LAWFUEL – Law Firm Newswire – DLA Piper is delighted to announce that leading IT lawyer Dr Jan Geert Meents will join its Technology, Media and Commercial (“TMC”) practice as a partner in Munich. Jan Geert currently heads CMS Hasche Sigle’s Munich Technology law practice, which he founded in 1999. He will work closely with Office Managing Partner, Thomas Jansen to expand DLA Piper’s offering.
Jan Geert has over eight years’ experience advising IT companies and national and international businesses. Jan Geert’s main areas of practice include IT and outsourcing projects, however he also specialises in technology law, eCommerce and data protection. In addition, he played a major role in developing the industry expertise required for M&A projects in the technology sector.
DLA Piper’s Munich office was established in August 2007 and focuses on TMC, private equity and venture capital transactions. Jan Geert’s appointment will advance the development of the TMC team particularly as there are synergies between his contacts and existing clients of DLA Piper.
“The motivation for my move is DLA Piper’s international orientation,” said Jan Geert. “DLA Piper’s worldwide presence will enable me to assist international companies and cross-border projects on a completely different level.”
Simon Levine, DLA Piper TMC Group Head said: “Germany is one of our focus points in the development of our global TMC practice. Jan Geert will make a major contribution in the expansion of the German TMC practice. His appointment follows that of IP litigator Dr Julia Schönbohm to the Frankfurt office in November 2007.”
Dr Ulrich Jüngst, Regional Managing Partner of DLA Piper in Germany, said: “We are delighted that Jan Geert decided to join us. He’s a renowned lawyer, and his appointment is an important step in establishing a leading TMC practice and expanding the Munich office.”
Jan Geert has a law degree from the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich and also holds a Doctor’s degree from the Westfälische Wilhelms University of Münster.
Jan Geert will officially join DLA Piper later this year.