Jan-Michael advises in IT and data protection law as well as in intellectual property matters. He has particular industry knowledge in the areas of software licensing, e-commerce and technology transfer.
He supports clients strategically in implementing new business models and drafts contracts to align commercial objectives with legal compliance. He accompanies international M&A transactions and carve-outs from an IP/IT specialist’s perspective. Furthermore, he represents clients when enforcing their rights and litigates in court proceedings.
Jan-Michael studied law with a focus on communication and competition in Hamburg and in Aix-en-Provence. At the Hanover Institute for Legal Informatics, he obtained a doctorate degree in copyright and licensing matters. For his dissertation “Orphan Works”, he was awarded the faculty price of Leibniz University.
He performed his legal clerkship at the Higher Regional Court in Hamburg and worked for a public broadcasting corporation as well as a major search engine company based in the US. Moreover, he worked for the German Mission to the United Nations in New York and for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as well as other international law firms.
Jan-Michael is fluent in German, English and French. He is a member of the German Association of Law and Informatics as well as the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property. He works for KNPZ Attorneys since 2012.