Members of the Transatlantic Advisory Council

The Transatlantic Advisory Council was established in 2019 to support Bucerius Law School’s interests in the United States. Its members have been part of the Bucerius Law School community for many years, be it as lecturers, full-time faculty or students and alumni. They know both Bucerius and the legal community in the United States very well. They give feedback on the law school’s U.S. strategy and offer assistance in connecting with the Bucerius community in the U.S. through events, such as lectures and other gatherings to foster the transatlantic exchange of ideas and to encourage identification with Bucerius Law School and its global community.

The Transatlantic Advisory Council cooperates closely with the President of Bucerius Law School, Katharina Boele-Woelki and Inga Diercks-Ferm, Assistant Director (USA) in the International Office.

Professor Dr. Dana Beldiman

Dana is a partner at Squire Patton Boggs in San Francisco. She has structured complex IP transfers as part of corporate transactions, both domestic and cross-border. She has counseled on, structured, drafted and negotiated numerous agreements in the IT and life sciences/chemical areas, including all forms of licensing, development, distribution and systems integration agreements, as well ascorporate IP management and monetization strategies (licensing-in/licensing-out programs and guidelines).

Dana was instrumental in founding the Transnational Center for IP, Media and Technology Law and Policy at Bucerius Law School and serves as its Academic Director and Chairman of its Academic Advisory Committee. She serves as co-director of the Licensing Transactions in Intellectual Property Summer Program, organized jointly by Bucerius Law School and UC Hastings.

Dana is also a member of the faculty of UC Hastings, San Francisco, where she teaches courses in IP licensing transactions, international and comparative intellectual property, trademark and unfair competition, intellectual property and human rights.

Dana holds degrees from the University of Bremen (doctorate), Santa Clara University (LLM), University of California (JD) and University of Bucharest (MA).

She has been Honorary Consul General of Romania in San Francisco since 1999.

Dr. Andre Fiebig

Andre Fiebig is a partner at Quarles Brady LLP in Chicago, where he focuses on mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, commercial law and antitrust. Andre Fiebig also regularly provides compliance advice and training to foreign clients around the world. He has been teaching international antitrust in the “International and Comparative Business Law” exchange program at Bucerius for many years. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University School of Law where he teaches Mergers & Acquisitions, and at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center of the Max Planck Institute in Munich.

Andre Fiebig is a dual American and German citizen. He holds degrees from the University of Illinois (B.S.), Chicago-Kent College of Law (JD) and University of Tübingen (doctorate).

He lives in Chicago and serves on the Boards of several not-for-profit institutions such as the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, the Loyola Institute for Consumer and Antitrust Studies, Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business and the German International School Chicago.

Professor Toni Jaeger-Fine

Toni Jaeger-Fine is an Assistant Dean at Fordham Law School. She has taught or lectured domestically and in Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Germany, Italy, Japan, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Peru, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Dean Jaeger-Fine is the author of numerous articles on a wide range of topics published in the United States and abroad, as well as several books: Becoming a Lawyer: Discovering and Defining Your Professional Persona; American Legal Systems: A Resource and Reference Guide; An Introduction to the Anglo-American Legal System (which has been translated into Italian, Korean, and Portuguese), The U.S. LL.M.: From Whether to When, What, Where, and How; and Mastering the U.S. Legal System. Dean Jaeger-Fine blogs online at YourProfessionalPersona.com. She is a regular speaker to delegations hosted by the U.S. Department of State, Senior Counselor to the International Section of the Federal Bar Association, and an application reader for the Schwarzman Scholars program.

Previously, Dean Jaeger-Fine served as associate director of the global law program at NYU School of Law. She was twice a Fulbright Senior Specialist Program grant recipient, and is past chair of the sections on Post-Graduate Legal Education, International Legal Exchange, and Legal Education for Foreign Lawyers of the Association of American Law Schools. Dean Jaeger-Fine was associated with the law firm of Crowell & Moring in Washington, D.C., where her practice focused on commercial, appellate, and administrative litigation. She is a cum laude graduate of Duke Law School and received her B.A. from Harpur College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Toni has taught an elective course on the American legal system at Bucerius since 2001 and coordinates the New York side of the partnership between Bucerius and Fordham which has been going strong since 2006. She was awarded the Bucerius Badge of Honor in 2017.

Professor Dr. Thilo Kuntz

Thilo Kuntz holds the Chair of Private Law, German and International Corporate and Economic Law at Bucerius Law School and is Managing Director of Bucerius’ Institute for Corporate and Capital Markets Law. His main research interests are corporate finance (including venture capital), private ordering and fiduciary law.

Thilo Kuntz holds an undergraduate legal degree, Ph.D. and post-doctoral degree (Habilitation) from Justus-Liebig-University Giessen as well as an LLM from University of Chicago Law School and was a visiting scholar at Stanford Law School.

Professor Clifford Larsen

Cliff Larsen has been the Dean of the international, interdisciplinary Master of Law and Business at Bucerius Law School since its inception in 2006. Previously, he had been a professor at Washington & Lee University. In his 13 years there, he published a number of articles, in German and English, primarily in the areas of arbitration and comparative law and was named Director of International Legal Studies Programs. While at Washington & Lee, he taught in Mexico, frequently in Cologne for the University of California, and was a Fulbright Senior Scholar and Commerzbank Visiting Professor of Law at Bucerius Law School, where he taught in English in the International Program and in German in the LL.B. curriculum.

Cliff Larsen holds degrees from Tulane University (B.A.), Oxford University (B.A. and M.A. as a Rhodes Scholar) and the University of Virginia (J.D.). He practiced law at White & Case in New York City and S.G. Archibald in Paris and is a member of the New York and Louisiana Bars as well as an avocat à la cour de Paris.

Janna Maland

Janna Maland currently serves as Associate General Counsel at Banco Santander International, which is part of the Spanish Grupo Santander’s Private Banking business. At Santander, Janna focuses on advising internal clients on structuring the bank’s investment products and drafting and reviewing documentation for credit transactions, as well as providing guidance regarding business development, marketing, third-party-agreements and corporate governance.  Prior to joining Santander in 2018, Janna spent her career at Shearman & Sterling LLP in New York City, where she practiced in the general corporate and finance groups.

Originally from Germany, Janna obtained her LL.B. degree from Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany, and her J.D. from Fordham Law School in New York City, and is licensed to practice in Germany, New York and Florida.

Peter Prommer

Peter Prommer is a partner at Nixon Peabody LLP in Chicago, where he is a member of the firm's intellectual property practice group and life sciences industry team. Leveraging his past experiences in university research and as a licensed professional engineer with an international engineering firm, he has a strong appreciation of the creative and problem-solving processes in the development of intellectual property. Peter counsels small growing companies to leading global corporations on developing effective legal strategies, both foreign and domestic, for building and strengthening intellectual property portfolios in a manner that aligns with their business objectives. This includes counseling clients on patents, trademarks, portfolio development and competitive intelligence, as well as opinion and enforcement matters.

Peter further assists foreign entities on various legal issues, including matters outside of intellectual property, as they consider furthering their activities into the U.S. market.

Peter was a member of Bucerius’ very first class of the exchange program “International and Comparative Business Law” (2002).

He holds degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (B.S. and J.D.) and Northwestern University (M.S.).  In addition, he serves on the board of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago and is active with Hamburg Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International.   

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