Tuesday, 5 November 2019, Bockenheimer Anlage 44, 60322 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

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Thomas Schürrle

Debevoise & Plimpton

Dr. Thomas Schürrle is admitted to practice both in Germany and the United States and currently serves as the Managing Partner of the Frankfurt office. He works on cross-border transactions and advises on corporate governance matters, including litigation and investigations and he is active in the firm’s Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice.

Martina de Lind van Wijngaarden

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Martina is a partner in the Freshfields Frankfurt office and a member of the dispute resolution practice group. She specializes in large-scale litigation and global investigations. Martina often works on sensitive, high-profile matters, frequently on a multi-jurisdictional basis. She has represented clients from different sectors in cross-border investigations and investigation-follow-on-litigation cases


Luke Dembosky

Debevoise & Plimpton

Bernd Groß

Feigen · Graf

Thomas Helck

White & Case

Mirko Manske

Detective Chief Inspector & Team Leader, Bundeskriminalamt


12.50: Registration and networking lunch

14.00: Chairs’ opening remarks

Thomas Schürrle, Debevoise & Plimpton
Martina de Lind van Wijngaarden, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

14.10: Session one: Internal investigations, reform and legal privilege

Germany is currently anticipating a new act which will fundamentally change the way practitioners’ approach corporate internal investigations. A law in the making for several years, the draft -- set to be released – has emerged from a background of heated debate. How has the US v. Connolly case effected wider change?

This panel will delve into the act and unpack what could really happen in this uncharted territory, including:

  • Would the new act create legal certainty for all involved and solve the issue of dawn raids on law firms and the seizing of materials?
  • Would it lead to more internal investigations and enhanced cooperation and how would this effect the future defence of corporations?
  • How would the mandatory criminal prosecution of corporations affect the legal landscape?
  • The US v. Connolly case: What are the implications for the management of internal investigations?

15.15: Coffee break

15.45: Session two: Cyber Incidents: data breach -- investigations and defence

Internet-based hacking has become a prevailing issue affecting nearly all businesses. Hackers enter systems and demand ransom or wreak havoc on databases and operations.

This panel will examine these points, along with related issues such as:

  • Have companies done enough to prevent situations like this in the first place.
  • How should companies react in case the database has become compromised?
  • What steps are required going forward and how should companies prepare?
  • How do authorities come in and what can we expect from them?

16.50: Chairs’ closing remarks

Thomas Schürrle, Debevoise & Plimpton
Martina de Lind van Wijngaarden, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

17.00 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception kindly hosted by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer


Bockenheimer Anlage 44, 60322 Frankfurt am Main, Germany


  • "Very good to have a diverse panel with both company representatives and externals", Bastian Schefzig, Deutsche Bank

Ticket Prices

Private Practitioner
Type Price Until
Super Early €600  27 Sept 2019
Early €700 25 Oct 2019
Standard €800 05 Nov 2019


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