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 パートナー


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

Dr. Oliver Duys, LL.M. (UNSW Sydney) パートナー


He has extensive experience in complex corporate transactions including private equity and venture capital transactions, real estate portfolio deals, joint ventures and fund formation as well as restructuring. He also advises on Management Participation Programs and liability issues in this context.

Oliver Duys is Managing Partner of the German Orrick offices along with Dr. Christoph Brenner.

Oliver Duys worked for Slaughter and May and Hengeler Mueller. Following his partnership at Hölters & Elsing since 2006, Oliver Duys is a partner at Orrick since 2008.


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

Dr. Sven Greulich, LL.M. (Cantuar), EMBA パートナー


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 and corporate advice. Since 2019, JUVE ranks Sven as one of Germany's top 15 attorneys for venture capital (the highest recognition for this category awarded by JUVE);
  • Legal500 recommends Sven in its 2023 ranking for "mid-sized international Corporate M&A deals (€100m-€500m)" and venture capital and lists him as an exceptional practitioner for venture capital;
  • Chambers recommends Sven for M&A as well as venture capital and lists him as an exceptional practitioner (2023);
  • Best Lawyers and Handelsblatt recommend him as top lawyer for M&A transactions (2023); 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”.