)

Arbitration Panels:

Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Singapore
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Hong Kong International Arbitration Center (HKIAC), Hong Kong
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Kuala Lumpur Regional Arbitration Centra (KLRAC), Kuala Lumpur
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English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese


Numerous publications in “Juristische Schulung”, “Recht der Internationalen Wirtschaft” and “Blick durch die Wirtschaft”, "Thailand Aktuell”, “Transkript”, “Bioforum Europe”, “Singapore Law Gazette” etc.

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