Founder Legal Boot Camp #2

Saturday 9am to 6pm, Sunday 9am to 2pm (German Time)

Firm Event | October.16.2021 - October.17.2021

Orrick Düsseldorf

Following last year’s event, this is the second Founder Legal Boot Camp by Orrick Germany with support from RWTH Innovation Entrepreneurship Center and WHU Entrepreneurship Center.

We share lessons learned from working with countless start-ups and make aware of some of the most relevant legal pitfalls that can trip over founders in the first years. The program will be augmented by an investors panel on fund raising as a university spin-out, founder/investor fireside chats on raising funds on an international stage and lessons learnt from their earlier funding rounds experiences.

Please note that only those who have registered and whose participation has been confirmed can attend. For more please contact Sven Greulich.

CLE Credits Available: N

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Practice:

  • 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

Dusseldorf; Munich

Dr. André Zimmermann, a Certified Specialist for Employment Law (Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht), heads Orrick’s German Employment Practice. With around 15 years of international experience, André is well-versed in restructuring and headcount reduction, employment aspects of M&A transactions and employment related litigation with a sector focus on technology companies and multi-jurisdictional and cross-border employment law issues.

André has been listed as "frequently recommended" employment law expert by JUVE Handbook of German Commercial Law Firms, Germany's leading lawyer ranking, since its 2017/18 edition and was ranked top employment lawyer by renown German business weekly WirtschaftsWoche 2019 and as one of Germany's Best Lawyers in Employment Law by Handelsblatt / Best Lawyers in 2020 and 2021. 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.  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 has thorough knowledge of and genuine passion for the tech industry. Most recently, he has advised leading multinational technology companies such as GoPro, Pinterest, GitHub, Nvidia, Sabre, Snap and Splunk on various employment matters.

André is a core member of our global employment law practice consisting of 80 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:

  • Technology Sector
  • IP Licensing and Technology Transactions
  • Intellectual Property
  • Patents
  • Trade Secrets Litigation

Benedikt Migdal Partner IP Licensing and Technology Transactions, Intellectual Property

Dusseldorf

Benedikt advises on complex commercial and technology transactions and represents clients in patent and trade secret litigation.

Benedikt advises on structuring and negotiating the IP aspects of corporate transactions, including M&A, divestments and venture investments as well as of commercial transactions where intellectual property rights and know-how are key assets. His work encompasses, for example, IP licensing and technology transfer agreements, engineering services agreements, transition services agreements, R&D collaborations, and IP aspects of contracts throughout the life sciences sector.

Benedikt is also an experienced patent and trade secret litigator and has represented German and international clients from a range of industries in complex disputes, especially concerning patents and know-how in the fields of mobile telecommunication/connectivity and the life sciences.

Based on his extensive experience in both IP transactions and litigation, he deeply understands the full range of legal and economical issues that technology-driven companies are challenged with in context with IP. This also includes IP-related competition law issues, such as FRAND-requirements for licensing and enforcing standard essential patents as well as issues arising in connection with EU regulations concerning technology transfers.

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Practice:

  • Technology Sector
  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising
  • White Collar
  • Internet of Things
  • Automotive Technology & Mobility
  • IP Licensing and Technology Transactions

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

Dusseldorf

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.

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Practice:

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

Dr. Stefan Schultes-Schnitzlein Partner Tax, Corporate Tax

Dusseldorf

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 has continuously been listed as frequently recommended in Germany's leading lawyer ranking magazine JUVE Handbook of German Commercial Law Firms in the last years. Clients recommend Stefan for his work and say that he “can convey complicated facts convincingly”.

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 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.

In the last five years, tax work for growth companies at all stages has become an ever-increasing part of his work. U.S. flips, management incentivization, financing rounds, exits and SPAC transactions are only some of the areas in which Stefan has been involved in the growth space.

Prior to his move to Orrick in the beginning of 2014, Stefan has been with international law firms for eight years.