Tech Tour Venture Academy and Masterclasses Programme

Sponsored Event | December.10.2018 | 12pm - 6pm (Central European Standard Time)

Orrick Düsseldorf

Orrick is proud to host this year’s Tech Tour Venture Academy and Masterclasses Programme, as part of the annual Tech Tour European Venture Contest.

From 12:00 onwards, the event will utilize our 4th floor conference facilities and include various sessions by seasoned experts:

  • Taking the Next Step via an IPO (Master Class I) with Sebastian Grabert (Euronext)
  • Data Privacy and Labour Law (Master Class II) with Christian Schröder and André Zimmermann (Orrick)
  • Term Sheet Negotiations (Master Class III) with Sven Greulich (Orrick)
  • The Art of Pitching Your Idea (Master Class IV) with Rick Salmon (Voiceable)
  • Healthcare (Venture Academy Tracks I+IV) with representatives from AKD N.V., Nestlé Health Science, PHARE 7 Management Solutions, and 3k
  • Digital (Venture Academy Tracks II+V) with representatives from CBO Consulting, Uminova Innovation, e-navik, and Clean Tech Capital
  • Cleantech (Venture Academy Tracks III+VI) with representatives from BeNovate, Clean Tech Capital, Væksthus Hovedstadsregionen, and VanBerkel Consultancy

After the talks and networking, participants will be transferred by bus to the CCD Stadthalle, where the European Venture Contest continues.

More detailed information regarding the EVC event can be found here.
Registration is mandatory and may be done until 5 December 2018 via Tech Tour.

 

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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Dr. Sven Greulich, LL.M. (Cantuar), EMBA Partner M&A and Private Equity, Technology Companies Group

Düsseldorf

Dr. Sven Greulich, partner at Orrick's Düsseldorf office, is a technology lawyer specializing in complex cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investments and general corporate counseling.

Sven advises technology companies on complex cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and private equity and venture capital investments, and provides general corporate counseling.

His clients include technology companies of all stages and their investors at all points in the company life cycle. Supported by a global and cross-practice team, he also counsels major corporations on their European expansion projects.

Sven is passionate about building a bridge for his clients from Germany to Silicon Valley and other global technology hubs, to help them succeed in the international market. With a dual background in business and law, an entrepreneurial spirit, and experience in over 100 M&A transactions and financing rounds across many industries (including energy, automotive, information technology, commerce and life science), Sven has a unique perspective, which inspires him to find the best strategic and commercially viable solution for his clients.

Sven volunteers with entrepreneur groups (such as Prepare! The Entrepreneurs Academy or the WHU Entrepreneurship Roundtable) and lectures at the WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management.

In the 2017 edition of its Innovative Lawyers Report Europe, the Financial Times named Sven’s work to connect start-ups with Germany’s Mittelstand (mid-sized companies) a standout "for making bridges between Silicon Valley and Germany". In 2017 and 2018, he also received the "Acritas Star Lawyer" award from the leading international legal research company Acritas based on clients' praise for Sven's responsiveness and business-oriented advice. The Legal500 Ranking EMEA for 2018 recommends Sven for "mid-sized international Corporate M&A deals (€100m-€500m)".

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Practice:

  • Technology Companies Group
  • Corporate
  • Silicon Valley Europe Desk

Olivier Edwards Senior Counsel Technology Companies Group, Corporate

Paris

Olivier Edwards is a lawyer in Orrick’s Paris office in the Technology Companies Group. He advises emerging companies and venture capital funds on investment, merger and acquisition matters with an emphasis on cross-border deals.

Olivier has been and is continuously recognized in Chambers & Partners, and has been described by his clients as “a very senior lawyer with vast experience in the merger and acquisition process,” "a talented lawyer and leading figure.“ He is a top-tier venture capital practitioner renowned for his fund-raising prowess and is often called the “godfather" of French venture law.

With a great experience on cross-border merger and acquisitions deals, and joint-venture operations, Olivier has worked with key players of the tech market such as eBay, Sony Ericsson, Softbank, Accel Ventures, Biom'Up, Balyo, Aledia and Partech.

