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Prof. Dr. Roderich C. Thümmel, LL.M. (Harvard)

Lawyer

born in 1955; le­gal ed­u­ca­tion at the Uni­ver­si­ties of Tübin­gen and Mu­nich and at Har­vard Law School (LL.M. ’84); ad­mit­ted to the Ger­man Bar in 1984, to the New York Bar in 1986. Hon­orary pro­fes­sor of law at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Tübin­gen (in­ter­na­tion­al busi­ness law and ar­bi­tra­tion). Man­ag­ing part­ner of the law firm Thümmel, Schütze & Part­ner. Hon­orary con­sul of the Re­pub­lic of Ice­land.

Pro­fes­sor Dr. Thümmel is a mem­ber of sev­er­al su­per­vi­so­ry boards and ad­vi­so­ry boards in fam­i­ly-owned busi­ness­es, part­ly act­ing as chair­man of the re­spec­tive su­per­vi­so­ry bod­ies. He is a mem­ber of the In­ter­na­tion­al Bar As­so­ci­a­tion, of the Ger­man-Amer­i­can Lawyers’ As­so­ci­a­tion, of the Deutsch­er Ju­ris­tentag (Ger­man Le­gal Col­lo­qui­um), of the Stifter­ver­band für die Deutsche Wis­senschaft (As­so­ci­a­tion for the Pro­mo­tion of Ger­man Sci­ence and Hu­man­i­ties), fur­ther of the Ger­man In­sti­tu­tion for Ar­bi­tra­tion and oth­er ar­bi­tra­tion in­sti­tu­tions. He pub­lished nu­mer­ous books and ar­ti­cles on cor­po­rate law, on cor­po­rate gov­er­nance, on D&O li­a­bil­i­ty, on in­ter­na­tion­al con­tract and pro­ce­du­ral law as well as on ar­bi­tra­tion law. On a reg­u­lar ba­sis he gives lec­tures and holds sem­i­nars on the afore­men­tioned sub­jects fo­cus­ing es­pe­cial­ly on the rights and the du­ties of board mem­bers. Pro­fes­sor Dr. Thümmel is the co-ed­i­tor of the jour­nal “Der Auf­sicht­srat” (“The Su­per­vi­so­ry Board”).

Pro­fes­sor Dr. Thümmel is spe­cial­ized on ad­vis­ing com­pa­nies – es­pe­cial­ly fam­i­ly-owned busi­ness­es – and the man­age­ment of com­pa­nies with re­gard to cor­po­rate law is­sues and the struc­tur­ing and ne­go­ti­a­tion of trans­ac­tions. Fur­ther­more, Pro­fes­sor Dr. Thümmel rep­re­sents com­pa­nies in com­plex dis­putes be­fore na­tion­al courts and in­ter­na­tion­al ar­bi­tra­tion pan­els. He is reg­u­lar­ly sit­ting as an ar­bi­tra­tor in in­ter­na­tion­al ar­bi­tra­tions. A fur­ther fo­cus area is the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of di­rec­tors and of­fi­cers in D&O li­a­bil­i­ty mat­ters as well as the ad­vis­ing of D&O in­sur­ers as mon­i­tor­ing or cov­er­age coun­sel.

Pro­fes­sor Dr. Thümmel has been elect­ed by the jour­nal “Wirtschaftswoche” (“Busi­ness Week”) (29/2010) as one of the 25 best Ger­man lawyers spe­cial­iz­ing in cor­po­rate law. Ad­di­tion­al­ly, the jour­nal “Han­dels­blatt” (“Jour­nal for Com­merce and Econ­o­my”) has ranked Pro­fes­sor Dr. Thümmel as one of the top lawyers in cor­po­rate law and ar­bi­tra­tion.

