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  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate

Dr. Thomas Schmid Partner M&A and Private Equity, Technology Companies Group


Thomas Schmid, partner in the Munich Office and head of Orrick's German M&A and private equity team, advises on M&A, private equity and venture capital investments.

Thomas represents clients in national and cross-border transactions, in particular local and international corporates, private equity/venture funds and high growth companies.

He has advised transactions in all sectors but has developed particular expertise in the tech and lifescience/healthcare area.

His practice also covers also capital markets, restructuring and general corporate/commercial matters.

Thomas is consistently recognized as leading lawyer in his practice in Germany.

Prior to joining Orrick, he was, inter alia, a partner in the Munich office of an international law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Inhouse Counsel at MAN AG.



  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate

Dr. Markus Schmid, LL.M. Senior Associate M&A and Private Equity, Corporate


Markus advises German and international clients on all aspects of corporate law. His focus lies on domestic and cross-border M&A and Private Equity transactions as well as corporate restructurings.

Prior to joining Orrick, Markus worked as associate at the Munich offices of several leading international law firms.



  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation

Dennis Schmidt, LL.M. Associate Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation


Dennis Schmidt is a member of our Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation practice. He advises clients on data privacy and IT as well as telecommunications and gambling. With a passion for technology Dennis understands the practical as well as legal needs of his clients.

As a privacy advisor, Dennis advises on the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), data privacy contracts, privacy policies and employee data protection. As a telecommunications advisor, Dennis advises companies regarding telecommunication secrecy. He is also familiar with the peculiarities of German gambling law.

Before joining Orrick, Dennis practiced data privacy law at another international law firm. He conducted his legal studies in Duesseldorf and Los Angeles.



  • M&A and Private Equity
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate

Julia Schmitz Managing Associate M&A and Private Equity, M&A and Private Equity


Julia Schmitz is associate in the Düsseldorf office and member of the M&A and Private Equity Group.

She advises national and international clients on M&A/Private Equity transactions, intragroup cross-border restructuring measures and general corporate law. She joined Orrick in 2015.



  • Litigation & IP
  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Yann Schneller Senior Associate Litigation & IP, International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution


Yann Schneller is an international arbitration and litigation lawyer in Orrick's Paris office. His practice focuses on complex commercial, investment, and construction disputes.

Yann has extensive experience in assisting French and international energy majors, investors as well as States and governments in various jurisdictions across Europe, Africa and the United States with a particular emphasis on disputes relating to the energy sector.

He represents and advises clients in ICC, ICSID, CCJA-OHADA and UNCITRAL ad hoc arbitral proceedings. Yann also acts as Administrative Secretary to arbitral tribunals.

Yann is implicated in pro bono work in North African countries.

Prior to joining Orrick, Yann was a legal intern at the OECD in Paris and at Gide Loyrette Nouel’s Hanoi office.



  • Public Finance
  • Impact Finance

Michael E. Schrader Of Counsel Public Finance, Impact Finance


Michael Schrader is a member of Orrick’s nationally-recognized Public Finance Department and a founding member of the firm’s Portland, Oregon office.  Mike works with state agencies, counties, cities, special districts and other local governments, tribal governments and enterprises, and for-profit and not-for-profit borrowers in structuring, negotiating and documenting bond issues, loans and other financing arrangements.

Mike also represents banks and underwriters in connection with the purchase and sale of bonds and other financing and credit-related matters.

A significant portion of Mike’s practice is devoted to financing affordable housing projects. This includes representing Oregon Housing and Community Services in connection with its conduit revenue bond program, along with several local housing authorities. Over the course of his more than 20 years as a bond attorney in Oregon, he has competed dozens of project financings throughout the State with a variety of public and private sponsors, developers and funders.

Mike received the Firm's Community Responsibility Award in 2011 in recognition of his community service and pro bono work. He currently serves on the Boards of Bridge Meadows, a developer, owner and operator of affordable intergenerational housing communities, and the Portland Housing Center, an organization providing educational and financial services to promote homeownership in underserved communities. He also serves as special counsel (pro bono) to Mercy Corps in connection with its Community Investment Trust (CIT) Program and to the Rosewood Initiative in connection with its community redevelopment work.

Before joining Orrick, Mike was a partner at Ater Wynne LLP in Portland. Prior to that, Mike was an associate at Ice Miller in Indianapolis, Indiana.



