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Michael Bergfort

Head of Derivatives Documentation Legal

Associate General Counsel, HSBC Deutschland


Michael Bergfort, LL.M., has 19 years experience in derivatives documentation including collateral. His current role is Associate General Counsel and Head of Derivatives Documentation in the Legal Department of HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt AG (HSBC Germany). In this function he participates in working groups of the Association of German Banks (Bankenverband).

In this association he was responsible for derivatives and international law earlier and is still involved in the development of national standard documentation for OTC-derivatives (like the “Rahmenvertrag für Finanztermingeschäfte” (DRV) and in the Association administered related standard industry opinions for regulatory purposes. He started in legal documentation at DZ BANK AG, Frankfurt (2000 - 2002). He received his legal education in Bonn and Düsseldorf and completed post-graduate studies in tax and business law.

Prior to the financial industry he collected some experience from law firms, in television (HR), in new media (HR), private education (HR) in the San Francisco Bay Area (1999) as well as in the internet industry (in 2000).