The Blockchain Capital Berlin becomes an international Legal Tech Hub.
We connect national & international pioneers and thought leaders in all areas of Legal Tech!
On February 22nd and 23rd 2018 the Berlin Legal Tech takes place for the second time. Under the leadership of Legal Tech Pioneer Prof. Dr. Stephan Breidenbach and the „Blockchain Lawyer“ Florian Glatz, a unique selection of legal tech thought leaders and innovators from the German, European and international Legal Tech Community come together to shape the legal services industry of tomorrow.
A two-day international Legal Tech Hackathon (Februar 22nd-23rd) brings together Lawyers with Software Developers, User Experience Designers und Digital Innovators. In an open, collaborative form ideas will be developed and prototyped over a duration of 36 hours.
A full-day conference on February 23rd gives room for discussions and new insights. Captivating talks by pioneering members of the Legal Tech Community, stimulating discussions with like-minded colleagues and valuable networking opportunities make the Berlin Legal Tech a „Must Go“ event in 2018.
On the evening of February 23rd the participants of the Hackathon will present their ideas and prototypes to the conference audience.
A new generation of internet startups get attention world-wide. Inspired by the success of the decentralized digital currency Bitcoin, those startups try to generalize the underlying principle of Bitcoin, turning the business models of today’s internet platforms upside down. Which aspect of the phenomenon “ICO” has substance, what is hype? Which value do those startups create? What is the connection to Legal Tech?
How faithful can Machine Learning predict the outcome of legal disputes? Which business models are created by this ability, especially in connection with litigation financing? Artificial intelligence is increasingly capable to comprehend complex legal processes. How can lawyers prepare for those changes, to stay relevant in the future? Which cost advantages are to be expected for businesses?
Law and compliance will be integrated features of digitale services and products in the future. New technologies advance the digitalisation of the legal ecosystem at an increasing speed. Those who want to stay relevant tomorrow, have no other chance but to get a deep grasp of the possibilities – and limitations – of the technological foundations.
Transactions of all kind will be executed on a globally shared trust infrastructure, giving rise to new levels of transparency and accountability. Blockchain technology is the most promising candidate technology yet to fulfill that vision
Legal Services will be industrialized and standardized: starting with specific contract types, ultimately every aspect of a lawyer’s day-to-day job will be touched by automation. Increasing complexity requires more qualified legal advice, leading to an increase in cost. Here, industrialization helps to reduce cost and lower the barrier to justice.
Advances in Machine Learning and Big Data influence law in many ways. From cost reduction in legal practice to questions such as legal personhood for machines.
Where does the digitalization of law lead us?
Possibilities and limitations of digital technologies.
What is possible today?
How to prepare for the chances awaiting us?
Shaping the future and creating value in the legal ecosystem.
Our Speakers are comprised of thought leaders and innovators from all areas of the Legal Tech Community.
Florian Glatz has been a lawyer, software developer and consultant in the blockchain since 2014. He co-founded the Legal Tech Center and the German Blockchain Association, for which he serves as president. As a lawyer, Florian helps startups and corporations alike to navigate the uncharted waters of applied blockchain technology in a world of legacy legal systems.
Prof. Dr. Stephan Breidenbach is a law professor (European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), University of Vienna) and a serial entrepreneur. He has acted as arbitrator (ICC, CAS) and mediator in numerous national and international disputes. For the German chancellor Angela Merkel he coordinated the Future Dialogue in 2011/12. For the last fifteen years Stephan has developed legal tech for legal practitioners. His company knowledgeTools© International develops contract and plea generators as well as knowledge management systems for large-scale litigations (Toll Collect) and legislation (German Federal Ministry of Justice). He is the co-founder of, amongst others, BE Food AG, BioWink (Clue), betterplace.org, Schule im Aufbruch and ReDI School for Digital Integration.
Dr. Paul von Bünau is the Managing Director of idalab, a Berlin-based data science agency specializing in Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Mathematical Modeling and Data Strategy. idalab advises a wide range of clients in banking, mobility, biotech and the digital sector. Paul von Bünau studied mathematics and computer science and holds a PhD. in statistical data analysis.
