Osborne Clarke has appointed three partners and two counsels in Germany with effect from January 1, 2021. Robert Hunter (Disputes & Risk), Till-Manuel Saur and Rouven Siegemund (both Corporate) will join the partnership. Natalie Merkle (Corporate) and Dr. Tobias Rothkegel (Data Protection) are appointed counsel. This means that the legal practice has grown to 56 partners, 24 counsels and a total of 168 lawyers in Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne and Munich.
“Our teams specializing in sectors advise companies on the opportunities and challenges under commercial law that arise from the global megatrends of digitisation, decarbonisation and urban dynamics. In this context, our new partners and counsel are already making a significant contribution to the market reputation and success of our legal practise firm,” says Osborne Clarke Managing Partner Carsten Schneider.
Robert Hunter is responsible for international arbitration at OC and conducts arbitration proceedings as a party representative, but also as arbitrator. Robert has been a solicitor / barrister (UK) for 34 years, but is also admitted to the bar in Germany and has been with Osborne Clarke since 2017. He is one of the most experienced arbitration lawyers in Europe and has been the “lead counsel” in the arbitration proceedings he has conducted for over 20 years. Together with him, the practice group Disputes & Risk will continue to expand the area of international arbitration.
Till-Manuel Saur has been part of Osborne Clarke since 2014. He made a significant contribution to the development of the Berlin location and helped shape its development into a popular contact point for the venture capital scene in Berlin. In the Corporate practice group, he focuses on the technology, media and communication and financial services sectors, with a particular focus on the digital industry.
Rouven Siegemund has been a lawyer at Osborne Clarke since 2010 and has established himself as the first contact person for M&A transactions for Indian clients in Germany in recent years. He also advises both investors and successful startups on venture capital deals in Germany. In doing so he brings in his diverse contacts from his work for Osborne Clarke in Silicon Valley.
Natalie Merkle has highly specialized knowledge of stock corporation law advice for listed and, in particular, non-listed medium-sized stock corporations and corporate litigation. Her advisory focus is on the preparation and implementation of general meetings, including subsequent legal disputes, as well as on a wide range of inquiries from management boards and supervisory boards in day-to-day business. She has been a lawyer at Osborne Clarke in the Corporate practice group since 2013.
Dr. Tobias Rothkegel specializes in data protection and cyber security and advises clients on all related legal issues, particularly in the life science & healthcare and financial services sectors. Another focus of his work is advice on all legal aspects of the use of blockchain technology. He has been with Osborne Clarke since 2016.