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Dr. Franck Schmidt-Husson

Lawyer

born in France in 1967; Dr. Franck Schmidt-Hus­son stud­ied law at the Uni­ver­si­ties of Freiburg, Bor­deaux (France), Saar­brück­en and Mu­nich (Cen­tre for Ph.​D.​Studies). He worked as an as­sis­tant lec­tur­er at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saar­brück­en and earned his doc­tor­ate de­gree with a the­sis on broad­cast­ing law. Ad­mit­ted to the Ger­man Bar in 2002, Dr. Schmidt-Hus­son is a mem­ber of the Ger­man As­so­ci­a­tion for In­sur­ance Sci­ence, the Ger­man-French Lawyers As­so­ci­a­tion, and the Fran­co-Ger­man Busi­ness Club (re­gion­al chap­ter of Baden-Würt­tem­berg).

Dr. Schmidt-Hus­son coun­sels and rep­re­sents cor­po­rate and in­di­vid­u­al clients in the fields of cor­po­rate and pri­vate com­pa­ny law, as well as Ger­man and in­ter­na­tion­al in­sur­ers in un­der­writ­ing, claims han­dling and cov­er­age mat­ters. In ad­di­tion, he prac­tis­es in the area of Ger­man-French le­gal re­la­tions. One of his main fo­cus­es is with is­sues aris­ing at the in­ter­face of cor­po­rate and in­sur­ance law: in the field of D&O li­a­bil­i­ty and D&O in­sur­ance. Here, Dr. Schmidt-Hus­son ad­vis­es com­pa­nies and their man­age­ment on the pre­ven­tion of li­a­bil­i­ty (com­pli­ance), de­fends li­a­bil­i­ty claims on be­half of in­di­vid­u­al in­sureds, mon­i­tors li­a­bil­i­ty pro­ceed­ings on be­half of in­sur­ers, and al­so serves as cov­er­age coun­sel to in­sur­ance car­ri­ers.

The busi­ness mag­a­zine “WirtschaftsWoche” (is­sue of 14 March 2011) ranked Dr. Schmidt-Hus­son among the renowned D&O lawyers in Ger­many.

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Dr. Rainer Albert

Lawyer

born in 1965; le­gal stud­ies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Würzburg; ad­mis­sion to the Ger­man Bar in 1995.

Dr. Rain­er Al­bert is spe­cial­ized in lit­i­ga­tion, rep­re­sent­ing ma­jor in­sur­ance com­pa­nies – es­pe­cial­ly in pro­fes­sion­al mal­prac­tice cas­es in the field of di­rec­tors’ and of­fi­cers’ li­a­bil­i­ty for wrong­ful acts, and prop­er­ty dam­age cas­es. Dr. Al­bert’s clients in­clude at­tor­neys, no­tary publics, tax ad­vis­ers, di­rec­tors, man­agers, su­per­vi­so­ry and ad­vi­so­ry board mem­bers, ac­coun­tants and port­fo­lio man­agers. Dr. Al­bert al­so ad­vis­es ma­jor en­ter­pris­es in the me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing in­dus­try as well as re­gion­al and lo­cal pub­lic util­i­ty com­pa­nies.

Dr. Al­bert reg­u­lar­ly pre­sents lec­tures on var­i­ous sub­jects re­lat­ed to his field of ac­tiv­i­ties.

