Partners

  • Dr. Karsten Kinast, LL.M., Attorney at Law (Germany)
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    RA Dr. Karsten Kinast

    Dr. Karsten Kinast, LL.M., Attorney at Law (Germany)
    Partner


    Career

    • Many years of experience as an attorney at Law (Germany) in the areas of data protection law, copyright and media law
    • Certified data protection officer (TÜV Nord)
    • Associate lecturer at Fresenius University, lecturing on civil and media law
    • Fellow Analyst at KuppingerCole
    • Former employee at medium-sized law firms, various legal university institutes, Bertelsmann AG, Deutsche Welle and Austro Mechana Verwertungsgesellschaft für Musikrechte
    • Presenter on the topics of data protection, media law and copyright in Germany and abroad
    • Member of the „Data and Ethics Board“ of the Social Sentiment Index (SIXX) project funded by the European Union
    • Member of the Kantara Initiative, based in Delaware, U.S.A., a non-profit professional association dedicated to advancing technical and legal innovation related to digital identity management.
    • Author of various specialized legal publications; is regularly published in the Neue Juristische Wochenschrift and most recently edited the commentary on the BDSG and the data protection regulations of the TKG and TMG, Taeger / Gabel (Eds.)

    Area of expertise

    • Corporate data protection, international data protection, health data protection and insurance data protection
    • Professional consultation as an attorney at Law (Germany) for media law and copyright

    Education

    • Doctoral studies at the University of Vienna, with a dissertation on the topic of European copyright
    • After studying law in Cologne and Barcelona, received a Master’s degree in the “European Legal Informatics Study Programme” (EULISP) at the universities of Hanover and Vienna. Master’s thesis on the topic of European copyright.
    • Language skills: German, English, Spanish, French
  • Helge Kauert, LL.M., Attorney at Law (Germany)
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    RA Helge Kauert

    Helge Kauert, LL.M., Attorney at Law (Germany)
    Partner


    Career

    • Many years of experience as an attorney at Law (Germany) for data protection and IT law
    • Certified data protection officer (TÜV Nord)
    • Former employee at law firms specializing in IT law in Munich and San Diego, California
    • Several years of experience as a contract IT lawyer in the IT and TC industries

    Area of expertise

    • Data protection in the IT area (esp. outsourcing & contract data processing), customer data protection, international data protection and data protection in the TC industry
    • Licensing and software law

    Education

    • Master’s degree from the “European Legal Informatics Study Programme” (EULISP) at the universities of Hanover and Oslo; Master’s thesis on the topic of legal issues involved in using wireless LAN.
    • Legal Studies degree from LMU Munich
    • Language skills: German, English

Attorneys at Law, External Data Protection Officers and IT-Security Consultants

  • Sabine Büchel, Attorney at Law (Germany)
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    RAin Sabine Büchel

    Sabine Büchel, Attorney at Law (Germany)
    Counsel


    Career

    • Many years of experience as an attorney at Law (Germany) and consultant in the areas of data protection law and IT law
    • Certified data protection officer (TÜV Nord)
    • Author of various specialized publications
    • Former employee at medium-sized and international law firms

    Area of expertise

    • Health data protection for clinics and health care service providers, social security data protection and employee data protection
    • Internet and computer criminal law

    Education

    • Ongoing doctoral studies in the area of internet and computer criminal law at the University of Cologne
    • Legal Studies in Bonn and Valladolid (Spain)
    • Language skills: German, English, Spanish, French
  • RAin Laura Heel, LL.M.
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    RAin Laura Heel

    Laura Heel, LL.M.
    Attorney at Law (Germany)


    Career

    • Several years of experience in:
      • data law ( bank-data law/ international data law)
      • internet-, intellectual property- and media law
    • Certified data protection officer (TÜV SÜD)
    • Former assistant at an international operating german broadcasting company in Cologne
    • Former assistant at an international operating german media company in Bonn
    • Former associate in different business-, intellectual property- and media law specialized law firms in New York, Paris and Cologne

    Education

    • Master’s degree at the University of Mainz in media-law; theme oft he master thesis: „The case Böhmermann: abusive criticism or freedom of speech? – An evaluation in the light oft the convergence of new media“
    • Academic skills of the specialized lawyer for intellectual property- and media law, (§ 14 j FAO)
    • Legal clerkhip at the district court of Düsseldorf
    • Legal studies degree from the Universities of Trier, Bonn and Cologne with specialization in media-, communications-, data- and internet law
    • Degree in Anglo-American case law (FFA) at the University of Trier
    • Language skills: German, English, French
  • Jan Erik Hellmuth, LL.M.
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    Jan Erik Hellmuth

    Jan Erik Hellmuth, LL.M.


