Our Speakers


LEGAL ®EVOLUTION 2017 will host 50 authoritative speakers whose mission is to empower legal professionals to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their work through the use of legal technology. They will explore how today’s most forward-looking innovators are bridging the gap between “traditional” law firm/ legal department business models and ones pioneered by Legal-Tech solution providers and startups.

  • Nicola Beer

    Nicola Beer

    Secretary-General / Lawyer


  • Prof. Dr. R. Alexander Lorz

    Prof. Dr. R. Alexander Lorz

    Minister of Education, State of Hesse (Germany) 

    Professor of Public and International Law, University of Düsseldorf

  • Thomas Metz

    Thomas Metz

    State Secretary

    Ministry of Justice State of Hesse

  • Arne Wittig

    Arne Wittig

    Group General Counsel

    thyssenkrupp AG

    Arne Wittig is the Group General Counsel and Head of Legal of thyssenkrupp. Based in Germany, he and his team of about 150 inhouse lawyers in Germany and around the world are responsible globally for the legal support of this global diversified industrial group. The focus of his own professional work is on corporate governance and capital markets legal issues. In addition, he has acquired extensive knowledge in banking and corporate finance working many years for Deutsche Bank, where he had headed the legal department for Germany and Central Europe until 2012. Arne Wittig is co-editor of Wertpapier-Mitteilungen, Germany´s leading journal on banking and securities law, he is on the board of the Bankrechtliche Vereinigung, Germany´s academic association for banking law, and has been teaching at the University of Mainz for some years. Arne Wittig is the editor and co-author of the 4th edition of the treatise on bank and securities law founded by Kuempel, and has published numerous articles in various law journals and several contributions as co-author for legal treatises on all aspects of corporate governance, capital markets, and corporate finance.

  • Steffen Sachse

    Steffen Sachse

    General Counsel

    Aareal Bank

  • Florian Schaefer

    Florian Schaefer

    General Counsel/Director Legal & Compliance

    Leica Camera AG

  • Victoria Núñez Francisco

    Victoria Núñez Francisco

    Head of legal / General Counsel

    Commerz Real AG


  • Dr. Thorsten Hennrich

    Dr. Thorsten Hennrich

    General Counsel

    PlusServer GmbH

    Dr. Thorsten Hennrich is General Counsel and Head of Legal at PlusServer GmbH, a leading provider of managed cloud services in Germany. Dr. Thorsten Hennrich completed his doctoral thesis on the challenges of cloud computing to the legal framework for data protection at the University of Passau, Germany. He is the author of a number of legal publications in relation to IT law issues. From 2001 to 2015 he was managing director of a data center and cloud service provider based in Frankfurt, Germany. Thorsten has been admitted to the German Bar (Rechtsanwalt) in 2011 and advises in the area of information technology law.

  • Abdeslam Afras

    Abdeslam Afras

    Vice President International Markets


  • Mattias Aggeler

    Mattias Aggeler

    Partner - IT Forensics

    Swiss FTS

    Mattias has been working in the area of Computer Forensics and eDiscovery since 2008 after completing his M.Sc. in Computer Science in Zurich. Since then he has been managing various Swiss and international eDiscovery projects. Mattias specializes in managing eDiscovery solutions and optimizing the underlying workflows. Recently he implemented and maintained the workflow on eDiscovery projects and review environments for several financial institutions in Switzerland. He has comprehensive understanding of the different parts of the eDiscovery Reference Model (EDRM).

  • Prof. Dr. Heribert M. Anzinger

    Prof. Dr. Heribert M. Anzinger

    Chair of Commercial Law and Tax Law

    University of Ulm

  • Arvin Arora

    Arvin Arora

  • Sebastiaan Bos

    Sebastiaan Bos

    Director of Solutions EMEA


    Sebastiaan is responsible for all client success and solution consultancy teams in EMEA. He has extensive experience within the legal market, having worked with many of the leading law firms in Europe for the past 12 years in delivering new technology solutions, that can be used internally, as a new business model or client facing.

  • Dr. Jochen Brandhoff

    Dr. Jochen Brandhoff

    Host of the LEGAL ®EVOLUTION

    Founder, Brandhoff Obermüller Partner

  • Shane Büchler, J.D. LL.M.

    Shane Büchler, J.D. LL.M.

    Business Owner

    Bespoke Legal English

  • Marco Buhleier

    Marco Buhleier

    Managing Director

    ReNoStar GmbH

  • Thomas H. Fischer, M.B.L. (St. Gallen)

    Thomas H. Fischer, M.B.L. (St. Gallen)


    Waldeck Rechtsanwälte

    Thomas Fischer accompanies complex outsourcing projects and procurement procedures within the IT sector and represent clients in legal disputes before German courts and procurement tribunals as well as in mediation and arbitration procedures. He further advises on competition and antitrust law, intellectual property and copyright law. Thomas Fischer also has extensive experience in air traffic law and matters of fee regulation and the structuring and financing of as well as access to public infrastructure facilities.

