Prof. Dr. Thomas Höppner

Prof. Dr. Thomas Höppner is a Partner at Hausfeld in Berlin, specialising in EU and German competition law and intellectual property law. His practice covers the full range of contentious and non-contentious competition law matters, including related regulatory areas such as media, telecommunications, broadcasting and energy.

He has spearheaded complaints before the European Commission and taken competition claims before German courts, particularly in the context of an abuse of dominance and damage claims. Thomas has particular expertise in technology, media and network industries where he regularly advises clients in complex proceedings and litigations at the interface of competition law, sector-specific regulation and intellectual property law. Recent cases include representing several complainants in investigations relating to Google and YouTube at European and national levels, private enforcement of competition law claims to compulsory licenses as well as advising on regulatory reforms in the area of digital markets.

Having studied in Berlin, Glasgow and Dundee, Thomas holds a Ph.D and an LL.M in competition law. He is a professor of business law and intellectual property law at the Wildau Technical University of Applied Sciences and a Visiting Professor for telecoms law at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Thomas has published, inter alia, three books on the regulation of networks and regularly speaks on current topics of competition and intellectual property law.

Thomas has been recommended by Legal 500, noting that clients commend his “great expertise in the area of digital economy” and consider him as a “valued strategic adviser”. The German legal directory JUVE recommended him as “simply a first-rate lawyer.”

Prior to joining Hausfeld, Thomas worked several years in the competition and TMT groups of Hogan Lovells and Olswang in Berlin and London.

Hausfeld Rechtsanwälte LLP:

Hausfeld is a leading global law firm that clients trust with their most complex legal disputes and competition matters.

Our international reach enables us to advise across multiple jurisdictions and pursue claims on behalf of clients worldwide. We work closely with clients to deliver outstanding results, while always addressing their business concerns.  We do so by anticipating issues, considering innovative strategies, and maximizing the outcome of legal disputes in a way that creates shareholder value. Our risk-free approach ensures that our interests are closely aligned with the interests of our clients.

Creative Solutions to Complex Legal Challenges

Hausfeld lawyers have, throughout their careers, consistently applied forward-thinking ideas and creative solutions to the most vexing global legal challenges faced by clients. As a result, the firm’s litigators have developed numerous innovative legal theories that have expanded the quality and availability of legal recourse for claimants around the globe that have a right to seek recovery. We understand the cost of litigation and the constraints on in-house legal budgets. Accordingly, we have developed unique and flexible engagement structures in which we share the risks of litigation with our clients. This was recently recognized by the Financial Times, which awarded us the “Most Innovative Law Firm in Dispute Resolution of 2013” for our engagement and funding offering in Europe.


Christian Zierhut

Christian is an IP attorney with over 14 years of experience advising clients on intellectual property issues. Christian is recognised as a Trademark Lawyer & Brand Protection Expert providing a full trademark, design right, copyright and patent advisory services to a broad range of businesses globally.

Christian has a diverse intellectual property practice focused on trade mark prosecution and trademark right infringement litigation, with special emphasis on clients in the fashion, sport and entertainment and car parts sectors. He is also an expert in complex unfair competition and copyright matters.

Not only fashion and luxury brands trust his services: Also professional sportsmen and sport agencies trust his advice in trademark and copyright matters.  Christian did for example the contract drafting in connection with several world champion boxing fighters for their sponsors and TV broadcast events. He won several crucial trials for my clients amongst others a trademark infringement case for Germany’s Number 1 luxus & lifestyle magazine publisher against Axel Springer (Europe’s leading digital publisher).


Christian advises his clients on global anti-counterfeiting strategies, parallel import, including national and European-wide customs filings as well as related cross-border litigation. He acts for several billion dollar fashion labels for many years in relation to all its counterfeit and IP matters.


Christian’s clients includes media companies, athlets, race drivers, fashion designers and apparel companies; He consults his clients in all questions concerning trade marks, including the development of trade mark strategies, the supervision and administration of trade mark portfolios, the drafting and negotiation of licence agreements and the extrajudicial and judicial enforcement of trade mark rights. He acted for many years on behalf of Christian Audigier’s worldwide clothing and merchandise company, including all its European trade mark and licence matters. Clients like Valentino Rossi, Techart Porsche, among others the fashion brand Earnest Sewn and the World Boxing Association rely on me – for over 10 years now.