    Career

    • Assistance in the data protection department of a global producer of medical technology
    • Assistance in the area of external data protection consulting
    • Certified data protection officer (TÜV Nord)

    Education

    • Business law studies at University of Kassel, including focus on German and European data protection law
    • Language skills: German, English
  • Henning Klever, Attorney at Law (Germany)
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    Henning Klever

    Henning Klever
    Attorney at Law (Germany)


    Career

    • Assistant to various middle-sized business law firms
    • Certified data protection officer (TÜV Nord)
    • Student assistant to Prof. Dr. Peifer in the Institute for „Civil Law as well as Copyright Law, Industrial Property Protection Law, New Media and Commercial Law“ at the University of Cologne

    Education

    • Legal traineeship at the Landgericht (district court) in Cologne
    • Studies in law at the University of Cologne majoring in intellectual property and commercial law
    • Language skills: German, English
  • Stephan Krämer, LL.M., Attorney at Law (Germany)
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    RA Stephan Krämer

    Stephan Krämer, LL.M., Attorney at Law (Germany)
    Of Counsel


    Career

    • Many years of experience as an Attorney at Law (Germany) in the areas of data privacy law, IT law, copyright and media law
    • Certified data protection officer (TÜV Nord)
    • Former employee at legal firms in Cologne/Munich and in Sydney, Australia specializing in copyright and media law, as well as at the Institute for Broadcasting Law [Institut für Rundfunkrecht] at the University of Cologne
    • Engaged as a lecturer, teaching seminars in the “Media Law in Practice” series at the Akademie des Deutschen Buchhandels as well as classes for students in the Media Studies program at the University of Cologne

    Area of expertise

    • Data privacy in the IT and online area (mobile & e-business) as well as the insurance industry
    • Contract design and forensic activities in the areas of IT law, media law and copyright, licensing and software law

    Education

    • Master’s degree from the “European Legal Informatics Study Programme” (EULISP) at the universities of Hanover and Stockholm;
      Master’s thesis on legal liability issues involved in using open-source software (GPL).
    • Legal Studies degree from the University of Cologne
    • Studies in English, History and Political Science
    • Language skills: German, English, French
  • Kathrin Lausen, LL.M., Attorney at Law (Germany)
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    RAin Kathrin Lausen

    Kathrin Lausen, LL.M.
    Attorney at Law (Germany)


    Career

    • Lecturer at JURA INTENSIV Münster, Juristisches Repetitorium
    • Certified data protection officer (TÜV Nord)
    • Former associate in an international law firm in Düsseldorf with focus on data protection-, labor- and medical law and in different business-, intellectual property- and media-law specialized law firms in Münster

    Education

    • Master’s degree at the University of Mainz in media-law
    • Legal clerkhip at the regional court Münster and stage at Funke-Mediengruppe GmbH & Co. KGaA in Essen
    • Legal studies degree from the University of Bonn with specialization in constitutional law and european law
    • Language skills: German, English, French
  • Vasileia Lellou, LL.M., Attorney at Law (Greece)
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    Vasileia Lellou

    Vasileia Lellou, LL.M., Attorney at Law (Greece)
    Team Leader International Data Protection


    Career

    • Experience in the area of data protection and IT law
    • Certified data protection officer (TÜV Rheinland)
    • Certified Information Privacy Professional Europe (CIPP/E)
    • Member of the „International Association of Privacy Professionals“ (IAPP)
    • Presentations on the topic of data protection law
    • Participation in various publications in the area of data protection and media law
    • Former employee at medium-sized and international law firms

    Area of expertise

    • Criminal data protection law
    • International data protection
    • Corporate data protection

    Education

    • Ongoing doctoral studies in the area of criminal and criminal-procedure law with reference to data protection law at the University of Cologne
    • Master’s degree from the University of Münster
    • Legal studies at the University of Athens, Greece and the University of Münster
    • Language skills: Greek, German, English, French, Spanish
  • Stephan Lipensky
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    Stephan Lipensky

    Stephan Lipensky
    Senior Technical Privacy Auditor


    Career

    • International experience as a Technical Privacy Auditor and in the field of data security
    • Extensive international activities in the IT and process consulting, in innovation management and in change management in two medium-sized consultancies (focus on HR, CRM and Sales)
    • Several years of experience as a project manager in IT development, some with sole budget responsibility and directive authority
    • Formerly employed in software companies in the field of product development
    • Several years of experience in programming

