Prof. Dr. Siegbert Alber

salberProf. Dr. Siegbert Alber is the Chairman of the firm. He was Vice-President of the European Parliament and Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union. Before that he was a Member of the Council of Europe, a Member of the Western European Union, a Member of the German Parliament, a Member of the European Parliament as such participated in numerous committees in the European Parliament. In particular Prof. Dr. Siegbert Alber was a Member and the Chairman of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Citizens’ Rights as well as Vice-Chairman of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Consumer Protection. Further, he was Chairman of the Delegation responsible for relations with the Baltic States and of the Sub-committees on Data Protection and on Poisonous or Dangerous Substances. In addition, he was Vice-Chairman of the Delegation for relations with the Gulf States.

Prof. Dr. Siegbert Alber holds numerous high decorations from different states. He is Officer of the French Legion of Honour, holds the Great Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Grand Cross of Merit of Luxembourg, the Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold for Services to the Republic of Austria and the Order of Merit of Baden-Wuerttemberg. Prof. Dr. Siegbert Alber is an Honorary Professor at the European Institute of the University of Saarland. He holds a law degree from the University of Tubingen and a PhD in law from the University of Munich.

Albi Alla

aallaAlbi Alla provides Alber & Geiger’s portfolio of European and international clients with analysis and strategic insight into a broad range of European issues, utilizing his expertise of the EU institutions, EU law and the various policy-making and decision-making processes. Albi has gained experience in various sectors including foreign sovereign representation, human rights advocacy and telecommunications.

Earlier in his career, Albi worked at a leading international consultancy focusing on improving government accountability and justice systems. He was involved in a wide range of projects in the Balkans, South-East Asia and Africa. Albi was also Director of EU Integration at the Albanian Government, where he oversaw a team of five experts about fulfilling the enlargement requirements. Before joining Alber & Geiger, Albi also worked at the Council of Europe, DG Democracy and Political Affairs where he dealt with the Caucasus and Central Asia countries. Prior, he was a staffer in the House of Commons.

Albi has a bachelor’s from the University of Bath. He also holds master’s degrees in Politics and Government in the EU from the London School of Economics, and in European Union Law from King’s College London.

Bernard P. Auxenfans

auxenfansBernard P. Auxenfans was Chairman of Monsanto Europe/Africa and COO of the Agriculture Business. After beginning his Monsanto career in France he rose through the company ranks in marketing and general management positions in the US, Canada, and Latin America, culminating as General Manager for Europe-Africa. He was named VP and General Manager of the company’s global agricultural operations divisions and President, Monsanto Europe-Africa. He is a member of the International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council.

He received his Baccalaureate degree from the Institution Sainte Marie at Bourges, France, and his MS in Agricultural Economics from the Ecole Nationale Superieure Agronomique de Rennes as Ingenieur Agronome. He is a 1985 graduate of the Stanford University Executive Program.

Gustaaf Borchardt

gborchardtGustaaf Borchardt is a seasoned former European official. He was Director in the Directorate General for Environment dealing, among others, with REACH and CLP chemicals legislation, water and marine policies. He was also a Member of the Management Board of the European Chemicals Agency. Prior, Mr Borchardt was Director at the Secretariat General representing the European Commission in the negotiations with the Member States (COREPER I) on subjects such as internal market, environment, energy, health, transport and agriculture. He was also Director in the Directorate General for Justice and Home Affairs, dealing with immigration, border controls and European civil law and human rights. Earlier, he worked in the Cabinet of the Advocate General, P. VerLoren van Themaat, at the Court of Justice of the EU.

Mr Borchardt started his career in banking in London and Buenos Aires before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands where he held several positions, including Legal and Institutional Advisor at the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the EU chairing among others the Group of Friends during the Netherlands Presidency negotiating the Treaty of Maastricht.

After having been chairman of the International Commission of the Protection of Rhine, (Koblenz Germany), Gustaaf Borchardt is now its special representative for the Upper Rhine. He is also chairman of the Timber Procurement Advisory Committee (The Hague) and chairman of the governing board of the International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre (Delft).

He holds a law degree, with specialisation in EU law from the University of Amsterdam.

