Members of the Corporate Legal Board are renowned business law experts and, as General Counsel, are responsible for the legal department of a corporate group or an internationally operating company. They are part of the Tax & Legal Excellence network and contribute to the success of the knowledge exchange through their support.
Dr. Sebastian Biedenkopf
– Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Insurance Officer, Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer at Fresenius SE –
Sebastian Biedenkopf has been the Fresenius Management Board member responsible for Legal Affairs, Compliance, Insurance and Human Resources as well as Labour Director since 1 December 2020. Previously, he headed the global legal department of the Bosch Group for seven years. From 2008 to 2012, he worked in various functions at Conergy AG in Hamburg, most recently as CFO and interim CEO. Before joining Conergy AG, Sebastian Biedenkopf worked as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Maxingvest AG (formerly Tchibo Holding AG) in Hamburg and in various functions for the Bertelsmann Group. He began his career as a lawyer in Düsseldorf and Washington D.C.
Prof. Dr. Andreas Bohrer, LL.M.
– General Counsel and Company Secretary of Lonza Group AG –
Andreas Bohrer, attorney at law, has been General Counsel and Company Secretary of the Lonza Group since 2015 and is responsible for Legal, Compliance and IP worldwide. Prior to this, he worked in various roles at Novartis and UBS AG for several years. In addition, he has held a titular professorship in commercial and capital markets law at the University of Zurich since 2011, holds an LL.M. from New York University and has completed various further education courses at INSEAD, IMD and Harvard Business School. Andreas Bohrer is also a board member of Swissholdings and a member of the board of trustees of the European Institute of the University of Basel.
Dr. Claudia Junker, LL.M.
– Chief Representative Law & Integrity of Deutsche Telekom AG –
As the Group’s General Counsel, Claudia Junker has headed Deutsche Telekom’s Law & Integrity division with the Legal, Data Protection and Compliance departments since 2020. She continues to head the Legal department as General Counsel, a role she took on in November 2010. Before joining Deutsche Telekom, she specialised in corporate law for many years and was a partner in a major international law firm. Claudia Junker has also been President of the German Association of Corporate Counsel since 2021 and is involved in the Board of the European General Counsel Association, the Business and Law Working Group and the Board of Directors of the Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession. She has also held a lectureship at the University of Cologne since 2012.
– Chief Financial Officer of United Internet AG –
Martin Mildner has been CFO at United Internet since October 1, 2020, responsible for the areas of finance and controlling, risk management/internal audit, legal, taxes, M&A, investment and personnel management. Prior to this, he spent 13 years with the Otto Group in Hamburg as Group General Counsel for all legal matters of the group and at the same time as Global Head of Mergers&Acquisitions he was responsible for company acquisitions and sales worldwide. From 1998 to 2007, Martin Mildner worked as an attorney, tax advisor and tax lawyer, first as Managing Director Legal at KMPG and then as a Partner at Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek. The focus of his activities was on corporate and tax transaction consulting for national and international companies.
Dr. Ulrich Rust, LL.M.
– General Counsel and Head of Legal Affairs of RWE AG –
Ulrich Rust, lawyer, has headed the legal department of RWE AG as General Counsel since October 2016. Since 2001, he has held several legal management positions for the RWE Group, at last as Head of Legal & Compliance at RWE Generation SE for the operational power plant business. His practice focuses on corporate law, capital markets law, antitrust law, energy law and compliance. He began his professional career in the commercial law firm Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek. Ulrich Rust publishes regularly on business law topics and is a member of the legal committee of the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and the legal steering committee of the Federation of German Industries (BDEW).
Dr. Dirk Christoph Schautes
– General Counsel of the ERGO Group –
Dirk Christoph Schautes, lawyer, has been General Counsel of the ERGO Group’s central legal division since November 2014 and also served ad interim as Chief Compliance Officer of ERGO in 2017. He also holds various supervisory board mandates in Group companies of the ERGO Group in Germany and abroad. Prior to this, he spent six years as Director Group Compliance, where he was responsible for the group-wide Compliance Management System of METRO Group, after two years as Senior Legal Counsel, where he was responsible for M&A activities and a foreign portfolio. Prior to this, he worked for the international law firm Clifford Chance in the corporate division for around five years. Dirk Christoph Schautes is well known for his numerous lectures. He was a founding member of the German Institute for Compliance (DICO), is a member of the Legal & Compliance Committee and Chairman of the Antitrust Commission of the German Insurance Association (GdV).
Jochen Scholten, MBA
– General Counsel of SAP SE –
Jochen Scholten, attorney at law, has been General Counsel of Global Legal at SAP since January 2017. He has held several legal roles at SAP since 1998. Jochen Scholten started his career at SAP as Legal Counsel, before his current position he headed the department Commercial Legal as an Associate General Counsel and was Interim General Counsel in 2015. His main practice areas are contract and IP law, competition law, antitrust law and procedural law. Jochen Scholten holds an MBA from Mannheim Business School and ESSEC (France). He regularly holds seminars on negotiation at the IPR Institute of the University of Heidelberg.
Dr. Johannes Schulte, LL.M.
– General Counsel of the Douglas Group –
Johannes Schulte, in-house lawyer, has been General Counsel of the Douglas Group since December 2014 and is responsible for legal affairs, compliance, insurance and data protection. In 2015, he accompanied the dual track process in the context of the sale of the Advent International Group to CVC. Previously, he was General Counsel of Unify, formerly Siemens Enterprise Communications, a joint venture of Siemens AG and The Gores Group. Before moving to the corporate side in 2010, he was a partner at Hogan Lovells in Berlin and Munich, primarily in the areas of corporate, M&A, private equity and restructuring. He began his professional career as an associate at Linklaters in Berlin.
Solms U. Wittig
– General Counsel of the Hensoldt Group –
Solms U. Wittig, Attorney and Attorney-at-Law (New York), has headed the legal and compliance division of Hensoldt Group, a leading provider of premium protection, reconnaissance and surveillance sensors, since March 2017, following KKR’s acquisition of Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security. From 2012 to 2016, he was also responsible for Legal and Compliance at Linde AG. Prior to that, he gained many years of industry and management experience at Siemens AG, at last as chief lawyer in the now restructured Industry Sector. His professional career also took him to Deutsche Bank and the international law firm Hogan Lovells. Solms U. Wittig was President of the Federal Association of Corporate Lawyers from 2014 to the end of 2016 and is a member of the German Institution of Arbitration.