Global Centre Director
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
As Freshfields’ Global Centre Director, Olivia oversees the provision of legal and business services assistance and expertise to Freshfields’ fee earners across all offices and practice groups globally. The Hub at Freshfields, is part of the Global Centre, and combines our people, process and technology to ensure efficient delivery of integrated legal services to the firm and our clients.
In addition to the Hub, the Global Centre supports the firm globally with its business specialist support. We have 800 people working in the Global Centre including HR, IT, Finance, Continuous Improvement, Document Specialists and Responsible Business.
Olivia gained Northern Power Woman Award status in recognition of her contribution to diversity and equality issues in the North in 2017. Olivia is a member of the Freshfields’ Responsible Business committee and an enthusiastic promoter of talent, leadership behaviours, engagement, change and inclusivity.
Founder & CEO
Legal Mosaic LLC
Mark is a global thought leader in the legal industry. He is the CEO of Legal Mosaic, a legal business consultancy; a Distinguished Fellow at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law; a regular contributor to Forbes; an ALM Legal Intelligence Fellow; the inaugural Singapore Academy of Law LIFTED Catalyst-in-Residence; and a sought-after keynote speaker. His LegalMosaic blog was recently honored by the American Bar Association as one of the 50 outstanding worldwide legal blogs in their inaugural “Web 100.”
Dobrauz-Saldapenna, Dr. Guenther
Partner & Leader
PwC Legal Switzerland
Guenther is a Partner with PwC in Zurich, Leader of PwC Legal Switzerland, a member of PwC’s Global Legal Leadership Team directing the firm’s global legal practice comprising 4000+ lawyers in 90+ countries and the firm’s Global LegalTech Leader.
He received his Masters and PhD degrees in law from Johannes Kepler University (Linz, Austria). Guenther also holds an MBA from the University of Strathclyde Graduate School of Business (Glasgow, UK) and has participated in Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School Executive Education Programs.
Before joining PwC Guenther held a similar position at another Big 4. Prior to this Guenther was Legal Counsel of an international hedge fund group for several years and has also served for a number of years as Managing Partner and Legal Counsel of a Swiss Venture Capital firm. Guenther has also practiced in court and with a leading business law firm.
Today Guenther specializes in supporting the structuring, authorization and ongoing lifecycle management of financial intermediaries and their products. In addition he is focused on leading and supporting the implementation of large scale regulatory change and compliance alignment projects at Swiss and international financial institutions with particular focus on EU and Swiss regulations. Guenther is also the trusted advisor to several governments, international organisations and supervisory authorities. His passion is innovation linked to Exponential Technologies and working with the unfolding dynamics of LegalTech, RegTech, and DLT. He has also been working in the sustainability area since 2011.
Guenther is the author of eight books on innovation and the European, Swiss and Liechtenstein legal regulatory framework as well as of 100+ publications in international expert magazines and has to date been speaking at more than 200 conferences worldwide. Guenther is a permanent member of the Swiss Fund & Asset Management Association’s Specialists Committee “Legal & Compliance Asset Management”, of the economiesuisse “Financial Market Regulation” working group, of the Regulatory Working Group at Swiss Fintech Innovations, a Member of the Advisory Board of the Swiss LegalTech Association and of European Law Observatory on New Technologies (ELONTech), Co-Host of Legal Hackers Zurich and a lecturer at various universities around the world.
Neville Eisenberg is a partner in Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner and CEO of BCLP Cubed. BCLP Cubed integrates high volume legal services with complex legal expertise and legal operations support in creating efficient solutions for the routine legal requirements of clients of BCLP.
Neville joined Berwin Leighton in 1989 as a corporate finance and M&A lawyer and became a partner in 1995, joining the firm’s Board in 1996. He was elected the firm’s Managing Partner in 1999 and led the successful merger with Paisner & Co in 2001 which created Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP). Continuing as Managing Partner of BLP until 2015, Neville led BLP’s development into an international firm with offices across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In 2015 Neville became Senior Partner of BLP until its merger with Bryan Cave in March 2018, creating a new global firm with 32 offices across the world.
