Dr. Siegmar Pohl, co-chair of the German Practice, specializes in cross-border M&A and technology transactions. He has significant experience practicing law in California and in Germany. Siegmar represents European and Asian clients in acquisitions, venture capital and technology transactions in the US. He also represents US clients with their investments and acquisitions in Germany. His particular strengths include cross-border deals involving intellectual property assets (e.g., patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights).
Clients frequently ask Siegmar for advice on minimizing liability risks when entering the US market and launching technology products. In this context, Siegmar regularly holds workshops and training sessions for foreign board members and managers, coaching them on their duties, liabilities and corporate governance issues.
Siegmar is uniquely qualified to address the differences among business cultures, legal systems and languages that can make cross-border transactions challenging. His ability to move seamlessly between complex issues of US and German codes has added significant value to negotiations. He understands the concepts being raised on each side of the table, understands the “legal culture” behind them and proposes practical solutions that bridge the divide.