Luis Ackermann ist Data Scientist und IT-Architekt. Vor rund drei Jahren gründete er Lex Ferenda und entwickelt seither Systeme zur automatisierten Verarbeitung von juristischen Daten und Software zur digitalen Unterstützung von Rechtsanwälten. Seine Spezialisierung liegt in den Themenbereichen Machine Learning und Datensicherheit, also in der Entwicklung von Algorithmen die Erkenntnisse aus Daten gewinnen und dabei hohe Vertraulichkeitsanforderungen erfüllen.
Dr. Cord Brügmann is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the German Bar Association. Prior to that, he was Director of the Legal Education Department of the German Bar Association. He is a member of the Berlin Bar. Cord was born in Minden/Westphalen, and he is married with two children. His past experiences include, amongst others, work for NGOs in Israel, the U.S. and Dachau, Germany, where he was director of an association for international youth exchange. Cord’s past charitable volunteer work includes working as a mediator in a Berlin inner city primary school. Cord studied law and history in München (Ludwig-Maximilians-University) an Berlin (TU Berlin). He acquired the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Dr. phil.), completing a thesis on legal action against anti-Semitic economic boycott during the Weimar Republic. He is President of the International Institute of Law Society Chief Executives (IILACE), a network of CEOs from all continents. Cord teaches law to BA students at a Berlin university.
Thomas Kohlmeier is one of the leading experts and innovators in the german and international litigation funding industry. Since January 2017 he is building a new Litigation Funder, Nivalion AG, Switzerland, with an initial investment volume of 250 Mio. € and the mission to develop and implement an innovative investment strategy and structure, making use of legal tech based processes and insurance linked solutions.
Dr. Friederike S. Bornträger is psychologist and works as organizational counsellor. Together with her clients she designs products and processes that fit people optimally. A „people fit“ increases quality, acceptance and robustness. With her expertise in human mind & behavior (LMU München), stakeholdermanagement (e.g. Olympic Bid Company Hamburg) and participation processes (e.g. Bundesliga International GmbH) she helps teams and organizations to adapt to new and ambigue situations – and to design them well.
Dr. Jan Stemplewski Entrepreneur, lawyer, management consultant. Co-founder of Holiday Hero, the legal assistant for holidaymakers. Holiday Hero's goal is to provide simple and risk-free help with a deficient holiday. The product is designed to make the handling of a holiday problem as easy as booking it. In addition, Jan and his brother Niclas founded the Legal Tech Team (legaltechteam.com). Together with other team members, they report first-hand on their founding experience in the field of legal tech.
Klaus-Lorenz Gebhardt has been with Mazars in Berlin for 14 years and is partner since 2010. As a lawyer and tax consultant, he advises on financial and supervisory law. The focus of Mr. Gebhardt’s work is on advising and designing investment funds and other financing instruments, especially for the real estate and energy sector. This includes the complete drawing up of a prospectus and the supervision of the approval procedure at the BaFin. He also advises investment funds, investment management companies on tax and legal issues. Furthermore, the topic crowdinvesting plays an important role; for example, in 2018, Mazars will host a one-month crowdfunding internship for young lawyers for the fourth time in Berlin.
Lilian Breidenbach is co-founder and managing director of Legal OS. She builds software and is a trained anthropologist.
“Philipp Caba, lawyer and venture developer, leads the service vw-verhandlung. de as Head of Legal of the cooperation between tha law firms of Gansel Rechtsanwälte (Berlin) and Baum, Reiter & Collegen (Düsseldorf). He is also managing director and shareholder of the newly founded Gesellschaft für die Digitalisierung des Rechts LI mbH. Former co-founder of the Forum Finanzwacht. de platform.“
Manon Goo ist IT-Experte, Berater und Mentor bei DG-i.
Fabian is long term open source developer, author and developer of many open source projects including Ethereum's Mist browser and the Ethereum Wallet. Together with Vitalik Buterin he proposed the ERC20 token standard, which spurred a new era of tokenised investment and crowd ownership.
Myke Näf is the co-founder of Doodle, the leading online date planner application which he led to more than 25 million monthly active users, profitability and a successful exit. Today he is active as n investor and advisor to startups.
Dr. Alexander Steinbrecher, LL.M. is a lawyer and Head of Group Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions and Legal Affairs at Bombardier Transportation in Berlin. The Legal 500’s General Counsel Powerlist recognizes him as one of the most influential and innovative in-house counsel in Germany. Alexander is interested in legal tech for a simple reason: legal tech can support legal teams in focusing on their key objective, namely providing added-value to the business.
