Prof. Dr. Rainer Wedde Born 1969 in Karlsruhe. Studied law at the universities of Tübingen, Aix-en-Provence, Dresden and Freiburg/Breisgau. Legal clerkship in Dresden, Marseille and Moscow. 2004 doctorate on German-Russian insolvency law at the University of Kiel. Since 2002 lawyer in Dresden, Berlin and Moscow. Since 2007 Professor of Business Law at the Wiesbaden Business School of the RhineMain University of Applied Sciences. Numerous publications and lectures on Russian business law. Organiser of the German-Russian Lawyers' Award, editor of the DRRZ, member of the board since 2010.
Tanja Galander studied law at Humboldt University in Berlin and worked for four years at the Institute of Criminal Sciences, Chair of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, where she organised and academically supervised seminar projects with St. Petersburg State University. She completed her legal traineeship in Berlin, Moscow and Lusaka. Tanja Galander initially worked for several years as a lawyer and partner in a medium-sized law firm. She specialised in Russian and international corporate and commercial law and was the German head of the Russian offices in Moscow and Novosibirsk. Since 2008, she has been a senior manager and lawyer at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Berlin, where she heads the Russian Business Group. She advises German investors on their engagement in the Russian Federation as well as Russian investors in Germany on all related legal matters and has many years of experience and practice in this field. Her practice focuses on German and Russian corporate law as well as German and Russian civil and commercial law. She also lectures on issues of Russian business law and, in addition to a large number of publications on Russian law, is the author of the book "Russisches Wirtschaftsrecht - Leitfaden für die Unternehmenstätigkeit" (Russian Business Law - Guide to Business Activity), the 3rd edition of which was published in January 2016 (Schäffer-Pöschel Verlag, 584 p., ISBN: 978-3-7910-3622-9).
Dr Hans Janus (1954) studied law and Russian at the universities of Bochum and Hamburg. After his legal clerkship in Hamburg and the 2nd State Law Examination, he spent a year at the Law Faculty of the Lomonossov University in Moscow as part of an exchange programme funded by the DAAD. The stay in Moscow served to prepare the legal dissertation on tax law and international tax law of the Soviet Union. From 1983 to 2014, Dr Janus worked for Euler Hermes in Germany, since 1994 as a member of the Board of Management. His professional duties included responsibility for the export credit guarantees of the Federal Government (so-called Hermes Cover). Russia was a focal point of this activity. Since the foundation of the German-Russian Lawyers' Association in 1988, Dr Janus has been a member of the association's board. In numerous publications, Dr Janus has dealt with individual aspects of business and law in Russia, in particular in the areas of public finance, banking, investments, etc. Since 2015, Dr Janus has been working as a lawyer and business consultant in Hamburg.
Dr Axel Boës, born in 1975, studied law in Mainz, Chambéry (France) and Hamburg and completed his doctorate at the University of Hamburg with a thesis on Russian limited liability company law. Since 2006, Dr Boës has worked primarily in maritime and transport law as well as in the field of dispute resolution, advising and representing both German companies in their activities in Russia and Russian companies in Germany on issues of contract drafting and before state courts and in arbitration proceedings. Since 2012, Dr Boës has been teaching German maritime trade law at the University of St. Petersburg as part of a degree programme sponsored by the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce. Dr Boës is the author of a number of publications on Russian corporate and transport law as well as on the law of judgment recognition and arbitration, particularly in German-Russian disputes. Dr Boës has been a member of the former VDRW since 2002 and on the board of the DRJV since 2013. Dr Boës coordinates the working group on procedural law and arbitration.
Born 1969 in Hamburg, studied law at the Free University of Berlin from 1990 to 1995, legal traineeship in Berlin from 1996 to 1998. Lawyer since 1998 in the Hamburg law firm
Dr. Steiner & Roloff, also specialised in family law, tenancy and residential property law and transport and forwarding law. During school, studies and legal traineeship, various contacts with Russia, also with a legal background (internship with a German law firm in Moscow; legal traineeship at the Russian Supreme Court in Moscow). In his legal work, he has looked after a large number of Russian and Russian-speaking clients with international connections. Since 1999 member of the board (treasurer) of the German-Russian Lawyers' Association, Hamburg.
Olga Hartung-Afify, born in 1980 in Uzbekistan, studied law at the University of Cologne with stays abroad in Minsk and Moscow and completed her legal clerkship at the Regional Court of Bonn with stations in Kiev and Minsk. After obtaining the "Eastern European Law" study certificate and completing an advanced course in commercial law in 2010, Olga Hartung-Afify worked as a specialist lawyer for insolvency and tax law in a Bonn insolvency administrator's office. She has been an in-house lawyer at FORIS AG in Bonn since 2016. She publishes on insolvency and business law topics in German and Russian.
