Born in 1951, Dr. Werner F. Ebke grew up in Osnabrück, Germany. From 1970 to 1972, he served in the German Air Force. He was stationed in the Netherlands and in Italy and holds the rank of Hauptmann der Reserve. Dr. Ebke studied law at the University of Münster School of Law and the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). In 1977, he passed the First State Exam in Law with distinction. The University of California at Berkeley School of Law awarded him the degree of Master of Laws (LL.M.) in 1978. In 1981, he received his doctorate in law (Doktor der Rechte) summa cum laude from the University of Münster. He also served as law clerk at the Court of Appeals in Oldenburg, Germany (1981-83). In 1987, the University of Münster awarded him the post-doctorate degree of Habilitation. In 2005, Dr. Ebke received an honorary doctorate in Economics (Dr. rer. pol. h.c.) from the European Business School.
From 1983 to 1987, he was Assistant Professor of Corporate Law, Financial Accounting and International Business Law at the Southern Methodist University School of Law in Dallas, Texas. In 1988, he accepted the chaired professorship of Civil Law, Business Law and Tax Law at the University of Konstanz School of Law. He also served as judge of the District Court of Konstanz. In 1991 he received the Max-Planck-Researchprize together with Prof. Detlev F. Vagts, Harvard Law School. Although he received several offers from law schools in Germany, Switzerland and the United States of America. Dr. Ebke kept his chair at the University of Konstanz until the Fall of 2004 when he accepted the chaired professorship of German and European Corporate Law at the University of Heidelberg School of Law. He also serves as director of the Law School’s Institute of German and European Corporate and Business Law. In addition, he is the Global Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law in New York. Professor Ebke has published several books and almost 200 law review articles, in English, German, French and Spanish, on various aspects of corporate and business law, financial accounting, auditing and securities laws, conflicts of laws and taxation. He has been a visiting professor at universities in Switzerland, France and the United States of America.
Professor Ebke is a member of the bar of the State of New York and several federal bars in the United States of America and he has worked as a foreign associate for a prestigious law firm in New York City. He has also served as non-executive director of companies in Germany, the United States of America and South Africa. He is a member of the American Law Institute in Washington, D.C. and an internationally recognized and sought-after arbitrator. Since 2005 he is also a member of the board of directors of the Foundation Lindau Nobelprizewinners Meetings at Lake Constance.