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Thomas Hirse

Dr. Thomas Hirse


CMS Hasche Sigle
Kasernenstraße 43-45
40213 Duesseldorf
Languages German, English

Thomas Hirse has particular experience with the legal evaluation of intellectual property in the context of corporate transactions and IPOs. He regularly advises on technology-driven mergers and acquisitions in the life sciences and biotech sector, mechanical and plant engineering as well as automotive industry. Thomas furthermore advises clients across a variety of industry sectors on an ongoing basis on patent and utility patent law, including all related antitrust law aspects and questions related to employee inventions. He has successfully drafted and negiotiated numerous R&D and licence agreements and also represents his clients in international disputes and acts as counsel in arbitration proceedings.

Thomas started his legal career with Linklaters in 2006 and joined CMS in 2007. He has been a partner since 2014.

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  • 2005: PhD; thesis on international private law
  • 2003 - 2005: Trainee lawyer at Wuppertal Regional Court
  • 2001 - 2002: Friedrich Naumann Foundation PhD scholar
  • 2001 - 2002: Worked as legal expert for Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Verbraucherverbände e.V. in the context of the legislative process for the reform of the German law of obligations
  • 2000 - 2002: Research assistant to a Higher Regional Court judge and to Prof. Dr. Harald Koch, Chair for Civil Law, Civil Procedure Law, International Private Law and Comparative Law
  • 1995 - 2000: Law studies at the University of Rostock
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  • Schriftenreihe des Max-Planck-Instituts für auslaendisches und internationales Privatrecht, Die Ausweichklausel im Internationalen Privatrecht - Methodentheoretische und -kritische Gedanken zu einer besonderen kollisionsrechtlichen Generalklausel, Mohr Siebeck Tübingen 2007
  • Kothe/Micklitz/Rott/Tonner/Willingmann; Das neue Schuldrecht - Kompaktkommentar, Kommentierung der Regelungen zum Leistungsstoerungs-und Ruecktrittsfolgenrecht, Luchterhand 2003
  • Beitraege zur Neuregelung des Leistungsstoerungsrechts im Rahmen der Schuldrechtsmodernisierung, VuR 2001, p. 99 ff
  • Die Prozessfuehrung durch den Versicherer (zus. mit Prof. Dr. Harald Koch), VersR 2001
  • Anmerkungen und Beitraege zu verschiedenen BGH-Entscheidungen zum Folgekostenstreit bei straßenbaubedingter Verlegung von Versorgungsleitungen in den neuen Bundeslaendern, NJ 2001, p. 459 ff
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