Mathias Merz studied law at the University of Münster, Germany where he was also active as a lecturer. Since 1997 he has been the Managing Director (CEO) of the AWA AUSSENWIRTSCHAFTS-AKADEMIE / Foreign Trade Academy which he co-founded with Prof. H-M. Wolffang. Today, AWA is a leading organizer of export controls, customs- and tax-related seminars and compliance training in Europe. It has offices in Germany (Münster and Munich), Austria (Linz), Switzerland (Zurich) and Hungary (Budapest). Mr. Merz is also a board member of the Trusted Trade Alliance (TTA).
Matthias Merz specialises in European and US export control law, customs law and company compliance programmes. He has lectured widely on these subjects in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The AWA is located next to the AWB Aussenwirtschaftsberatung GmbH (Tax and Foreign Trade Law Consultancy) and TTA Europe. The AWB was co-founded by Mr. Merz and Prof. H-M. Wolffgang in 2005 and today they direct its operations as managing partners. In addition to customs and tax matters, AWB assists clients in establishing and maintaining trade compliance processes and operations. This includes training, control plans, related aspects of global trade controls and AEO certification. The AWB also works with the AWB Wolffgang & Harksen Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH to provide consultancy on European and US export controls.
From his base in the AWA and AWB Münster, Matthias Merz also manages the operations of the AWA’s regional branches. He has been the Managing Director of the AWA SUISSE GmbH (near Zurich) since 2000, the AWA Austria GmbH (Linz) since 2001 and AWA Hungary (Budapest) since 2003.
Matthias is certified quality management coach, certified by the Ministry of Economy, Energy, and Traffic in Nordrhein-Westfalen/ Germany. He has also been certified as a quality manager for professional training institutes by CERTQUA GmbH Bonn.
Matthias is fluent in German and English.