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Born in 1952 in Cloppenburg; spent many years living abroad in Switzerland, Egypt, Greece and Tanzania.  




Studied law and journalism at Mainz, Frankfurt and Heidelberg Universities; Assistant Public Law Chair, Mainz University under Prof. Dr. von Mutius; postgraduate study at the University of Administrative Law, Speyer; distinctions in first and second state law examinations in Mainz


1977 – 1989 In-House Counsel, Legal Department, Siemens AG, Prokura of Siemens AG (special power of attorney held by top management)

1988 Legal Department, Siemens Capital Corporation New York

1990 Partner at Linhardt & Partner

1998 Foerster+Rutow

1999 Provisional Management of Legal Department, Lucent Technologies Network Systems GmbH

2001 Provisional Management of Contract Management (Senior Contract Manager), Lucent Technologies Network Systems GmbH


German, English, French

Areas of Practice

Industrial transactions, Contract law relating to industrial plants and operations, Supply contracts, Co-operation contracts and Joint Ventures in Germany and abroad, Mergers and Acquisitions, Due Diligence, IT law and Anti-Trust

Professional Memberships

DACH Europäische Anwaltsvereinigung e. V. (European Bar Association)
Bundesverband mittelständischer Wirtschaft (German Federal Association of Medium Sized Companies)
Forum Medizintechnik e.V. (Forum MedTechPharma)
EUCON - Europäisches Institut für Conflict Management e.V. (European Institute for Conflict Management)


In the areas of:
International Joint Venture law
UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods
Anti-Trust law
European law
International supply and industrial plant transactions

europäisches forum für migrationsstudien® (efms)

Co-founder and Chairman of efms, an institute for European migration studies at the University of Bamberg

Institut Risk Management® (IRM)

Co-founder and Member of Board of IRM