  • Antitrust & Competition

Julius H. Schradin Associate Antitrust & Competition


Julius Schradin is an associate in the Düsseldorf office and a member of the Antitrust and Competition Practice Group.

Julius advises domestic and international clients on German and European competition law and international trade law, including foreign investment filings in Germany, as well as on compliance matters. Before he joined Orrick at the Düsseldorf Office, Julius worked on multi-jurisdictional cartel and merger cases during his legal training inter alia at the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission. His interest in competition law dates back to his university studies in Heidelberg.



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

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


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 The Legal 500 Germany and The Legal 500 EMEA as well as Germany’s business journals WiWo and Handelsblatt for being among the leading German and European IT and data privacy practices (2019 and 2020), 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 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 privacy compliance programs, a risk-based approach to privacy, on implementing databases and new software applications, in particular, cloud based solutions. He advises on IT and 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. Christian regularly represents market leading clients in IT and data privacy contract negotiations and regularly defends companies against unfair access to their know-how by competitors and against unfair poaching of customers and employees.



  • Corporate
  • Tax
  • Corporate Tax
  • International Trade & Compliance
  • Tax Advocacy
  • Private Wealth
  • International Tax

Dr. Stefan Schultes-Schnitzlein Partner Corporate, Tax


Dr. Stefan Schultes-Schnitzlein is a tax partner in the Düsseldorf office. Stefan is both qualified as a German lawyer (Rechtsanwalt) and as a German tax advisor (Steuerberater).

Stefan is listed as frequently recommended in Germany's leading lawyer ranking magazine JUVE Handbook of German Commercial Law Firms (2017/2018). Clients recommend Stefan for his work and say that he "can convey complicated facts convincingly, does not expand teams unnecessarily ".

Stefan is also mentioned by Legal 500 Corporate and M&A Deals in Germany 2018 for international medium company deals (€ 100M to € 500M).

He advises industry clients, private equity funds and financial institutions on all sorts of German tax and accounting issues. Stefan's focus lies on corporate and real estate transactions, financings and re-financings and restructurings as well as on tax field audits and tax litigation in connection with any of the former. He also advises individual persons on succession and related issues. Prior to his move to Orrick in the beginning of 2014, Stefan has been with international law firms for eight years.

In addition, Stefan advises international businesses in international trade and compliance matters with a focus on import, export and passing of goods through Germany and their tax and customs implications.



  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • Corporate Governance
  • Capital Markets

David Schwartz Partner M&A and Private Equity, Corporate

New York

David’s practice focuses on M&A transactions and providing strategic advice to an array of clients and industries.  His practice is built on relationships – and he is passionate about working closely with clients to gain a deep appreciation of their business culture, operations, and objectives.  David prides himself on serving as a trusted advisor who delivers valued execution and results.

David regularly advises clients on complex M&A transactions, including:

  • private and public deals, ranging from hostile and negotiated transactions, special committee representations and affiliated transactions, to corporate defense advice and proxy contests;
  • domestic and cross-border transactions with a worldwide reach; and
  • buy-side and sell-side representations.

He also regularly counsels clients on corporate governance, securities law and compliance obligations.



  • M&A and Private Equity

Verena Schwarz Managing Associate M&A and Private Equity


Verena is Managing Associate in our Munich office and member of the practice group M&A and Private Equity. Verena advises national and international clients on all aspects of corporate law with a focus on domestic and cross-border M&A and Private Equity transactions, corporate restructurings as well as ongoing legal advice.

Prior to joining Orrick, Verena worked as Associate at the Munich office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.



  • Real Estate

Dr. Felix Schäfer Counsel Real Estate


Dr. Hans Felix Schäfer, Counsel in Orrick's Düsseldorf office, is a member of the Real Estate Group.

Felix has particular experience in the infrastructure and logistics sectors, where he has been focused on real estate transactions, structuring of real estate investments, fund counseling and private equity as well as restructuring of real estate financings. He has also advised on a series of diverse large scale project developments as well as (portfolio) transactions for German and international clients.

Felix previously worked at international law firms Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and DLA Piper UK LLP. He served as inhouse counsel with ProLogis Germany Management GmbH and spent two years with HFK Law Offices. Most recently, he was an associated partner with independent German law firm Graf von Westphalen.

Felix attended the University of Cologne, where he received his doctorate degree. He has been acknowledged as "frequently recommended" in the field of Real Estate by JUVE Handbook of German Law Firms (2012/2013) and is member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.