Axel is the Managing Partner of the firm’s Frankfurt office. He has extensive experience assisting clients from a broad range of industries in immigration and international labor law matters, including complex compliance and risk management.

Prior to joining Fragomen, Axel served as the Head of International Labor Law & Immigration Law at a leading global corporation. Axel is a regular lecturer about topics in the field of international labor law and immigration law.

Axel speaks German and English.


Christian-Albrechts-University zu Kiel | Second State Exam, 2000, honours
Christian-Albrechts-University zu Kiel | Doctor of Law, 1997, summa cum laude
Christian-Albrechts-University zu Kiel | First State Exam, 1995, honours


Named to Best Lawyers in Germany, 2020

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Bar Admissions: Rechtsanwaltskammer Frankfurt am Main [Frankfurt Bar Association]

Member, Bundesverband der Arbeitsrechtler in Unternehmnen (BVAU) [Federal Association of Corporate Labor Counsels]

Directed and oversaw all matters and internal legal guidelines in the fields of labor law and immigration law related to international employee assignments for a large multinational corporation.

Oversaw the operational processing of assignments and risk management, and was responsible for the arbitration of legal conflicts.

Implemented a framework to ensure that employee assignments are processed in a manner in line with meeting business needs while safeguarding legal compliance.

Developed a labor and immigration law framework for cross-border assignments, including temporary hiring of personnel for over 120 jurisdictions.

Integrated labor and immigration law into the tax optimized project planning for cross-border business transactions.

Publications and Lectures

Interviewee, "Wir erwarten, dass die Entsendung von Fachkräften in die USA leichter wird.“ Expat News, 17 March 2021.

Author, “A1 Bescheinigung: Komplex, unklar, riskant.” Personal Magazin, 18 June 2019.

Author, “Kommt die erhoffte A1-Erleichterung?” Außenhandelspraxis, 14 January 2019.

Author, “Wenn Mitarbeiter aus dem Ausland zurückkehren.” Business Wissen, 9 January, 2019.

Author, “Kommt die gewünschte Erleichterung?” Nachrichten für Außenhandel, 10 December 2018.

Author, “Neue Richtlinien für Mitarbeiterentsendungen treten in Kraft.” Nachrichten für Außenhandel, 20 July 2018.

Author, “Überarbeitung der EU-Entsenderichtlinie.” Der Betrieb, 15 July 2018.

Author, “Wir brauchen faire Bedingungen.” Arbeit und Arbeitsrecht, 6 June 2018.

Author, “Risiko Auslandsentsendung: Wenn fern der Heimat der Staatsanwalt droht.” ExpatNews, 13 February 2018.

Author, “Kurzfristig unterwegs in Europa.” Personal Magazin, 2 February 2018.