He was the Non-Executive Chairman of Lawyers on Demand, a contract lawyer business owned by BLP until its sale in 2018. He is on the London Council of the Confederation of British Industry, is Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Managing Partners Forum and is a trustee of a number of charitable foundations.
Born and educated in South Africa, Neville graduated with business and law degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and then qualified to practice law in South Africa, Israel and England and Wales. He completed his Masters in International Business Law at the London School of Economics in 1988. Neville lives in London with his wife Avigail and three daughters.
Chris Fowler is General Counsel for BT Technology at BT Group plc in London. Chris is accountable for legal support to BT Technology which is the unit in BT responsible for the design, delivery and management of BT’s core mobile and fixed network infrastructure globally, its research and development activities as well as its internal IT. In addition, Chris is responsible for transformation within BT Legal & Governance and is accountable for defining and implementing its strategy, managing its overall budget as well as the central operations team. Prior to joining BT Chris worked in the legal departments of Experian and Volkswagen Audi Group and was called to the Bar by Lincolns Inn in 1994.
Grossmann, Dr. Cornelius
Global Law Leader
Ernst & Young Law
Dr. Cornelius Grossmann leads the Law practice at EY with currently 3,500+ professionals in over 80 jurisdictions. His experience includes large domestic and international reorganization projects, post-merger integration and financial and operational management.
With more than 20 years’ experience in providing advisory services to business, Cornelius has been lead legal counsel in numerous international and domestic reorganizations. His focus has been multidisciplinary cross-border projects in close cooperation with his colleagues from EY Tax and other service lines.
From 1999 through 2007, Cornelius led the law practice in New York, advising EY’s clients on international corporate and business reorganizations. Prior to this, he worked with Hengeler Mueller in Frankfurt and Berlin (1996-98) and Mayer Brown in New York (1995).
Cornelius has a PhD from the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg, Germany, where he studied law from 1985-1990. He also qualified as a bank professional (Bankkaufmann) in Germany. He was admitted as attorney to the German bar in 1996 and, as foreign legal counsel, to the New York bar in 2000.
Executive Faculty of the Bucerius CLP & CEO
Michael Grupp is a lawyer and entrepreneur. He is founder and managing director of BRYTER GmbH, a provider of automation software. Michael has founded and successfully sold several companies: The research and recruiting portal Thesius (2017) and the legal tech pioneer Lexalgo (2018), a provider of decision support systems, which has received several awards for its technology, developed in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA).
Michael studied in Germany and France, with legal clerkships in Frankfurt, London, Seoul and New York and has worked in commercial law firms in the field of dispute resolution. He publishes on legal technologies and data protection and is a lecturer at the Goethe University Frankfurt. Michael is a leading voice in the intersecting field of law, technology and digital business models and studies the effects on the legal market.
Haberler, Dr. Veronika
CEO & Co-Founder
Veronika Haberler has been involved in innovation and digitization in the legal industry, legal tech and data analysis for several years. She is CEO and co-founder of LeReTo, an internationally award-winning legal tech company in Vienna that develops innovative legal research and workflow solutions.
In addition, she is co-editor of the first Austrian and German Legal Tech collection (together with Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Forgó and Markus Hartung, published by Facultas). Her engagement at the interface of law, IT and empirical innovation research has already been honoured in the international field with the Open Minds Award 2017 and the Women of Legal Tech Award 2018. With over 10 years’ of industry experience, she is very familiar with the challenge of multidisciplinary projects in the field of legal advice and justice.
Founder & Senior Fellow
Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession
Markus Hartung is a lawyer and mediator as well as director of Bucerius CLP. He has extensive experience in the management of firms. In 1999, he became a managing partner at Oppenhoff & Rädler, the predecessor of Linklaters in Germany. During this time, he facilitated the firm’s merger with Linklaters and was thereafter, from 2001 to 2008, managing partner at Linklaters Germany and member of the Global Executive Committee at Linklaters.
At Bucerius CLP, the focus of his work is on researching the legal market. In addition, he is responsible for the design of the education, training and counseling programs for lawyers. His research interests are in market development and trends, in management and strategic leadership, and in the corporate governance of partnerships, including with respect to the legal requirements of different legal markets.
