Our Lawyers

Your Competent Local Partners

ADWA Lawyers are familiar with the local mentality and will lead your business in Asia to success by combining legal expertise, cultural understanding and long-standing experience.

Christian A. Brendel

Your partner in Viet Nam

Christian A. Brendel is the founder and managing director of Brendel & Associates Law Co., Ltd. in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam.

Introduction

Christian Brendel has been living and working in Viet Nam since 2005. He regularly advises and supports foreign diplomatic missions (the Embassy and the Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany as well as the Embassy and the Consulate of the Swiss Confederation). Mr Brendel also works for the Delegation of the German Industry and Commerce in Viet Nam (AHK) and supports the Austrian Trade Delegation. As an active participant, he is also strongly involved in the German-Vietnamese Dialogue on the Rule of Law.

Christian Brendel has lived and worked in Viet Nam since 2005. He is one of the few foreign lawyers with such an extensive professional and advisory experience in Viet Nam.

In addition to his legal and consulting activities, he was chosen by various clients to act in interim management positions (Illies & Co (GmbH & Co.) KG., Glatz Finepaper Co., Ltd., R&M Ship Technologies Viet Nam Co., Ltd. as well as Emsa Viet Nam Co., Ltd.).

Background

Born in Esslingen a. Neckar, Germany
2002 First State Examination in Law, University of Konstanz
2004 Trainee in the Judicial Service, Practical Stage Baker & McKenzie, Ha Noi Office
2004 Second State Examination in Law, Landgericht Konstanz
2005 Associate, Lorenz & Partners Bangkok
2006 Delegate of Lorenz & Partners Bangkok at Luat Viet Solicitors, Ho Chi Minh City
2006 – 2008 Managing Partner, Phuoc & Partners Law Co., Ltd., Ho Chi Minh City
2008 – today Managing Director, Brendel & Associates Law Co., Ltd., Ho Chi Minh City
since 2011 Attorney of Trust – German Embassy, Ha Noi

Admissions

Germany, Freiburg Bar Association

Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, Ministry of Justice, registered foreign attorney-at-law

Languages

German, English, French

Contact Details

Brendel & Associates Law Co., Ltd.
Golden Tower, 9th Floor, 6 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai
Dakao Ward, District 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

CELL    +84 98 978 4791
TEL      +84 28 3911 2008
FAX      +84 28 3911 2010

www.brendel-associates.com
info@brendel-associates.com
brendel@adwa-law.com

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Ho Chi Minh City Viet Nam

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Rainer Burkardt

Your Partner in China

Rainer Burkardt is a founding member of ADWA and represents the network in the People’s Republic of China. He is the founder and executive counsel of the law firm “Burkardt & Partner Rechtsanwälte” in Shanghai.

Introduction

Rainer Burkardt has been working and living in China since 1997. He is one of the few foreign lawyers with long-term on-site experience counseling and working in China. From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Burkardt was a member of the Board of Directors of the German Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. In 2009 he was appointed as Trusted Attorney of the Consulate General of Austria in Shanghai.

Rainer Burkardt’s practice focuses on foreign direct investments, mergers & acquisitions, company law and contract law as well as labor law.

He mainly supports clients from Germany, Austria and Switzerland in the fields of automotive, machine and plant engineering as well as the pharmaceutical, chemical and food industries, with their entry into the Chinese market and their subsequent business activities in China. Burkardt & Partner publishes the most extensive China investment guide written in the German language.

Background

Born in Bad Homburg, Germany
1995 German First State Examination in Law, Frankfurt/Main
1996 German Second State Examination in Law
1997 In-house counsel at Lurgi AG and associate lawyer at ZhongLun law firm in Beijing
1998 Associate lawyer at Coudert Brothers law firm in Beijing
1999 Associate lawyer at Beiten Burkardt law firm in Beijing
2001 Beijing Normal University, Chinese language test (HSK)
2003 – 2009 Establishment of Beiten Burkardt’s office in Shanghai and partner at Beiten Burkardt law firm
2009 – 2012 Founder and Head of the German Desk at Squire Sanders law firm in Shanghai
2010 Chairman of the legal working group at the European Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai
2012 Establishment of the law firm Burkardt & Partner in Shanghai
2013 Arbitrator at the Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (SHIAC)

Admissions

Germany, Frankfurt/Main Bar Association
People´s Republic of China (foreign lawyer)

Languages

German, Chinese, English, French

Contact Details

Burkardt & Partner
Suite 2507, 25/F, Bund Center
222 Yanan Road (East)
Shanghai 200002, P.R. China

CELL    +86 186 1687 7153
TEL      +86 21 6321 0088
FAX      +86 21 6321 1100

www.bktlegal.com
info@bktlegal.com
burkardt@adwa-law.com

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Shanghai China

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Michael Andreas Müller

Your Partner in Japan

Michael A. Mueller is a founding member of ADWA and represents the network in Japan. He is the founder and co-partner of Mueller Foreign Law Office.

Introduction

Michael A. Mueller had already lived in Japan starting at the age of 19 for almost three years. After having gained knowledge of the Japanese language, he studied law in Germany and then worked as interpreter for Japanese/German in Berlin for several years with numerous business-related stays in Japan. Starting in 2000, he practiced as a lawyer in Germany with a focus on German-Japanese legal relations. He moved together with his Japanese wife to Japan in 2006 and founded his own law firm. In January 2007 he was registered as Foreign Lawyer with the Japanese Ministry of Justice.