With Matteo Daste, Olivier is a co-founder and co-Chair of Silicon Valley’s Europe Desk which strengthens our unique positioning alongside European companies aiming at Silicon Valley’s capital and technologies and US corporates looking for investment opportunities in Europe.

Before joining Orrick as a Senior Counsel, Olivier was a partner at Gide Loyrette Nouel and was the Head of European Venture department at Morgan Lewis law firm.

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Practice:

  • Technology Companies Group
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Cross Border Employment Law Issues
  • Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation
  • Equal Pay

Dr. Andre Zimmermann, LL.M. Partner Technology Companies Group, Employment Law & Litigation

Düsseldorf; Munich

Dr. André Zimmermann, a Certified Specialist for Employment Law (Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht), heads Orrick’s German Employment Practice. With around ten years of international experience, André is well-versed in restructuring and headcount reduction, employment aspects of M&A transactions, and employment related litigation.

André is listed as "frequently recommended" employment law expert by JUVE Handbook of German Commercial Law Firms, editions 2017/2018 and 2018/2019, Germany's leading lawyer ranking. Clients recommend André to JUVE as “straight shooter" and "always refreshingly honest".

Our clients praise André's "creative and efficient style of working" and "a very practical and efficient style of providing advice", referring to him as "extremely responsive and accessible when we have urgent matters" and as "an excellent advocate in court hearings".

André advises companies on a wide range of HR legal matters with a special sector focus on technology companies, including hiring and discrimination concerns, misclassification, multi-jurisdictional and cross-border employment issues, HR data privacy compliance, roll out of employee handbooks and policies, performance management and terminations.

Most recently, André has advised leading multinational technology companies such as AppAnnie, Facebook, Flexera, GitHub, NVIDIA, Optimizely, Sabre, Sensata Technologies, Splunk, The Trade Desk and Visa on various employment matters in Germany.

Having long-standing experience in negotiating with works councils and unions in restructuring measures of all kind, a special focus of André's practice is on restructuring, outsourcing and headcount reductions. He is an acknowledged specialist in employing third-party personnel, especially through temporary agency work.

André is a core member of our global employment practice consisting of 70 specialized employment lawyers and world leading practices in our offices in the United States, Asia and Europe, offering the highest level of employment advice in all major jurisdictions. Our well-established teamwork across offices ensures international advice in employment law in our clients' cross-border projects.


 

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Practice:

  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising
  • White Collar
  • Corporate
  • Internet of Things

Dr. Christian Schröder Partner Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation, Intellectual Property

Düsseldorf

Dr. Christian Schröder heads Orrick's IP/IT & Data Privacy Practice Group in Germany in Orrick’s Düsseldorf Office. Christian advises medium sized (Mittelstand) companies to large multinationals on IP, Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices, E-Commerce, IT and Data Privacy/Data Protection.

He is listed in Germany's leading lawyer ranking magazine JUVE as frequently recommended data privacy expert and clients recommend him to JUVE for his "reliable and actionable advice". Christian and his practice are also ranked by Legal 500 Germany and Legal 500 EMEA for being among the leading German and European data privacy practices (2019), clients referred to him and his team as "Top data privacy expert", "extremely knowledgeable", and "able to explain complex legal issues in an easily understandable way so that both legal and economic decisions can be made". Christian Schröder is recommended for his "data protection expertise and quick comprehension as well as his entrepreneurial acumen." Christian is also ranked by the German business Journal WIWO as one of the best German IT and Data Privacy practitioners .

Christian provides IP/IT advice in M&A transactions and advises on IP focused joint ventures. He supports companies on the set-up of webshops, outsourcings, license agreements, in cases of trademark or unfair and deceptive trade practice issues as well as on hard and software license and IT project agreements.

As a core member of Orrick's global Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation practice, Christian has a special focus on data privacy/data protection matters. In particular, Christian advises on a risk-based approach to privacy, on implementing databases and new software applications, in particular, cloud based solutions. He advises on data privacy contracts, internal data privacy policies, binding corporate rules, user agreements on BYOD, whistleblowing schemes, e-discovery, security breaches, and intra-group data sharing on a national and international basis. He also regularly defends companies against unfair access to their know-how by competitors and against unfair poaching of customers and employees.