Prof. Dr. Ulrich Sick

Imprint / Legal Provisions:

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Sick, born 1957, Attorney-at-Law and Mediator

Working languages:German

Study of law and PhD at the university of Tübingen

  • First Examination (final university degree) 1981
  • PhD (Dr. iur.) 1984

Training as Junior Barrister at the District Court of Ulm/Donau

  • Second Examination (final degree after the training at the District Court) 1985
Career Development


1986-1991Counselor in the legal department of Ferrostaal AG, Essen
1991Admission to the Bar
1991-1993Head of the Legal Department and member of the Management of Krupp Industrietechnik GmbH, Duisburg (also responsible for the patent and the insurance departments)
1994-2004Member of the Management of Ericsson GmbH, Düsseldorf (as Head of the Legal Department, partially with international responsibility and additional areas of business responsibility)
2004-2006President of Ericsson GmbH, Düsseldorf
since 1st July 2006Owner of the Law Firm Dr. Sick, Dorsten (founded already 1991)
since 2009Managing Partner of Professor Dr. Sick Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

In addition to the above functions several mandates as member of the Supervisory Board, member of the Board of Directors of a benevolent fund for an enterprise related pension scheme, member of the Board of Directors of BITKOM e.V., member of the Board of Trustees of a non profit making limited company and member of the Board of Directors of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Germany.

Business Travels

Extensive business travels for contract negotiations to and within

  • Europe
  • Africa
  • North and South America
  • Australia
  • Near and Middle East
  • Asia
Teaching Appointments

Honorary Professor in the faculty of Business Law at Westfälische Hochschule (Universitiy of Applied Sciences) with teaching activities related to the subjects drafting of contracts, negotiation technique, mediation and corporate law

Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Südwestfalen for the Summer Law School and the Winter Law School (drafting of contracts, negotiation technique, in English language).

Appointment as lecturer for the education of business mediators
Seminars as Attorney-at-Law for various subjects
Inhouse education of employees for various subjects

Appointments as Lecturer and Publications

Numerous lectures on drafting of contracts, corporate law, mediation and negotiation techniques

Numerous publications (4 books and many contributions on different subjects to different scientific periodicals)


Dr. Thomas M. Nitsche

Dr. Thomas M. Nitsche, born 6 August 1970, studied law with focus on international business transactions (Prof. Dr. Oscar Hartwieg) at the Universities of Göttingen and Hannover, Germany, and Cambridge UK (Trinity College). He was a research assistant for foreign and international law at the Max-Planck Institute in Hamburg. During that time and later at the Universidad Austral in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he wrote his dissertation with the topic: “Konzernfolgeverantwortung nach lex fori concursus”. The thesis deals with international corporate and insolvency law, especially EU/Germany/Argentina. Main focus is the legal risk assessment for the capital transfer and the processing of credit-financed commercial transactions.

He completed his legal clerkship at the Higher Regional Court of Hamburg. He gained practical experience in the German embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1999 as well as with the law firm Pritchard Englefield, London, Curschmann (Taylor Wessing), Hamburg, and with Arthur Andersen, AndersenLegal in Hamburg.

Dr. Thomas Nitsche works in international and national corporate and insolvency law as well as in trade law. Beside the recapitalisation of companies (corporate finance), he does consulting in risk assessment for project financing and international commercial transactions on the side of investors, banks and initiators.

Practice Areas:

– Corporate Law
– Insolvency Law
– Trade Law, UN Sales Law (CISG)
– Litigation and Arbitration
– Criminal Business Law


– German
– English
– Spanish

Company overview:

The company, since 15 years

Brief overview of the law firm’s history and current national and international presence.

The firm was founded in 2003 in Hamburg by a former Andersen lawyer, Dr. Thomas M. Nitsche. By the end of 2005 nitschelegal has launched his own branch office in Berlin within a joint corporation with TLC. The Berlin office established within one year a well known reputation in tax law. nitschelegal is located in London, Hamburg, Berlin with affiliated offices in Buenos Aires, Rio, Santiago, Palma, Cannes, Roma, Milan, Düsseldorf.

The character of nitscheLegal

nitscheLegal is a typical corporate law firm. Within managing restructuring processes for small an medium sized companies, the firm could establish his own successful style based on the academic and practical experience of the founder. Doctorate thesis: “Konzernfolgeverantwortung nach lex fori concursus”. The firm gives advice in corporate finance matters, especially under comprehension of international and national insolvency regulations.

Due to the fact of this special expertise, the firm is now assigned by banks and private equity funds to execute due diligences for new projects. The main focus of nitschelegal is the company law field. The distinction of the nitschelegal boutique is the composition of corporate and insolvency law, which can not be found in equal law firms. The firm serves in national and international affairs and has a well known reputation , especially in Latin-American subjects.

Strengths and changes of the crisis

The main strengths of nitscheLegal is the daily update in all company, tax and insolvency legal matters.

The firm is now requested to assist in upcoming new projects, rather in the field of winding up processes. The restructuring praxis, distressed M&A is still one of the main items, but the assignment for structuring processes is taking a more and more important place. Same mistakes should not be done twice.

