Sarah advises both domestic and international clients on distribution law, in particular commercial agency law. She is experienced in advising foreign clients on setting up or maintaining distribution systems under EU and German law. Additionally, she helps clients navigate and deal with mandatory EU and German legal provisions for distribution systems on German territory (which may apply regardless of choice of law clauses of the specific contract).
She is in particular specialized in advising insurance companies when dealing with the termination of agency agreements of insurance agents. Additionally, Sarah advises international clients in structuring distribution systems and drafting, reviewing or updating distribution agreements. She focuses on creating tailor made solutions for the distribution of the client’s products or services in Europe.
Sarah assists the client in choosing adequate jurisdiction or arbitration clauses and, in particular, advises on the risk of facing an indemnity claim upon the termination of commercial agency or distribution agreements. She is experienced in out-of-court negotiations as well as litigation and international arbitration.
Before joining Osborne Clarke’s Hamburg office in February 2016, Sarah worked for the renowned German law firm Graf von Westphalen for several years and was seconded to Gorrissen Federspiel (a leading Danish law firm) for a couple of months in 2013. She studied law at the universities of Heidelberg (Germany) and Lund (Sweden). During her legal traineeship she worked for a leading international law firm in Düsseldorf. She has been admitted to the German bar in 2011. Being a German native speaker, Sarah is also fluent in English and, additionally, speaks Chinese (Mandarin) and Swedish.
Osborne Clarke was awarded JUVE law firm of the year for use of Sales, Commerce and Logistics in 2017.