Thomas Heymann is a partner at Heymann & Partner a firm he founded together with other partners in 2005 after serving as the partner responsible for the German practices of Clifford Chance and Willkie Farr & Gallagher. The firm is best known for assisting its clients in technology driven corporate and other transactions, IP matters and litigation. Today Heymann & Partner is recognized as a leading firm in the areas of technology, private equity, venture capital and restructurings. Other recognized partners with an emphasis on technologies are Dr Lars Lensdorf and Dr Moritz Hüsch.
The firm has advised many of the major German corporates including in recent years E.ON, RWE, Commerzbank, Ergo, Daimler, Audi and Lufthansa in major technology related transactions and litigation. It regularly advises non German technology companies in acquisitions.
Mr Heymann is also recognized by various legal guides as a leading lawyer in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, private equity, venture capital and restructuring.
He served as president (2000-2002) and board member (1995-2000) of the International Federation of Computer Law Associations, as vice-chairman of Committee R (e-commerce and IT) of the International Bar Association and as president (1995-2000), vice-president (1991-1995), and board member (1988-1991) of the German Computer Law Association.
Mr Heymann is a co-editor of Computer und Recht and Computer und Recht International, and a co-author of IT-Vertragshandbuch, Otto Schmidt-Verlag 1999. Additionally, he has written numerous legal articles.
Mr Heymann is fluent in German (native), English, and French.
Mr Heymann graduated from the Universities of Frankfurt and Hamburg (First State Exam 1980).
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