  • Emily Foges

    Emily Foges



    Emily Foges has 20 years’ experience of growing and scaling up technology-led businesses. First as a management consultant and then with Betfair, BT and Equifax, she has built and led teams driving acquisition and integration strategies; and scoping, developing and launching new products. In maximising value from multiple acquisitions and joint ventures, Emily has first-hand experience of the significant risks and opportunities that are often missed during due diligence processes. As CEO of Luminance, she is helping to bring the artificial intelligence revolution to law firms globally.

  • Dr. Martin Fries

    Dr. Martin Fries

    Institute for International Law

    University of Munich (LMU)

    Martin Fries is lecturer (Privatdozent) at the University of Munich (LMU). His research covers various topics around civil law, civil procedure, legal tech, and law and economics. Martin has founded a Munich-based law firm and worked as a lawyer for several years. He also has considerable experience as mediator in commercial and inheritance disputes.

  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Gasteyer

    Prof. Dr. Thomas Gasteyer

    Committee Chairman

    Assembly at the Federal Bar for the regulation of the legal profession

  • Alexandre Grellier

    Alexandre Grellier



    After an apprenticeship as a technical sales representative and having completed his studies in Law, Alexandre Grellier began his career at Commerzbank. He then worked as a lawyer for Lehman Brothers both in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and in London, UK, with a particular focus in the fields of Legal & Compliance and Transaction Management. Since 2003, he has been CEO of Drooms, significantly contributing to the company’s commercial expansion. Grellier is also a guest speaker, notably holding talks on the topics of legal tech and digitisation in real estate and is regularly interviewed by the press.

  • Prof. Dr. jur. Hans-Jürgen Hellwig

    Prof. Dr. jur. Hans-Jürgen Hellwig

    Former President

    Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE)

  • Steven ter Horst

    Steven ter Horst

    Chief Innovation Officer

    Houthoff Buruma

    Steven ter Horst is Chief Innovation Officer at Houthoff Buruma. He is responsible for developing and implementing legal project management, pricing strategy, legal tech, business intelligence and practice innovation.
    Houthoff Buruma is an independent Netherlands-based firm with over 290 lawyers, civil-law notaries and tax advisers who offer high-level legal advice across the world. With offices in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Brussels, London and New York and representatives in Houston and Singapore, Houthoff Buruma provides advice and support to an extensive international client base. Houthoff Buruma is the Netherlands' only law firm to be a member of the international Lex Mundi network.

  • Jennifer Hülskötter

    Jennifer Hülskötter

    Marketing Manager & Quality Management Officer

    Hülskötter & Partner

    After her studies of Marine Biology with focus on bioinformatics, Ms. Hülskötter made the decision to join the family-owned company. With her experience in scientific and lateral thinking she is looking forward to work in the interesting and changing business of law firms. The team of Hülskötter & Partner has over 30 years expertise in establishing software solutions in mediumsized law firms. Together with external collaborators Hülskötter & Partner works constantly on future orientated solutions to optimize the workflow within a law firm, but also the contact between lawyers and clients - always on the basis of the sophisticated law firm software advoware.

  • Staffan Hugemark

    Staffan Hugemark

    Gründer und CEO

    Formpipe Intelligo

    Staffan Hugemark is President and Founder of Formpipe Intelligo, the company behind Contentworker DMS for Sharepoint. With over 15 years of experience in developing, implementing and integrating software applications for the legal market all over the world, Staffan is frequently asked to share his insights at seminars and shows for the legal market.

  • Ralf Kaiser

    Ralf Kaiser

    Head of IT

    Hengeler Mueller

    Ralf started his career over 15 years ago as a successful entrepreneur in the Legal Tech industry. His extensive experience has been gained through successfully implementing various software solutions into a variety of law firms. With Ralf’s expertise, Hengeler have been able to establish themselves as an early adopter of Legal Tech innovations that support client’s needs and deliver on their high expectations. He is a ISO 270001 practitioner and ensures that his employer is compliant with all IT Security requirements, as well with the GDPR standards.

