Thought Leadership: Secret Weapons of Communication

Firm Event | June.29.2018 | 4pm - 7pm ()

Orrick Düsseldorf

Orrick presents this year’s Thought Leadership event in Düsseldorf

Our speaker Leo Martin is going to reveal the secrets of fair and appreciative communication and how to use them to one’s advantage. As a graduate of criminalistics he worked for a large German intelligence service for ten years and due to his proficiency in subconscious pattern of behavior and thought, was largely responsible for the recruitment and management of informants. Today, Leo Martin is a much sought after advisor for the analysis of negotiating partners, public speaker and author of multiple best-selling books.

After the event we invite our guests to a snack on our rooftop terrace. For further information please contact Wilhelm Nolting-Hauff, Oliver Duys, Sven Greulich or Till Steinvorth.

The event will be held in German language.



  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • China

Dr. Wilhelm Nolting-Hauff Partner


Wilhelm advises global companies and investors on complex, often cross-border M&A transactions. A particular focus is on clients from the China region, advising them on their investments in Germany.

He is regularly recommended in leading legal publications, including JUVE and Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers, for his "precise negotiation and solution-oriented representation of clients' interests".

Wilhelm has been teaching at the University of Münster since 2003 in the Mergers & Acquisitions postgraduate course and regularly publishes papers on current topics in the areas of M&A, funds and private equity.



  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Funds
  • Restructuring
  • Private Equity

Dr. Oliver Duys, LL.M. (UNSW Sydney) Partner


With his extensive experience, he advises on complex cross-border transactions, including real estate portfolio deals, the formation of joint ventures, the establishment of funds and restructurings. He advises both national and international private equity firms, companies and fund managers and offers solutions for management participation programs and liability issues. 

Oliver Duys' expertise extends in particular to advising companies from the Middle East and India, whom he supports in a variety of international M&A projects.

Oliver Duys has been repeatedly recommended by Legal 500 and Juve and is listed as one of the best lawyers in Germany in the field of M&A by Handelsblatt. His clients value him for his confident negotiation skills and his strength in dealing with complex negotiations.



  • Technology & Innovation Sector
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Technology Companies Group

Dr. Sven Greulich, LL.M. (Cantuar), EMBA Partner


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

His clients include technology companies of all stages and their investors. Supported by a global and cross-practice team, he also counsels major corporations and scale-ups on international expansion and growth projects and has a special focus on in- and outbound German/US investments and joint ventures.

Sven is passionate about building a bridge for his clients from Germany to the US and other international technology hubs and to help them succeed in the international market. With a dual background in business and law, an entrepreneurial spirit, and experience in over 200 M&A transactions and financing rounds across many industries, 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 at the WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management and the RWTH Aachen and regularly lectures at the WHU and the RWTH incubation and innovation centers on venture capital financings, start-up growth and corporate venture capital.

Sven's work has been repeatedly awarded, inter alia

  • the leading German market publication JUVE lists him as "frequently recommended" for M&A, private equity, as well as corporate advice and - since 2019 - ranks Sven as one of Germany's top 15 attorneys for venture capital, the highest recognition for this category awarded by JUVE (2023/2024);
  • Chambers ranks him as one of the top 10 venture capital lawyers in Germany (2024);
  • Legal500 Deutschland includes Sven as "frequently recommended" for M&A (mid-sized deals) as well as private equity (mid-sized deals) and ranks him as a "leading individual" for venture capital (2024); and
  • 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”.