Friedrich Merz

Chairman of the Atlantik-Brücke

Friedrich Merz joined BlackRock in 2016 as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BlackRock Asset Management Deutschland AG. In addition he serves as a Senior Advisor to the firm, fostering relationships with key clients, regulators and governmental bodies in Germany. In this role he closely works with the German management team. Friedrich Merz has been Partner at law firm Mayer Brown LLP since 2005, and was appointed a Senior Counsel in 2014. In addition, he is member of the Supervisory Board of HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt AG and Chairman of the Board of WEPA Industrieholding SE. He also serves as Chairman of Atlantik-Brücke, a private foundation established in 1952 to develop and strengthen the ties between the US and Germany. Between 1994 and 2009, he held various political roles including Member of the European Parliament, Member of Deutscher Bundestag, Chairman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Christian Social Union (CSU) parliamentary group from 2000 to 2002 and Deputy Chairman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group from 1998 to 2000 and from 2002 until 2004. Friedrich Merz studied law and political science and began his career as a judge at the District Court of the city of Saarbruecken in 1985.


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