Who

Lawyers

  • Samuel Aebi
    Samuel Aebi
    Samuel Aebi

    Samuel Aebi

    Associate

    Fully qualified German lawyer admitted since 2014, studied in Berlin and Shanghai. Before joining Vogel Heerma Waitz in January 2016, legal counsel with a global start-up in Berlin having 500 employees worldwide.

    Focus: Corporate law with main emphasis on advising start-ups in respect to venture and growth capital financing in all stages.  Additionally, operative support of start-ups, especially in the area of IT-law.

  • Olga Balandina-Luke
    Olga Balandina-Luke
    Olga Balandina-Luke

    Olga Balandina-Luke

    Partner

    Fully qualified German lawyer admitted since 2011, Certified Specialist in corporate and commercial law, studied law in Berlin, London and Moscow. Olga worked for King & Wood Mallesons, previously: SJ Berwin, before joining Vogel Heerma Waitz.

    Focus: Corporate law in the context of venture, expansion and growth capital as well as mergers and acquisitions, employee incentive schemes and corporate and commercial disputes before national courts.

  • Jan Heerma
    Jan Heerma
    Jan Heerma

    Dr Jan Heerma

    Partner

    Fully qualified German lawyer admitted since 1996, studied law in Bochum and Passau, further studies in New York and Dallas, doctorate in Passau. Jan practiced law for more than 20 years, including 12 years as a partner of King & Wood Mallesons, previously SJ Berwin, before founding Vogel Heerma Waitz.

    Focus: Corporate law as well as intellectual property and technology transfer of any kind, including licenses and other commercial contracts (R&D of any commercial kind), disputes and litigation on corporate and intellectual property issues.

    Jan regularly publishes on legal issues, most prominently as co-author of Wandtke/Bullinger, commentary on copyright. One of Germany’s best VC lawyers according to Handelsblatt Ranking 2017.

  • Claas Hohlweger
    Claas Hohlweger
    Claas Hohlweger

    Claas Hohlweger

    Associate

    Fully qualified German lawyer admitted since 2013, studied law in Cologne, Amsterdam and Berlin. Before joining Vogel Heerma Waitz in mid-2015, Claas worked with Weitnauer.

    Focus: Advising start-ups and investors covering the entire lifecycle of growing businesses, from founding through financing to exit.

  • Linus Korherr
    Linus Korherr
    Linus Korherr

    Linus Korherr

    Associate

    Fully qualified German lawyer admitted since 2017, studied in Augsburg and Lund (Sweden). Prior to joining Vogel Heerma Waitz, Linus worked for an international law firm in Munich as research assistant.

    Focus: Advising start-ups, entrepreneurs and investors in corporate law, especially in the area of venture, expansion and growth capital.

  • Anika Lepage
    Anika Lepage
    Anika Lepage

    Anika Lepage

    Associate

    Fully qualified German lawyer, studied law in Heidelberg, Sydney and Berlin. Joined Vogel Heerma Waitz after several years of work experience as legal counsel and data protection officer at international IT & media companies.

    Focus: Advising and representing companies in the areas of technology, digital business and media, in particular with regard to intellectual property, IT law, data protection law, copyright and media law.

  • Anne Leßner
    Anne Leßner
    Anne Leßner

    Anne Leßner

    Associate

    Fully qualified German Lawyer admitted since 2018, studied in Jena and New Brunswick (Canada), traineeship among others at the Thuringian Data Protection Commissioner and at the Institute of Law and Informatics of the University of Saarbrücken. Prior to that, Anne worked as research assistant for an international law firm in the patent litigation area.

    Focus: Advising start-ups in the operational area, in particular protection of IP, on drafting of license agreements and other software agreements, in the fields of e-commerce and data protection.

  • Simon Pfefferle
    Simon Pfefferle
    Simon Pfefferle

    Dr. Simon Pfefferle

    Associate

    Fully qualified German lawyer admitted since 2014, studied in Heidelberg, Berlin, Durham (North Carolina, USA), doctorate in Berlin. Prior to joining Vogel Heerma Waitz, Simon worked for Greenberg Traurig.

    Focus: Advising on all corporate issues, mergers and acquisitions as well as corporate finance by equity, mezzanine and debt capital.

  • Sabine Röth
    Sabine Röth
    Sabine Röth

    Sabine Röth

    Partner

    Fully qualified German lawyer admitted since 2008, studied law in Freiburg, Stellenbosch and Edinburgh. Sabine worked for King & Wood Mallesons, previously SJ Berwin, before joining Vogel Heerma Waitz.

    Focus: Advising investors, entrepreneurs and businesses in growth, technology and innovation driven areas with regard to corporate finance by equity, mezzanine and debt capital, mergers and acquisitions, employee incentive schemes, general corporate and operational issues.

  • Frank Vogel
    Frank Vogel
    Frank Vogel

    Dr Frank Vogel, LL.M. (Cantab.)

    Partner

    Fully qualified German lawyer admitted since 1994, studied in Berlin and Cambridge/UK, doctorate in Berlin. Frank practiced law for nearly 20 years in two international law firms, including 14 years as a partner of King & Wood Mallesons, previously SJ Berwin, before founding Vogel Heerma Waitz.

    Focus: Venture expansion and growth capital, mergers and acquisitions.

    Recognised by “Best Lawyers” as Lawyer of the Year 2017, 2012 and 2011 for Private Equity in Berlin and as Lawyer of the Year 2018, 2016 and 2013 for Venture Capital in Berlin.

  • Clemens Waitz
    Clemens Waitz
    Clemens Waitz

    Dr Clemens Waitz, LL.M. (NYU)

    Partner

    Fully qualified German lawyer admitted since 2008, studied in Freiburg, Seville, New York, Shanghai and Berlin, doctorate in Freiburg. Clemens worked for Hogan Lovells and Morrison & Foerster before founding Vogel Heerma Waitz.

    Focus: Advising growth companies, entrepreneurs and investors, in particular with regard to venture and growth capital financings of technology businesses and on all corporate issues from incorporation to exit.

Assistants

  • Jana Boleslav
    Jana Boleslav
    Jana Boleslav

    Jana Boleslav

    Assistant in an international law firm since 2001 before joining Vogel Heerma Waitz. Qualified as state certified foreign language correspondent (English and French) and graduate translator (English and French)

  • Nicole Bresler
    Nicole Bresler
    Nicole Bresler

    Nicole Bresler

    Assistant since 2001, for 7 years in an international law firm, before joining Vogel Heerma Waitz. Qualified as state certified foreign language correspondent (English and French), professional expertise in accounting

  • Beate Eisele
    Beate Eisele
    Beate Eisele

    Beate Eisele

    Assistant since 1999, for 9 years in an international law firm (including office management), before joining Vogel Heerma Waitz. Qualified as state certified foreign language correspondent (English and French)

  • Diana Meyer
    Diana Meyer
    Diana Meyer

    Diana Meyer

    Assistant since 1999, for 15 years in international law firms, before joining Vogel Heerma Waitz. Qualified as state certified foreign language correspondent (English and French)