    Area of expertise

    • Project management in the field of data protection and compliance
    • Advice on data security and privacy
    • Analysis and audit of IT systems and IT based processes
    • Organization and process consulting

    Education

    • Engineering and communication studies at RWTH Aachen University and the Polytechnic University of Madrid
    • Languages: German, English, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese
  • Andreas Oevermann, Attorney at Law (Germany)
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    Andreas Oevermann

    Andreas Oevermann
    Attorney at Law (Germany)


    Career

    • Several years in the legal and claims department of a D&O /E&O insurance

    Education

    • Legal clerkship at the regional court Dortmund
    • Legal Studies in Marburg, Bonn and Cologne with a specialization in media and communication law finished with 1st state Examination
    • Languages: German, English
  • Anne Reiher, Attorney at Law (Germany)
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    RAin Anne Reiher

    Anne Reiher
    Attorney at Law (Germany)


    Career

    • Assistent in the Legal&Compliance department of an E-Commerce Start-Up
    • Certified data protection officer (TÜV Nord)
    • Student assistant at the Chair of Public Law, Security Law and Internet Law at the University of Passau

    Education

    • Legal Clerkship at the regional court of Aachen
    • Studies of Law at the University of Passau and Monash Universitiy, Melbourne
    • Language skills: German, English
  • Jan Rübsteck, Attorney at Law (Germany)
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    RA Jan Rübsteck

    Jan Rübsteck
    Attorney at Law (Germany)


    Career

    • Several years of experience in medium-sized law firms in Cologne specializing in media law
    • Certified data protection officer (TÜV Nord)

    Education

    • Legal clerkship at the regional court Aachen
    • Legal Studies degree from the University of Cologne with a specialization in media and communication law finished with 1st state Examination
    • Language skills: German, English, French
  • Orcun Sanli, Attorney at Law (Germany)
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    RA Orcun Sanli

    Orcun Sanli
    Attorney at Law (Germany)


    Career

    • Legal activity in a business law oriented medium sized firm
    • Research associate in a leading private construction law firm
    • Author of various specialist publication

    Education

    • Ongoing promotion in data protection law
    • Ongoing Master´s degree „Informationlaw“ at Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg
    • Legal traineeship at OLG Düsseldorf, inter alia at data protection officer of the city Düsseldorf
    • Studying law at the University Trier and Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf with emphasis German and International Private and Procedural Law
    • Language skills: German, Englisch, Turkish
  • Pia Christiane Schirmer, Attorney at Law (Germany)
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    RAin Pia Christiane Schirmer

    Pia Christiane Schirmer
    Attorney at Law (Germany)


    Career

    • Legal Officer in an international trade fair company with main focus on corporate data protection and contract law
    • Certified data protection officer (TÜV Nord)

    Education

    • Studies of law at the Universities of Freiburg and Padova (Italy)
    • Language skills: German, English, Italian, French, Spanish
  • Daniel Schmitz-Wegner, Attorney at Law (Germany)
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    Daniel Schmitz-Wegner

    Daniel Schmitz-Wegner
    Attorney at Law (Germany)


    Career

    • Former assistant in the Office of General Counsel of an internationally operating company in the areas of Contract Law and IT law
    • Student assistant in the Institute for „civil law, international trade law, international private law, comparative law and banking law” at University of Cologne
    • Activity as Programmer

    Education

    • Legal clerkship at the district court in Aachen, stage at a law firm specialised on media and IT law in Cologne and by an internal data protection officer of an internationally operating IT service provider
    • Studies in law at the University of Cologne majoring in international trade, private and procedural law
    • Language skills: German, English
  • Per Kristian Stöcker, Attorney at Law (Germany)
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    RA Per Kristian Stöcker

    Per Kristian Stöcker
    Attorney at Law (Germany)


    Career

    • Legal assistance and clerkship at a law firm specialized in copyright and media law in Cologne
    • Experience as a legal assistant at the patent management of a global operating courier company in Bonn
    • Many years of experience in the product management of a legal publisher in Bonn
    • Certified data protection officer (TÜV Nord)

    Education

    • Legal clerkship at the regional court of Cologne
    • Legal studies at the universities of Marburg, Bonn and Cologne with specialization in media and communication law
    • Language skills: German, English, Swedish

Research Associates

  • Ilgin Ayhan
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    Ayhan

    Ilgin Ayhan
    Research Associate


    Education and career

    • Legal clerkship at the district court of Düsseldorf (from April 2017 on)
    • Legal studies at the Goethe University Frankfurt
    • Specialisation in „Internationalisation and Europeanisation of Law“ with a special focus on german and international data privacy laws (GDPR included) as well as IT and internet law
    • Legal internships in several medium-sized law firms
    • Language skills: German, English, Turkish, French
  • Kristin Bauer
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    Bauer