Tobias Freudenberg is a lawyer and journalist in Frankfurt am Main. From 2000 to 2010 he worked in various positions for the media company Otto Schmidt in Cologne, including editor-in-chief of the magazines ``Die Aktiengesellschaft`` and ``GmbH-Rundschau`` as well as head of legal journals. Since 2010, he is responsible as editor-in-chief for the ``NJW`` and the entire NJW product group at the publishing company C. H. Beck. He has published numerous articles on professional and commercial law topics including as author of the business paper ``Handelsblatt``.
Andrea Thilo ist die Moderatorin der Berlin Legal Tech 2018.
Tom Braegelmann is an attorney at BBL Bernsau Brockdorff & Partner and was previously General Counsel at Leverton in Berlin. Before that, he was working as a lawyer for many years in major international law firms in Germany, and also for more than three years as a lawyer in New York City. He's closely following the latest technological developments which are currrently transforming the legal sector.
RAuN Ulrich Schellenberg ist Präsident des DAV.
Dr. Kathrin Mehler is legal counsel for digitization at Commerzbank AG. In this function, she is responsible for the digitisation of the bank's legal department, where she is responsible for Legal Tech, Change Management and Mindset. She also advises the Commerzbank Group's business units on legal issues relating to digitisation projects.
Markus Hartung ist Direktor des Bucerius Centers on the Legal Profession (CLP) bei der Bucerius Law School. Seine Forschung beim CLP dreht sich um Marktentwicklungen und Trends, Management, strategische Führung und Corporate Governance sowie neue Geschäftsmodelle durch Legal Tech.
Maximilian Schrems (usually referred to as Max Schrems) is an Austrian lawyer, author and privacy activist who became known for campaigns against Facebook for privacy violation, including its violations of European privacy laws and alleged transfer of personal data to the US National Security Agency (NSA) as part of the NSA's PRISM program. Schrems is the founder of NOYB – European Center for Digital Rights and has published a copy of his personal data revived from Facebook and documents relating to legal procedures on europe-v-facebook.org.
Legal Hackers can continue hacking for as long as they wish. The event area is available during the whole night.
During breakfast, we will get to know each other and discuss how we will run initial brainstorming on three topics: Blockchain, AI and Industrialization.
Participants develop ideas and use cases in an open exchange, supported through various creative methods based on Legal Design Thinking.
Legal Hackers pitch the ideas they want to realize during the event.
Teams start to form around common interests and passions.
Teams start to implement their ideas in the form of Prototypes, Presentations and other formats.
Legal Hackers hand in the result of their hard work.
Legal Hackers will pitch their ideas and prototypes to a qualified jury. Awards are waiting for the best teams. An after show party gives room for celebration to all participants.
The after show party gives room for celebration to all participants. It's taking place at the Hackathon Location.
Stephan Breidenbach and Florian Glatz open the conference.
The host of the space, Mazars, is introducing itself.
The main partner of the event, Contract Vault, introduces itself.
RAuN Ulrich Schellenberg
Thomas Kohlmeier, Co-Founder and Co-Managing Partner at Nivalion AG
Myke Näf, Investor and Co-Founder of Doodle
Jan Stemplewski (Holiday Hero)
Klaus-Lorenz Gebhardt (Roever Broenner Susat Mazars)
Lilian Breidenbach (Vertragsmacher UG)
Philipp Caba (Gansel Rechtsanwälte; GDR GmbH)
Florian Glatz, Blockchain Lawyer
Fabian Vogelsteller, Ethereum Foundation
Manon Goo, IT-Experte, Consultant and Mentor at DG-i
Luis Ackermann, Co-Founder Lex Ferenda
Max Schrems is Founder of NYOB and europe-v-facebook.org.
Around the three pillars Industrialisation/New Business Models, Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence
The future of industrial legal services
Friederike S. Bornträger
Psychologist & Organizational Counsellor
Opportunities for legal practitioners, in-house counsel and lawyers
Moderiert von Tom Brägelmann (Leverton)
Teilnehmer: Alexander Steinbrecher (Bombardier), Cord Brügmann (DAV), Tobias Freudenberg (NJW), Kathrin Mehler (Commerzbank; inquired), Markus Hartung (Bucerius)
A small selection of Legal Hackers will present the ideas they are working on at the Hackathon.