The most relevant point is, that the nitschelegal boutique is able to assist in critical situations very fast. The client can bank on the experiences of the well trained lawyers.

nitschelegal is part of IRG. This alliance has grown by practise experiences with these law firms, so all lawyers within this alliance do know each other an are able to manage cases cross border.

Dr. Volker Knies

Dr. Volker Knies is a founding partner of NESSELHAUF Rechtsanwälte and head of the IP department. He is specialized in trademark law, unfair competition law, copyright law, design law, patent law and license agreements. He manages the trademark portfolios of a number of domestic and international clients and advises in cases of intellectual property infringement.

Dr. Volker Knies is a member of the German Association for Intellectual Property and Copyright Law (GRUR – Deutsche Vereinigung für gewerblichen Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht) and INTA (International Trademark Association).He is recommended as an expert for intellectual property law. As part of his education Dr. Volker Knies has worked at a law firm in Sydney, Australia.


Peter Homberg

Peter Homberg is a partner in the Dentons Frankfurt office. He specializes in IP, corporate law and M&A transactions in the life sciences and high-tech sector as well as in R&D and cooperation agreements, cross-border IP licensing and IP strategies. Peter advises inter alia companies in the pharmaceutical, diagnostics, biotechnology and medical device industry – from startups to large publicly listed companies. Furthermore, he has broad transactional experience in China and Southeast Asia. Peter is member of the Licensing Executive Society (LES), the German Association for Intellectual Property and Copyright (GRUR), the German Institution for Arbitration (DIS) as well as the Pharma-Lizenz-Club Deutschland e.V. He regularly holds lectures at seminars and conferences, and is also author of numerous professional articles and other publications regarding corporate or IP law in the field of life sciences.


  • Scil Technology GmbH: Advising regarding the out-licensing of certain intellectual property for the regenerative treatment of inter alia Osteoarthritis to Sanofi.
  • Scil Technology GmbH: Advising regarding the sale of its service and production division to Nanohale AG.
  • German biotechnology company: Advising regarding the sale of a certain IP-portfolio for the treatment of cardiac insufficiency.
  • German mid-size pharmaceutical company: Advising regarding the licensing and distribution of a certain API for the treatment of interstitial cystitis to a multinational US-based pharmaceutical company.
  • US-based pharmaceutical enterprise: Advising regarding the due diligence in connection with a certain technology portfolio for the manufacturing of vaccines prior to the in-licensing of the technology.
  • Swiss-based biotechnology company: Advising regarding cooperation with a French multinational pharmaceutical enterprise.
  • Priaxon AG: Advising regarding the out-licensing of a certain technology to Boehringer Ingelheim.
  • German-Singaporean biotech company: Advising regarding the in-licensing of a certain diagnostic technology from the National University of Singapore.
  • French venture capital fund: Advising regarding the acquisition of shares in a German-based biotechnology company.
  • German medium-size pharmaceutical company: Advising regarding the restructuring of its distribution channels in Portugal and in other European countries.
  • Various clients in the life sciences sector: Advising in all types of transactions, including technology transfer agreements, R&D agreements, M&A transactions, private equity transactions, arbitration proceedings and litigations.


Peter Homberg is highlighted by Chambers Europe, 2014 as “a brilliant negotiator”, who “has huge experience with biotech companies and is really goal driven. He understands our needs very well.” JUVE Handbook German Commercial Law Firms, 2015/2016 mentions Peter Homberg as a highly recommended practitioner. The international directory Best Lawyers ranked him among the best lawyers for Health Care Law and Pharmaceuticals Law in Germany. Global Law Experts honor Peter Homberg as “Life Sciences Lawyer of the Year in Germany”.

Dr. Philip Haellmigk, LL.M.

Attorney at law (Germany)

Solicitor (England and Wales)

Licencié en Droit (France)

Dr. Haellmigk is the founding partner of HAELLMIGK and heads the firm. He has practised foreign trade and export control law for more than 10 years. Dr. Haellmigk is a leading expert on export control, embargoes/sanctions and other export compliance matters. Dr. Haellmigk is particularly well regarded for his very strong capabilities in the advice on EU and international sanctions regimes.

Philip is admitted both as a German lawyer and as a solicitor (England and Wales). Further, he holds a degree in French law (Licence en Droit). Besides his academic training in Germany and England, Philip first studied violin and the piano. He then studied law in Germany, France Switzerland, the United States, England and Scotland. After his postgraduate studies in Scotland, where he focused on comparative law, he was awarded a LL.M. degree. He also holds a PhD in comparative law.

Philip is a frequent contributor to legal journals, handbooks and newspapers. He is a highly-sought-after speaker on export control matters. Philip is also a lecturer at international business schools where he teaches international business and contract law.

Philip is fluent in English, French and German. He also speaks Spanish and Italian and has basic knowledge in Mandarin.