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Jens Haubold

Lawyer

born in 1971; le­gal stud­ies at the uni­ver­si­ties of Con­stance, Gene­va and Hei­del­berg; as­sis­tant lec­tur­er at the In­sti­tute for Pri­vate In­ter­na­tion­al Law and For­eign Pri­vate and Eco­nom­ic Law, Uni­ver­si­ty of Hei­del­berg (Prof. Dr. Her­bert Kro­nke); ad­mit­ted to the Ger­man Bar in 2004; pub­li­ca­tions and le­gal opin­ions on pri­vate in­ter­na­tion­al and in­ter­na­tion­al pro­ce­du­ral law, on civ­il law, on in­ter­na­tion­al cap­i­tal mar­kets law and on elec­tron­ic com­merce; reg­u­lar speak­er at lec­tures and sem­i­nars, among oth­ers at the Acade­my of Eu­ro­pean Law (ERA). Mr. Haubold is a mem­ber of the firm’s Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee.
Jens Haubold ad­vis­es large and medi­um­sized com­pa­nies com­pre­hen­sive­ly in cor­po­rate is­sues, com­mer­cial con­tracts and busi­ness law. He is spe­cial­ized in M&A and oth­er cor­po­rate trans­ac­tions as well as in com­plex cor­po­rate lit­i­ga­tion such as share­hold­ers’ claims and D&O li­a­bil­i­ty claims. In this re­gard, Mr. Haubold is al­so rep­re­sent­ing D&O in­sur­ers both as mon­i­tor­ing and cov­er­age coun­sel. An­oth­er fo­cus is ad­vice and lit­i­ga­tion in in­ter­na­tion­al and cross-bor­der com­mer­cial is­sues.

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Dr. Anastasia Burkhardt

Lawyer

Born in 1977, studies at the universities Göttingen and Paris II, research assistant at the Chair for Civil Law, Commercial and Buiness Law of Europa-Universität Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), doctorate in the area of the law of the limited liability company, admitted to the bar since 2008, member of the German-Russian Jurists Association (Deutsch-Russische Juristenvereinigung e.V.).

Dr. Burkhardt is a contact person for domestic and foreign enterprises, especially in the field of the car supplier industry. She advises them comprehensively on contract design, insurance law questions and issues related to restructuring and the liability of D&Os. Dr. Burkhardt conducts negotiations with customers and suppliers and executes disputes both inside and outside the courtroom.

Due to her corporate law expertise, Dr. Burkhardt advised on many acquisitions and restructurings. Dr. Burkhardt assumes the preparation of a transaction, the contractual execution as well as the coordination with other departments of the firm. In cross-border transactions, Dr. Burkhardt works closely with long-standing partner law firms from abroad.

Dr. Burkhardt is a member of the Russian Desk of the firm which renders advice to Russian-speaking clients as well as to German-speaking clients regarding Russia-related questions.

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Dr. Jörg Henzler

Lawyer

born in 1976; studies at the universities of Heidelberg and Lausanne; doctorate degree in the field of the law of the limited liability company; first public prosecutor and then judge in the state of Baden-Württemberg from May 2007 until December 2009; attorney-at-law since 2010.

Dr. Jörg Henzler mainly practices in the fields of the law of the limited liability company and the stock corporation as well as insurance law. He advises comprehensively in corporate law, for instance on the drafting of articles of association, on restructurings or on complex corporate litigation. Another focus of his practice is the advice of national and international insurers in all questions of insurance, liability and damages law related with the D&O insurance.

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Dr. Tilman Schultheiß

Lawyer

Born in 1986; studied law at the University of Leipzig with an emphasis in banking and capital markets; teaching assistant (endowed chair of Dr. Reinhard Welter); since 2012, reviewer of the academic portion of the initial bar examination at the University of Leipzig for the banking and capital markets portion; doctoral work at the University of Leipzig in conjunction with professional activities; licensed as an attorney-at-law since 2014.
Mr. Schultheiss’s practice focuses on banking and capital markets, investments, and insurance.
Mr. Schultheiss has been a lecturer on the law faculty at the University of Leipzig since 2015. He is the author of numerous expert contributions in commentaries and journals.

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Dr. Amela Schön

Lawyer

Studied law at the University of Tübingen and at the University of Konstanz; Ph.D. from the University of Tübingen in corporate law. Dr. Schön was admitted as an attorney-at-law in 2016.

Dr. Schön advises large and mid-sized (family-run) companies, D&O insurers, banks, and international credit institutes. Her practice focuses not only on corporate, business, D&O insurance, and banking law, but also on civil litigation.

Dr. Schön is a member of the international legal honor society Phi Delta Phi – Richard von Weizsäcker Inn Tübingen, and sits on the editorial board of JSE, professional development journal.