BLD Academy


BLD concentrates its scientific activities at the BLD Academy.
Our lawyers teach at universities and train young legal academics. They share their know-how in form of publications, presentations and activities at various scientific committees, they train insurance actuaries in cooperation with Deutsche Aktuar Akademie and they conduct in-house training courses at the clients' premises. In addition to that, they give presentations and hold discussions during the BLD meetings at our own premises and at continuing education events that are organized in cooperation  with external seminar organizers.
The person in charge of these activities is Nadine Loop, who is assisted by our research associates.



Continuing Education

Our lawyers conduct numerous external seminars  for various seminar organizers across all insurance sectors and order segments. They receive support from our research team.
An overview of the seminars held by our lawyers and supported by BLD Academy can be found in our news section (german).
We conduct in-house training courses and workshops on a regular basis. We report on the newest trends and developments in the market and in case law in a way that is tailored to our clients' needs. An overview of our workshops and in-house seminars can be found here (german).


Scientific Institutions

Our partners and employees sit on the boards of numerous academic continuing education institutions, for example on the committee of Deutscher Verein für Versicherungswissenschaft, on the advisory board of Forschungsstelle der Universität Münster and on the advisory board of Förderverein der Fachhochschule Köln, Institut für Versicherungswesen.


One of our partners is also co-publisher of Zeitschrift für Versicherungsrecht (VersR).


Actuary Training

Deutsche Aktuar-Akademie (DAA) has commissioned us to train the future members of Deutsche Aktuarvereinigung (DAV) on all matters related to insurance contract law.
Here are particularly involved the BLD-partners Bastian Finkel, Dr. Joachim Grote und Björn Seitz.


Teaching Assignments

Our lawyers are sought-after speakers and hold university teaching positions at various academic institutions.


University Lecturers



  • Prof. Dr. Dirk-Carsten Günther

    Holder of the Chair of "Business Law, Non-Life Insurance and LOP Insurance" at the Institut für Versicherungswesen (IVW) of Fachhochschule Köln


  • Dr. Joachim Grote

    Associate lecturer for insurance supervision law at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster



  • Jochen Boettge

    University lecturer for Shipping and Freight Forwarding Law
    Fernuniversität Hagen (Hagen Law School)



  • Thomas Mittendorf

    - University lecturer for "Peculiarities in Insurance Proceedings" 
      and "Insurance Supervision Law" at Hagen Law School
    - Guest lecturer at Bayerisches Staatsministerium der Justiz, training for junior  


Dual Training

Particularly qualified junior lawyers can participate in our Dual Training program, i.e. an 18-month postgraduate, practice-oriented on-the-job training program, to become insurance lawyers (with an LL.M. degree and training to become a Specialized Insurance Lawyer): scientifically profound theory and practical on-the-job training go hand in hand at BLD.
Apart from participating in the "Insurance Law" LL.M. program of our cooperation partner Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, these graduates will also complete a supplementary training program within the scope of the BLD Academy.




  • Postgraduate studies

  • Continuing education with experienced lecturers of BLD Academy
  • Participation in in-house and external training programs
  • Acquisition of the theoretical part of becoming a Lawyer Specializing in Insurance Law 



  • Individual promotion according to the mentor principle
  • Completing training in all departments: composite, personal, consulting
  • Didactics and methodology of preparing briefs and opinions
  • Forensics: Following up on court hearings and the taking of evidence
  • Soft skills training: rhetorics, presentation, interaction with clients and colleagues
  • Understanding the facts of a case
  • Briefing on how to properly attend a court hearing
  • Conducting interviews with clients
  • Brief training course in business studies (reading of balance sheets, controlling, business development




Dr. Joachim Grote

Theodor-Heuss-Ring 13-15
50668 Köln
Phone +49 221 944027-41
Fax +49 221 944027-906




Research Assistants / CONTACT


Nadine Loop


Phone  +49 221 944027-921