“Integrity and accountability are the cornerstones to sustainable and successful entrepreneurship.”

Nicole Willms


Nicole Willms has worked for many years for German and international clients in the areas of compliance, corporate governance, corporate law and mergers & acquisitions. She regularly advises on compliance and governance issues and has particular experience in the development, implementation and auditing of compliance management systems, particularly in the context of compliance monitorships. Nicole Willms also advises clients on M&A transactions, including compliance due diligence, as well as on other corporate matters, in particular in the area of directors’ and officers’ liability (D&O).

Languages: German and English


  • Law studies in Jena
  • 2005 Admitted to the bar in Germany
  • 2005–2014 Attorney at law at various international corporate law firms in Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and London
  • Since 2014 Partner at Pohlmann & Company
  • Seit 2019 German Chapter Leader of the Woman’s White Collar Defense Association (WWCDA)


Selected Mandates
  • Executive member of the U.S. Independent Compliance Monitor Team (for the Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission) at a NASDAQ 100 company
  • German Counsel to the Independent Compliance Monitor of Volkswagen AG, Larry Thompson
  • Examination and judicial enforcement of liability claims against former board members for an energy supply company
  • Analysis and evaluation of the effectiveness of the group-wide legal and compliance function at Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Ongoing support in setting up a compliance management system at ESWE Versorgungs AG