Bausch, Dr. Stephan

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbh


Stephan Bausch studied law at the Universities of Bonn and Aix-en-Provence from 1995 to 2001.
Following a research post in Toulouse, he received his Ph.D. in 2004 with a thesis on comparative law.
From 2006 until 2013, he worked in the dispute resolution practice of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Cologne and Frankfurt, during which time he represented clients on the defendant side in several class actions. In 2013 he became Partner at Luther, and is currently co-Head of the national Complex Dispute Team.

Bellinghausen, Dr. Rupert

Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution Germany
Linklaters LLP


Rupert Bellinghausen is head of the German Dispute Resolution Practice. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the area of international arbitration, litigation and mediation. In particular post-M&A disputes, corporate litigation, product liability, cartel claims, capital market claims and complex contractual disputes. He also has industry-specific knowledge in the healthcare, automobile, food and chemical sectors. He has been involved in more than 90 international disputes either in his advisory capacity, or as an arbitrator under the ICC, DIS, UNICITRAL, LCIA, ICSID/BIT, Swiss Rules and SIAC rules.

Rupert Bellinghausen is a member of the German Lawyers‘ Association’s Civil Law Committee and Chairman of the Working Group for Group Litigation.  

Bode, Dr. Sven

Managing Director


Sven Bode was born in 1974 and studied in Hamburg and Bordeaux. After his degree in industrial engineering, he worked in the apparatus building department of TU-HH, following which he completed his Ph.D. in economics at Hamburg University. As a research assistant he worked for the Hamburg World Economy Archive (HWWA) in the area of energy and climate policy. He also worked for the Hamburg Electricity Works AG (HEW) for 3 years in future energy concepts.

In 2007 he founded his first start-up greenmiles.de, which among other things, sells CO2 emissions credits from air traffic. 2010 saw the founding of the legal-tech company Flightright, which is now the market leader in the field of air passenger rights enforcement in Europe. Following this, in 2014 Sven Bode founded bankright, which already employs the “class action” procedure to deal with claims against banks and building societies for incorrectly charged bank charges. Finally, in June 2016 Sven Bode founded the Legal-Tech Company myRight, which helps consumers to enforce their legal rights, including against VW in the “Diesel Scandal”. In the B2B area, Sven Bode has developed truck-damages.com which enforces the rights of thousands of disadvantaged companies in Europe, who were victims of the so-called “Truck Cartel”.

Czerwenka, LL.M. (Duke Univ.), Prof. Dr. Beate

Ministerial Director
German Ministry of Justice and Consumer Affairs


Beate Czerwenka studied law at the Universities of Würzburg and Genf, as well as at the Duke Law School in North Carolina, USA. After completing her training and second state ex-am in Hamburg, she worked as a research assistant at the University of Hamburg where she completed her Ph.D. in international sales law.

In 1986 she began working for the German Ministry of Justice and Consumer Affairs. Since 2016 she has been head of department for civil and administrative procedure law, choice of jurisdiction, and out-of-court settlements, as well as insolvency. In this role she has been in-volved in drafting law on civil procedure rules for sample class actions.

Beate Czerwenka has published numerous articles and is Honorary Professor at the Hum-boldt University in Berlin.

Fechner, Dr. Johannes

Member of the German Parliament
Chair of the SPD committee for legal affairs and consumer protection


Dr. Johannes Fechner has been a member of the German Parliament for the electoral area Emmendingen-Lahr, Baden-Württemberg and spokesman for consumer policy for the SPD since 2013. He drives a Volkswagen Passat (not Diesel!) and has been a member of the executive committee of the working group for SPD lawyers since 2010, and district chairman since 2004. Dr. Fechner received his Ph.D. from the Albert-Ludwig University in Freiburg and has been working as a lawyer in Emmendingen since 2001. He is married with two children and a proud member of the parliamentary football team.

Frommer, Björn

Managing Partner


Björn Frommer is a lawyer and director of WALDORF FROMMER. His law firm was one of the first to specialize in finding solutions to problems which threaten entire industries. Long before Legal Tech and Legal Operations became the trend, WALDORF FROMMER had already implemented lean processes and technology-supported solutions to more efficiently deal with class actions. For these reasons, one shouldn’t dismiss the possibility of establishing one’s own department for process design, legal engineering and software development.

Where traditional hierarchies reach their limits, WALDORF FROMMER relies on multi-disciplinary teams. Project managers, software developers, IT administrators, economists and lawyers sit together at the same table. Projects follow regulated structures, like SCRUM,  which have been industry standards in software development for years. Björn Frommer is convinced: What originally began in the media sector, an industry plagued by large-scale right violations, will result in mass consumer law suits in other sectors. The traditional legal service will not be able to offer an adequate solution to this problem. He who wants to be able to offer a solution to the industry, must rethink the legal service offering.

