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.

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  • Representing the German manufacturer of music production software and hardware in the acquisition of a US content library specialized in recording top musicians.
  • Representing the French acquirer of a leading manufacturer of bottle caps for still and sparkling wines in California.
  • Representing San Francisco-based innovative industry leader in wireless network development throughout the Western US in a complex private equity transaction.
  • Advised leading German manufacturer of household appliances on minimization of legal risks in connection with the launch of a new consumer product on the US market.
  • 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.

Education

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

Admissions

  • California, 2007
  • Germany, 1999

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board of Directors of the German American Business Association of California (GABA)
  • Board of Directors of the German School of the East Bay, Inc.

Languages

  • English
  • German

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  • Co-author, “Expect The Unexpected: Common Pitfalls In Cross-Border M&A,” Law360, April 19, 2018.
  • 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.

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