Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession

Executive Faculty

Driver and network of experts: The members of the Executive Faculty of the Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession (Bucerius CLP) are, alongside the director, experts with extensive practical experience and theoretical expertise in their respective areas of competence. They are lecturers and consultants in the training programs and consulting projects of Bucerius Executive Education and Bucerius CLP.

Bernhardt LL.M., Prof. Dr. jur. Madeleine

University of Applied Sciences of the State Police of Brandenburg, Professor

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Practice area

  • Strategic Personnel and Organizational Development
  • Strategic Personnel Selection and Assessment
  • Effective Communication and Interaction
  • Optimizing Internal Communication Processes

Short bio

Prof. Dr. Madeleine Bernhardt is a lawyer, psychologist and certified Business Coach (European Coaching Association).

She holds a professorship for personnel and organizational development at the University of Applied Sciences of the State Police of Brandenburg and focuses in her research on leadership in organizations and the effective implementation of tools for personnel and organizational development as well as on the improvement of organizational efficacy.

Madeleine Bernhardt consults to international law firms on topics such as the strategic selection of new personnel, strategic personnel development, effective design of client relationships as well as the art of internal communication within law firms.
For many years, she worked for the German Judicial Academy in advanced training for judges and prosecutors. Furthermore, she worked at an international consulting firm, was managing director of the Center for Transnational Law and of the Berlin Center for Higher Education.

She studied German and French law at the Université Paris I/Sorbonne and the University of Cologne and received the LL.M. and the Maîtrise en Droit. Afterwards, in her studies in psychology, she specialized among others in the following areas: the judges' decision making process, communication in the court room, interaction with expert witnesses, client relationship management and interrogation techniques in compliance cases. In her PhD studies she examined under which circumstances judges follow the opinion of an expert witness in criminal proceedings.

Blase, Dr. Friedrich

Un-Firm, Managing Director


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Practice area

    • Innovative service delivery
    • Pricing
    • Strategy and implementation
    • International markets and collaborations

    Short bio

    In September 2016 Friedrich Blase founded a new legal business consultancy: The Un-Firm of the Future. The central focus of Un-Firm is to significantly increase the value of legal work whilst at the same time lowering costs. Un-Firm works closely with in-house legal departments as well as with external legal advisers.

    Friedrich Blase was previously Global Director of Thomson Reuters Legal Managed Services (previously Pangea3), one of the largest legal process outsourcing companies in the world. He was also a member of the Holland & Knight LLP executive team, one of the largest American law firms, where he was responsible for strategic issues as well as for handling the firm’s international operations.

    Friedrich Blase began his career in management consulting for law firms in Europe and the United States, and was a founding member of, among others, KermaPartners. Dr Blase is a German lawyer and has been living with his family in North America for over 10 years now.

    Bues, Dr. Micha-Manuel

    BRYTER GmbH, Managing Director

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    Practice area

    • Legal Technolgy
    • Legal Innovation
    • Information Technology
    • Legal Start-ups

    Short bio

    Micha-Manuel Bues is founder and managing director of BRYTER, a provider of automation software. Before that he was managing director of the AI company LEVERTON in Berlin. From 2013 to 2016, he was a lawyer at Gleiss Lutz, where he specialized in antitrust and compliance law. He studied law in Passau, Bonn and Oxford. He wrote his doctorate on a topic of European law under Prof. Stephan Hobe in Cologne. He is also an associate member of St. Anne's College at the University of Oxford.

    Micha-Manuel Bues has worked in, advised on and study the field of digital transformation and law for several years. He assesses which changes result from digital transformation and which opportunities, challenges and risks arise for law firms, legal departments and lawyers. He runs the blog (www.legal-tech-blog.de), publishes on Legal Tech and is a sought-after speaker.

    Grupp, Michael (Maître en Droit, Mag.iur.)

    BRYTER GmbH, Managing Director

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    Practice area

        • Legal technologies
        • Entrepreneurship and digital business models
        • Cloud & Data protection
        • Regulations for the legal profession

        Short bio

        Michael Grupp is a lawyer and entrepreneur. He is founder and managing director of BRYTER GmbH, a provider of automation software. Michael has founded and successfully sold several companies: The research and recruiting portal Thesius (2017) and the legal tech pioneer Lexalgo (2018), a provider of decision support systems, which has received several awards for its technology, developed in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA).
         