Halbleib, Dr. Gernot

Halbleib Beratung und Beteiligung UG


Following his studies, including a PhD in corporate and capital markets law from the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany, Gernot Halbleib worked for various law firms in Berlin, Frankfurt and New York. Afterwards he joined the startup scene and worked as an IT project manager at Home24, a company in the Rocket Internet Group as well as becoming an Entrepreneur in Residence and Venture-CEO at Project A Ventures, the startup-incubator of Axel Springer and the Otto Group.

Since 2014 Halbleib has been focussing on the area of Legal Tech, which allows him to combine his passions for law, IT and entrepreneurship. As a freelance consultant he develops business ideas and supports startups as well as well-established companies and law firms in taking advantage of the opportunities offered by technological innovations.

Hartung, Dirk

Executive Director Legal Technology
Bucerius Law School


The short bio of Dirk Hartung will be published soon.

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.

Heining, Tobias

Director of Business Development & Communications
CMS Hasche Sigle


Tobias Heining is founding member and current president of the European Legal Tech Association (ELTA) and Director of Business Development & Communications (BD&C) at CMS in Germany. The BD&C department at CMS also comprises a Research & Development unit which is responsible for developing technology-based legal advisory products and launched its first product in 2015. Prior to becoming BD&C Director at CMS, Tobias has been working as Consultant at a PR agency, as Marketing Manager at US law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, joined CMS as BD Manager and headed the BD unit at CMS for a couple of years. In his various functions, Tobias Heining has been dealing with product development in law firms and its effects on the legal market as well as business models of the future since 2007. This also includes the greater digitization strategy of CMS Germany. Tobias studied History, Politics and Communications at Freie Universität Berlin, as well as Business Economics later on.

Hirte, Professor Dr. Heribert

University of Hamburg


Professor Dr. Heribert Hirte (LL.M., Berkley), is the executive director of the Faculty for Commercial, Shipping and Business law at the University of Hamburg. He has written numerous publications on corporate, capital market and insolvency law. He is the author of the recently published 8th edition of “Kapitalgesellschaftsrecht“ (Company Law). In addition, he is editor of the following publications; Großkommentars Aktiengesetz; Kölner Kommentars zum Wertpapiererwerbs- und Übernahmegesetz (WpÜG); Kölner Kommentars zum Wertpapierhandelsgesetz (WpHG); and  Uhlenbruck’schen Kommentars zur Insolvenzordnung.

Professor Hirte has been a directly elected member of the German Parliament for the Electoral Seat of Cologne II since 2013. He is vice-Chairman of the Committee for Legal Affairs and Consumer Protection, and Chairman of the sub-Committee on European Law. He is also a member of the Committee on European Union Affairs, as well as being a substitute member of the Finance Committee. Professor Hirte is a member of the CDU/CSU Parties’ Brexit Working Group and Chairman of the Stephanus Circle.

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. 

Kohlmeier, Thomas

Managing Partner
Nivalion AG


Thomas Kohlmeier is one of the leading experts and innovators in the German and international litigation funding sector. As the Managing Partner of Nivalion AG, Switzerland, Thomas Kohlmeier has been building up this new company since the beginning of 2017. Nivalion has an initial investment volume of 250 Mio. € and an innovative investment strategy in litigation funding and legal finance. For Nivalion, legal technology based processes and insurance linked solutions play an important role. In his role as Board Member, Thomas previously spent 16 years developing and leading the litigation funding business of ERGO / MunichRe Group, one of the world’s leading reinsurers and risk carriers. Thomas started his career in 1994 in a law firm specializing in litigation, civil procedure and the assessment of litigation risks at Higher Regional Courts.

Kröll, LL.M., Prof. Dr. Stefan

Honorary Professor and Director of the CIDR at the Bucerius Law School


Stefan Kröll is a lawyer in Cologne and an Honorary Professor and Director of the Center for International Dispute Resolution at the Bucerius Law School. He is one of the directors of the Willem C. Vis Arbitration Moot Court in Vienna and national reporter for arbitration in Germany to the UNCITRAL. In addition, he is Visiting Professor at the School of International Arbitration at the Center for Commercial Law Studies (Queen Mary, University of London) and regularly lectures at GIZ, IRZ and USAID. As one of three UNCITRAL experts, he has compiled the Digest of Case Law on the Model Law on International Commerical Arbitration.

Stefan Kröll acted as arbitrator or emergency arbitrator in over 75 proceedings and is regularly mentioned in Juve, Who’s Who Legal and Chambers & Partners as one of the leading German arbitrators. He is also a co-author of the following publications; Comparative International Commercial Arbitration (with Lew/Mistelis), Arbitration in Germany – The Model Law in Practice (with Böckstiegel/Nacimiento) and International Commercial Arbitration (Varady/Barcelo).

