DR JOHANNA NIEGEL LL.M. (Columbia University), Dip (ITM), TEP


Director, East European Desk

Committee Secretary, Swiss & Liechtenstein STEP Federation and Chair of STEP Verein

Dr. Johanna Niegel joined Allgemeines Treuunternehmen (ATU) in 1999 after having worked with international law firms in Moscow, New York, Budapest and Vienna. She has since specialized in the comparative analysis of international private foundations and trusts. Johanna has been editing Trusts & Trustees "Private Foundations: A World Review” starting from its inception in 2004 and is also an editor to the survey book entitled “Private Foundations World Survey”, published by Oxford University Press in August 2013. Johanna took a doctorate in law at the University of Vienna Law School, Austria, and graduated with a master’s degree from Columbia University School of Law, New York, having obtained a Fulbright scholarship. She was named a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar for Superior Academic Achievement and holds the Parker School Recognition of Achievement with Honors in International and Foreign Law. Johanna was awarded the STEP Diploma in International Trust Management in 2005 and currently serves as Chairman of the Verein STEP, a member of the Swiss & Liechtenstein STEP Federation, as well as Chairman of its Vaduz Centre. Johanna was awarded the STEP Founder’s Award in 2017.

Apart from German and English, Johanna is fluent in Russian, French and Italian.