Board & Ambassadors
Dr Hariolf Wenzler is Chief Strategy Officer for the German and Austrian offices of Baker & McKenzie. He is responsible for innovation, marketing and business development and is member of Baker & McKenzie’s Global Innovation Committee.
In addition, he is President of the European Legal Technology Association (ELTA) founded in 2016. The association already has more than 200 members in over 20 different countries, making it the largest Legal Tech association in Europe. The association holds annual conferences and offers an overview of the European Legal Tech scene through ELTA-Connect.
Tobias Heining is founding member and board member of the European Legal Tech Association (ELTA) and Director of Business Development & Communications (BD&C) at CMS in Germany. The BD&C department at CMS also comprises a Research & Development unit which is responsible for developing technology-based legal advisory products and launched its first product in 2015. Prior to becoming BD&C Director at CMS, Tobias has been working as Consultant at a PR agency, as Marketing Manager at US law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, joined CMS as BD Manager and headed the BD unit at CMS for a couple of years. In his various functions, Tobias Heining has been dealing with product development in law firms and its effects on the legal market as well as business models of the future since 2007. This also includes the greater digitization strategy of CMS Germany. Tobias studied History, Politics and Communications at Freie Universität Berlin, as well as Business Economics later on.
Micha-Manuel Bues is Managing Director at Leverton, a LegalTech-Company based in Berlin. From 2013 to 2016 he worked as a lawyer at Gleiss Lutz, specializing in Anti-trust and Compliance law. He studied law at the universities of Passau, Bonn and Oxford and wrote his doctoral thesis, on European Legal Issues, with Professor Stephan Hobe from the University of Cologne. He is Associate Member of St. Anne’s College, Oxford.
For many years Micha-Manuel Bues has been engaged in the theoretical and practical interfaces between law and technology. He has studied the changes which Legal Tech present to the legal market, including the opportunities, challenges and risks that arise for law firms, law departments and lawyers. He runs a blog on the subjects of Legal Tech, Legal Innovation and Legal Start-ups (http://www.legal-tech-blog.de) in German-speaking countries, and maintains therefore, close contact with the Start-up scenes in Europe and the USA.
As the Europe Director of Innovation at Dentons, Marie is a passionate promoter of technology and innovation within the firm, who helps to: (i) assess partnership opportunities with startups, clients and other law firms; (ii) share information on all things around innovation in the industry, helping others frame achievable service design and product development deliverables; (iii) promote learning from other chief innovation officers of all industries across the globe.
In addition to her role with Dentons, Marie is also a strategic advisor to Nextlaw Labs. Marie seeks out and develops internal and external ideas for new products, services or startups with potential applications in the legal sector and seeks potential business partners in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Simply put, she is the voice and face of Nextlaw Labs in the EMEA region.
She accelerates internal development and innovation culture at Dentons and promotes the cooperation with legal-tech initiatives and strategic projects throughout Europe. For more than 15 years Marie has been working in the field of business development and customer relations with professional service firms.
Marie also serves as a board member within the European Legal Tech Association (ELTA). Most recently she was ranked among the 2017 ‘Fastcase 50’, recognizing of the world’s leading innovators in law.
Maria is an expert in corporate and professionals’ #branding and a lawyer passionate by #innovation and #legaltech. Founding member of Madrid #LegalHackers and President of the Latin American Legal Professionals Women Association (AMJI).
She has successfully built and position many brands, such as Isofoton (renewable energy); Pérez-Llorca (law firm) and the Madrid region as investment destination. She is a founding partner at the Instituto de Innovación Legal and a managing partner at Emprendelaw, consultancy from which she advises many professional services companies -law firms and consultancies- in areas such as strategy, marketing, communications and people and knowledge management.
Maria Jesus devoted the first half of her career to the practice of law, specializing in #IP, #DataProtection and #Contracts’ Drafting. She was admitted to the Madrid bar in 1989 and practiced first as a solicitor at Clifford Chance and Gómez-Acebo&Pombo; and later as a corporate counsel at Orbis-Fabbri and Consodata.
She studied law at University Complutense of Madrid and European Law at Amsterdam University. She is DEA in Public Law by UNED. Her thesis dealt with #DataProtection. She has also received a solid education in business management and law, through various postgraduate courses in recognized institutions such as IESE (PLGP program), ESADE (SEP program) in Madrid and the Solvay Institute in Brussels (Master in Management).