    Kristin Bauer
    Research Associate


    Education and career

    • Legal clerkhip at the regional court of Cologne
    • Legal studies at the universities of Marburg and Bonn with specialization in criminal science
    • Language skills: German, English
  • Sophie Dal Farra
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    Sophie Dal Farra

    Sophie Dal Farra
    Student Assistant


    Career

    • Former trainee at the Committee for Constitutional Affairs of the European Parliament

    Education

    • Legal studies at the University Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne
    • Legal studies at the University of Cologne
    • Language skills: German, French, English
  • Bosko Dmitrovic
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    Bosko Dmitrovic

    Bosko Dmitrovic
    Research Associate


    Career

    • Student assistant at the Institute of State Philosophy and Legal Politics at the University of Cologne
    • Client advisor in a large telecommunication company
    • Legal internships in several small and medium-sized law firms

    Education

    • Legal studies degree from the University of Cologne with a specialization in tax & accounting law
    • Language skills: German, English
  • Alexander Fallenstein
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    Fallenstein

    Alexander Fallenstein
    Research Associate


    Career

    • Former assistant in an intellectual property- and media law specialized law firm in Cologne
    • Former assistance for a german business law specialized law firm as a coauthor for a book about competition law
    • Former assistance for a nonprofit organization in Essen in the social law sector

    Education

    • Legal Studies degree from the University of Cologne with a specialization in media and communication law finished with 1st state Examination
    • Language skills: German, English, Spanish
  • Johannes Kranzhoff
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    Johannes Kranzhoff

    Johannes Kranzhoff
    Research Associate


    Career

    • Legal interships at a law firm (IP and data protection) and a supervisory authority for data protection

    Education

    • Legal Studies degree from the University of Cologne with a specialization in public international and european law finished with 1st state Examination
    • Language skills: German, English, French
  • Verena Lamberth
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    Verena Lamberth

    Verena Lamberth
    Research Associate


    Career

    • Former assistant in the legal department of an insurance in Düsseldorf

    Education

    • Bachelor degree in „European Legal Linguistics“ at the University of Cologne
    • Legal studies at the University of Cologne
    • Specialisation in intellectual property and competition law
    • Language skills: German, English, Spanish
  • Jewgenya Serebnytska
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    Jewgenya Serebnytska

    Jewgenya Serebnytska
    Research Associate


    Career

    • Former assistant in a publishing house in Cologne

    Education

    • Bachelor degree in „European Legal Linguistics“ at the University of Cologne
    • Legal studies at the University of Cologne with public international and European Law as elective subject
    • Language skills: German, English, French, Russian

Office Team

  • Judith Elsner
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    Judith Elsner

    Judith Elsner
    Office Team


    Education

    • Trainee as office management assistant
    • Certified assistant for design and visual communication
    • Language skills: German, English
  • Martina Perna
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    Martina Perna

    Martina Perna
    CFO


    Career

    • Head of the accounting department at a medium-sized company in the book industry
    • Experience in financial accounting, with an emphasis on in-house accounting
    • Several years of experience in the payroll accounting as well as in the field of business taxes for a tax consultant in Cologne

    Education

    • Certified Management Accountant
    • Trained Assistant Tax Consultant
    • Language skills: German, English
  • Chantal Klauke
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    Chantal Klauke

    Chantal Klauke
    Office Team


    Career

    • Assistant to the management and head of the back office at a medium-sized company in the renewable energy sector
    • Human resources clerk at a europe-wide operating retail business
    • Administrative activities for the Federal Armed Forces in Germany and abroad
    • Several years of experience as trained retail saleswoman

    Education

    • Business administrator for human resources and accounting (Chamber of Crafts)
    • Trained retail saleswoman
    • Language skills: German, Netherlands, English
  • Marcel van der Lucht
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    Marcel van der Lucht

    Marcel van der Lucht
    Office Team


    Career

    • Work with a tax consultant in Cologne

    Education

    • Trained assistant tax consultant
    • Language skills: German, English
  • Jannine Pruß
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    Jannine Pruß

    Jannine Pruß
    Office Team


    Career

    • Marketing and assisting to the management of a medium-sized company
    • Accountant in the accounting department of a medium-sized company
    • Several years as a consultant and sales assistant

    Education

    • Diploma program „Tourism and Event Management“ at Euro Business College, BonnLegal studies at the University of Cologne
    • Certified accounts receivable and creditors accountants
    • Language skills: German, English, Spanish