Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Theodor Baums, J.D., Bonn 1975; LL.D.Bonn, 1980; habilitation, Bonn, 1985; qualification as a taxation lawyer 1978. Assistant professor at the Institute for Business Law, University of Bonn, 1977-1985; professor at the University of Muenster 1986-1987; visiting professor at U.C. Berkeley, 1990-1991, at the University of Vienna, 1992, at Stanford CA, 1995, and at Columbia/New York in 1999. In 1987, he joined the faculty of the School of Law of the University of Osnabrück/Germany where he founded the Institute for Business Law in 1992. Prof. Baums worked as an advisor to the World Bank in 1992-1995. Since April 2000 he was the director of the Institute for Banking Law at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University in Frankfurt/Main and was one of the founders of the Institute for Law and Finance where he serves as a member of the management board. Prof. Baums has frequently advised the German Federal Parliament on questions concerning company and securities market regulation in the last years and was a member of the Federal Government’s commission on takeover regulation 1999-2000. Until July 2001 he served as the chairman of the Federal Government’s Commission on Corporate Governance and Company Law Reform. Since 2004 he is the Corporate Governance Advisor to the Deutsche Bundesbank. In 2005 Prof. Baums became a member of the Advisory Group on Corporate Governance and Company Law of the European Commission. He is also a member of the advisory board of the German Capital Markets Supervisory Agency and of several national and international scientific societies and editor of scientific journals. Prof. Baums has given numerous lectureships in Europe and in the U.S. Areas of current scholarly interest are corporations and capital markets. He has published more than 120 books and articles on corporations, civil and antitrust law. In 2005 he was awarded with the Euro Corporate Governance Quality Award by the Bundesministerin der Justiz and in 2006 with the Verdienstkreuz 1. Klasse des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland.
Prof. Baums was born in 1947, is married to Dr. Brigitte Baums-Stammberger and has two sons.