Speakers

Bausch, Dr. Stephan

Partner
Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbh

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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

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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
myRight

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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

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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

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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
WALDORF FROMMER

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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.

Hartung, Markus

Managing Director
Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession

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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

Director
Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession

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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

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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

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

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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. 

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

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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

Lell, Dr. Otmar

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

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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).

Luczak, Dr. Jan-Marco

Mamber of the German Parliament
Chair of the CDU/CSU committee for legal affairs and consumer protection

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Dr. Jan-Marco Luczak studied law at the Free University Berlin and received his PhD from the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, specializing in European Economic Constitutional law. He has been a lawyer with Hengeler Mueller, Berlin, since 2008 and member of the German Parliament, in particular the committee for legal affairs and consumer protection, since 2009, for which he has also acted as deputy Chairman (2013-2016). Since 2016 he has been the Chair of the CDU/CSU committee for legal affairs and consumer protection. In addition, he also deputy member of the committee for construction, housing, urban development and municipalities and chair of the regional group of the CDU in Berlin. He is member of a number of advisory boards; Konrad-Adenauer Charity, Magnus Hirschfeld Charity, German Radio Council, the “Kein Täter werden” network, German Network Agency, the parliamentary circle for small-medium enterprises and the citizen’s initiative “Dresdner Train”.

Pfitzner, Tanja V.

Founder & Owner
Pfitzner Legal

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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

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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