Since 2006, he is a member of the committee on the laws governing the legal profession of the German Bar Association (DAV), for which he has been chairman since 2011.His legal interests include conflict management as well as professional liability law for lawyers. In addition, he advises firms in strategic and management issues and coaches partners with management functions.Markus Hartung is a frequent speaker on the topics of leadership, management and professional ethics and has written numerous articles and book chapters. He is co-editor and author of Der Rechtsmarkt in Deutschland (The legal market in Germany), which quickly became a standard reference work for the German legal market since its publication in 2014.
Hohenstatt, Prof Dr Klaus-Stefan
Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession
Klaus-Stefan Hohenstatt is a lawyer and partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Hamburg and specialises in employment law in the context of transactions and re-organisations. He is also an expert in employee remuneration schemes for executive and supervisory boards. As Honorary Professor of the Bucerius Law School, he teaches employment law, covering employee representation and participation.
Klaus-Stefan Hohenstatt has over 15 years’ management experience at Freshfields.
From 2003 until 2010 he was Head of the Global Practice Group for Employment, Pensions & Benefits, and was Managing Partner of the Hamburg Office for many years. In 2010 he became Regional Managing Partner for Germany and Austria, a position which he held until 2016. He was also a member of the Global Practice Committee, the executive committee responsible for the business operations of Freshfields, from 2003 until 2016.
He has been a member of the Bucerius CLP’s Advisory Board since its incorporation in 2010 and, from 1st January 2017, is member of the Bucerius CLP Board of Directors. In this role he will focus on Human Resources and Leadership, as well as the development of new areas of consultancy for law firms.
Janko, Markus Dr.
Dr. Markus Janko is a partner and specialist in employment law. He previously worked for many years for the employment law practice group of White & Case in Hamburg. He has been with the Düsseldorf office of KLIEMT since 2009. Dr. Markus Janko is responsible for "Legal Tech and Innovation" at KLIEMT. Before working as a lawyer, Dr. Janko worked for several years as a research assistant in the employment law department of Prof. Dr. Roland Schwarze. After this he was also a researcher at Cambridge University. In addition, he is "Head of Innovation" of Ius Laboris - the global alliance of leading law firms in employment law.
CEO & Founder
Samuel Ju is the founder and CEO of Legalhead, the leading job matching platform for lawyers. The Legalhead platform, which was awarded the Handelsblatt Innovation Prize, brings together several hundred lawyers and employers simultaneously in real time, success-based and without intermediate personnel consultants.
Samuel Ju studied law at the Universities of Bonn and Mainz and economics at the University of Frankfurt. Already in his childhood and adolescence he taught himself web programming and software development. During his legal studies he developed one of the first digital contract generators in Germany. He has been a successful founder and managing director of several digital companies since 2004. In particular, he has a great passion for the digitalization of the legal industry and advises legal tech start-ups, leading law firms and legal publishers in the field of legal tech. He is also co-editor of the leading German-language legal tech blog www.legal-tech-blog.de.
Junker, Dr. Claudia
Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession
Claudia Junker is since November 2010 the General Counsel of Deutsche Telekom and heading the legal department.
Since 2012 Claudia also teaches at Cologne University. She publishes regularly, e.g. as a co-author of a commentary on corporate law. She is also active in the executive committee of the German Federal Association of Inhouse Lawyers (Bundesverband der Unternehmensjuristen), the board of the European General Counsel Association, the Committee for Economy and Law and the professional law committee of the German Lawyers’ Association.
Before joining Deutsche Telekom she worked for many years as lawyer in private practice and specialized in corporate law (including M & A). During that time she often worked for Deutsche Telekom. From 2008 until she stepped into her current position she was a partner in an international law firm. Since 2007 Claudia is also a specialized lawyer for commercial and corporate law. Since 2017 Claudia is also a certified compliance officer.
She studied law in Germany, Switzerland (Geneva) and the US. She has a Ph.D. from Heidelberg University and an LL.M. from Cornell University.
