09 April: Kick-off evening event
10 April: Conference day


Steigenberger Graf Zeppelin
Arnulf-Klett-Platz 7
70173 Stuttgart

Top themes

“The Future of the In-house Counsel”
“Trusting legal tasks to Artificial Intelligence”
“How Blockchain can be utilised in legal professions”
“Digital Products Tailor-made: From process analysis to specific roadmaps”
“Using legal tech to comply with GDPR”

9-10 April 2019
Stuttgart, Germany

Our second Legal Disruption in 2019 is here, bringing together industry-leading legal technology experts with companies offering innovative solutions and experienced corporate lawyers from businesses of all sizes. Tailored for company lawyers, with the discussion themes carefully selected to reflect what in-house counsel are most interested in, Legal Disruption is a must-attend event for corporate counsel wishing to learn more about modern-age solutions and approaches in the legal departments.

Event Agenda

Tuesday, 09 April 2019:

18:00 Arrival & Drinks Reception

19:00 Welcome Speech

19:15 Collective Redress across the globe – Class Actions as inherent risk for multinational corporations

Dr. Michael Thomas Melber & Klaus Schubert, K&L Gates

Afterwards Discussions/Q&A

20:15 Get-together with Flying Dinner

Wednesday, 10 April 2019:

09:00 Welcome

Dr. Peter Schichl, Head of Legal Tech Practice Group at Bundesverband der Unternehmensjuristen e.V. (BUJ)

Dr. Peter Kriependorf, Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Syndikusanwälte im Deutschen Anwaltverein (DAV)


09:15 – 11:00 Artificial intelligence & future prospects

1. The digital transformation in legal departments and AI

Bettina Sonnemann, Head of Legal Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Microsoft

2. Disruption disrupted: Where are we heading?

Thomas Northoff, Managing Partner and Global Technology Leader, Deloitte Germany

3. The ethics of AI for corporate lawyers

Dr. Peter Schichl, Chief Legal Technology Officer, Head of Technology & Procurement, Deutsche Telekom


11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break


11:30 – 13:15 Practical approaches and in-house legal tools

1. The Digital Legal Department


2. Towards addressing common legal issues through automation

Dr. Jean Obst, General Counsel Western Europe, Robert Bosch GmbH

3. Performance & productivity at stake as legal departments enter a new challenging era

Grégoire Miot, Head of New Markets / Chief Evangelist – Legal Software, Wolters Kluwer

14:15 – 16:00 Breakout sessions on departmental efficiency and compliance questions

Maximising the effectiveness of corporate legal departments

1. How legal technology can increase departmental efficiency
Olaf Wolters
, General Counsel and Head of Legal,
idealo internet GmbH

2. Increasing legal awareness through legal tech instruments
Sabine Abbasi
, Director Corporate Legal,
EQOS Energie Deutschland

3. Correlation between legal document management solutions and reduced levels of stress
Gian-Reto Schulthess
, Head of Legal Technology and Innovation,
Zurich Insurance Company Ltd

Dealing with emerging challenges using legal technology

1. Soft and technical touch: the way to a holistic approach into the future of legal departments
Ruud van Herpen, General Counsel,
Xebia Group

2. Circumventing compliance requirements for emerging start-ups with legal technology
Damian Bethke, General Counsel,

3. Using legal technology to address data protection rules
Fabrizio Manzi, General Counsel,

16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break


16:30 – 17:45 Disrupted legal departments

1. Ending the insanity and risk around document production: using collaboration tools to increase inter-departmental efficiency, minimise errors and slash legal costs

Tarik Gause, Associate General Counsel, VEON Ltd.

2. Re-organising legal departments in a disruptive corporate environment

Michael Winkler, Head of Legal/Corporate & COO, Daimler AG

3. Blockchain and its efficacy in corporate legal departments

Dorota Koseła, EMEA Counsel, Jumio Corporation


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Sabine Abbasi
Director Corporate Legal & Compliance Officer, EQOS Energie Deutschland


Michael Winkler
Head of Legal/Corporate & COO, Daimler AG

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Tarik Gause
Associate General Counsel, VEON Ltd.

