Frank Hoffmeister was born in Frankfurt in 1969. After undertaking legal studies at Goethe-University of Frankfurt M., the University of Geneva and the University of Heidelberg, he passed the examen of state (Baden-Württemberg) with distinction in 1994. Following this, he worked as an academic researcher for the Max-Planck-Institute for foreign public law and international law, completing a dissertation at University of Heidelberg with a scholarship from the Friedrich Naumann-Foundation in 1998.
After internships at the German Federal Ministry of Justice (Berlin), the German Foreign Office (Singapore) and the European Court of Justice (Luxemburg), Mr Hoffmeister passed the bar examen with distinction in 1998, going on to work as an academic assistant at the Walter Hallstein-Institute for European Constitutional Law Berlin.
Mr Hoffmeister began his career at the European Commission in 2001, in DG Enlargement. After this he worked in the legal service for a number of years, where he was assigned a number of cases before the ECJ, the WTO and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes. He has been in his current position as Deputy Head of Cabinet for Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht since February 2010. Alongside this he lectures part time in International Economic Law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels.