Arndt, Dr Astrid

Director of Recruiting/Professional Development
Hengeler Mueller


Dr Astrid Arndt has occupied the position of Director of Recruiting/Professional Development at Hengeler Mueller since 2010. She is responsible for Hengeler Mueller’s strategic and operative human resource management, which encompasses everything from talent management to employer branding to personal development. Before working for Hengeler Mueller, Dr Arndt was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company for several years.

Dr Arndt is member of the Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession’s HR Advisory Board.

Aschenbrenner, Dr Jo Beatrix

Bucerius Law School


Dr Jo Aschenbrenner, LL.M is a lawyer and mediator in Hamburg. For many years she has been dealing with the question of how business disputes can be successfully resolved out of court, and how commercial law firms can establish a culture of leadership, feedback and innovation. Her hallmarks are pens and flipcharts, and she likes to bring the facts of the case, lines of argument and discussions to life through pictures.

As part of the Bucerius Law School Management Team, she is responsible for university development and equality, as well as being a legal advisor to the Bucerius Law School. She was a founding member of Bucerius Education GmbH (2004-2006) and deputy founder of the Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession (2010-2015). In addition, since 2011 Dr Aschenbrenner has held the position “Of Counsel” to the law firm Hanefeld (Business Mediation, Mediation-Arbitration and Dispute Consulting). She enjoys giving speeches and publishing articles on Leadership and Feedback, Dispute Resolution and Negotiations. She has also worked as a mediator, presenter and coach. Her working career began in Munich where she worked for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in the area of IP/IT.

Baus, Dr Christoph A.

Latham & Watkins


Dr. Christoph A. Baus is Global Vice Chair of the Litigation & Trial Department at Latham & Watkins. Dr. Baus has extensive trial and arbitration experience in a wide variety of matters, including capital investment, complex commercial cases, shareholder disputes, post-M&A disputes, restructurings and antitrust. With regard to large-scale proceedings, Dr. Baus has represented clients in Germany-wide class actions and rights of recourse, including representing a global financial services provider in Germany’s largest class action before all 116 local courts and 24 higher courts. Dr. Baus’ clients include international financial service providers, private-equity houses as well as companies in the automobile, aerospace and defence, and healthcare industries.

Duve, Prof Dr Christian

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP


Prof. Dr. Christian Duve is Partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in Frankfurt.
Christian Duve represents companies in legal disputes both before the court and in arbitration, and he regularly acts as a mediator and arbitrator. In addition, he co-ordinates the activities of the firm in Germany in internal investigations.

He has taught at the University of Heidelberg since 2004 and was made Honorary Professor in 2013. From 2000 until 2014, he was member of various committees of the German Bar Association (Deutsche Anwalt-vereins, DAV) and the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE). Since 2013 he has been a member of the Board of the German Bar Association (DAV).

Goodman, Joanna

Author & Journalist


Joanna Goodman is a journalist and author. Her book; “Robots in Law: How Artificial Intelligence is Transforming Legal Services”, published in November 2016, is essential reading for anyone looking to get up to speed on AI in legal services.

She is the IT columnist for the Law Society Gazette and writes regular features for The Guardian about cutting-edge technology, brands, and media, and occasional features for The Times business supplements. Her main areas of interest are artificial intelligence, robots and chatbots, virtual assistants, connected devices, driverless cars, and virtual and augmented reality.  Joanna has written several short films and an independent feature film.  She has an MBA in strategic management from Kingston University.

Gärtner, Arne

Team Lead Business Improvement


Arne Gärtner heads up the Linklaters Germany Business Improvement Team. In his role as Team Leader he is responsible for Legal Project Management as well as Legal Technology. He supports the German practice in the management of large and complex matters and advises on the use of technology for handling such transactions. Furthermore, he supports the firm in implementing its Continuous Improvement and Efficiency strategies in the German offices and is a member of the German Innovation Team as well as the Global Innovation Working Group.

Arne Gärtner studied Business Administration at the University of Potsdam and Mediation at the European University of Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder). He is also an IPMA (International Project Management Association) Certified Project Management Associate and Fellow of the Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession where he worked as a Research Assistant until 2015.

Hartung, Markus

Managing Director
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 2007, 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. 

Kuhlmann, Nico

Research Assistant
Hogan Lovell Int. LLP


Nico Kuhlmann is a Research Assistant for Intellectual Property and Media & Technology for Hogan Lovell Int. LLP in Hamburg. He is also the organizer for the Hamburg Legal Tech Meetups and writes for the Legal Tech Blog, as well as for the Legal Tribune Online on the digitalization of the legal market. Juve has recently named him as a leading Legal-Tech Pioneer (March 2017 edition).

Nico Kuhlmann studied law and business in Bayreuth and Joensuu, Finland. His current PhD, which is being supported by the German Research Association (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)), and led him to spend a research year at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., addresses the question of access to knowledge. Nico Kuhlmann is member of the European Legal Tech Association (ELTA) and the German Association for Intellectual Property and Copyright (GRUR).
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Leydecker, Sonya

Joint CEO 2014-2017
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP


Sonya Leydecker retired earlier this year after a long career as a litigation partner at Herbert Smith Freehills. 

From 2014 to 2017, Sonya was joint CEO of Herbert Smith Freehills. Prior to that, she led Herbert Smith’s and then Herbert Smith Freehills’ global dispute resolution practice for 8 years.  

Sonya played a significant role in HSF’s development, including the opening of the firm’s near-shoring operation in Belfast in 2011, the first of its kind in the legal sector, and the establishment of its New York office, specialising in disputes. She was also centrally involved in the firm’s internationalisation generally, particularly in its Asia region.

She has a keen interest in the market for legal services which is rapidly changing, accelerated by the development and use of new technologies and processes and the arrival of new entrants. Sonya continues her engagement with these issues.
Sonya is studying on the Mastered Programme in Business Coaching at Meyler Campbell.
Finally, Sonya has a number of charitable interests, in particular, working with disadvantaged young women to help them secure employment or education and training.  

Netzer, Felix

Principal Associate
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP


Felix Netzer has been with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Frankfurt since 2010. He represents clients before the German courts and in international arbitration proceedings, concentrating in particular on advising financial institutions in complex cross-border disputes. Furthermore he regularly represents clients involved in post-M&A, Joint Venture and other commercial disputes, as well as clients conducting internal investigations.

In addition, Felix Netzer is a member of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Global Innovation Group and Legal Tech Group. He is involved in the development and implementation of Software solutions for clients in large-scale proceedings.

Parry, Anthony

Of Counsel
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Former Diplomat, Civil Servant and European Legal Expert


Anthony joined Freshfields, Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in 2016, to advise on Brexit and trade law issues.

Anthony comes to Freshfields from the British Government Legal Department (GLD). Between 2004 and 2016 he was a senior legal adviser at the British Treasury where he was focal point for EU law and international trade issues including WTO.

Prior to joining the GLD in 2004, Anthony was European Director for BAE SYSTEMS PLC (previously British Aerospace) where he oversaw BAE’s European programmes and international trade law work in connection with the Airbus partnership, of which BAE was the UK member. Anthony coordinated the Airbus partners in Brussels and chaired European defence and aerospace groupings in what is now ASD, the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe.

Anthony was previously a corporate finance director at Hambros Bank and at Charterhouse Bank. He started his career as a legal adviser with the UK Foreign Office where he advised on EU law and trade law and spent three years on secondment to the European Commission on the staff (member of cabinet) of the UK Vice-President Tugendhat.

Sahrmann, Philipp

Research Assistant
Bucerius Law School


Philipp Sahrmann is a lawyer, computer scientist and entrepreneur. He studied law at the Bucerius Law School and Standford Law School from 2008 until 2013. As well as working as a Research Assistant and PhD. Student for Tax Law at the Bucerius Law School, he is also about to complete a long-distance course in Information Technology at the University of Hagen.

With his own company, Sahrmann-IT, Philipp Sahrmann has been developing and software and advising on technology since 2007. He currently works primarily with law firms and insolvency firms in developing document automation tools, business intelligence and expert-systems. In addition, he designs and teaches courses for lawyers in technology and basic programming.

Philipp Sahrman is also founder and owner of Tradena UG & Co. KG, producing innovative products in the market for coffee.

Schimang, Tamay

streamlaw GmbH


Tamay Schimang is a lawyer and co-founder of his own law firm. He previously worked for large and medium sized law firms in a variety of practice areas, but more particularly in complex contentious litigation and in company law.

Tamay Schimang is also a co-founder of streamlaw GmbH, which develops software for more efficient communication, knowledge and client management. Together with his partners, he advises law firms and legal departments on legal innovation. In addition to process and project management, the consultancy focusses on the development of new business models (for example, through Legal Design Thinking) as well as Legal Tech.

Tamay Schimang is also a lecturer at the Bucerius Law School, the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University, and for Bucerius Executive Education as well as co-founder of the Legal Technology & Innovation Meetup in Frankfurt.

Schmidt, Thomas

Chief Operating Officer
Linklaters LLP


Thomas Schmidt has recently taken over the role as German Chief Operating Officer at Linklaters LLP in Frankfurt and is leading the firm’s German business teams. In addition, he heads the Human Resources function and is responsible for the four German offices. Prior to that, his responsibility included the international Learning and Development function based in London.

Thomas is a certified psychologist and holds an Executive MBA of the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. As an executive coach with a title of the EBS in Oestrich-Winkel, he feels very passionate about people development. Further on, he published several books and journal articles relating to management training, people development and performance management.

Walter, Stine

Bucerius Law School


Stine Walter has been studying law at Bucerius Law School since 2013 and was awarded the LL.B. degree at the beginning of the year. She spent her trimester abroad at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Alongside studying, she worked as student assistant at the Bucerius Law School Chair for Public Law, International and European Law. She is also Chairwoman of the association MUNOL e.V., which is an alumni-network assisting an annual organisation of a Model United Nations in Lübeck – an extra-curricular activity, in which students organise and simulate a UN conference.

Weiss, Prof. Dr. jur Wolfgang

Lawyer and Chief Operating Officer
Allen & Overy LLP


Prof. Dr. jur. Wolfgang Weiss studied law and economics at the universities of Bayreuth and Augsburg, obtaining his doctorate in international tax law. He began his career as a tax assessor and judge at the tax court. He then switched to industry (companies in automotive supply, chemical fibers industry and aerospace), where he held functions as general counsel, chief financial officer and spokesman for management. He has been Head of Management Germany at Linklaters LLP. Weiss is member of various advisory bodies.

Weiss moreover served as: HUK-Coburg Endowment Professor of Hochschule Coburg; Academic Director of the International MBA program Financial Management of Hochschule Coburg.

Since March 2017, Weiss is lawyer and und Chief Operating Officer at Allen & Overy. Here he is mostly in charge of consultation and support of the law firm's strategic direction, and also of the magement and advancement of the business services. 

Witte, Dr Christoph

General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
Marquard & Bahls AG


Christoph Witte is General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Marquard & Bahls AG, in Hamburg. As General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, he is responsible for legal, compliance and insurance matters.

Marquard & Bahls is an international family owned energy supply, trading and logistics company, based in Hamburg. Christoph Witte is member of the Marquard & Bahls Group Management Committee.

For over 15 years, Christoph Witte has been involved with innovation in the legal sector and the challenges this sector will face in the future. His current focus is on the role and organization of support functions in companies. In particular, he is focusing on the development of Know-how and Knowledge Management and how to underpin this with IT-based processes.

Before working in-house,  Christoph Witte was a lawyer in a Magic-Circle Firm for over 15 years. In addition to his role as Corporate/M&A Partner, he was closely involved in Recruitment, Employer Branding and the Work Place of the Future. He was member of his firm’s global “Thought Leadership Board”.

Christoph Witte has over 10 years’ experience as lecturer at the Bucerius Law School, and was member of the Law School’s Trustee Board until the end of 2015.

Wittmaack, Lars

QuoScient GmbH


Lars Wittmaack is a Manager at QuoScient GmbH. He has 15 years of experience in the IT Security industry. Lars started his career as security consultant for a company with expertise in cryptography. During his career he worked in technical and management roles. During the last 6 years prior to starting at QuoScient, he headed up a large global financial institution's Security Operations Centre (SOC) and Security Incident Management. He holds a diploma in Business Administration and is certified as a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).