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Dorota Koseła
EMEA Counsel, Jumio Corporation

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Bettina Sonnemann
Head of Legal Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Microsoft

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Grégoire Miot
Head of New Markets / Chief Evangelist – Legal Software, Wolters Kluwer

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Thomas Northoff
Managing Partner and Global Technology Leader, Deloitte


Dr. Jean Obst
General Counsel Western Europe, Robert Bosch GmbH

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Dr. Peter Schichl
Chief Legal Technology Officer, Head of Technology & Procurement, Deutsche Telekom

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Gian-Reto Schulthess
Head of Legal Technology and Innovation, Zurich Insurance Company Ltd.

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Ruud van Herpen
General Counsel, Xebia Group

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Fabrizio Manzi
General Counsel, Italiaonline


Olaf Wolters
General Counsel and Head of Legal, idealo internet GmbH

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Damian Bethke
General Counsel, MessageBird

In partnership with:

Sponsoring/Technology Partners


Media Partners


Arrival & Accommodation

Event Location:

Steigenberger Graf Zeppelin
Arnulf-Klett-Platz 7
70173 Stuttgart


Reservation – limited room block on 9 April 2019
A room block has been optioned (upon availability)
Room rate single occupancy: EUR 170,00 per night incl. breakfast

Please use the keyword “Legal Disruption” for your reservation: reservations@stuttgart.steigenberger.de 


Personal Data

Registration conditions:

After your online registration you will receive a booking confirmation and an invoice by ECLA Association Services SPRL to your given email address.
If you find out after registration that you are unable to attend, your registration can be transferred to another person (company lawyers only). This transfer needs to be announced to and proved by the event organizer ECLA Association Services SPRL. A possible cost difference depending on the membership status will be charged accordingly.
If you are unable to find a substitute participant, you can cancel your registration in written form with the organizer (event@ecla.eu). For written cancellation until 30 days prior to the event, a handling fee of EUR 150,00 + VAT will be charged. For cancellation less than 30 days prior to the event, the registration fee will be payable in the full amount. The date on which written notice of cancellation is received by the organizer shall be decisive.

Impressions – Legal Disruption 2019 (Dublin)

Sabine Abbasi
Director Corporate Legal & Compliance Officer, EQOS Energie Deutschland

Mrs. Sabine Abbasi studied Business Psychology and Business Law in Hamburg and Boston, MA (USA). She has more than 15 years of professional and managerial experience.

In addition to her honorary work as an examiner at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, she also participated in various textbooks in the field of law as a writer and co-author.

She is currently doing her doctorate at Mendel University in the field of management. Since 2018 she works as Director of the German legal department of EQOS Energie Deutschland GmbH. Since 2019 she is also appointed as Compliance Officer.


Tarik Gause,

Associate General Counsel, VEON Ltd.

Tarik Gause is Associate General Counsel at VEON Ltd., a leading global provider of connectivity and internet services based in Amsterdam and listed on both NASDAQ and Euronext.  As a key member of a small team of capital markets and finance attorneys at VEON, Tarik partners with colleagues and senior management to address complex disclosure matters which arise under both U.S. and E.U. securities regulations and impact all areas of VEON’s business, including M&A, liability management, litigation, investor relations, human resources, and corporate governance.  Prior to joining VEON Ltd., Tarik was Assistant General Counsel and Vice President at Bank of America Corporation (BofA); a capital markets attorney with Shearman & Sterling LLP in São Paulo, Brazil (2013-2016); an investment funds attorney with K&L Gates LLP (2010-2013); a research analyst and staff attorney in the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (2005-2010); and director of Japan and  Korea international trade policy at the White House’s Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (1999-2005).  Tarik is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (JD), Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (MA) and Howard University (BA).  He is fluent in Portuguese and conversant in Spanish.

