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

Nicole Willms


Nicole Willms is partner of Pohlmann & Company since 2014. Since many years she regularly advises German and international clients in the areas of compliance, corporate governance, corporate law and mergers & acquisitions.

Nicole has distinctive experience in the design, development, implementation and auditing of compliance management systems, particularly in the context of compliance monitorships. She is a recognized subject-matter expert with respect to whistleblower systems, internal investigation and related enforcement processes. She also advises clients in the context of M&A transactions as well as on other corporate matters, in particular in the area of corporate governance and directors’ and officers’ duties and 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
  • Since 2019 German Chapter Leader of the Woman’s White Collar Defense Association (WWCDA)




Blog posts

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
  • Advising a former managing director of a municipal company in the defense of liability claims asserted against him