Management

GAPLA MANAGEMENT


board member
Udo Pfleghar B.A. (Melbourne)
Rechtsanwalt

Panelist for UDRP and ADR Proceedings


AREAS OF PRACTICE
Intellectual property including trademarks, designs, domains, UDRP and ADR proceedings, customs seizures and watches, copyright, licensing and portfolio management, trademark clearance searches and watching, data protection law

EDUCATION
Law, Political Science, Commerce, University of Melbourne, University of Regensburg
NAATI Accredited Translator and Interpreter

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
1999 – 2004 EUIPO, Spain, Senior Examiner
2004 – 2008 Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH, Germany,
Head of Group Trademarks and Designs
since 2009 Partner at BEST Rechtsanwälte PartmbB, Germany
since 2013 Lecturer in Law at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences since
since 2006 Panelist for domain proceedings (ADR and UDRP Proceedings) at the Czech Arbitration Court
since 1996 Admitted to the German Bar since 1996

LANGUAGES
German, English (native speaker)
French, Spanish (basic knowledge)

CONTACT

ARISTOS IP
Ludwigshafener Str. 4

65929 Frankfurt am Main / Germany

Phone: +49 (0) 69 1532 299 66
Fax: +49 (0) 69 1532 299 70
Email: info@dapjv.com

 


chairman
DR VOLKER LINDEN
Rechtsanwalt


AREAS OF PRACTICE
Intellectual property including industrial property rights, patents, trademarks, designs, licensing, employee invention and assignment law, R & D Agreements, rights management and mediation

EDUCATION
Law, University of Bonn and University of Cologne

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Member of the trademark and licensing department of Merck KGaA, Germany for 7 years
Currently Head of the Intellectual Property management of VOITH GmbH & Co. KG aA, Germany
2009 – 2017 Co-founder of PatEffect Schutzrechtsmanagement GbR
Admitted as a Rechtsanwalt in Germany in 1991.

LANGUAGES
German (native speaker)
English (fluent)
French (basic knowledge)

CONTACT

Voith GmbH & Co.KG aA
Sankt Pöltener Straße 43
89522 Heidenheim / Germany

Phone: +49 (7321) 377362
Fax: +49 (7321) 377003
Email: volker.linden@voith.com
Website: www.voith.com


board member
MICHAEL KOBRAS
Lawyer – Solicitor & Public Notary

Accredited Specialist – Business Law
Registered Migration Agent


AREAS OF PRACTICE
Formation of companies, especially for German, Swiss and Austrian companies, representation, agency and distribution agreements, terms and conditions of trade, employment law including employment agreements and representing employers and employees in disputes, intellectual property including trade mark registrations, passing off, statutory and other intellectual property infringements, leasing of commercial property, international succession law including drafting wills under German and Australian substantive and procedural laws

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Michael joined the law firm Schweizer Kobras in 1994 and became a partner in 1998. He was the first “Recognised Foreign Lawyer” in New South Wales being admitted in both Germany and Australia.
Until 1992, Michael practised for a number of years in Munich in general civil and commercial law. In 1997 he completed a Master of Laws with distinctions in business law, international taxation and European Union Law.
In October 2006, Michael was also registered as a Migration Agent. He has over 20 years experience in a wide variety of legal work covering corporate and business law as well as inheritance law under German and Australian jurisdictions. He has also appeared in Australian courts as an expert in German inheritance and family law.

LANGUAGES
German (native speaker)
English (fluent)

Michael Kobras

CONTACT

Schweizer Kobras
Level 5, 23-25 O’Connell Street
Sydney NSW 2000 / Australien

Phone: +61 (2) 92239399
Fax: +61 (2) 92234729
Email: mkobras@schweizer.com.au
Website: www.schweizer.com.au


board member
DR FRIEDRICH SCHWANK
Rechtsanwalt


AREAS OF PRACTICE
International Corporate Tax Planning, Aircraft Finance, Securities Transactions, Mergers and Acquisitions, International Commercial Arbitration, International Commercial Transactions, Trade Financing and Banking, Investment Disputes, Energy Charter Treaty Arbitration

EDUCATION
Law, Innsbruck University, Dr. jur. 1972;
postgraduate work in London and Paris

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Admitted to Innsbruck bar 1976, Vienna bar 1986 Senior Partner, Law Offices Dr. F. Schwank, Vienna (since 1986) Rechtsanwalt, Greiter & Schwank, Innsbruck (1976–1985) Trainee, Woodham Smith Greenwood & Holland, London (1975) Trainee, Legal Secretariat of ICC Court of Arbitration, Paris (1975)

PUBLICATIONS
Author of books and articles on international commercial arbitration, Austrian arbitration law, construction, oil and gas industry, international commodity trading, banking and finance, Eastern Europe, corporate governance, tax

LANGUAGES:
German (native speaker)
English (fluent)
French (basic knowledge)
Italian (basic knowledge)
Spanish (basic knowledge)

Dr Friedrich Schwank

CONTACT

c/o Law Offices Schwank
Wipplinger Straße 34
1010 Vienna / Austria

Phone: +43 (0) 5335704
Email: offices@schwank.com


board member
CLAUDIA DELA CRUZ
M.I.L. (University of Sydney)

Solicitor, Lawyer


AREAS OF PRACTICE
Litigation, Arbitration and Conflict Resolution, Private International Law, Corporate Governance and Compliance, Investigation and Commercial Criminal Law, Competition and Consumer Protection Law, Insurance Law.

EDUCATION
2006 Admission as Solicitor in New South Wales, Australia
2013 Master in International Law at the University of Sydney
2012 Law studies at the University of Münster
2009 Erasmus Scholarship at the Faculty of Law, University of Zaragoza, Spain

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Since 2016 lawyer at the law firm Resolve Litigation Lawyers, Sydney

LANGUAGES

German (native speaker)
Spanish (native speaker)
English (fluent)

 

CONTACT

Resolve Litigation Lawyers
Level 18, Deutsche Bank Place
126 Phillip Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Phone: +61 2 8298 6005
Email: claudia.delacruz@rllawyers.com.au

Website: www.rllawyers.com.au

 

 

 


chairman
DR JULIANE WERTHER
Rechtsanwalt

Solicitor


AREAS OF PRACTICE
Mergers & Acquisitions, Company Law and Distribution Law

EDUCATION
Law studies at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, doctorate ibid 2012, as well as the University of Wollongong and the University of New England

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2008 – 2010 Lawyer in a law firm for international business law, Düsseldorf
2010 – 2017 Legal Counsel / Company Secretary in the German investment platform for airport acquisitions and asset management of a Canadian pension fund, Düsseldorf
2017 – 2018 Lawyer / Counsel / Australian Desk at Deloitte Legal, Dusseldorf
since 2018 General Counsel at Toshiba Memory Europe GmbH

PUBLICATIONS
Urheberpersönlichkeitsrechte in Deutschland und Australien (Dissertation, 2012)
Rechtliche Besonderheiten beim Anteilskauf in Australien – eine rechtsvergleichende Betrachtung (RIW 2013, 273)

LANGUAGES
German (native speaker)

English (fluent)

CONTACT

Toshiba Memory Europe GmbH
Hansaallee 181

40549 Dusseldorf / Germany

Phone: +49 (0) 211 36877-0
Fax: +49 (0) 211 36877-79400
Email: julianewerther@outlook.com

 

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