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Dr. Yedan Li

Legal Counsel China Desk

born in 1985; Dr. Li studied law at Dalian University of Technology, Xiamen University in China, Cheng Kung University in Taiwan and received her Doctoral degree of law from University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands in 2015. She is qualified to practice law in China since 2008. Before Dr. Li joined TSP, she worked as postdoctoral researcher at Bielefeld University in Germany, as an assistant professor at Shandong University in China, as well as practiced law in a leading Chinese law firm.

She has published several articles in international legal journals such as Law & Social Inquiry, Asian Journal of Law and Society etc.

In the recent years, Dr. Li has been focusing on providing legal service to Chinese clients who invest in Europe, especially in Germany. She has rich experience in cross-border transactions and law compliance in Germany and in China.

Her main interests include M&A transactions, commercial law, dispute resolution and information law.

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


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.