  • Dr. Christian Lemke

    Dr. Christian Lemke

    Head of German Delegation, Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe(CCBE)

    Vice Chair, Future of the Legal Profession (CCBE)

  • Dr. Carsten Linz

    Dr. Carsten Linz

    Global Head, SAP Center for Digital Leadership

    Author of "Radical Business Model Transformation"

  • Prof. Dr. Christoph von der Malsburg

    Prof. Dr. Christoph von der Malsburg

  • Dr. Kathrin Mehler

    Dr. Kathrin Mehler

    Legal Counsel for Digitalisation and Innovation

    Commerzbank AG

  • Ben Mitchell

    Ben Mitchell

    Vice President, EMEA

    DocsCorp Ltd.

  • Iain G. Mitchell QC

    Iain G. Mitchell QC

    Chairman, Scottish Society for Computers & Law

    Chairman, CCBE Surveillance Working party

  • Stephen Murphy

    Stephen Murphy

    Sales Director, EMEA


    Stephen Murphy has been helping law firms with document and email management and knowledge management projects for the past twenty years. In that time he has worked with 80% of the top law firms in the UK, continental Europe, South Africa and Israel. Stephen is originally from London but lives in Barcelona and has travelled extensively across EMEA visiting clients in his role at iManage for the past 14 years.

  • Karim Mustaghni

    Karim Mustaghni

    Entrepreneur, Investor, Artist

    Global Shapers Frankfurt (World Economic Forum) / CREATVS

  • Dr. Martin Obermüller

    Dr. Martin Obermüller

    Insolvency Administrator, Partner, BRANDHOFF OBERMÜLLER PARTNER

    Author of the Standard Reference: Insolvenzrecht in der Bankpraxis

  • Kalle Palling

    Kalle Palling

    Chairman, European Union Affairs Committee

    Parliament of "the digital role model" Estonia

  • Graham Penman

    Graham Penman

    SVP Global Services

    HotDocs Ltd

    As the SVP of Global Services, Graham heads our talented professional and support services teams across the globe who provide our legal customers with an array of consulting and technical services. With his engineering background, he has a depth of experience in integrating HotDocs with an array of enterprise systems such as CRM, BPM and document management for customers across the commercial banking, legal, public and corporate sectors.

  • Jason Petrucci

    Jason Petrucci


    Phoenix Business Solutions

    Jason Petrucci joined Phoenix Business Solutions in 2011 as Head of Operations and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2014. He was then appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer effective 1st January 2017 to spearhead the future growth and evolution of the business. Prior to joining Phoenix, Jason held numerous management, IT Director and CIO positions within large corporate UK & US law firms, advising Partners and senior executives on the operational and strategic benefits of information technology. He has also held several in-house IT roles throughout his career and been responsible for a variety of global IT operations. As CEO of Phoenix Business Solutions, Jason’s objective is to help the company’s legal and professional services clients achieve efficiency gains, improve profitability and address tomorrow’s security and data governance challenges, by encouraging collaborative working practices and unlocking the value of the data in their business systems.

  • Patrick Prior

    Patrick Prior

    Founder, FAQ-Recht

    Advotisement®Legal Tech

  • Dr. Carsten Reimann

    Dr. Carsten Reimann

    Xenion Legal

    Dr. Reimann is a lawyer and entrepreneur with 20 years professional experience as an attorney in international law firms and as Head of Legal and Manager in the automotive industry. He founded Xenion Legal in 2012, the first German lawyers-on-demand service. Carsten is also co-founder of Xenion Ventures which inspires legal tech start-ups and invests some of them. Together with Professor Dr. Deister, Carsten launched Lawyers on Fire in 2016, the world’s first and only legal podcast on innovation, passion & purpose (www.lawyers-on-fire.com). Dr. Reimann is serving as an expert at MC Academy for International Legal Studies, Brussels. In Germany and also Europe, Dr. Reimann is a popular commentator on ”future legal market“, ”legal tech“ and “legal design“. He has been speaker at numerous events on these topics – for example at Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation, Dentons, EUROFORUM and the German Lawyers Association – and is often quoted in publications like Handelsblatt, Legal Tribune Online, JUVE and NJW.

  • Dr. Thomas Remmers

    Dr. Thomas Remmers

    Vice-President, German Federal Bar

    President, Bar of Celle

  • Galina Rueth

    Galina Rueth


    Galina Rueth: Strategic management and market positioning. Nationwide Law Office in the field of medical law. Project Leader, Website Development

  • Helmut Sauro

    Helmut Sauro


    Helmut Sauro ist Senior Manager Business Development im Geschäftsbereich Ediscovery und Computer Forensik im deutschen Büro von KrolLDiscovery in Böblingen/Stuttgart. Er unterstützt Kunden in Deutschland, Österreich und der deutschsprachigen Schweiz bei der Nutzung von Ediscovery-Technologien im Rahmen von internen Untersuchungen und Compliance Audits, bei Ermittlungen von Wettbewerbsbehörden und in internationalen Gerichtsverfahren. Er berät Anwaltskanzleien und Unternehmen bei der effizienten Handhabung elektronisch gespeicheter Informationen, deren Sammlung, Aufbereitung und Analyse zur Beweisermittlung. Seine Ansprechpartnerinnen und Ansprechpartner sind Spezialisten aus den Bereichen Kartellrecht, internationale Prozessführung und Schlichtungsverfahren, Compliance, Unternehmenssicherheit und Interne Revision.