Ksenia Ilina, born in 1977, studied law in Würzburg and Moscow. She completed her legal traineeship in Aschaffenburg. Ksenia Ilina was admitted to the German Bar in 2005 and worked for several international law firms, first in Stuttgart and later in Munich; during this time, she completed several secondments at banks and large companies in Moscow. In May 2015, together with Dr Matthias Lupp, she founded Lupp + Partner, a law firm specialising in transactions with offices in Munich, Hamburg and London. Ksenia Ilina advises on national and international M&A, private equity and real estate transactions as well as joint ventures, where she often also assists investors from Russia or the CIS states. In addition, Ksenia Ilina advises internationally active groups on setting up compliance systems, including OOO Siemens in Russia in 2008 /2009. Ksenia Ilina is co-founder of the Munich regional group, which she currently coordinates together with Valeria Schöttle.
Born 1943 in Celle/Hanover Professor of Public Law and Eastern European Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Hamburg; Director of the Department for Eastern European Law Research (in existence since 1953). Studied law and political science, Slavonic studies and Eastern European history in Freiburg/Br., Bonn and Cologne; 1974 Doctorate in law (University of Cologne - Prof. Dr. Boris Meissner)
1975 2nd State Examination in Law, Assessor jur. (Düsseldorf);
1975-1990 research assistant at the Institute for Eastern Law, University of Cologne, with research focus on the Soviet Union (regional), human rights, systems of rule (party and state), administrative law;
1986 habilitation (Cologne); professor since 1991.
1987/88 Secretary of the Commission to Investigate the Human Rights Situation in the Warsaw Pact States (at the Federal Ministry of Justice);
1989/90 research stay of several months in Moscow (Institute for State and Law);
Since 1991, assignments in Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Slovakia to provide constitutional advice on behalf of various political foundations, the IRZ Foundation/Bonn and the Council of Europe; since 1995, head of the GTZ project "Reform of the Economic Legislation of the Republic of Armenia".
1997 - 1999 Head of the Public Law Department in the TACIS project "Ukrainian-European Policy and Legal Advice Centre" (UEPLAC), Kiev; since 1999 member of the TACIS project on administrative reform in the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Research focus since 1991, inter alia, on Russian constitutional and administrative law with special reference to its federal system. Since 2003 member of the board of the German-Russian Lawyers' Association, Hamburg.
Felix Prozorov-Bastians, born 1969 in Kirov. Studied law and obtained a diploma at the Lomonosov University (MGU) in Moscow. Law studies at the universities in Bayreuth and Frankfurt/Main. First and second German state exam. Since 2020 lawyer in Frankfurt/Main. Since 2006 partner of the law firm GvW Graf von Westphalen. Felix Prozorov-Bastians focuses on litigation and arbitration with international angle, commercial and corporate law. He advises international clients in German law and predominantly German business clients on their Russian projects. Regular publications and presentations on dispute resolution, in particular international arbitration. Head of Russia desk of GvW Graf von Westphalen. Co-coordinator of the regional group Rhein-Main of DRJV. Member of the board of DRJV.
Born 1970 in Radebeul, studied law in Potsdam (1990-1995), legal traineeship in Brandenburg and St. Petersburg / Russia (INIURCOLLEGUA, 1996-1999). Legal advice in the field of German-Russian business law in Berlin (1999), Moscow (ECKSTEIN & PARTNER, 2000-2002) and Hamburg (2002-2004). Partner in the law firm SCHMIEDER & ECKSTEIN in Berlin since 2004. Member of the board since 2005
Dr. Valeria Schöttle, LL.M., born in 1979 in Nizhnij Novgorod, is an in-house lawyer and Head of Legal, Financial Goods & Technology, at Wirecard AG in Munich and is responsible for international projects in connection with modern payment solutions. Before joining Wirecard AG, she worked as a lawyer, including at a Munich IP boutique. She studied law in Saarbrücken, Exeter and Dresden and completed her legal traineeship at the Duisburg Regional Court with a stint at a London commercial law firm. Valeria Schöttle received her doctorate summa cum laude from Saarland University with a German-Russian comparative law thesis on the General Part of Intellectual Property Law in the Civil Code of the Russian Federation. The doctoral thesis was funded by the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich and awarded both the German-Russian Jurist Prize and the Dr Feldbausch Promotion Prize. Valeria Schöttle grew up in Russia and speaks Russian, German and English. She publishes and lectures especially in the field of intellectual property law as well as on legal issues in payment solutions, both in German and Russian law. Together with Ksenia Ilina, Valeria Schöttle supervises the regional group of the DRJV in Munich and has taken over the coordination of the working group "Intellectual Property and IT Law".