Philipp Hermes is a lawyer qualified in German law in 2008. He started his career in Hamburg in a law firm specialised in ship finance and was advising banks, shipowners and shipyards. In 2013 he joined a family-owned shipping company as General Counsel and member to the board. In November that year, Philipp set up Bureau Hermes Maritime (BHM) which became the international law firm BHM Penlaw in April 2014. In 2017, he founded Tethys Naval, a boutique consultancy firm specialised in conceptualising and managing the operational regime for private-public security matters in the maritime domain with an emphasis on international law enforcement, human rights and the rule of law in cross-sectoral and cross-border dimensions.
Philipp is appointed advisor to international public organisations and the private sector pertaining security affairs in the maritime domain and the rule of law. He also serves as commander (res.) with the German navy and acts as legal advisor with different NATO headquarters. Since 2020 Philipp is living in Brussels.