  • Dr. Anette Schunder-Hartung

    Dr. Anette Schunder-Hartung

    aHa Strategische Kanzleientwicklung

    Former editor-in-chief of Kanzleien in Deutschland und Karriere im Recht

  • Andreas Seip

    Andreas Seip

    Legal Counsel

    ING Bank

    Andreas Seip is a banking and finance lawyer working in ING’s Wholesale Banking legal department. He is also part of one of ING’s innovation initiatives in lending services developing AI based tooling to extract and process market intelligence across departments, products and sectors.

  • Mark Simpson

    Mark Simpson

    Senior Director, European Operations

    EPIQ Systems Inc.

  • Stéphanie Smatt

    Stéphanie Smatt

    Lawyer (France)

    L'Incubateur du Barreau de Paris

  • Prof. Dr. Falko Tappen

    Prof. Dr. Falko Tappen

    Chair of Tax Law

    Academy of Worms

  • Greg Tatham

    Greg Tatham


    Wolters Kluwer Global Platform Organization (GPO)

    Greg Tatham is CTO of the Wolters Kluwer Global Platform Organization as well as head of the Content & Compliance Software division within this organization. He has been with Wolters Kluwer for over twenty-five years, focussing on the development of research and software products in the legal, tax and regulatory spaces and, eventually, on providing re-usable frameworks for Wolters Kluwer solutions on a supranational scale. For this, he spent five years in the Netherlands building an organization to work with European businesses to adopt common product delivery frameworks, for instance. In his current capacity, Greg has the global responsibility for the development of platforms and applications and for driving advanced content solutions and knowledge creation technologies to be utilized by all Wolters Kluwer divisions. He is based in Chicago.

  • Gunther Thies

    Gunther Thies

    Co-founder and CEO

    STP Informationstechologie AG

    Gunther Thies is co-founder and CEO of STP Informationstechologie AG, one of the largest IT companies in the legal market of the Federal Republic with almost 200 employees. STP AG is a highly specialized software company in the segment of legal technology based in Karlsruhe, Germany and Switzerland. As a successful entrepreneur, he has been working with digital solutions for the German legal market for more than 20 years. With his many years of experience, he ist he driving force behind the development of Legal Tech.

  • Jason Thompson

    Jason Thompson

    e-Discovery and knowledge management specialist (Co-founder)


    Ralf started his career over 15 years ago as a successful entrepreneur in the Legal Tech industry. His extensive experience has been gained through successfully implementing various software solutions into a variety of law firms. With Ralf’s expertise, Hengeler have been able to establish themselves as an early adopter of Legal Tech innovations that support client’s needs and deliver on their high expectations. He is a ISO 270001 practitioner and ensures that his employer is compliant with all IT Security requirements, as well with the GDPR standards.

  • Richard Tromans

    Richard Tromans


    Artificial Lawyer

    Richard Tromans is the founder of TromansConsulting, which advises legal businesses on strategy and innovation, including advising on the adoption of AI systems. He also runs the site Artificial Lawyer, which is a site dedicated to new developments in legal AI and automation. He is based in London, UK.

  • Anton Vashkevich

    Anton Vashkevich

    Managing Partner und Mitbegründer

    Simplawyer (Russland)

  • Peter Wallqvist

    Peter Wallqvist

    Vice President of Strategy


    Peter started his career in the information retrieval industry as a research engineer at BT Research at the turn of the millennium. From there he went on to being part of delivering some of the largest and high profile search and unstructured data processing systems in the world. Eventually he co-founded RAVN Systems in 2010 together with equally experienced scientists and engineers to build and deliver the next generation Applied AI systems. In the past few years he has overseen a tectonic shift in perceptions regarding Applied AI systems and the level of trust clients and other stakeholders are starting to put into the technology. This shift is likely to have dramatic consequences within the legal and professional services industries. Seldom has the word “disruptive” been more apt when speculating the implications for how these industries operate and conduct their business. Following the successful acquisition of RAVN, Peter is now Vice President of Strategy at iManage.

  • Prof. Dr. Matthias Weller

    Prof. Dr. Matthias Weller

    Vice Dean, EBS Law School

    Director, Research Center for Transnational Commercial Dispute Resolution

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