Head of the Department of Justice in the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection
Gabriele Nieradzik was born in 1961 in the Lower Rhine region. After finishing high school at the Marienschule in Krefeld, she began studying law at the University of Saarbrücken in 1980; after two semesters abroad in Lausanne/Switzerland, she completed her studies at the Freie Universität in Berlin. After completing her legal clerkship in Berlin and Brussels, she began her career as a judge in Berlin in October 1990.
As a judge, she worked in civil and criminal cases at the Berlin Regional Court, the Charlottenburg Court and the Tiergarten Court. In 1992 she moved to the Senate Administration for Justice, where she worked for two years as a consultant in the staff of the senators Prof. Dr. Jutta Limbach and Dr. Lore Maria Peschel-Gutzeit. Back at the Berlin Regional Court, she was first employed in rental cases and later in appeal cases, and from 1997 also took on additional tasks in court administration (in particular supervision of notaries). In 1999 she was appointed presiding judge at the Regional Court.
From 2002 to 2005, Gabriele Nieradzik was in charge of the judicial reform project in the Senate Department for Justice, which aimed, among other things, at modernising judicial structures and procedures and improving personnel management. After successfully completing the project, she returned to the Berlin Regional Court, where she was appointed Vice President in April 2006 and subsequently managed the Littenstraße site in Berlin-Mitte. From 2009 to 2016, Gabriele Nieradzik was President of the Schöneberg District Court, where she established the third Berlin Family Court. In August 2016 she returned to the Berlin Regional Court as its first President.
In January 2019, responding to an offer by the Federal Minister of Justice, Gabriele Nieradzik was released from her judicial duties in order to work as head of the Department of Justice in the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection. Since then she has been responsible for the development and support of (legislative) projects in procedural law (e.g. ZPO, StPO, InsO, VwGO) in the law of all legal professions and in remuneration law as well as the implementation of projects such as the Pact for the Rule of Law and the Forum Law Foundation.
Plog, Dr. Philipp
Lawyer of several Legal Techs & Partner
Philipp Plog’s advisory activities focus on technology and digital business models. In particular, he represents e-commerce platforms, legal tech providers and content providers with regard to the strategic direction, liability, licensing and defence of their business models. In this context, he has litigated numerous disputes, both in Germany and cross-border, and has acted on behalf of his clients before regulatory authorities.
Rau, Dr. Christian
Chief Compliance Officer EMEA, Olympus Europa SE & Co. KGCV
CV will coming soon.
As CEO of UnitedLex, Dan has a singular focus of empowering clients to achieve their own unique “art of the possible” in the field of law. As a former general counsel and CFO of public and private equity backed companies, Dan identified the unexplored opportunity to transform the legal industry. He saw the power of delivering holistic legal services through a revolutionary platform of technology, captive law firm, and consulting company delivery and inspired levels of training and professional development. Central to Dan’s vision is UnitedLex’s assumption of substantial risk in client relationships to guarantee performance and economic gain. This vision has fueled UnitedLex’s growth from a handful of employees in 2007 to a highly skilled international workforce of over 2,700 lawyers, engineers, consultants, and technologists today.
Before founding UnitedLex, Dan served as a managing director of Capgemini in the areas of supply chain and finance. Dan arrived at Capgemini when it acquired Nasdaq-listed company Kanbay and its subsidiary Adjoined Consulting, where he was CFO and general counsel. Adjoined Consulting was a Columbia Capital-backed enterprise and disruptor in technology consulting and one of the most successful venture companies in the 2000s. Before that, Dan served as the general counsel to SmartDisk Corporation, where he guided the start-up through early-stage structuring and execution of its IPO, one of the top performing IPOs in 1999. During Dan’s tenure, SmartDisk’s market capitalization exceeded $1 billion, and the company held significant market share in the data storage and digital lifestyle market sectors.
Dan previously worked at Ernst & Young, where he advised Fortune 500 corporations on audit and tax matters as a CPA, and Greenberg Traurig, where he led major multinational corporate M&A, IPO, and private capital raise transactions as a member of the corporate and securities department.