Alec Buisson

abuissonAlec Buisson provides research analysis and support on a broad range of issues for Alber & Geiger’s clients in several policy areas, including trade matters, external relations, environmental policy and all issues related to the internal market.

Alec has a background in European law and politics. Before joining Alber & Geiger, Alec gained experience in the EU Council working in the Permanent Representation of Luxembourg. As assistant to the Trade Policy Officer and the Officer for External Relations with Latin America, Alec followed all the relevant work in the Council of the EU.

Alec graduated from Science Po Strasbourg in Law and Public Administration. He holds a Master’s degree in EU Law and Policies from the Law Faculty of the University of Strasbourg.

Julian Currall

With over three decades of experience in the European institutions and the European Commission’s Legal Service, Julian Currall has been involved in leading cases in several areas including the internal market, social affairs, competition law and above all European Civil Service law. He was an agent in over 1300 cases in EU courts. Julian Currall was also Director and Principal Legal Adviser in charge of the European Civil Service Law team in the Commission’s Legal Service. 

After completing his Bar training, he was a member of the UK Government Legal Service for several years, before joining the European Commission. Julian Currall is one of the founding members of the European Stability Mechanism Administrative Tribunal (ESMAT), 2014-2017. He is a frequent contributor to conferences on EU law, and is the author of contributions to standard works on EU law and of many articles. He was a Visiting Professor in competition law at Fordham University in New York.

He obtained his law degree from Oxford University and was called to the Bar of England and Wales.


Steivan Defilla


Steivan Defilla is based in Beijing and assists Alber & Geiger’s clients with their political and business related issues in China. He served as a Director at the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels. Prior to that, he was Senior Energy Advisor at the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and a diplomatic attaché of the Swiss Foreign Ministry. He worked on energy and Middle Eastern issues in the Swiss Federal Office for Foreign Economic Affairs, on the bilateral WTO accessions of Jordan and Oman, on Jordanian debt at the Paris Club and UN sanctions against Libya and Iraq. He also was diplomatic attaché at the Swiss Embassy in Moscow.

Mr. Defilla has experience on a wide variety of trade, economics and energy projects around the globe, for example, compliance of Chinese law with the Energy Charter, trade arrangements in South Caucasus or investements in Armenia. 

He holds a B.Sc. in Economics and a M.Sc. in Statistics from University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. He also holds a postgraduate degree on energy from the Federal Polytechnic Institute Lausanne.

Carla Eysel

ceyselCarla Eysel is specialized in labor policy and regulation with a strong background in employment law.

She was Head of Human Resources and Organizational Development for TÜV Rheinland Group and is now Head of Business Organization and Human Resources of ALBA Group. She has profound experience in negotiations with labor ministries and administration, trade unions and works councils, both shaping respective legislation and regulation.

She holds a law degree from the University of Tuebingen, Germany and an MBA in International Management from University of East London, UK.

Dr. Andreas Geiger

ageigerDr. Andreas Geiger is Managing Partner of the firm. Before that he was European President & CEO of US lobbying firm Cassidy & Associates in Brussels.

He started his career in the Cabinet of the Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg where he worked on all aspects of EU law. He then became an Attorney at international law firm TaylorWessing based in Duesseldorf and Brussels, focussing on antitrust and state aid issues. After that he became Head of the EU Law Center of Ernst & Young in Brussels covering EU competition policy, telecoms, tax harmonisation, right of establishment, transport policy, free provision of services, free movement of goods, consumer protection and environment policy.

Dr. Geiger is author of the “EU Lobbying Handbook”. He holds a PhD in EU law and a law degree from the University of Tuebingen, Germany, along with a European Masters degree from the University of Bonn, Germany.

Luiza Hovhannisyan

LHovhannisyanLuiza Hovhannisyan joined Alber & Geiger’s Litigation Department after doing her Masters in European Union law at the College of Europe in Belgium. Luiza works in the areas of EU civil servant law and data protection. Her professional experiences include an internship in a law firm in Clermont-Ferrand, France, as well as in multiple other organizations, such as WWF or Central Bank in Armenia. Luiza has also worked as a specialist in the Commercial and Procurement field, while getting insights into various aspects of national and EU law.

Luiza has a Double Bachelor’s degree in French and Armenian law from French University in Armenia and Jean Moulin Lyon 3 in Lyon.