I am a partner in our Frankfurt office, from where I lead our German as well as international Automotive Group and co-head our offshore wind team.

I have broad experience in advising clients on commercial contracts, distribution law and corporate matters with special expertise in the automotive industry as well as the offshore wind industry.

In the automotive industry I exclusively act for suppliers in all supply chain matters and represent them in particular with regard to the serial delivery of parts to the car manufacturers (OEMs) and their purchases from other suppliers. Besides drafting of contracts I specialise in providing legal support to suppliers in case of recalls or field actions by OEMs as well as the enforcement of suppliers' rights vis-à-vis their contractual partners (customers).

As regards the offshore projects, I've been involved in some of the most high-profile and high-volume transactions in Germany over the last few years.

My key practice areas include drafting, reviewing, advising and negotiating complex commercial contracts, Energy, Procurement and Construction (EPC) project contracts, standard agreements required by B2B and B2C clients and advising on warranty and liability issues.

I also advise on distribution law, insolvency law and corporate law, specifically in joint ventures and corporate re-organisations and restructurings.

Apart from giving regular presentations and speeches on topics related to automotive industry matters, offshore wind and general standard terms, I am the author of several articles on commercial and distribution law published in books and legal magazines in Germany and England.

  • Honorary lecturer in contract drafting at the University of Frankfurt/Main.
  • Advisor to the EU Commission and the German Federal Ministry of Trade and Commerce.
  • My clients are predominantly Tier-1 and Tier-2 automotive suppliers as well as national and international companies from the renewable energies sector (with a particular focus on onshore and offshore wind projects).
  • Advising a major German insurance company on the defence of the insured Tier-1 supplier in a product liability case (EUR 110 m).
  • German subsidiary of a worldwide leading logistics company: Advice on the outsourcing of the storage and distribution business.
  • Negotiation of a worldwide strategic supplier contract with an important Tier-1 supplier.
  • Defending a supplier in a EUR 80 m recall/warranty dispute with two leading OEMs.
  • Leading Tier-1 supplier: Injunction against threatened stops of delivery.
  • Drafting consistent European-wide standard contracts and roll-out for a Tier-1 supplier.
  • Chinese/American Tier-1 supplier: Advice on warding off a case concerning a warranty dispute against a Tier-1 supplier in two possible jurisdictions; arbitration proceedings in Finland and court proceedings in Poland.
  • TenneT: Advice and representation in the negotiation of contracts for the establishment of a grid connection (converter station and offshore submarine cable).
Education
  • Legal studies at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
  • Doctoral thesis at the Freie Universität Berlin
  • Post-graduate legal studies at the University of London, Kings' College, with a Master of Laws (LL.M)
  • Legal clerkship in Berlin and London
Admissions
  • Admitted as a lawyer (Rechtsanwalt) in Frankfurt/Main and as a solicitor in England and Wales

Autonomous Driving

10 September 2017

The technical and legal landscapes for connected vehicles, advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous vehicles are undergoing rapid change.

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