Ernst & Young named Dan its “Entrepreneur of the Year” in the Technology and Business Services category for the U.S. Midwest Region. This honor symbolizes Dan’s demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in innovation, performance, and personal commitment to UnitedLex’s professionals, clients, and communities.
Dan earned his B.S. in accounting from the University of Florida’s Fisher School of Accounting and his J.D. from Vanderbilt.
Remmertz, Dr. Frank
Chairman of the Committee for Legal Service Regulation
Dr. Frank Remmertz is a specialist in intellectual property and IT law at his own law firm in Munich.
In addition to his specialization, he has been a member of the board of the Munich Bar Association for many years. He has been involved in the regulation of the legal profession, with a focus on advertising law and the Legal Services Act (RDG). In addition to the RDG, he also chairs the expert committee of the German Chamber of Lawyers.
Managing Director of EU Operations
Behnam Sadough is Managing Director, EU Operations at UnitedLex. He is responsible for the strategical and operational processes for all UnitedLex offices within the European Union.
With 18+ years of experience in the German‐speaking legal market, he is a distinguished subject matter expert for legal process outsourcing and technology services in the German‐speaking legal market.
Before joining UnitedLex, he was Vice President for Strategy and Corporate Development (Continental Europe) at one of the leading global end‐to‐end providers for eDiscovery. By this time, he had already played a leading role in expanding one of the top 4 legal support companies into mainland Europe as their Director Strategy (DACH), for which he built and led the Germany‐based operational unit. In terms of thought leadership, Behnam founded and managed the first European legal process outsourcing company with several European locations 10 years ahead of his time. He gained his first experiences with a US commercial law firm in Germany.
Behnam is co‐initiator and member of the advisory board for the postgraduate program "Legal Process Management" at the German Graduate School of Management & Law in Heilbronn/Germany, where he also lectures on the two disciplines "Legal Project Management" and "Legal Technology". He is the author of various publications on legal process outsourcing and eDiscovery solutions as well as co‐author of two books on legal market developments.
Behnam studied law, economics and political science at the universities of Frankfurt and Mainz. He is fluent in German, Persian/Farsi and English.
Schroer, Dr. Patrick
Bucerius Executive Education GmbH
Dr. Patrick Schroer has been CEO of Bucerius Education GmbH since 2015 and is responsible for the management of both Bucerius Executive Education and the Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession. Patrick Schroer studied law at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt and at the University of Paris X Nanterre. Before completing his PhD in 2010, Patrick also obtained an MBA from the Steinbeis School of Management in Berlin.
From 2006 until 2009 he oversaw the establishment of new academic and vocational training programs at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, from the initial marketing to the implementation of the programs. Following this, Patrick was responsible for the establishment of the law faculty at the EBS University for Economics and Law (EBS Law School), most recently holding the position of Executive Director.
Before his move to Bucerius, he headed up training and further education at the Wiesbadener Academy for Psychotherapy (WIAP). He is an expert in the establishment and development of Training and Personal Development programs for law firms and businesses.
Senior Legal Engineer
Simmons Wavelength Limited
As a senior legal engineer at Wavelength.law, Felix manages various projects including the delivery of design-thinking client workshops and the development and delivery of bespoke data driven services. In his role, he designs solutions that help legal service delivery teams leverage technology and clever process architecture. His deep understanding of the technology landscape coupled with Wavelength’s technology agnostic approaches achieves the most effective and efficient impact tailored to the client’s objectives.
Felix participated in the LawWithoutWalls as a student and has since joined their leadership team as their Legal Technology Officer. In this role, he supports over 25 teams of legal professionals and hackers in developing technologically viable and process-oriented solution designs. He was part of the winning team for the HMCTS Online Courts Hackathon in 2017 and continues to advocate for a more diverse thinking legal ecosystem with his involvement in various initiatives.
Felix holds an LLM from the University College London, with a specialisation in International Commercial Law. He has an LLB from Maastricht University, with a minor in Human and Legal Decision Making.