She is the author of several books on management of law firms and is a regular contributor to professional media and a frequent speaker in training institutions such as Nebrija, ICADE, Centro de Estudios Garrigues, Centro Universitario Villanueva, IE Business School, FIDE o el ICAM. She can work in English, French, Italian, Dutch and Catalan, and is used to working in multinational teams, since she has spent parts of her career in the U.S., Belgium, United Kingdom and the Netherlands. She understands well the functioning of both the public and the private sectors, since she has extended working experience in both.
María J. González- Espejo García
María J. González- Espejo García
Jeroen Zweers is Innovation Director for Kennedy Van der Laan which is a law firm with offices in Amsterdam and Eindhoven, The Netherlands. He is responsible for a team of Legal Tech consultants and developers who help Inhouse counsel to solve their challenges with Legal Tech. Jeroen is also co-founder of Dutch Legal Tech which is one of the oldest Legal Tech communities in Europe, with more than 900 members. Last year, Jeroen was nominated by the Financial Times as European Legal innovator of the year.
Jean-Luc Delli is the founder of Innovation.Law – The Legal Industry Forum, and the Managing Director of the practical legal training institute Lawbility Ltd in Zurich (Switzerland) that develops and offers a practical training program for legal professionals. Furthermore, he is a board member of the International Negotiation Competition for Law Students (INC).
Laura is court interpreter turned legalmarketer and legaltech enthusiast.
She has been the Head of marketing and BD for the law firm Adarve Abogados for more than a decade, now combining it with cofounding and codirecting the Instituto de Innovación Legal, an organization created in 2016 to promote innovation in the legal industry and legaltech entrepreneurship in Spain and Latam countries.
She also coorganizes the Madrid Chapter of the Legal Hackers, a global movement exploring and developing creative solutions to some of the most pressing issues at the intersection of law and technology.
Also passionate about communication, she is convinced that most of the world’s problems are caused by a lack of it.
Laura is a French national who has been adopted by the Spaniards at the beginning of the new millennium.
Dima is CEO at Axon Partners. He is TEDx speaker, Lecturer in Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Head of legal committee of Lviv IT Cluster, co-head of IT committee of Ukrainian Bar Association. Ranked in the TOP 5 of Best Lawyers in IT according to the annual study Ukrainian Law Firms 2014, 2015, 2016 and TOP 100 Lawyers in Ukraine according to all-Ukrainian study the Choice of the Clients 2014/2015. Named as an excellent, forward-thinking lawyer in Intellectual Property by Legal 500 2016.
Cinema fan and jazz listener, eats after 6 p.m., plays football.
Ido is head of the Robus’s Legal Tech department, and is among the founders of Tech&Law – Israel’s first legal tech community.
In this capacity, Ido works to advance and develop the inevitable connection between technology and law. In this context, Ido regularly hosts legal-tech meet-ups, bringing together entrepreneurs – both Israeli and international – and lawyers. Moreover, Ido also frequently writes and publishes professional novel materials, and has positioned himself as a leading figure in the field of legal-tech in Israel.
In parallel to his work at the company, Ido is a third year student in the prestigious PPE (Philosophy, Politics, Economics & Law) program at Tel Aviv University.
In his free time, Ido is dedicated to his lifelong love for the Maccabi Tel Aviv Football Club, an is also a huge fan of television and cinema, and an avid motorcyclist.
Ido grew up in Ramat HaSharon and currently resides in Tel Aviv.
Orsolya is a Partner at Szecskay Attorneys at Law, a Hungarian law firm with an international clientele and scope of activities. Orsolya is based in Budapest and she specializes in international transactions, M&A and corporate law, focusing on joint ventures, venture capital and private equity investments, as well as privatizations and tax law. She is also active in business mediation utilizing innovative supervision techniques.
Orsolya served in 2015-2016 as the President of AIJA, the International Association of Young Lawyers, which is the only global association of young career-building lawyers, aged 45 and below (http://www.aija.org). She visited 39 destinations during her presidency representing young lawyers at various international and national lawyers’ organizations and conferences, advocating for cross cultural communication and international professional exchange.
She is a regular speaker and – being an active member of Toastmasters International - enjoys delivering “TED-style” talks at various conferences in the legal sector to provoke interest and thoughts on various subjects that she feels particularly passionate about, such as the future of the legal profession and services, the lawyers’ role in person to person diplomacy, gender equality and the advancement of women in leadership positions, or the challenges of cross-cultural communication and negotiations.
