Skyline von Düsseldorf. Im Vordergrund ein Fluss

Local Lounge Düsseldorf

The metropolis on the Rhine continues to exert a great attraction on companies. Düsseldorf is the city in Germany where the second most DAX companies have their headquarters. Many multinational players from a wide variety of industries have chosen Düsseldorf as their European base and for Japan the city has been the most important control centre on the European continent for many years.

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The participants of the lounge benefit from exciting discussion topics, an intensive dialogue between entrepreneurs and business experts and networking at eye level.

Head of Lounge Düsseldorf

Dr. Franz-Josef Schöne

Franz-Josef Schöne is an experienced M&A and Corporate Partner of the international law firm Hogan Lovells. For more than 20 years, has successfully advised clients on various industry sectors from all over the world with respect to M&A transactions in Germany and abroad. He particularly focuses on advising M&A transactions in strongly regulated industries and on financial market stabilization transactions. Since the insolvency of Lehmann in 2008, he has advised almost all financial market stabilization transactions in Germany.

Besides advising on corporate transactions, the focus of Franz-Josef Schöne`s activity is to advise management board and supervisory board members. As a member of the Global M&A Leadership Team and the Corporate/M&A Leadership Team of the Firm in Germany Franz Josef Schöne is able to use his excellent global network within the firm for the benefit of his clients.

What awaits you in the Lounge Düsseldorf

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The Local Lounge Düsseldorf takes place in the historic premises of the “Industrie-Club Düsseldorf”. The “Industrie-Club Düsseldorf” sees itself as a meeting place for the exchange of ideas between leading personalities in the Rhine and Ruhr region and as a forum for trusting cooperation. In a relaxed atmosphere, participants have the opportunity to be inspired by the lectures at the evening events, make new contacts and cultivate relationships with colleagues.

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You can expect cross-legal lecture evenings in the tension between science, state and economy as well as lively discussions on internationally relevant topics among experts. In exclusive discussion groups, participants learn first-hand about the necessary background and analysis for understanding complex legal processes and economic interrelationships. The Local Lounge Düsseldorf thus offers an excellent framework for networking, inter-professional exchange of experience and lateral thinking.

Theme evening on 12.11.2019 - US market

US market | Effects of US trade policy

  • Time:5:45 p.m. until approximately 10:30 p.m.
  • Location:Industrie-Club Düsseldorf
  •  Elberfelder Straße 6, 40213 Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Moderation:Dr. Franz Josef Schöne, Head of Lounge Düsseldorf
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US trade policy | Reorientation of world trade

Univ.-Professor Dr. Stefan Fröhlich
Institute for Political Science, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

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Realpolitik foreign trade

MinDirig. Dr. Christian Forwick
Foreign Trade and Trade Policy, Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy

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Customs disputes with the USA

Professor Dr. Hans-Michael Wolffgang
Director of the Institute for Customs and Foreign Trade Law, WWU Münster

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Global Markets | Developments in the US Market

Dr. Gabriel Harnier
General Counsel of Bayer AG, Leverkusen

04.06.2019 - Innovations and disruptive business models

Innovations and disruptive business models

  • Time:5:45 p.m. until approximately 10:30 p.m.
  • Location:Industrie-Club Düsseldorf
  •  Elberfelder Straße 6, 40213 Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Moderation:Dr. Franz Josef Schöne, Head of Lounge Düsseldorf
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How to test disruptive innovation? | real laboratories as public experimental spaces

Professor Dr. Sebastian M. Pfotenhauer
Head of the Research Group Innovation, Society and Public Policy, Technical University of Munich

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Innovations and business models

Jochen Scholten, MBA
General Counsel of SAP SE

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Transforming a legal department

Dr. Peter Schichl
Chief Legal Tech Officer, Head of Legal Services Technology & Procurement of Deutsche Telekom

30.10.2018 - BREXIT | March 2019 deadline and recommendations for action for companies

BREXIT | March 2019 deadline and recommendations for action for companies

  • Time:5:45 p.m. until approximately 10:30 p.m.
  • Location:Industrie-Club Düsseldorf
  •  Elberfelder Straße 6, 40213 Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Moderation:Dr. Franz Josef Schöne, Head of Lounge Düsseldorf
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Current BREXIT scenario from a British point of view

Rafe Courage
British Consul General in Düsseldorf

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Consequences under foreign trade law

Univ.-Professor Dr. Christoph Herrmann, LL.M.
Professor of Constitutional and Administrative Law, European Law, European and International Business Law, University of Passau

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Taskforce for companies

Karl-Martin Fischer
Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI) – Gesellschaft der Bundesrepublik Deutschland für Außenwirtschaft und Standortmarketing mbH, Berlin 

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Comments from practice

Professor Dr. Robert Risse
Head of Finance, Tax & Trade Group of Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Düsseldorf

15.05.2018 - Digitization and transformation of agility

Digitization and transformation of agility in companies

  • Time:5:45 p.m. until approximately 10:30 p.m.
  • Location:Industrie-Club Düsseldorf
  •  Elberfelder Straße 6, 40213 Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Moderation:Dr. Franz Josef Schöne, Head of Lounge Düsseldorf
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Digitization and transformation - what does that really mean for companies?

Univ.-Professor Dr. Key Pousttchi
Chair of Information Systems and Digitization, University of Potsdam

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Challenges for industrial legal services and legal departments

Privatdozent Dr. Martin Fries
Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich

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Comments from practice

Martin Mildner
Global General Counsel der Otto  Group

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Comments from practice

RA Dr.-Ing. Sascha Theißen, MBA
Strategieberater für Digitale Transformation, diconium strategy GmbH

23.11.2017 - Cybercrime and Security

Cybercrime and Security – Risk Fields and Management Strategies

  • Time:5:45 p.m. until approximately 10:30 p.m.
  • Location:Industrie-Club Düsseldorf
  •  Elberfelder Straße 6, 40213 Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Moderation:Dr. Franz Josef Schöne, Head of Lounge Düsseldorf
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Methods and techniques for the Internet of the future

Univ.-Professor Dr. Christoph Meinel
Chair of Internet Technologies and Systems, University of Potsdam

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Electronic attacks in the national and international context

Thomas Haldenwang
Vice-President of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution

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Security Situation and Cyber Defense in the Economy

Arne Schönbohm
President of the Federal Office for Information Security

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Comments from practice

Dr. Nicolas Krämer
Managing Director of the city. Neuss Clinics – Lukas Hospital – GmbH

04.07.2017 - Global protectionism

Global protectionism – economic scenarios and legal fields of conflict

  • Time:6:00 p.m. until approximately 10:30 p.m.
  • Location:Industrie-Club Düsseldorf
  •  Elberfelder Straße 6, 40213 Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Moderation:Dr. Franz Josef Schöne, Head of Lounge Düsseldorf
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Current situation and legal areas of conflict

Dr. Philipp Steinberg
Head of Economic Policy Department, Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWI)

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Protectionism and its consequences

Univ.-Professor Reint E. Gropp, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics at the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg and President of the Leibniz Institute for Economic Research Halle (IWH)

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Comments from practice

Dr. Robert Risse
Corporate Vice President und Head of Finance, Tax & Trade Group of Henkel AG & Co. KGaA

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Dr. Johannes Schulte
General Counsel und Head of Legal & Corporate Affairs der Douglas Gruppe