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Dr. Lars Weihe
Dr. Lars Weihe, LL.M. (UCL), is a lawyer and qualified business mediator with broad international experience in the areas of compliance, business law and conflict resolution (judicial and extrajudicial dispute resolution), trained in Germany and England and admitted to the bar in Germany in 2004.
Dr. Weihe has worked both as an attorney for two major international law firms and as an in-house lawyer in a managerial capacity in several large corporations in Germany and China. In addition to representing clients in civil and patent litigation before state courts and private arbitration tribunals, Dr. Weihe drafted and negotiated various complex cross-border contracts. He has relevant experience in the IT/semiconductor, pharmaceutical, chemical and consumer goods industries.
As a local and regional compliance officer, Dr. Weihe worked both preventively and investigatively. He has trained several thousand employees, including managing directors, in over 50 face-to-face trainings on various compliance topics (e.g. anti-corruption, antitrust and competition law, avoidance of conflicts of interest, conduct in administrative investigations), developed target group-specific training materials, compliance campaigns (e.g. “Speak Up!”, “Be a Role Model”) and compliance guidelines, as well as designed and implemented role descriptions and training concepts for local and regional compliance officers.
Dr. Weihe has conducted several internal compliance investigations on various topics, both in a leading investigator role and as a supervisor in collaboration with local compliance officers and internal audit staff.
Most recently, Dr. Weihe served as Regional Head of Legal and Compliance in a large corporation with a team of 38 employees and was responsible for all legal and compliance issues in the region. One of the focal points was the implementation and continuous improvement of a compliance management system in Europe, Israel, Peru and Chile.
Oliver Preeg, LL.M, MSc is a lawyer who has been trained in Germany and South Africa and admitted to the German bar in 2004. In addition to his legal education, Mr. Preeg holds a Master of Science in Food Regulatory Affairs (University of Ulster, UK) which he obtained while working in London in the capacity as Head of legal in the food and cosmetics industry.
During his international work as an in-house lawyer, Mr. Preeg has gained a solid and broad knowledge in the areas of compliance and commercial law.
Mr. Preeg initially worked as an attorney in a medium-sized Munich law firm and subsequently as an in-house counsel for two American food companies. In the course of his professional career, Mr. Preeg held leading positions in Germany and abroad and assumed responsibility for Legal, Compliance and Regulatory Affairs (for foods, cosmetics and devices).
During his in-house counsel tenure, Mr. Preeg was responsible for the development of new markets, he analysed the relevant legal regulations and implemented processes based on risk-based recommendations. The compliance aspect of the work centred on the distribution system (direct sales/MLM) and the marketability of consumer goods in more than 30 markets.
Mr. Preeg has been responsible for the revisions and enforcement of company policies to the organisations’ external sales force (distributors) and has conducted numerous employee trainings on advertising, sales, product compliance and anti-corruption (UK Bribery Act/FCPA). In his role, Mr. Preeg has also been active in industry associations.
Since 2018, Mr. Preeg has been advising well-known companies in the construction industry, the consumer goods industry (FMCG) and the international trade fair industry on the implementation of their compliance requirements — in particular on the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Christian Schmoll is a lawyer and IT law specialist. He has been advising on IT law, data protection and compliance since 2005. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E), Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) and certified data protection officer (TÜV).
After working as a lawyer in a medium-sized law firm with a focus on IT law, Christian Schmoll built up the legal department at a German startup in the area of SaaS/online marketing. Subsequently, he worked as the head of the European legal department at a major US IT company in the field of big data and a US startup in the field of social media.
Christian Schmoll has been involved in the area of data protection since 2005 and has been responsible for setting up data protection management in all in-house functions as an internal (group) data protection officer. He has also headed the information security department and accompanied several ISO 27001 certifications.
Christian Schmoll regularly publishes on IT and data protection topics and is also a regular speaker. He has been a lecturer for media and advertising law at several private academies.
Since 2018, he has been working as an external data protection officer for numerous companies from a wide range of sectors.
Christian Schmoll has extensive experience in setting up data protection management systems in SMEs and also on an international level and in working with data protection supervisory authorities.
He has also drafted and negotiated countless IT contracts (SaaS, software development, outsourcing), marketing and distribution agreements and IT/data protection company agreements, both nationally and internationally, and he has assisted numerous companies in implementing innovative business models on the Internet, with a focus on SaaS.
Another focus of Christian Schmoll is the acceleration and optimization of the contracting process in the company through the introduction of contract management systems, training of sales staff and efficient design of contract templates.