She is fluent in English and German, and conversant in French and Spanish.
Riikka is a postdoctoral researcher of procedural and insolvency law at the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Law. She defended her doctoral dissertation ``Dispute Resolution and Technology - Revisiting the Justification of Conflict Management`` in September 2016. In her PhD she examines the impact that technology-enabled forms of conflict management have on the justification of use of coercion. She considers conflict management technology as disruptive, in the sense that implementation of technology affects both doctrinal boundaries between different fields of law as well as dispute resolution mechanisms.
Kaisa is the co-founder and CEO of Contract Mill, an intelligent legal document automation solution for law firms and in-house legal teams. Contract Mill is easy to use cloud based SaaS solution that enables lawyers create automated versions of their own document templates. Contract Mill not only boosts efficiency and enables effective knowledge management, but it also empowers non-lawyers in corporations to do more themselves and it creates new business opportunities for law firms. Kaisa has extensive track record in working as international business lawyer, previously holding the position of General Counsel of a MEUR 500 turnover electronics manufacturing company headquartered in Switzerland. Based on over 12 years in-depth knowledge of the in-house legal work, Kaisa and co-founder Hannele Korhonen, owner of a law firm, want to be part of building future of legal work where lawyers and business owners can ``be more`` what they are passionate about: business enablers, strategists, negotiators and experts. Kaisa holds LL.M, Law, from University of Helsinki and she has been studying in addition in Stockholm, Sweden and Tübingen, Germany.
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Estonian who has studied both IT and Law, worked for a year in San Francisco in Legal Tech company Ravel Law and builds currently his own Legal Tech company ExtendLaw (https://xlaw.eu/en) in Estonia and is IT Advisor of Supreme Court of Estonia.
A short bio is to be published soon.
Rick Seabrook is Manging Director Europe at Neota Logic. He is an executive leader who has guided global organizations across a range of industries and professional services.
Prior to joining Neota Logic in 2015, he served as European Managing Director of a Nasdaq-listed legal technology business where his role focused on strategic growth and commercial delivery.
Rick also held the title of Managing Director (formerly Partner) at Accenture for over 18 years, where he led the development and management of services businesses across a range of industries, including Oil & Gas, Utilities, Telecommunications, and Mining.
Rick is an expert in business strategy, organic and acquired growth, and transformational change.
Rick lives in Farnham, UK with his wife and three children and enjoys running, watching rugby, and playing cricket for MCC and local clubs. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree (Joint Honours) in Modern Languages from Newcastle University, England, and is an alumnus of Harvard Business School.
He is a non-executive director of Workpond Ltd, a disruptive flexible employment company.
Orsolya is the founder of consultancy firm InvestCEE which implements LegalTech solutions in legal operations across Central Eastern Europe. With 11+ years of BigLaw experience in cross-border M&A and private equity deals, Orsolya specializes in ``humanizing`` Artificial Intelligence technology for large scale document review and legal data management. She is based in Budapest, Hungary.
Orsolya edits blogposts on NewLaw topics for the Hungarian FinTech & innovation blog FinTechZone. With her passion for innovative technology and modern art, Orsolya is also interested in exploring blockchain across multiple sectors, in particular in law and arts.
Beyond Hungarian, she is fluent in English and Romanian.
Tobias Steinemann is a licensed Swiss attorney. After being admitted to the bar in Basel, he practiced in a commercial law firm, where he mainly focused on the areas of corporate and commercial law. Tobias holds an LL.M. degree in Intellectual Property from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa and completed his MBA at HEC Paris in 2017.
As Yerra Solutions’ Legal Director, Tobias directs the company’s global internal legal and compliance department. He works on the structural and operational development of this internal function as well as the support of the consulting practice and external clients.
Born July 24, 1967, in Halle/Saale (Germany). Works since 1996 in Russia providing information services to legal professionals. Is convinced that professionals won’t have a chance to succeed in the 21st century without relevant information and the appropriate tools to process it.
- 1990–1994 Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany - Business Administration
- 1988–1990 Finance University, Moscow, Russia - Finance
- 2009 – present Infotropic Media, Moscow, Russia - Managing Director
- 2003 – 2009 Wolters Kluwer, Moscow, Russia - Managing Director
- 1998 – 2003 C.H. Beck, Moscow, Russia - Managing Director
- 1996 – 1998 Wolters Kluwer, Moscow, Russia - Financial Director
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