Studied Law, Sociology and Languages at the Universities of Heidelberg, Lausanne and Freiburg and was a Research Assistant (Referent) at the Max-Planck-Institut for International Law in Freiburg, Germany. He is a qualified German lawyer. Dr. Ermgassen holds an LLD from the University of Freiburg, and an MBA from INSEAD. He spent 10 years with J.P. Morgan in New York, London and Tokyo, initially as an Investment Analyst (Member NYSSA), then in Project and Energy Finance, M&A and Capital Markets. During his four years in J.P. Morgan’s Energy and Natural Resources Department in London, Dr. Ermgassen arranged all important project financing for North Sea offshore developments and many upstream and downstream projects worldwide. At the same time he effectively established J.P. Morgan’s M&A advisory business in the Oil and Gas sector. In 1986 he joined Morgan Stanley in London as head of Morgan Stanley's business for German speaking Europe. In this capacity he established Morgan Stanley GmbH, Frankfurt, and became its first Managing Director. In 1988 he founded Ermgassen & Co. Under his leadership Ermgassen & Co developed and established itself as a leading independent M&A advisory firm in Europe. From 2006-2008, Dr. Ermgassen also took on the responsibility for all activities in German speaking Europe of the strategy and management consultancy Monitor as Chairman Monitor GSA. From 2007-2009 he also taught Investment Banking at the leading German business school WHU. Dr. Ermgassen is founder of the International Association of Investment Bankers (IAIB). He is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee.