Press Release

Morrison & Foerster Strengthens Technology Bench in Europe

Firm invests further in technology transactions and IP transactional capabilities

05 May 2015

BERLIN (May 6, 2015) – Morrison & Foerster is pleased to announce that Dr. Wolfgang Schönig has joined the firm’s Technology Transactions Practice Group as counsel in Berlin.  Mr.  Schönig advises companies across a number of industries including life sciences, pharmaceuticals, and high-tech on research and development cooperations, licence agreements, technology acquisitions, and the protection of rights in technology and know-how.

“The addition of Wolfgang is a testament to the firm’s continued investment in Germany and Europe, as well as our technology transactions and IP transactional capabilities, two of the firm’s marquee practices,” says Dr. Jens-Uwe Hinder, co-managing partner of Morrison & Foerster’s Berlin office. “We are delighted to welcome him to the firm.”  

“In addition to Wolfgang’s broad-based technology and IP transactions experience, he brings a wealth of knowledge in the fields of high-tech, life sciences, and pharmaceuticals. He is exactly the type of experienced, first-rate lawyer that we have been strategically adding to our team globally over the past several years,” said Alistair Maughan, global co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s technology transactions practice. 

For many years, Morrison & Foerster has been recognized as one of the firm’s leading law firms handling complex technology transactions, being referred to as "the premier IT practice in the world" by Chambers and Partners. The firm has also been named the #1 Technology Law Firm by Vault Guide 2014 and the 2013 "Law Firm of the Year" in the United States in Information Technology Law by U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers.

"Morrison & Foerster’s global platform and practice strength in the area of technology transactions and intellectual property, coupled with the collaborate culture, make this an exciting opportunity for me. I look forward to joining my new colleagues and being part of the firm’s continued growth and success," said Dr. Schönig.

Dr. Schönig joins the firm from Clifford Chance in Dusseldorf. He earned his doctorate at the Heinrich-Heine University in Dusseldorf in 2008 and his LL.M from the Fordham School of Law in New York in 2009, both with a focus on intellectual property rights. He also earned an MBA from the European University in Barcelona in 2002.

Morrison & Foerster continues to invest and expand in the European market. This announcement follows on the heels of the growth of our European privacy and real estate practices with the addition of two leading privacy and data security practitioners, Lokke Moerel and Alex van der Wolk, and leading real estate practitioner Christoph Flügel, who joined the firm earlier this year.

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