Our law firm consists of five lawyers, authorized to appear at all Regional and Higher Regional Courts, local, industrial, finance, administration and social courts in Germany.
Prof. Dr. Friedrich L. Ekey, lawyer, studied philosophy and law in Cologne, after which he completed a legal clerkship at the Higher Regional Court in Cologne. He was initially admitted to practice as a lawyer at the District Court, then at the Higher Regional Court in Cologne. He obtained a doctorate on a topic of property rights with Prof. Dr. Karl Heinrich Friauf, Director of the Institute of Constitutional Law at the University of Cologne, before founding the law firm in 1986. Both academically and in practice, he concerns himself with matters relating to compliance, copyright and media law, company law, intellectual property rights, as well as general commercial law. At his law firm, he advises and represents national and international clients such as, for example, a large German telecommunications company, for which he handles the drafting of contracts and legal representation. He is also responsible for compliance at a German engineering company and member of the supervisory board of Bastei Lübbe AG.
Moreover, he lectures at the Rheinische Fachhochschule Köln (Rhenish University of Applied Science Cologne) in the area of commercial law.
He wrote a number of books and essays, which appeared among others in "Handelsblatt", "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung", "Zeitschrift Deutsches Steuerrecht" and "Neue Zeitschrift für Gesellschaftsrecht". He has also given talks dealing with various law issues.
He is co-editor and author of the "Heidelberger Kommentar zum Gesetz gegen den unlauteren Wettbewerb” ("Heidelberg Commentary on Law Against Unfair Competition” (2nd edition 2005)), first published in 2000 by C.F. Müller Verlag and of the "Heidelberger Kommentar zum Markenrecht” ("Heidelberg Commentary on Trademark Law” (3rd edition 2014)), also published by C.F. Müller Verlag in January 2003.
In time for the summer semester 2008, his textbook "Grundriss des Wettbewerbs- und Kartellrechts" ("Compendium of Competition and Anti-Trust Law”) (5th edition 2016) was published as part of the series C.F. MüllerStart, in which Manuel Jansen, lawyer, gives an introduction to telecommunication and domain law.
He is also co-author of "Das Recht der Kapitalgesellschaften in Europa – 20 Staaten im Überblick" ("Rights of Propriety Companies in Europe - 20 countries at a glance”), published by Economica Verlag (Heidelberg 2007).
Furthermore, he is vice president of the Ars Legis international association of lawyers, patent attorneys, auditors and tax consultants, co-organiser of the "Rheinische Unternehmenstage" ("Rhenish Company Days") and member of various professional organisations.
Mr Manuel Jansen, lawyer, initially worked in Münster for a law firm specialising in commercial law. He dealt mainly with insolvency law. Since 1st July 2002 he has covered issues of commercial law within our firm, in particular company law, insolvency law, IT law and intellectual property rights. He gives lectures, among others on company law (corporate law, corporate succession), domain law, trademark law, as well as copyright law.
Mr Jansen has completed a specialised legal course for commercial and company law and successfully passed the theoretical final examination.
Furthermore, he is co-author of the second edition of the "Heidelberg Commentary on Unfair Competition”, published at the beginning of 2005. In the 3rd edition of the "Heidelberg Commentary on Trademark Law", published in 2014, he has commented on important provisions of German trademark law, including, among others, the confusion regulations, prescriptions for rights of information and collective marks. Besides, he has written an introduction to domain law and telecommunication law for the book "Grundriss zum Wettbewerbs- und Kartellrecht" ("Compendium of Competition and Anti-Trust Law”) and authored the chapter "Legal Aspects in the Use of Persicope and Twitter" in the book "Livestreaming with Persicope and Twitter", published by mitp-Verlag.
Mr Volker Ekey, lawyer, mainly deals with commercial law, especially with civil, business and company law, intellectual property rights, e-commerce, as well as with data protection law, employment law, commercial tenancy law, distribution law, anti-trust law and general civil law. Before working for our law firm, he gained experience in the legal department of an insurance company as well as in a British law firm.
Mr Ekey is a qualified specialist lawyer for intellectual property rights. As part of his specialist accreditation, he demonstrated special knowledge in the following areas of law: trademark law, design law, patent and utility model law, competition law/advertising law and secondary fields (product identification, among others), anti-trust law, copyright law, license contract law and employee invention law.
He edited important provisions of the trademark law in the "Heidelberger Kommentar zum Markenrecht” ("Heidelberg Commentary on Trademark Law”), 3rd edition 2014, among others on derogations, forfeiture and exhaustion rights, as well as the description of the trademark law in England and Wales. He is also co-author of "Grundriss des Wettbewerbs- und Kartellrechts mit Grundzügen des Marken, Domain- und Telekommunikationsrechts”, 5th edition 2016.
Mr Ekey is member of the GRUR (German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property), the German national group of the AIPPI (Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle) and the DVNW (the German Public Procurement Network).
Ms Petra Schlieper-Kurre, lawyer, is a qualified specialist lawyer for employment law. She acted extensively as an expert, in particular in the field of employment law and international civil law. She is not a partner of ours.
Mr Ludwig Weber, lawyer, initially worked as a judge at the jurisdictional county district of Cologne before becoming a long-standing legal adviser to a large public limited company in Cologne. He now deals mainly with cases in the areas of purchase law, work and services contract law, building rights, real estate law, landlord and tenancy/WEG law, as well as public law. He is not a partner of ours.