Klaus Schmitz

Profile

Klaus is a former General Counsel who has lived, worked, and advised on questions of German, Maltese and French law. Prior to setting up his own legal practice in 2002, he worked for a German technology company where he advised on international taxation, customs, corporate and commercial law matters relating to the creation of the subsidiaries in France and the USA.

Klaus has a strong background in EU law, international law and comparative law and enjoys working in settings where different areas of law, legal cultures and systems meet.

He advises government- and non-government actors in contentious and non-contentious matters. Klaus has over 15 years’ experience advising government bodies and private sector clients in EU candidate countries in the Western Balkans and the ENP (European Neighborhood Policy) Region on the state of approximation of their commercial legislation with EU law.

Indicative advisory work:

  • Advising German intellectual property rights holder on enforceability of claims in France.
  • Managing litigation in France on behalf of German consultant firm.
  • Reviewing tender documentation for bidders in EU-wide service tenders.
  • Drafting a Code of Conduct for Public Administrators in Procurement.
  • Drafting Code of Conduct for Auditors of Public Procurement.
  • Drafting Instructions for Contracting Authorities for the Use of Ecolabels in Award Procedures.
  • Writing Reports for EU Commission (Gap Analyses) analysing the compliance of national company and commercial legislation with EU Law.
  • Advising start-up companies on incentives available under EU, Federal (German) and Regional support programmes.
  • Advising association of wine manufacturers on the EU’s wine regulations.

Compliance:

  • Training senior staff of US-German-owned car dealership on money laundering prevention issues and providing advice in view of the firm’s money laundering prevention strategy and training schedule.

Mediation and Moderation:

Klaus is known for his ability to help parties to a conflict or complex decision-making process find the best solutions themselves. His ability to speak different languages and understand parties’ intentions and motivations “beyond language” helps to bridge differences.

Qualifications

Maîtrise en Droit (International and European Law) Université de Toulouse
Certificate as Mediator Hochschule Darmstadt
Certified Funds & Grants Manager / Advisor for Enterprises Emcra Akademie Berlin

Professional bodies

OLG Köln (Superior Appeals Court) Expert for French, Maltese and European Union Law
International Institute for Tax and Business Law, Mainz
Integrierte Mediation e.V., Altenkirchen
AC² Consultant Network of the Aachen Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Professional development

Klaus is a frequent speaker at international conferences on law reform in the areas of EU trade agreements, public procurement law and anti-corruption matters.

Teaching activities

Klaus is a Lecturer and Examiner at the Studieninstitut für kommunale Verwaltung (Institute for Studies on Municipal Administration) in Essen where he delivers courses on the relevance of EU Law at the municipal level. In addition he teaches seminars on communication and conflict management.

In 2009, Klaus provided training on EU Company Law and Commercial Contracts to the Judicial Academy of the Republic of Croatia.

Languages

Bi-lingual in English and German and fully fluent in French.
Basic command of Mandarin Chinese and Russian.

Profile

Klaus is a former General Counsel who has lived, worked, and advised on questions of German, Maltese and French law. Prior to setting up his own legal practice in 2002, he worked for a German technology company where he advised on international taxation, customs, corporate and commercial law matters relating to the creation of the subsidiaries in France and the USA.

Klaus has a strong background in EU law, international law and comparative law and enjoys working in settings where different areas of law, legal cultures and systems meet.

He advises government- and non-government actors in contentious and non-contentious matters. Klaus has over 15 years’ experience advising government bodies and private sector clients in EU candidate countries in the Western Balkans and the ENP (European Neighborhood Policy) Region on the state of approximation of their commercial legislation with EU law.

Indicative advisory work:

  • Advising German intellectual property rights holder on enforceability of claims in France.
  • Managing litigation in France on behalf of German consultant firm.
  • Reviewing tender documentation for bidders in EU-wide service tenders.
  • Drafting a Code of Conduct for Public Administrators in Procurement.
  • Drafting Code of Conduct for Auditors of Public Procurement.
  • Drafting Instructions for Contracting Authorities for the Use of Ecolabels in Award Procedures.
  • Writing Reports for EU Commission (Gap Analyses) analysing the compliance of national company and commercial legislation with EU Law.
  • Advising start-up companies on incentives available under EU, Federal (German) and Regional support programmes.
  • Advising association of wine manufacturers on the EU’s wine regulations.

Compliance:

  • Training senior staff of US-German-owned car dealership on money laundering prevention issues and providing advice in view of the firm’s money laundering prevention strategy and training schedule.

Mediation and Moderation:

Klaus is known for his ability to help parties to a conflict or complex decision-making process find the best solutions themselves. His ability to speak different languages and understand parties’ intentions and motivations “beyond language” helps to bridge differences.

Recommendations

“Mr. Schmitz provided outputs of the highest quality despite time pressure and difficult project conditions.”

“Mr. Schmitz showed a great amount of initiative and impressed us with his high level of commitment!”

“We appreciate the high level of service he has provided our company with. His knowledge of different legal systems, his interpersonal skills and ability to communicate in three languages have been of great help for us during this important period.”

Qualifications

  • Maîtrise en Droit (International and European Law) Université de Toulouse
  • Certificate as Mediator Hochschule Darmstadt
  • Certified Funds & Grants Manager / Advisor for Enterprises Emcra Akademie Berlin

Professional bodies

OLG Köln (Superior Appeals Court) Expert for French, Maltese and European Union Law
International Institute for Tax and Business Law, Mainz
Integrierte Mediation e.V., Altenkirchen
AC² Consultant Network of the Aachen Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Professional development

Klaus is a frequent speaker at international conferences on law reform in the areas of EU trade agreements, public procurement law and anti-corruption matters.

Teaching activities

Klaus is a Lecturer and Examiner at the Studieninstitut für kommunale Verwaltung (Institute for Studies on Municipal Administration) in Essen where he delivers courses on the relevance of EU Law at the municipal level. In addition he teaches seminars on communication and conflict management.

In 2009, Klaus provided training on EU Company Law and Commercial Contracts to the Judicial Academy of the Republic of Croatia.

Languages

Bi-lingual in English and German and fully fluent in French.
Basic command of Mandarin Chinese and Russian.

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