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Dr. Wilhelm Hartung

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Dr. Wilhelm Hartung is a partner in the firm's Berlin and Frankfurt offices and its Corporate and Transactional practice group. His practice focuses on complex international/cross-border M&A and commercial transactions as well as internal corporate and regulatory investigations.

His transactional experience covers structuring, drafting and negotiating mergers and acquisitions, strategic joint ventures and alliances, and high-end commercial contracts, with an emphasis on clients in regulated industries. Aviation projects have included advising passenger and cargo airlines, airline catering and airline maintenance providers. His advisory work on telecoms transactions has primarily been in the mobile sector, including the negotiation and drafting of national and international roaming and infrastructure sharing agreements in both GSM and UMTS contexts.

His corporate investigations experience includes reviews of large strategic projects, alleged accounting fraud, whistleblower allegations, corporate governance and internal controls, and compliance issues, whether against the background of ongoing or expected regulatory proceedings, or in preparation for litigation/arbitration.

Professional Background

Dr. Hartung is dual qualified in Germany and England and Wales and practices out of the Berlin, Frankfurt and London offices. He joined K&L Gates in March 2008 from a major international U.S. law firm where he had been based in London and Germany. Prior to reading law at Bonn University, he trained as a banker at Dresdner Bank AG and in 1996 worked as a junior lawyer in the legal department of Dresdner Bank, New York.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Aviation Club of the U.K.
  • British-German Association
  • Friends of the Museum of Photography, Berlin, Member of the Board
  • The American Academy in Berlin, Patron

Speaking Engagements

Dr. Hartung regularly publishes and speaks on issues concerning his practice, more recently:

  • “Organisational Risk and Crisis Management; How prepared are you?,” ACC Europe, Madrid, Spain, April 5, 2017
  • “Organisational Risk and Crisis Management; How prepared are you?,” ACC Europe, Lugano, Switzerland, March 22, 2017
  • “An International Approach to Legal Privilege Issues – Snapshot of Germany,” webinar American Bar Association, January 13, 2015
  • “Doing Business in Germany,” presenter, webinar K&L Gates, October 9, 2014
  • “Corporate Internal Investigations – The ethics of compliance in situations of crisis,” presentation given together with Professor Dr. Björn Fasterling, EDHEC Business School France, at the EBEN (European Business Ethics Network) Annual Conference 2014 in Berlin, June 12-14, 2014
  • “An International Approach to Legal Privilege Issues,” presenter, teleseminar of the ABA, co-sponsored by the Section of Antitrust Law and the ABA Center for Professional Development, August 2012
  • "More Enforcers at your Door - Preparing for and Responding to Increased Government Investigations and Actions," moderator/presenter, London/Frankfurt, November 2009
  • "Corporate Internal Investigations and Proportionality - Nine Recommendations for Conducting a Fair Investigation," presented with Dr. Björn Fasterling, Prof. of Law, EDHEC Business School, France, at the 22nd EBEN (European Business Ethics Network) Annual Conference, Athens/Greece, September 2009
  • "Fifth Annual Conference on Critical Legal and Regulatory Issues for Investment Managers and Funds," presentation on M&A issues in the industry, London, January 2009
  • Representing P-D Group on the sale of P-D ChemiePark Bitterfeld Wolfen GmbH to Gelsenwasser AG
  • Representing Suez Environnement on the sale of Eurawasser Group to Remondis Aqua
  • Representing a leading international software and technology company on the sale of a price comparison and shopping platform
  • Representing Continental AG in the sale of its worldwide public transport solution business 
  • Representing Jettainer, the worldwide leading aircraft container management company and a Lufthansa Cargo AG (LCAG) group member, in the acquisition of the outstanding stake from LCAG's joint venture partner Trenstar Inc. Denver/Colorado 
  • Advising the German Insurance Association (GDV) on a legal assessment of Section 111 of the U.S. Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act 2007 (MMSEA)
  • Advising of U.S. and European multi-national companies on drafting and implementing compliance and corporate conduct guidelines, on data protection/privacy and in connection with whistleblower schemes