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Dr. Frederik Leenen, LL.M. (UConn)

Rechtsanwalt | Head of Legal Tech

CMS Hasche Sigle
Lennéstraße 7
10785 Berlin
Languages German, English

Frederik Leenen focuses on advising large companies, providing customised and highly efficient solutions for complex legal issues involving multiple parties, processes or documents while using contract automation, AI, specific project and process management as well as alternative sourcing. He also advises on IT law and European copyright law, particularly with respect to the right of communication to the public in technology matters, and is the responsible editor for the entire Information Society Directive in a major copyright law commentary.

Frederik joined CMS in Germany in 2010. In 2007, he received his LL.M. in IP law from the University of Connecticut School of Law, followed by a PhD (thesis: "Copyright Law and Computer-aided Recognition") in 2014. From June to October 2015, he practised in the CMS office in Brussels. He is co-head of the firm’s "Smart Solutions - Legal Tech und Know-How" unit, which combines legal tech, smart operations (alternative sourcing) and knowledge management. In this context, he is responsible for the technical, operational and marketing management of the legal tech sub-division.

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Relevant experience

  • DAX 30 group | Development and ongoing optimisation of a complex tech and alternative sourcing solution for the efficient defence against over 1,000 claims together with a large litigation team working across multiple sites
  • Telefonica Deutschland | Advice on the effective use of machine learning-based detection technologies as well as their specific related training and use for efficient document reviewing in the context of the due diligence for the sale of approx. 10,000 radio masts to Telxius
  • MDAX group | Advice on the development of an archiving concept using a customised online platform and alternative sourcing together with a compliance/data protection law team working across multiple sites
  • DAX 30 group | Development of a comprehensive automation logic for the group’s central purchasing contract together with the CMS commercial team in Munich
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  • Kommentierung zur InfoSoc-Richtlinie 2001/29, in: Wandtke/Bullinger, UrhG, Verlag C.H. Beck, 5. Aufl. 2019
  • Der Dienstleistervertrag nach § 43e Abs. 3 BRAO samt Mustervorschlag – Outsourcing und Nutzung von Clouddiensten durch Rechtsanwälte (gemeinsam mit Marcel Klugmann und Konstantin Salz) – AnwBl 2018, 219 (Teaser) und AnwBl Online 2018, 283
  • Paradigmenwechsel bei Links und Framings - zur Rechtsprechung des EuGH in den Rechtssachen GS Media, Svensson und BestWater (gemeinsam mit Dr. Ole Jani) - NJW 2016, 3135
  • "Wenn das Handy mehr sieht als das Auge – In der 'Augmented Reality' ist nicht alles erlaubt, was technisch möglich ist", Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung vom 2.3.2016, Rubrik "Recht und Steuern"
  • Anmerkung zu Schlussanträgen: Generalanwalt zur Abwägung zwischen Bankgeheimnis und Auskunftsanspruch - Coty Germany GmbH/Stadtsparkasse Magdeburg, GRUR-Prax 2015, 260
  • Anmerkung zu EuGH: Reichweite der Privatkopievergütung für Speicherkarten von Mobiltelefonen - Copydan Båndkopi/Nokia Danmark (gemeinsam mit Dr. Ole Jani) - EuZW 2015, S. 351, 358
  • Anmerkung zu EuGH: Zulässige Verlinkung auf frei zugänglich veröffentlichte Artikel - Nils Svensson ua/Retriever Sverige (gemeinsam mit Dr. Ole Jani) - GRUR 2014, S. 360, 362
  • Urheberrecht und computergestützte Erkennung, 2014, Nomos, Schriften zum Medien- und Informationsrecht - https://www.nomos-shop.de/nomos/titel/urheberrecht-und-computergestuetzte-erkennung-id-76083/
  • Modernes Marketing im rechtlichen Schlaglicht, SPONSORs Ausgabe 6/2013
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Lectures list

  • "Big Law, the modern way: Lawyers + Tech + Support Staff" - Vortrag auf der Legal Disruption 2019 (ECLA - European Companys Lawyers Association), Dublin, 13.02.2019
  • "Die virtuelle Rechtsabteilung" - Vortrag auf dem Anwaltszukunftskongress 2018 (Wolters Kluwer & Soldan), Düsseldorf, 14.06.2018
  • "Schaffung von Infrastrukturen für Innovationen und Legal Tech" - Vortrag auf den Legal Transformation Days 2018, Mitreferent Eric Loewenthal, Berlin, 19.06.2018
  • "Legal Tech – ein Praxisüberblick" - Vortrag auf der gemeinsamen Veranstaltung des Bochumer Kreis Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz e.V. und des Instituts für Geistiges Eigentum, Datenschutz und Informationstechnologie an der Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum, 21.11.2017
  • "Legal Tech – Wandel in der Rechtsberatung" - Vortrag und Panelist auf der Telemedicus Sommerkonferenz 2017, Berlin, 02.07.2017
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  • 2014: PhD under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Jens Petersen, University of Potsdam; thesis on "Copyright Law and Computer-aided Recognition"
  • 2009: Second state examination in law
  • 2006 - 2007: LL.M. in Intellectual Property at University of Connecticut School of Law
  • 2006: First state examination in law
  • Since 2001: Law studies at Freie Universität Berlin
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