        Michael studied in Germany and France, with legal clerkships in Frankfurt, London, Seoul and New York and has worked in commercial law firms in the field of dispute resolution. He publishes on legal technologies and data protection and is a lecturer at the Goethe University Frankfurt. Michael is a leading voice in the intersecting field of law, technology and digital business models and studies the effects on the legal market.

        Halbleib, Dr Gernot

        Halbleib Beratung und Beteiligung UG, CEO

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        Practice area

        • Legal Tech
        • Legal Engineering
        • Entrepreneurship
        • Legal Innovation

          Short bio

          Following his studies, including a PhD in corporate and capital markets law from the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany, Gernot Halbleib worked for various law firms in Berlin, Frankfurt and New York. Afterwards he joined the startup scene and worked as an IT project manager at Home24, a company in the Rocket Internet Group as well as becoming an Entrepreneur in Residence and Venture-CEO at Project A Ventures, the startup-incubator of Axel Springer and the Otto Group.

          Since 2014 Halbleib has been focussing on the area of Legal Tech, which allows him to combine his passions for law, IT and entrepreneurship. As a freelance consultant he develops business ideas and supports startups as well as well-established companies and law firms in taking advantage of the opportunities offered by technological innovations.

          Rau, Dr. Christian

          Olympus Europa SE & Co. KG, Chief Compliance Officer EMEA


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          Practice area

          • Structuring, management and leadership of legal departments and in-house lawyers
          • M&A
          • Compliance
          • Cooperation with firms, both strategically and operationally

          Short bio

          Christian Rau has nearly 20 years of experience as an external lawyer, in-house counsel, manager and lecturer. His main areas of expertise are M&A, compliance, US litigation and legal leadership.

          After law studies in Freiburg, Geneva, Strasbourg, Washington, D.C. and Berlin, he began his legal career at Freshfields. From there he moved on to assume the position of in-house counsel at Johnson & Johnson in Brussels and New Jersey. Most recently, he served as assistant general counsel and member of the management board of a J&J subsidiary. At the same time, he also served as a lecturer at New York University (School of Continuing and Professional Studies).

          In 2007, he returned to Germany and assumed charge of the Legal and Compliance unit at Linde AG as Chief Legal Officer and Chief Compliance Officer. There, he integrated the legal departments of Linde AG and BOC, managed more than 100 lawyers around the world, and created a global compliance function. Until 2018, Dr. Rau worked as General Counsel EMEA of the US-American healthcare company Davita in Amsterdam. Since autumn 2018, he has worked as Chief Compliance Officer EMEA at Olympus Europa SE & Co. KG, He is proficient in German, English and French.

          Weber, Dr. Klaus-Peter

          INNIO Group (former GE Power), Executive General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer


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          Practice area

          • The general counsel function as a catalyst for sustainable corporate development
          • Value creation and legal project management as a management task (especially in M&A and group restructuring)
          • Corporate governance and compliance in a context of multinational matrix organizations
          • Strategic design and operational management of international joint ventures

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          Dr. Weber, a lawyer, mediator and attorney-at-law (NY), has many years of experience as a consultant and executive of big corporations, both through a major international law firm and through positions of responsibility at those corporations or through supervisory functions.

          Klaus-Peter Weber is since 2019 with INNIO Group (former GE Power) in the function of Executive General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer  Formerly, he worded as a General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and member of several management boards of Goodyear Dunlop (DACH). He began his legal career at Shearman & Sterling LLP, where he was an associate from 1999 to 2004. Following this, he became Head of Global M&A/Corporate Law and, in 2009, Head of Group Corporate & Finance for Deutsche Post DHL Group. In addition to his function as general counsel, Dr. Weber is also vice chairman of the supervisory board of primion Technology AG, a European technology company. Since 2010, he has been serving as a lecturer at the Center on the Legal Profession of Bucerius Law School in Hamburg.

