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Laura Dereje

Dr. Laura Dereje, B.A.

Senior Associate

CMS Hasche Sigle
Kranhaus 1
Im Zollhafen 18
50678 Cologne
Languages German, English, Italian

Laura Dereje (née Schierbaum) specialises in new media, online platforms and digital business models as well as future technologies. She advises German and international companies in a variety of sectors, including e-commerce, IT, social media, media, insurance, finance as well as consumer goods, and also represents them in court. She has special expertise in online advertising, online data protection, e-commerce, e-payments and IT compliance as well as all general aspects of media law.

In the course of her legal education she worked, inter alia, at media, IP and copyright practice groups of renowned international law firms, at a public radio and television broadcaster and an international organisation. While completing her PhD, she also worked as a research assistant at the University of Cologne’s Institute for Constitutional Law and a renowned law firm in Bonn.

Laura joined CMS in 2018.

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  • 2017: Second state examination in law
  • 2015 - 2017: Legal clerkship with stages, inter alia, at Norddeutscher Rundfunk (German public radio and television broadcaster) in Hamburg, the UNESCO in Paris and in the IP and copyright law practice group of a renowned law firm in Cologne
  • 2015: PhD; media law (press and broadcasting law, freedom of expression) thesis on “Due diligence obligations of professional and lay journalists online”, University of Cologne
  • 2012 - 2015: Research assistant at a renowned law firm in Bonn (media law practice group)
  • 2014: B.A. in musicology, University of Cologne
  • 2012 - 2013: Research assistant at the Institute for Constitutional Law, University of Cologne
  • 2006 - 2012: Law studies at the University of Cologne and Universitá Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan
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