Von Buttlar was born 1975 in Hamburg. After taking his A-levels in 1995, he entered Flager College in St. Augustine, Florida. Between 1996 and 2001 he studied Slavonic studies, political science, and history in Heidelberg, Berlin and St. Petersburg, Russia. After graduation he moved to Munich to train as a journalist at the Deutsche Journalistenschule. In 2004, he joined the Financial Times Deutschland. Initially, he worked on the business paper\'s commentary pages, and since 2007, he has been features editor. In his research project he plans to examine different patterns of crisis management during the financial crisis and how there are due to a country\'s history, political institutions and \"collective memory\".