Stefan Kröll has been member of the DIS- Advisory Board and member of the editorial board of a number of journals on arbitration since 2013. 

Kuhlmann, Nico

Research Assistant
Hogan Lovells International 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 the initiator of the Women of Legal Tech Awards as well as of the Hogan Lovells Legal Tech Competition. In addition, he writes for the Legal Tech Blog, as well as for Legal Tribune Online and FAZ Einspruch 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).

Kurer, Peter

Partner at the private equity firm BLR
Chairman of the Board of Directors of the telecommunication company Sunrise and former Chairman of the Board of Directors of UBS


Peter Kurer is partner at the private equity firm BLR, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the publishing house Kein & Aber, and the telecommunications company Sunrise, and member of several boards of directors and advisory boards. He studied law and political science at the universities of Zurich and Chicago. He was then admitted to the Bar for the Canton of Zurich. In 1980 he began at Baker & McKenzie, where he became partner in 1985. In 1991, together with 7 colleagues, he founded the firm Homburger, in Zurich. As head of the practice group for company law, he advised on numerous stock market flotations and M&A transactions. In 2001 he moved to UBS as General Counsel and member of the Group Executive Board, and in 2008 during the financial crisis, he temporarily took over as Chairman of the bank. Peter Kurer regularly speaks and publishes his work on finance, law and political questions. His book, “Legal and Compliance Risk: A Strategic Response to a Rising Threat for Global Business” was published in the Oxford University Press in 2015

Kämpf, Joachim

Associate General Counsel
Projektmanagement G.m.b.H. & Co.KG


Joachim Kämpf is Associate General Counsel at ECE Projektmanagement G.m.b.H. & Co.KG, Hamburg. ECE develops, plans, realizes, lets and manages large commercial properties in the fields of Shopping, Office, Traffic and Industries, and is the European market leader in the segment of urban shopping centers.

With his team of 14 legal counsels, Joachim Kämpf accompanies the entire new business (project developments and transactions) of ECE, including restructurings and extensions of shopping centers, management takeovers, market entries, strategic joint ventures, both nationally and internationally.

Joachim Kämpf is a lawyer specializing in construction and architects law and a Real Estate Investment Advisor (EBS).

Lell, Dr. Otmar

Head of the Legal and Commerce Team
Consumer Protection Association (vzbv)


Dr Otmar Lell is head of the legal and commerce team at the Consumer Protection Association (vzbv). The association is the umbrella organization for all German consumer associations, and represents the interests of consumers in political forums. Otmar Lell works on the political aspects of consumer protection law on a German and European level, with a particular focus on collective actions and digitalization.

Since 2002, Otmar Lell has worked on a wide variety of consumer-political topics, from consumer rights in transport to public services, to public infrastructure to sustainable consumption.

From 1996 to 2002, Otmar Lell has worked on matters relating to water management and environmental law enforcement for the environment agency and in the Ministry for the Environment.
Otmar Lell is a lawyer, and has a PhD focusing on the legal issues of environmental product labelling (in particular genetically modified food and food from organic farming).

Pfitzner, Tanja V.

Founder & Owner
Pfitzner Legal


Tanja Pfitzner is founder and owner of the Frankfurt dispute resolution law firm, Pfitzner Legal. Before founding Pfitzner Legal in January 2012, Tanja Pfitzner was partner at Dewey & LeBouef LLP, and previously Counsel at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. She completed her legal education at the universities of Kiel, Heidelberg, Guildford (Surrey), and Columbia University School of Law, New York, where she also received her LL.M. Tanja Pfitzner is a German lawyer and member of the New York Bar. She is co-author of numerous publications on litigation and arbitration.

Tanja Pfitzner works as a litigator in commercial law disputes with a focus on company law, financial services and professional indemnity. The team at Pfitzner Legal acts as both advisor and arbitrator in international arbitration.

Sauer, Ralph

Managing Director
Dr. Stoll & Sauer Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH


1994-2004: Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg (Law)
1997-2001: Management of a textile finishing company
2004-2006: Legal Training at Court (Landau in der Pfalz)
2006: Qualified as a lawyer

Wernicke, Prof. Dr. Stephan

Chief Legal Officer
Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry


Prof. Dr. Stephan Wernicke is Chief Legal Officer for the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry. He is also an Honorary Professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin for European Law, European Business Law and European Competition Law. He teaches European Law as part of the Master of European Governance and Administration at the University of Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and the University of Potsdam in Berlin.

His previous positions include; Member of the European Commission’s Vice-President’s Cabinet (Verheugen), member of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition, as well as head of Cabinet for the German Judiciary at the European Court of Justice. His speeches, publications and consultancy activities focus on German and European legal policies, European competition law, arbitration, as well as on advising companies on their communication strategies with European institutions.