Siegmar Pohl

Siegmar Pohl


Dr. Siegmar Pohl, co-chair of the German Practice, specializes in cross-border transactions, with a particular knowledge of US and German law. Siegmar is uniquely qualified to address the differences between business cultures, legal systems and languages that can make cross-border transactions challenging. He has extensive experience facilitating corporate deals with multi­national elements – including M&A, joint ventures, formation, and venture capital – with a strong focus on cross­border intellectual property and technology issues.

Siegmar’s practical approach to analyzing and addressing complex legal issues brings important perspective to deals involving multiple jurisdictions. His ability to move seamlessly between US and German codes has added significant value to negotiations, not just in the US and Germany, but in Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Singapore and Japan, as well. He understands the concepts being raised on each side of the table, understands the “legal culture” behind them, and proposes solutions that bridge the divide.

With his strong grounding in technical fields – especially in technology law – Siegmar is notably adept at formulating and implementing strategies for the protection and handling of intellectual property (patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights) across jurisdictions. Siegmar also has particular experience dealing with transaction involving technology assets and multicultural negotiation.


  • Acted as US counsel to a leading multinational manufacturer of solar technology equipment with group companies and operations in the US in the negotiation and closing of a €100 million syndicated revolving credit facility.
  • Representing a leading German robotics technology company in its investment cooperation in innovative Silicon Valley cloud computing company.
  • Representing a Chinese acquirer in the divestiture of sensor chips development and manufacturing assets in several European countries and US states.
  • Representing a California-based oil company in the due diligence, bidding process, and negotiation of a US$44 million stock sale and purchase agreement, the first sale in the company’s history.
  • Representing a well­known international tobacco company – with products sold in 120 countries – in an acquisition, joint venture and marketing agreement totaling US$74.5 million with a San Francisco manufacturer of inhaling technology.
  • Representing a Silicon Valley online social network in corporate, commercial, and international IP law, as well as in venture capital financings.
  • Representing a large manufacturer of software and hardware for computer-based audio production in the US$50 million sale of a leading music-download site; ongoing advice on strategic acquisitions.


  • Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn , Doctorate, magna cum laude
  • University of Iowa College of Law, LL.M.
  • University of East Anglia, Diploma in Law,

    (England) (with honours)


  • California, 2007
  • Germany, 1999

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board of Directors, German School of the East Bay, Inc.
  • Member, German American Lawyer’s Association (DAJV e.V. in Bonn)
  • Member, American-German Copyright Summit (Los Angeles - Berlin)
  • Member, Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors


  • English
  • German

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  • Co-presenter, License Agreement Negotiation Demonstration as part of the summer program “International IP Transactions” at Bucerius Law School, the top ranked law school in Hamburg, Germany, July 19, 2017.
  • Co-presenter, License Agreement Negotiation Demonstration as part of the summer program “International IP Transactions” at Bucerius Law School, the top ranked law school in Hamburg, Germany, July 20, 2016.
  • Presenter, “The Criminal Liability of Corporate Directors and Officers under US Law,” German Attorney Conference (Deutscher Anwaltstag), Berlin, Germany, June 2, 2016.
  • Co-presenter, the EU General Data Protection Regulation: “Preparing for Substantial Changes on the Horizon,” the Irish American Bar Association of Northern California, San Francisco, May 4, 2016.
  • Co-presenter, “TTIP and Investor Protection from the US – American Perspective,” German In-House Counsel Conference, Berlin, Germany, November 6, 2015.
  • Panelist, “EU Data Privacy Regulations – New and Far More Stringent?,” The Masters Conference, San Francisco, March 31, 2015.
  • Co-presenter, “Negotiating M&A Agreements: Smooth Solutions for the 10 Stickiest Clauses,” National Business Institute, December 11, 2014.
  • Panelist, “Corporate Law in Multinational Corporate Groups,” 21st German In-house Counsel Conference 2014 (21. Deutscher Syndikusanwaltstag 2014), Berlin, Germany, November 6, 2014.
  • Presenter, “Startup Essentials: Roadmap to Success for Internationals,” Meet the Expert, French American Chamber of Commerce, San Francisco, October 9, 2014.
  • Presenter, “Top 10 Trickiest Clauses in M&A Agreements,” International Business Law Consortium Annual General Meeting, Barcelona, September 19, 2014.
  • Panelist, “Stricter EU Privacy Rules: How the Proposed Regulations May Affect Your Cross­Border Business,” Roundtable Briefing, November 2013.