The conference participants are invited to watch the pitches of the Legal Hackers at the Hackathon. There will be a jury with awards and an after show party. The event is happening at the Hackathon Location.
The after show party is happening at the Hackathon Location.
The Berlin Legal Tech Hackathon brings together software developers, the digital revolution’s driving forces, and legal practitioners for the first time. Under the umbrella of “hacking.law” we promote a long overdue dialogue between these two groups.
Any productive dialogue starts with a common language. Its development is the core goal of the event. For two days, the event aims at building bridges in the form of different formats and with the help of Legal Engineers, legal practitioners with technical expertise.
Legal consulting is on the verge of fundamental change. With some delay, law is hit by digitization, bringing about deep change. Meanwhile legal education is not keen on change and innovation. There is much as it is because it has always been no different.
The Legal Tech Hackathon aims at changing this. We invite legal practitioners, lawyers and students to dive in the world of digital innovation for two days. Technical background knowledge is thereby not a requirement at all; in fact, legal practitioners can make a significant contribution by means of their legal expertise to create innovative Legal Tech products and services.
Legal Engineers are legal practitioners who already have a profound technical understanding. They have understood to – mainly autodidactically – gain valuable knowledge of how digital technologies can be used. Their knowledge is meant to be shared, commonly expanded and sharpened.
During the two-days Legal Tech Hackathon, they will translate and bridge the gap between curious legal practitioners on the one hand, and software developers and designers of digital products on the other hand. Thereby, they serve as a role model for the future legal practitioner.
Software developers and designers are the driving forces behind our society’s digital transformation. They are the architects of tomorrow’s society. The overall social responsibility is a heavy load to carry on their shoulders. In this respect, legal practitioners, having been responsible for society in a whole for centuries already, therefore are crucial stakeholders to provide valuable input and assistance.
A humane digital future can only be built together. We invite software developers, designers and digital entrepreneurs to open up for a dialogue.
Stage 1: joint brainstorming
Everything starts with an idea: What is part of legal practitioners’ everyday professional life which can be simplified, accelerated or even eliminated? How can work processes be improved? And in general: how can legal advice and legal practice be rethought? Think creatively, think big, every idea counts! In this respect, legal practitioners can provide valuable input, ideas, for instance, in the field of contracts (templates, analysis, execution, etc.), document and IP management as well as CRM tools for legal practitioners.
Stage 2: organization of ideas
In this stage, ideas and technological possibilities are put together – how can ideas be matched with the innovation drivers blockchain, industrialization and artificial intelligence?
Stage 3: team building
The participants form teams in accordance with personal interests. There are no specifications in respect of the composition of the team. Every team will be supported by the present legal engineers.
The teams implement their ideas by starting to hack. The goal may be, but not necessarily, to develop a functional prototype. As a competition entry, it is also possible to theoretically elaborate an exciting idea. Legal engineers help legal practitioners to be productive in the teams, to contribute to the implementation of the idea and to fulfill original legal tasks within the team.
By participating at the Legal Tech Hackathon, legal practitioners have already overcome the first hurdles on the way to tomorrow’s legal consulting. The workshops are meant to allay remaining reservations and fears concerning Legal Tech, to ignite curiosity and, last but not least, to provide basic knowledge.
There will be workshops on basis of software programming and algorithmic thinking, on blockchain and machine learning as well as on document automation tools.
The teams have the chance to win attractive prizes. The expert jury chooses the three best competition entries i. a. by level of creativity, innovation, practicability, social impact, etc.
Based in Zug – in the heart of Crypto Valley – Contract Vault is developing an advanced platform built with blockchain technology that allows users with little or no legal or blockchain knowledge to create, customize, manage and deploy legally-binding conventional and smart contracts. The Contract Vault marketplace offers users a dynamic ecosystem of powerful templates, advice and services from both legal and blockchain experts. The Contract Vault core team and its advisors including Laux Lawyers arefocused on providing a platform that will empower users with accessible tools that will enhance and simplify their business and will help carry the legal profession deep into the 21st century.
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Hackathon and Conference take place at two different locations.
The Berlin Legal Tech 2018 is organized by the Legal Tech Center at Viadrina European University.