International legal practice Osborne Clarke has appointed three new Counsels in Germany, effective from January 1, 2018. Dr Jens Schefzig focuses on IT and data protection law, Dr Sebastian Hack specializes in competition law and merger control and Felix Hilgert advises on IT law.
Managing Partner, Carsten Schneider commented: “The promotions reflect the diverse nature of our young talents. The Counsel position has proved to be an important step in the career development of our Associates. We look forward to working with Jens, Sebastian and Felix to further grow the business.”
Jens Schefzig (36) advises internet and industrial companies as well as start-ups on IT and data protection law. He particularly focuses on data protection compliance, data analyses, big data, industry 4.0 and data trade. Additionally, he also specialises in negotiations with data protection authorities as well as litigation on data privacy. He studied in Trier, Sheffield, Kiel, Washington and Hamburg. He joined the Hamburg office in 2014.
Sebastian Hack (35) advises companies on competition law and merger control and represents his clients in proceedings. He has extensive experience in compliance matters and competition issues regarding the design of contracts and distribution systems. Additionally, he has particular sector specific expertise in financial services/banks and trading. He studied in Cologne, Pittsburgh, New York and London and joined the Cologne office in 2016.
Felix Hilgert (35) on IT and e-commerce law, on software contracts of all kinds and on all aspects of interactive entertainment. He advises, amongst others, entertainment companies on the content design of entertainment products and regularly represents his clients in proceedings before German youth protection authorities. He studied in Cologne and Paris and joined the Cologne office in 2011.
This takes the total number of fee earners at Osborne Clarke Germany to 48 Partners, 15 Counsel and more than 140 lawyers in Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne and Munich. Osborne Clarke has over 900 lawyers in 25 international offices.
The German teams have recently advised, among others, Deutsche Bahn Digital Ventures on the investment in what3words, Caruso on the development of its data marketplace, Berentzen Group on conclusion of EUR 25.5 million syndicated loan agreement and ProSiebenSat.1 on merger of Aeria Games with Gamigo.
Osborne Clarke is consistently listed in the Top 20 Midcap M&A rankings and was recently awarded Law Firm of the Year 2017 in IT and distribution and trade and logistics law at the Juve Awards 2017.