          Based on his broad expertise in national and international corporate law, in particular M&A, restructuring, competition law, capital markets and financing, and compliance and corporate governance, Dr. Weber contributes primarily to the following areas of expertise at Bucerius CLP:

          The general counsel function as a catalyst for sustainable corporate development
          Value creation and legal project management as a management task (especially in M&A and group restructuring)


          Corporate governance and compliance in a context of multinational matrix organizations
          Strategic design and operational management of international joint ventures

           

           

          Wegerich, Prof. Dr. Thomas

          Deutscher AnwaltSpiegel, Publisher


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          Pracitice area

          • Publications and events concerning the legal market and specialized legal topics, both nationally and internationally
          • Issues in the legal market between law firms and legal departments
          • Trends in the legal market
          • Marketing and business development in the legal market
          • HR issues in the legal market

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          Thomas Wegerich studied law in Münster, where he completed his PhD under the supervision of Bernhard Großfeld. Educational and career stations took him to Speyer, Frankfurt, San Francisco, Birmingham, London and Cambridge.

          Prof. Dr. Wegerich worked in various management positions in leading legal publishing houses. In 2010, he founded the publishing house German Law Publishers, which specializes in top-level journalistic online publications, book projects and events for the legal market. In cooperation with the FAZ publishing house and other publishers from Germany and abroad (such as Frankfurter Allgemeine Buch, Sweet & Maxwell and Thomson Reuters).

          Thomas Wegerich is the founder and editor of the online magazine Deutscher AnwaltSpiegel, DisputeResolution, Business Law Magazine, ComplianceBusiness and Intellectual Property Magazine.

          He is (together with Markus Hartung) co-editor and co-author of the book Der Rechtsmarkt in Deutschland (The legal market in Germany) (Frankfurter Allgemeine Buch, 1st edition 2014) and editor of the two-volume work Business Laws of Germany (Thomson Reuters West, 4th edition 2015, in preparation).

          Since 2004, Thomas Wegerich is an honorary professor for national and international business law at the Brandenburgische Technische Universität, Press Fellow at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge (class of 1994), member of the Editorial Advisory Board of American Law Reports (Thomson Reuters West), member of the German Arbeitsgemeinschaft der rechts- und staatswissenschaftlichen Verlage (Association of law and political science publishers), founding board member of the Bundesverband Deutscher Compliance Officer (Federal Association of German Compliance Officers) and member of the committee on legal affairs of the Frankfurt am Main Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

          Weißenberger, Prof. Dr. Barbara E.

          Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Professor

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          Practice area

          • Financial Accounting and Group Accounting (German GAAP, IFRS)
          • Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation
          • Cost Management and Performance-based Management Control
          • Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics

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          Since 2014, Prof. Dr. Barbara E. Weißenberger holds the Chair of Accounting at Heinrich Heine University, Duesseldorf, Germany. In 2014, she was also appointed Affiliate Professor of Accounting at the Bucerius Law School, Hamburg, after having taught in the school’s LL.B.-program and executive education since 2002. From 2002 to 20014, she held the Chair of Controlling and Business Accounting at Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany.

          Weiss, Prof. Dr. jur. Wolfgang

          Allen & Overy LLP, Lawyer and Chief Operating Officer



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          Practice area

          • Research on professional service firms (PSF)
          • Service management, international management
          • Financing, particularly for medium-sized firms
          • Compliance and risk management, in particular in the legal market

           

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          Prof. Dr. jur. Wolfgang Weiss studied law and economics at the universities of Bayreuth and Augsburg, obtaining his doctorate in international tax law. He began his career as a tax assessor and judge at the tax court. He then switched to industry (companies in automotive supply, chemical fibers industry and aerospace), where he held functions as general counsel, chief financial officer and spokesman for management. He has been Head of Management Germany at Linklaters LLP. Weiss is member of various advisory bodies.

          Weiss moreover served as: HUK-Coburg Endowment Professor of Hochschule Coburg; Academic Director of the International MBA program Financial Management of Hochschule Coburg.

          Since March 2017, Weiss is lawyer and und Chief Operating Officer at Allen & Overy. Here he is mostly in charge of consultation and support of the law firm's strategic direction, and also of the magement and advancement of the business services.