Our Team

Marcel Trost

Managing Partner and Co-Founder

Marcel Trost, Managing Partner and Co-Founder at Germela Law, is a German attorney-at-law and specialized in advising SME’s and multinational companies on projects in the Middle East. He has established the Dubai and Abu Dhabi offices of Germela Law and advised several clients on their successful market entry into the region.

Suraya Turk

Managing Director UAE

Suraya Turk, Managing Director and Head of Corporate and Commercial, has had extensive experience in advising on and drafting all contractual agreements to mitigate company’s commercial risks.

Dr. Thomas Wülfing

President and Co-Founder

Dr. Thomas Wülfing is president and founding partner of Germela Law. He advises managing directors, board members and shareholders of well-known companies on all issues of national and international corporate, commercial and tax law. He is a valued consultant in resolving corporate conflicts, conducting complex corporate transactions, and developing tax-optimized design strategies.

Olav Schriever

Senior Associate

Olav Schriever is a specialist lawyer for commercial and corporate law in our Hamburg office. After completing his studies in Hamburg and Bilbao, Spain, he successfully completed the supplementary course in Business Law at the University of Hamburg. Before his traineeship in Hamburg and Boston, USA, he worked in a couple of international law firms in Hamburg and Marbella, Spain.

Gerhard Horstmann-Wilke

Of Counsel

Gerhard Horstmann-Wilke is a German lawyer and a proven expert in corporate, commercial and insurance law. He spent more than 30 years with an insurance company as a US Claims Manager.

Erik Ahrens

Senior Associate and Head of Asian Desk

Erik Ahrens is a lawyer at Germele Law and specializes in advising internationally active companies in Commercial and Corporate Law as well as Foreign Trade Law. A particular focus of his practice is advising companies on entering foreign markets, primarily in relation to the markets of Asia and those of the Near and Middle East. Mr. Ahrens continues to be head of the Asian desk at Germela Law.

Philip Plath


Philip Plath is a lawyer with the focus on commercial criminal law. After the first state examination, Mr. Plath put his focus on the criminal law advice within the scope of his work for a renowned Hamburg criminal law office. In addition, Mr. Plath worked for several months in a Prosecutor General’s Office. Among others, he has worked in the Departments of Economic Criminal Matters and the Central Office for Organized Crime and Corruption. He is a registered lawyer at all German district courts, regional courts and higher regional courts.

Damon Rahimi Moghaddam


Damon Rahimi Moghaddam advises German companies as well as companies and investors from the MENA region on all issues of corporate and commercial law in Germany. He is a registered lawyer at all German district courts, regional courts, and higher regional courts.