Seegers, Dr. Andreas
KSP Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
Dr. Andreas Seegers (37) is managing partner of the Hamburg law firm KSP, Kanzlei Dr. Seegers, Dr. Frankenheim Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, which specializes in the legal management of recievables.
After working in the USA and at a major international law firm, Dr. Andreas Seegers joined KSP in 2012 and initially built up the air passenger rights division. In 2013 he became a shareholder and in 2015 he was appointed managing partner. In this function, he is responsible for the development of new business areas and advises national and international companies and groups from the eCommerce, payment and trade sectors on all aspects of modern liquidity and risk management, including factoring and prefinancing.
Dr. Andreas Seegers studied law at the universities of Bayreuth and Münster. He completed his doctorate in arbitration law at Bucerius Law School, Hamburg.
Senior Legal Counsel
Andreas Seip is a senior banking and finance legal counsel, qualified as a solicitor (England & Wales) and as an attorney-at-law (New York). He advises private equity, corporate, banking, funding and alternative lender clients on structured finance transactions. Since moving to an in-house counsel role, Andreas initiates and promotes innovation and continuous improvement projects. Currently, he is developing an AI-enabled extraction tool for syndicated lending embedded in his organisation’s IT architecture. The tool will enable a true data repository to be built up, fostering data informed decision-making to assist with, amongst other things, the origination and distribution process.
Regional Court of Berlin
Astrid Siegmund is presiding judge at the Regional Court of Berlin and has been the chairwoman of chambers responsible for housing appeals since 2012.
She has experience in national and European legislative processes due to her work in the European Parliament, as well as two-year secondments to the German Bundestag and the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection. Astrid Siegmund publishes essays and commentaries on judgements on housing and commercial tenancy law; she is co-author of the BeckOGK ZivilR and the BeckOK Mietrecht as well as lecturer at the Humboldt University in Berlin. For many years, she has been working part-time for the training department of the Berlin District Court of Appeal, as well as being involved nationwide in the training of judges and lawyers. She is a member of the German Rental Court Association (Deutscher Mietgerichtstag e. V.).
Wartenberg, Dr. Konrad
CV will coming soon
Wenzler, Dr. Hariolf
Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession
Dr. Hariolf Wenzler is CEO of Schnittker Möllmann Partners (SMP), a next generation law firm focusing on tax, funds and transactions. Next to managing the firm, he is responsible for developing new digital business models. Before joining SMP in April 2019, he led Baker McKenzie’s business development for several years, most recently in London for the EMEA region and previously in Frankfurt for Germany and Austria. There he initiated ReInvent.Law, the first Legal Innovation Hub in Continental Europe.
From 2006 to 2016, Hariolf Wenzler was CEO of Bucerius Law School, a time in which the Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession was founded. He is founder and member of the board of the European Legal Technology Association (ELTA) as well as chairman of the supervisory board and member of the board of innovators of the Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA).
Hariolf Wenzler studied economics and political science in Freiburg, Germany. After stages with Roland Berger and the European Commission in Brussels, he received his doctorate in economics in 1996. He then worked first as a consultant and later as Managing Director at the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce before being appointed Managing Director of Hamburg Marketing GmbH in 2004, being responsible for international business develpment and destination marketing for Hamburg. As a board member of several Non-Profits, he inter alia advises Common Purpose Germany, the Hamburg Foundation for Politically Persecuted People and the Überseeclub, a merchant’s club.
von Glahn, Sebastian
CEO & Founder
Sebastian von Glahn is the CEO of TalentRocket, Germany’s leading legal career platform. With more than 30,000 registered users and over 250 partners, TalentRocket is using complex matching algorithms to connect lawyers with potential employers more efficiently. In this way, TalentRocket has disrupted the traditional recruitment model in this highly-specialized industry.
Sebastian was born in Unna in 1988 and studied law at the WWU Münster and the University of Helsinki. He completed his second state exam in Düsseldorf. Before joining TalentRocket in 2017, he co-founded Lawyered, TalentRocket’s biggest competitor, which was taken over by TalentRocket in 2017. Since then, he lives in Berlin and is running the company together with Yacine Coco.