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For four months we have been providing you with regular updates on all relevant legal developments regarding the Coronavirus disease in Germany. In the future you will be informed by our team about changes in specific topics. Please don’t hesitate to get in contact with our experts.

The guide line contains following topics:

Employees and Businesses
• Employment
• Data Protection
• Curfews
• Mandatory Business Closures
• Real Estate and Tenancy Law Corporate Governance
• Corporate
• New Rules for Stock Corporations

Liquidity / Financing
• Financial Support Measures
• Economic Stabilization Fund
• Tax Reliefs – Update
• Financial Agreements
• Compensation Claims
• EU Legal Framework for State Aid

Restructuring / Insolvency

Supply Chain
• Trade Controls
• Commercial Contracts: Force Majeure
• Governmental Contracts – Update

Further Areas
• Antitrust & Competition
• Compliance
• Intellectual Property
• Investment Protection
• Work of State Courts and Arbitration Tribunals

Industry Focus: Pharma & Medical Products

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Dr. Stephan Behnes is a partner and member of Baker & McKenzie's German Tax Practice Group in Frankfurt. He advises corporate companies, banks and other financial institutions with regard to German and international tax law. Before joining the Firm in July 2015, he was a partner of a major international auditing and advisory firm and also worked in one of the leading international law firms in Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Amsterdam.

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Dr. Daniel Bork is a senior associate in Baker McKenzie's Real Estate Practice Group in Dusseldorf. Prior to joining the Firm in 2014, Daniel served his legal traineeship at the District Court of Cologne. During this time, he also worked at the German Embassy in Switzerland and in the Firm's New York office. In 2018, Daniel was seconded to the Real Estate Practice Group of our Chicago office.

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Dr. Jonas S. Brückner is a counsel in Baker McKenzie's Berlin office. He joined the Firm in 2014 and advises on antitrust and competition law. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Dr. Brückner was a member of the Brussels-based antitrust team of another international law firm from 2010 to 2014, and a government official (Regierungsrat) at Germany's Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs in Berlin from 2009 to 2010.

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Dr. Janet Butler joined Baker McKenzie in 2001. Her main areas of practice include energy law, subsidy/state aid law and environmental & planning law. She also has significant experience advising on privatizations. She is a member of the Germany Public Law Practice Group as well as the European Energy, Mining & Infrastructure Practice Group.

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Alexander Ehrle is a member of the Firm's International Trade Practice in Baker McKenzie's Berlin office. Alexander studied law at the Universities of Heidelberg, Montpellier (France), Mainz, Munich and New York (NYU) specializing in Public International and European Law. He worked as advisor and member of a delegation of a developing country at the United Nations before qualifying for the German bar. He spent his clerkship with the Higher Regional Court in Berlin, the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin and Tokyo as well as an international law firm in Frankfurt and Milan. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on the structural changes of public international law and their conceptualization in academic discourse basing his research on the governance of areas beyond national jurisdiction. Alexander is admitted to practice in Germany and New York.

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Dr. Holger Ellers joined Baker McKenzie in 2006 and is a member of the Firm’s Global Financial Restructuring & Insolvency Practice Group. He routinely advises German and international clients on all aspects of insolvency law as well as on corporate and real estate matters, including both M&A and real estate transactions. His practice also covers insolvency advisory, reorganizations and cross-border insolvencies. Dr. Ellers has completed the theoretical training required to qualify as a Fachanwalt für Insolvenzrecht (accredited insolvency lawyer).

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Joachim was admitted to the German bar in August 2005 and joined the Trade and Commerce Practice Group of Baker McKenzie in Munich, Germany in March 2007. He was seconded to the legal department of Siemens AG in 2009 and to the legal department of Amazon in 2013 and 2016. In 2010, he worked at Baker McKenzie’s office in Frankfurt. He earned a Master in Law at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, with an emphasis on commercial law in 2006. Joachim studied law at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, from where he graduated in 2003. He routinely publishes on distribution law issues. Furthermore, he is a co-author of the legal commentary Flohr/Wauschkuhn on all aspects of distribution law published by the leading German legal publishing house C. H. Beck.

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Dr. Marc Gabriel is head of the Firm's Public Law Practice Group in Germany, where he also chairs the European Public Procurement Group. He is author of numerous articles and publications on public procurement law issues and regularly speaks at conferences and seminars. Marc has been recognized for his work in public procurement law and recommended in the areas of healthcare and pharmaceuticals as well as defense and security by JUVE, Chambers, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal from 2009 onwards.

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Teresa Gerhold is a member of Baker McKenzie's Antitrust & Competition practice group in Dusseldorf. Prior to joining as an associate, she worked for the team as a law clerk. During her legal traineeship she also worked for the German Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt). Previously, she specialized in the area of European competition law during her time studying at King's College London.

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Dr. Robin Haas is a senior associate in Baker McKenzie’s Munich office. He is a member of the Compliance and Investigation Group and one of the innovation ambassadors at the Munich office. Robin joined the Firm in 2015 after studying law in Mannheim (Dr. jur.), Swansea (University of Wales, Erasmus) and New York (Columbia University, LLM). He has previously worked in our offices in Frankfurt and Zurich.

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Andreas Jauch is a senior associate of Baker McKenzie’s Intellectual Property group in Frankfurt. In the past, he has also been part of the IP team in Washington, DC. After his law studies at the Johannes-Gutenberg University in Mainz, Andreas received an LL.M. degree in Intellectual Property Law at the University of Glasgow. Prior to joining the Firm, Andreas completed his legal clerkship at the District Court of Mainz. As part of the clerkship Andreas worked as a research assistant and a law clerk in the intellectual property practice groups of international and domestic law firms in Frankfurt and London.