Dorota Koseła is the EMEA Counsel at the London office of FinTech company Jumio. In addition to a double MA in Law and Sociology, she holds an LL.M. in Law, Science and Technology from Stanford Law School. She advises on a wide range of contractual and regulatory issues involving technology, including Fintech, mobile health and the Internet of Things. In particular, she has developed unique practical experience in advising tech companies on their international expansion. Dorota is also a seasoned data protection lawyer. She is a keen mentor and has been advising and mentoring technology-based start-ups from Central and Eastern Europe.

Thomas Northoff
Managing Partner and Global Technology, Deloitte

Thomas Northoff joined in Deloitte 1994, and is, as a Partner for Deloitte Tax & Legal, the Managing Partner for Deloitte Legal. He advises public and private sector clients on funding strategies and optimization of grants & incentives, strategy and organizational development, transactions, financing structures and tax law.

Thomas Northoff also serves as a member of the board of the Deloitte Foundation and member of the supervisory board at Universitätsmedizin Rostock.

Besides his native German, he speaks English and French.


Relevant experience


Dr. Jean Obst
General Counsel Western Europe, Robert Bosch GmbH

Dr. Jean-Stephan Obst studied law from 1993-1998 at the University of Saarland. From 1995 to 1997, he completed a two-years integrated trilateral university program in England, Germany and France (Lille-Warwick-Programm). In 1997, he started his own business as a coach in communication, IT and law and together with a partner he founded GoTraining GbR. After completing his practical legal training with focus on economic law at the Higher Regional Court Saarbrücken, Jean-Stephan Obst attained a doctorate with the topic “The rights of the minority shareholder at stock exchange listed companies”. From 2003 to 2005, Jean-Stephan Obst worked as a trainee at Robert Bosch GmbH with stations in the legal department, HR department at Bosch Spain, Controlling and Sales Automotive, followed by positions as Legal Counsel (until end 2006) and Senior Legal Counsel (until October 2011) in Automotive an IT law. In addition, he served as Deputy Head for the French legal department of Robert Bosch France SARL from August 2008 to January 2009. From 2011 to 2017, Jean-Stephan Obst was Head of the legal Department at Bosch Thermotechnik GmbH and from 2015 onwards, he also been served as General Counsel West Europe. Today, he serves as Head of Law of the Mobility Solutions department at Robert Bosch Gmbh. Jean-Stephan Obst speaks German, French, English and Spanish.


Ruud van Herpen
General Counsel, Xebia Group

Ruud van Herpen is a seasoned legal management executive with over 25 years of experience in various legal roles. For the first 10 years after his study Dutch Law at Leiden University in the Netherlands he was active as an attorney at law, secretary to the board and corporate lawyer for various international companies.

In 2000 he founded his own dispute resolution practice. In his corporate mediations he focuses on tensions between and within organizations. In 2002 until 2005 he became co-founder and board member of the Dutch Mediators Association, of which he became chairman from 2010 until 2014.

Since 2011 Ruud has been Senior Director and General Counsel at various software companies and is currently General Counsel at Xebia International Group. In his daily legal practice as General Counsel, Ruud integrates his IT and dispute resolution experience to a more holistic approach for the future legal department. He is not only focusing on the introduction of new legal technical solutions but pairs them with the further development and integration of legal skills for his teammembers.

In 2011 Ruud has been appointed as mediator to the ITDR, an organization that specializes in IT and Data conflict management. Ruud is co-founder and since 2018 chairman of the Dutch Association of Corporate Mediation.

Fabrizio Manzi
General Counsel, Italiaonline

Current General Counsel of Italiaonline, main Italian-based internet company with strong focus on digital advertising and the mission to digitalize small and medium enterprises, he also acts as secretary of the Board of Directors and head of the compliance and regulatory function.

Previously, he covered the role of legal head of the M&A function and extraordinary transactions in UniCredit S.p.A., offering support in all major corporate transactions in the years 2014-17.  He had started his career in the private practice working for more than 12 years at Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners, a primary standing Italian law firm, in the Corporate/M&A department under the guidance of Mr.Francesco Gianni.