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Achim Deisenroth

Achim Deisenroth photo General counsel | Warsteiner-Unternehmensgruppe

Achim Deisenroth understands that one of the major challenges for any legal department is to continuously adjust its work to a changing environment, especially in compliance and risk management. He sees the legal department not as law firm within the company but ensures that the legal team is actively involved in all of the company’s …

Agnieszka Mögelin-Zinger

Agnieszka Mögelin-Zinger photo Legal counsel | E.ON

Agnieszka Mögelin-Zinger is a legal counsel in E.ON’s M&A team in Düsseldorf but regularly draws on resources worldwide when working on projects. This international outlook is not surprising for an energy company that has a global turnover of over €130bn. In her role Mögelin-Zinger works closely with the commercial M&A team and designs and steers …

Alexander Bordolo

Alexander Bordolo photo General corporate counsel | Johnson Matthey

Since 2011, Alexander Bordolo has been successfully building and growing the German legal department of British conglomerate Johnson Matthey with one of his most recent initiatives being the implementation of a ‘legal champions programme’ that ‘identifies and purposefully trains particularly talented non-lawyers stemming from our operative business so that they can eventually take over certain …

Alexandra Genten

Alexandra Genten photo Head of legal | STAWAG Stadtwerke Aachen

Alexandra Genten heads STAWAG Stadtwerke Aachen’s legal department. The company provides services in the gas, district heating, water and electricity sectors. Genten is highly regarded for her ‘connected way of thinking and her solution-oriented approach’ and ‘is among the particularly outstanding legal counsel in the public utility sector’. STAWAG operates as a listed company, a …

Andreas Neumann

Andreas Neumann photo Head of legal | Boehringer Ingelheim

Andreas Neumann has been receiving praise from all sides for his ‘successful set-up of a worldwide, integrated team of lawyers’, which, according to observers, has mastered ‘incredibly complex and commercially vital challenges’. Since 2011 Neumann has been Boehringer Ingelheim’s group general counsel and in charge of legal and compliance worldwide. He brings to the table …

Andreas Schillack

Andreas Schillack photo Country head legal and compliance | Novartis Pharma

Novartis, since 2012 the world’s largest pharmaceutical company, is subject to all issues arising out of the tender procedures for patented medicine rebate contracts, both in the area of generic drugs and vaccines – a major legal challenge. Not surprising, Andreas Schillack, as country head of legal and compliance, has over the past years been …

Anke Frankenberger

Anke Frankenberger photo General counsel and chief compliance officer | STYROLUTION

Styrolution is a global supplier of styrene plastics and a BASF and INEOS joint venture with a turnover of €5.8bn and over 3,000 employees worldwide. Not surprising, Anke Frankenberger’s team is based all over the world, and she has been recruiting lawyers in Germany, China, the US, France, Poland and India. A daily challenge she …

Annette Benner

Annette Benner photo Deputy general counsel Europe | Hatfield Philips

Hatfield Philips International is a servicer of primarily European CMBS transactions with hundreds of securitised, mortgage-backed bonds amounting to a high two figure billion euro sum. Deputy General Counsel Europe, Annette Benner ‘shapes, supervises and drives forward highly innovative proceedings’, say observers, ‘both in terms of commercial progress and court proceedings, ranging from Federal Court …

Bernd Wieberneit

Bernd Wieberneit photo Managing director (HR and legal affairs) | CORPUS SIREO

Real estate company Corpus Sireo employs 560 staff in Germany and Luxembourg and administers retail and residential properties with a total value of €16.5bn. As Managing Director (HR and Legal Affairs), Bernd Wieberneit is a lawyer displaying ‘outstanding legal skills, who in legally and commercially complex situations manages to lead internal and external teams in …

Björn Ley

Björn Ley photo Head of legal power generation compression | Siemens, Energy Sector

Björn Ley heads an international team of lawyers and has successfully achieved a ‘deeper understanding and implementation of our business partner concept’, which in concrete terms means that legal is ‘not only a support function for our business, but a partner in the decision making process, even when it comes to non-legal issues’. Key here …

Bradley Chait

Bradley Chait photo Legal counsel | OSRAM

Bradley Chait is the sole legal financial advisor for all of OSRAM’s subsidiaries, a position the company has created when preparing its de-merger from Siemens in 2012. Chait advises the CFO comprehensively on all finance law matters, including external financings with banks, among them the group’s new global syndicated loan. In addition, he covers all …

Carsten Hennicke

Carsten Hennicke photo Head of legal | Heidelberger Lebensversicherung

Carsten Hennicke’s employer is among Germany’s largest providers of equity-linked insurance policies with an administered capital of €5.1bn. Hennicke ‘has steered the company in times of difficult markets and scarce resources through a variety of legal proceedings, restructurings and divestments’ say observers who highly rate his ‘efficient and pragmatic solving of legal and logistical issues …

Christian Vetter

Christian Vetter photo Head of employment law | Dow Deutschland

As head of employment law, Christian Vetter is situated at the intersection of employment, social and corporate law on the one side, and the various global and German Dow entities on the other side – a huge operative and strategic task which he covers single-handedly. Dow Deutschland has 5,500 employees which makes it the largest …

Christina Sontheim

Christina Sontheim photo Head of legal | PVH Holdings (Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein)

Christina Sontheim boasts ‘particular legal, communicative and organisational skills’ and observers agree that she has been instrumental in her pro-active guidance of Tommy Hilfiger Group’s expansion not only in Germany, but also in Europe. At the same time she is able to ‘coordinate German legal matters with those of the European headquarters in the Netherlands’. …

Christof Wolpert

Christof Wolpert photo Director Global Patents | adidas Group

Adidas is the world’s second biggest sports equipment manufacturer, a market position that brings a variety of challenges for Christof Wolpert. He leads a team of attorneys, US patent lawyers, and patent engineers, having been the one in charge of setting up the nowadays very stable and punchy team in the first place: ‘When I …

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