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A. Law Firm Management

  • Member of Oppenhoff & Rädler management committee, responsible for IT infrastructure (1998/1999)
  • Consolidation and standardization of various software platforms in order to create one IT platform for one law firm from the systems of the various preceding law firms and in addition, responsible for the preparation of the smooth changeover to the year 2000 (the millennium bug)

Managing Partner of Oppenhoff & Rädler (1999/2000)

  • Centralization and professionalization of the business management of the law firm, sustained increased quality of the administrative staff with the goal of relieving the partners of all matters not relating to case work
  • Restructuring of the law firm from a location-oriented law firm to a “practice area law firm“, in order to facilitate the formation of a law firm through cross-location team work
  • Handling and organization of as well as attendance at the merger negotiations with Linklaters
  • Merger preparation in Oppenhoff & Rädler: Further professionalization of the law firm
  • Restructuring of O&R prior to the merger, assurance of a smooth and successful transition into Linklaters

German Managing Partner of Linklaters (2001/2007)

  • Integration of the German office into Linklaters, development of business plans for the individual sections
  • Further professionalization and internationalization of the business management
  • Aligning and focusing the practice areas with the goal of making Linklaters one of the market leading firms in Germany as adviser of large German and foreign companies as well as banks and other financial institutions (this goal was achieved in 2009 as is verified by the pertinent rankings, e.g., in JUVE)
  • Member of the world-wide management committee (Executive Committee) of Linklaters from 2002 to 2007; during this phase Linklaters developed into a homogeneously managed and strategically focused law firm which still today is deemed to be exemplary

B. German lawyer

Alternative dispute settlement, in particular mediation in corporate law disagreements, commercial litigation and arbitration, lawyers’ professional law, lawyers‘ legal recourse

C. Lecturing and teaching

  • For many years lectures on leadership and law firm management as well as questions of professional law
  • Assistance with the conception of the Bucerius Leadership Programme (Bucerius Executive Education at the Bucerius Law School)
  • Teaching in the Bucerius Executive Education programme

D. Memberships

  • Professional law committee of the German Bar Association (Deutscher Anwaltsverein - DAV) (since 2006, chairman since January 2011)
  • Lawyers‘ professional ethics committee (DAV) (since January 2011)
  • Committee of international law firms of the Federal Bar (Bundesrechtsanwaltskammer – BRAK) (December 2007 - December 2011)
  • Mediation work group (Arbeitsgemeinschaft – ARGE) of the DAV
  • Lawyers‘ management work group of the DAV
  • German Institution of Arbitration (Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit e.V. – DIS)
  • Juristische Gesellschaft zu Berlin

E. Professional career

  • Since June 2010: Director of the Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession at the Bucerius Law School (http://www.bucerius-clp.de)
  • Since Nov. 2009: Strategy and management adviser of professional service firms, in particular law firms
  • Since 2008/09: Assistant lecturer at the Bucerius Law School in the field of executive education
  • 2001-2007: German Managing Partner at Linklaters
  • Since 2001: Partner at Linklaters, practice area of litigation & arbitration
  • 1999-2000: Managing Partner at Oppenhoff & Rädler (merger with Linklaters in January 2001)
  • 1998 to 1999: Member of the management committee at Oppenhoff & Rädler, responsible for EDP/IT
  • 1996: Partner at Oppenhoff & Rädler
  • 1995: Junior partner at Oppenhoff & Rädler
  • 1993: Associate at Rädler Raupach Bezzenberger (merger with Boden Oppenhoff Rasor Raue into Oppenhoff & Rädler in January 1995)
  • 1989: Lawyer in a one-man firm in Berlin-Kreuzberg
  • 1986: Legal assistant at the Institute of State and Administrative Law (Institut für Staats- und Verwaltungsrecht) at the Free University of Berlin
  • 1976-1979: Administrative official at the Regional Authority Rheinland (Landschaftsverband Rheinland) in Cologne

F. Education

  • 1989: 2nd Legal State Examination in Berlin
  • 1986: 1st Legal State Examination in Berlin
  • 1981: Law studies at the University of Cologne and the Free University of Berlin
  • 1976-1979:Technical College of Public Administration (Fachhochschule für öffentliche Verwaltung – FHSöV) in Cologne