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Christian Koops ist Senior Associate bei Baker & McKenzie Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten und Steuerberatern mbB

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Dr. Andreas Lohner is a compliance and corporate partner in the Firm’s Munich office. He is a seasoned lawyer with 20 years of experience advising on various areas of law such as corporate law, corporate compliance issues and internal investigations. Andreas is co-head of the German Compliance Group and serves as chair of the European Compliance Steering Committee.

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Prof. Dr. Susanne Mertens is a member of the Public Law Practice Group in the Berlin office. She is renowned for her focus on public procurement law and, since 2009, has been recommended several times in JUVE Handbuch Wirtschaftskanzleien.

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Dr. Markus Mörtel is a senior associate in Baker McKenzie's Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group in Frankfurt. He joined the Firm in October 2014.

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Dr. Michaela Nebel is a partner in the Frankfurt office of Baker McKenzie since June 2011 and was admitted as an attorney to the German bar shortly after. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie she studied law at the University of Passau. She obtained her Doctor of Law degree on a topic related to privacy in the Web 2.0. From July until December 2014 she practiced at the San Francisco office of Baker McKenzie. She is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and since May 2015 a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E) and since May 2017 a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US). She is also the author of numerous articles on information technology law, in particular on data protection law and e-commerce law, and the co-author of an English language commentary on the EU General Data Protection Regulation. In 2017/2018, Michaela received several recommendations for data protection law in kanzleimonitor.de.

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Dr. Thilo Räpple is a Partner in Baker McKenzie's Frankfurt office.

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Dr. Lisa B. Reiser is a senior associate in Baker McKenzie’s Frankfurt office. Dr. Reiser joined Baker McKenzie in Spring 2011, after having worked six months for the American Arbitration Association in New York, USA where she administered cases brought against the arbitration institution, contributed to a commentary on the AAA Rules and monitored arbitration hearings. For several years, she was a research assistant at the Chair of Private International Law and Comparative Law at the University of Mainz.

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Prof. Dr. Michael Schmidl is an honorary professor at the University of Augsburg and specialist lawyer for information technology law (Fachanwalt für IT-Recht). He is a partner at Baker McKenzie´s Munich office and advises in all areas of contentious and non-contentious information technology law, including internet, computer/software, data privacy and media law. Mr. Schmidl also has a general commercial law background and has profound experience in the drafting and negotiation of outsourcing contracts and in carrying out compliance projects.

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Dr. Anika Schürmann is a counsel in Baker McKenzie’s Düsseldorf office. She joined the Firm in 2013, and advises in antitrust and competition law, as well as in white collar crime and compliance investigations. She is admitted to the Dusseldorf bar and is a member of the German Association of Antitrust Lawyers as well as the Criminal Law Section of the German Bar Association. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Mrs. Schürmann was a member of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s antitrust team (2007-2011), and practiced in a Düsseldorf law firm that specializes in white collar crime law (2012-2013).

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Dr. Oliver Socher heads the Banking and Finance Practice in Germany. His practice covers banking and finance and distressed debt matters. Prior to joining the Firm in January 2006, he worked as an associate for a "Magic Circle" law firm in Frankfurt and London. He also worked as an associate for a Wall Street law firm in New York. Dr. Socher studied law at the Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen, where he also earned his doctor’s degree in law, and at Fordham School of Law in New York. He was admitted to the German bar in 2001.

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Florian Tannen is a partner in the Munich office of Baker McKenzie. He advises on all areas of contentious and non-contentious information technology law, including internet, computer/software and data privacy law. He also has profound experience in the drafting and negotiation of outsourcing and IP-project (in particular SAP-implementations) contracts. Before joining the Firm, Florian worked for two major law firms and a large US-based technology company.

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Dr. Florian Thamm is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Frankfurt office. He is the head of the German Real Estate Practice and chair of the EMEA Real Estate Practice Group of Baker McKenzie. Before joining the Firm in 2007, he worked in the Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and London offices of Hengeler Mueller since 2000. In 2004, he was seconded to Slaughter and May in London. Dr. Thamm was admitted to the Frankfurt bar in 2002.

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Anahita Thoms ist Partner bei Baker & McKenzie Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten und Steuerberatern mbB

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Dr. Katharina Weiner is a member of the Firm’s Public Law Practice Group in Dusseldorf and is part of the International Procurement Committee of the ABA. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie in 2008, she spent part of her legal clerkship working as a Stagiaire for the European Commission's Public Procurement Law Unit. She also previously worked as a research associate at University of Cologne. In 2005 she participated in the George Washington University Law School’s government contracts program in Washington DC. She graduated from Ruhr-University Bochum in 2003 with special honors.

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Dr. Niklas Wielandt is a senior associate in Baker McKenzie's Real Estate and M&A Practice Group in the Frankfurt office. He advises domestic and international clients on all aspects of German real estate and tenancy law as well as corporate/M&A law.

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Sandra Wittinghofer — a member of the Banking and Finance Group — advises national and international banks, trustees and corporations on matters of banking and finance law, particularly on structured finance and relating banking regulatory matters. She studied law in Bayreuth and Paris (Assas) and is admitted as a German Rechtsanwalt and as Solicitor (England and Wales).

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Dr. Christoph Wolf joined Baker McKenzie in 2011. He heads the German Capital Markets group. After having worked as attorney in private practice in Frankfurt from 1998 to 2000, Christoph joined Morgan Stanley Bank AG as legal counsel to the investment banking, capital markets and corporate finance divisions, and was Head of Legal for Germany and Austria until the summer of 2011. He is experienced in advising on capital markets, takeovers, and corporate law matters.