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.

 

CLE Credits Available: N

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Practice:

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

Sven Greulich Partner Mergers & Acquisitions, Technology Companies Group

Düsseldorf

Dr. Sven Greulich, partner at Orrick's Düsseldorf office, guides technology companies of all stages and their financial sponsors through transformational corporate transactions. These deals include venture capital financings, technology acquisitions, buy-out M&A of technology companies and strategic cross-border investments/JVs.

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 ranks him as "frequently recommended for M&A, PE/VC and corporate advice. In each of its yearbooks since 2019, JUVE named Sven as one of Germany's top 15 attorneys for venture capital (the highest recognition for this category awarded by JUVE);
  • the Legal500 Rankings EMEA for 2021 recommends Sven for “mid-sized international Corporate M&A deals (€100m-€500m)” and "Venture Capital Deals";
  • Best Lawyers and Handelsblatt recommend him as top lawyer for M&A transactions (2021);
  • Chambers Europe lists him as notable practioner for venture capital (2021);
  • 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”; and
  • since 2017, he has annually 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 for technology companies.
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Practice:

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

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

Düsseldorf; Munich

Dr. André Zimmermann, a Certified Specialist for Employment Law (Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht) and partner at Orrick's Düsseldorf office, heads Orrick’s employment law practice in Germany. André has been advising on complex employment law issues for more than 15 years, with a focus on the employment law aspects of M&A transactions, restructurings and headcount reductions, and a special sector focus on technology companies.

André advises companies of all stages, pre-IPO startups, scaleups, unicorns and international corporations on a wide range of matters, having handled everything from day-to-day practical advice tailored to his clients’ needs, to complex multi-jurisdictional transactions from strategic planning through post-merger integration. 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 restructurings and headcount reductions.

He has advised on the employment law aspects in over 300 M&A transactions and financing rounds across various industries. Transactional advice includes employment law advice in complex, international technology transactions, M&A projects as well as private equity and venture capital investments, from due diligence to post-closing integration.

André has thorough knowledge of and a genuine passion for the tech industry. Over the last years, André has become the go-to-advisor of several Bay Area tech-companies, leaders in their market and high-growth tech companies. Most recently, he has advised leading global technology companies such as GoPro, Pinterest, GitHub, Nvidia, Sabre, Snap and Splunk on various employment matters.

André has received several awards for his work, inter alia:

  • Germany's leading lawyer ranking JUVE recognizes André as "frequently recommended" employment law expert since 2017;
  • Best Lawyers and Handelsblatt listed André as one of Germany's best lawyers in employment law in 2020 and 2021;
  • Germany's leading business weekly WirtschaftsWoche ranked André as one of the top employment lawyers in Germany in 2019.

Clients recommend André to JUVE as “straight shooter" and "always refreshingly honest". Our clients praise his "creative and efficient style of working" and "a very practical and efficient style of providing advice", referring to him as "extremely responsive and always accessible" and as "an excellent advocate in court hearings". Clients appreciate André's "clear, sound and pragmatic real-world advice" and his "in-depth knowledge of the tech employment world".

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Practice:

  • Technology & Innovation Sector
  • Transactions Sector
  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • Technology Transactions
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Automotive Technology & Mobility

Dr. Christian Schröder Partner Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation, Technology Transactions

Düsseldorf

Dr. Christian Schröder leads Orrick's Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation Group in Europe and collaborates with team members in the United States (U.S.), Europe (EU), and Asia to provide support to global clients. As a technology-focused partner, Christian advises on cybersecurity and privacy regulatory compliance, incident response, regulatory investigations and enforcement, litigation and intellectual property licensing, and transactional matters.

Christian helps clients consider the privacy and artificial intelligence implications of new technology, supports their compliance programs, and helps them stay ahead of enforcement trends. One particular focus of his work deals with internal data transfer agreements, external data transfers with external providers, and product launches that comply with international data protection standards, as well as privacy requirements for connected cars. Christian provides guidance on privacy and data protection considerations for developing, acquiring, using, licensing and selling technology, data and intellectual property, including M&A transactions and 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 information technology (IT) project agreements.

Christian maintains strong working relationships with German data protection authorities and EU regulatory authorities with jurisdiction over privacy and data security matters. He effectively defends companies in cybersecurity and privacy-related investigations initiated by EU regulatory authorities. He also engages with authorities on behalf of clients and helps clients avoid proceedings and possible litigation. When litigation can't be avoided, Christian vigorously defends his clients.

For companies facing global cybersecurity incidents, Christian helps with crisis mitigation, including counseling on notification requirements, coordinating media strategies, and representing clients before data protection authorities in related regulatory investigations.

Christian regularly contributes practical thought leadership to global privacy industry publications and German privacy books and journals. Christian authors the Chapter V (international data transfers) of Germany’s leading GDPR commentary Kühling/Buchner (3rd ed.) and is co-author to the Corporate Privacy Handbook (Betrieblicher Datenschutz). As an active member of the Sedona Conference, Christian drives the development and understanding of cross border privacy. He also participates in, hosts and moderates speaking programs with fellow private practitioners, EU data protection authorities, and academics focused on privacy and data security. Legal 500 Germany noted that Christian is "a pioneer in the legal field, a data protection guru." They also recognized Christian and Orrick as "truly global" and how that it is "vital as they require the various leaders of each region to participate and bring issues to the table as a forum".

Prior to working in private practice, Christian interned with the German Federal Data Protection Commissioner and www.epic.org.