Firm description

HAELLMIGK is a leading boutique law firm in Germany for export compliance matters. HAELLMIGK focuses on providing legal services in the areas export control, embargos/sanctions, compliance, commercial matter and all other regulatory aspects of trade.

Its legal services include:

– Advice on EU and national export controls

– Advice on US export controls

– Support in the classification of goods, representation before the authorities in relation to information requests

– Advice on shipments within and outside of the European Union

– Advice on trade restrictions due to current embargos/sanctions

– Support in customs laws issues: customs simplifications, Authorised Economic Operator (AEO), customs audit

– Carrying out internal export control audits: analysis of sensitive shipments, assessment of classification lists, analysis of process instruction

– Support in the organisation and setup of internal export control compliance processes (Internal Compliance Programme): preparation of procedure instructions, implementation of working procedures, setup of an export control management

– Advice on the appointment of persons responsible for export and export control

– Support in the integration of export control compliance software, IT solutions for export control

– Preparation of voluntary disclosures of export control law infringements, representation before the authorities

– Foreign trade audits: preparation of companies, communication with the auditing authorities

– Representing companies and the management board in criminal and administrative proceedings

– Contractual advice: review of export and supply agreements, agreements with subcontractors and logistics companies, Incoterms, CISG

– German and English seminars for the management, senior staff, export and logistics departments

Christian Treumann

Alexander Münster-Horstkotte

Alexander Münster-Horstkotte is German Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney as well as European Trademark and Design Attorney. He works in the area of intellectual property protection since 2007.

He holds a degree in computer science from the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich. He specialised in technical computer science and operations research.

Alexander Münster-Horstkotte has been project manager of an international team with members from Germany, USA and France for more than three years and has, inter alia, worked at locations as Boston (USA), Norfolk (USA) and Paris (France). Moreover, he has worked as an instructor in the training of network administrators. He gained experience in the areas of computer simulation, network and database technology and IT security.

In the field of intellectual property, his main areas are information and communication technology, IT security technology, printing technology and software-related inventions.

Samson & Partner Patentanwälte mbB:

Samson & Partner (now Samson & Partner Patentanwälte mbB) was founded by Friedrich R. von Samson-Himmelstjerna in 1983. Since then it has grown to a mid-sized patent law firm.

Our vast experience in implementing patents and trademarks benefits our clients’ right from the outset, i.e. during the procurement of intellectual property rights.

Our head office is situated in Munich, Germany, in direct proximity to the European Patent Office (EPA) and the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA). Furthermore, we have our own representation in Alicante, Spain.

We work in all areas of intellectual property law – national, European and world-wide:

  • Assessment of protectability and drafting of intellectual property applications, such as patents, utility models, trademarks, designs
  • Procurement of protection rights through the responsible authorities
  • Defence of intellectual property rights against attacks by third parties, e.g. against objections, contradictions, nullity and cancelation actions
  • Enforcement against infringers, through infringement analysis, warning and infringement indictment
  • We also support companies concerned with intellectual property rights of competitors, for example through clearance and violation analyses, removal of questionable patent rights by objection, nullity and cancelation actions, defence in infringement procedures
  • Advice on licensing, transmission, partnership and secrecy contracts, due diligence, intellectual property law strategies, intellectual property law evaluation


Martin Noack

Tax Advisor

Martin Noack is a member of the executive board and partner at TLC Advisory Group. His professional career includes five years of working in the tax division of one of the world’s leading tax consultancy and auditing firms, as well as several year’s experience with notable local and national tax offices, where he advised national and international small and midsized companies and corporations and wealthy individuals.

Languages: German, English

Firm Overview:

Our committed and highly qualified auditors, tax consultants, and attorneys support you with all of your tax, legal, and business questions. We guarantee the highest level of reliability and absolute confidentiality. We speak: English · French · Spanish · Russian

We work alongside you as partners:

As a partner-managed consultancy, we are particularly concerned with providing our clients with personal and trustworthy consulting services at the highest level of competence and efficiency.

Good contacts – your personal benefit:

Over the course of our professional activities, we have been able to establish excellent contacts with banks, financial authorities, and other public institutions. This guarantees quick and trouble-free execution – which benefits us as well as our clients.

We know your business:

Every business sector has very specific consulting needs. To address these needs competently and in the best possible way, a consultant must concentrate exclusively on the peculiarities of one sector. Our first premise is to know our clients’ needs as thoroughly as possible and adapt our work to address them specifically.

Sizable but not impersonal:

Our associates have the entire infrastructure of a large consultancy at their disposal, including state-of-the-art technology that facilitates quick and effective work and organizational processes. This highly efficient processing of routine tasks saves time and money and allows our consultants to concentrate completely on their clients, fully in line with our philosophy: “One client – one consultant”.

High levels of competence and specific business expertise – a perfect combination we guarantee in all of our services.