His clients are foremost manufacturers from German-speaking countries, but also from Japan, and include service providers and trade companies linked to the manu­facturers. They range from medium-sized family businesses to listed corporations.

Mueller focusses on the entire bandwidth of legal questions regarding trade between Germany and Japan, the support of investment projects in both target countries as well as litigation.

Background

Born in Kiel, Germany
1983 – 1985 First sojourn in Japan, language acquisition and cultural studies
1986 – 1996 Working for Japanese public television (Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK)) and as Japanese-German interpreter
1996 German First State Examination in Law , Free University of Berlin
1999 German Second State Examination in Law, Berlin
2000 Invention of a software concept and registration as a US patent
2000 – 2006 Attorney-at-law in Berlin with focus on German-Japanese legal communication
2006 Relocation to Japan
2007 Foundation of the Mueller Foreign Law Office in Tokyo

Admissions

Germany, Berlin Bar Association

Registered Foreign Lawyer in Japan (GJB) at the Tokyo Bar Association

Languages

German, Japanese, English

Contact Details

Mueller Foreign Law Office
Shin-Kasumigaseki Building
3-3-2 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 100-0013, Japan

TEL      +81 3 6805 5161
FAX      +81 3 6805 5162

www.mueller-law.jp
info@mueller-law.jp
mueller@adwa-law.com

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Joachim Nowak

Your partner in Korea

Joachim Nowak is a founding member of ADWA and represents the network in the Republic of Korea. He is the first ever German-licensed attorney to work in Korea, and has significantly contributed to the legal advice of the European Business in Korea, especially with regard to Austrian, German and Swiss clients.

Introduction

Prior to coming to Korea to work for Kim, Shin & Yu as the first German-licensed lawyer in 1997, he held a variety of elected governmental positions in the German city of Überlingen am Bodensee from 1989 to 1998. During that time, he also completed a banker apprenticeship at the Bezirkssparkasse Überlingen am Bodensee and studied law at the University of Constance, and thereafter served as a Rechtsreferendar (a person receiving practical training in judicial or other legal work after having passed the first state examination).

During his 20-year career as a German lawyer in Korea, Joachim Nowak has represented numerous clients in a variety of matters, such as a variety of investments into Korea, company establishment, mergers & acquisitions, employment and labor law, antitrust law and insurance, re-insurance and banking law.

He currently manages European clients for the Hwang Mok Park law firm and serves as an arbitrator at the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board. He is also managing director of Nowak & Partner Co., Ltd., an advisory firm which offers German-speaking businesses in Korea services such as recruitment, crisis management, project management, and the business side of mergers & acquisitions (www.nowak-partner.com). In several of its niche markets Nowak & Partner is the Korean market leader. Mr. Nowak also publishes a German language company guide on Korea (third edition is currently being developed) and other publications.

Background

Born in Günzburg, Bavaria, Federal Republic of Germany
1988 Completion of a banker apprenticeship at the bank Bezirkssparkasse Überlingen am Bodensee, Überlingen am Bodensee
1990 – 1997 Ortsvorsteher (District Mayor) of Bambergen (district of Überlingen am Bodensee)
1996 German First State Examination in Law at the University of Konstanz
1996 – 1998 Secretary General of Deutsch-Koreanische Juristische Vereinigung (German-Korean Legal Association)
1998 German Second State Examination in Law at the Landgericht (District Court) of Konstanz
1998 Kim, Shin & Yu: First-ever German attorney-at-law in Korea at the second oldest law firm in Korea at the time
Since 1999 Arbitrator at the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board
2000 DeRyook International Law Firm: Foreign Attorney at Law, Head of the German Desk
2003 SamWoo Partners Law Firm: Foreign Attorney at Law, Head of the European Desk
2006 - 2018 Hwang Mok Park - HMP Law, Senior Foreign Attorney at Law, Leiter European Desk
Since 2008 Counsel of Trust at the Austrian Embassy in the Republic of Korea (Vertrauensanwalt der Österreichischen Botschaft in der Republik Korea)
Since 2009 Founder and Representative Director of Nowak & Partner Co., Ltd.
2012 Founding President of the European Chamber of Commerce in Korea (ECCK
2017 Founding Member of ADWA Pte. Ltd. - Alliance of German Business Lawyers in Asia (Allianz Deutscher Wirtschaftsanwälte in Asien) - located in Singapore
2018 Lee & Ko, Seoul, Partner, Head of European Desk

Admissions

Germany, Munich Bar Association

Languages

German, English, Korean, French

Contact Details

Lee & Ko
Hanjin Building
63 Namdaemun-ro, Jung-gu
Seoul 04532, Republic of Korea

CELL       +82 10 9001 6430
TEL         +82 2 772 5948
FAX        +82 2 772 4001

www.leeko.com
nowak@leeko.com
nowak@adwa-law.com

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Dr. Andreas Respondek, LL.M

Your Partner in Thailand and Singapore

Dr. Andreas Respondek is a founding member of ADWA and represents the network in Singapore and Thailand. He is also the founder of the law firms Respondek & Fan Pte Ltd in Singapore and Respondek & Fan Ltd in Bangkok.

Introduction

Dr. Respondek is a German lawyer, an American Attorney at Law, a Chartered Arbitrator (FCIArb) and has academic degrees from four countries.

Dr. Respondek’s main areas of practice are international commercial, business and corporate law as well as international arbitration and healthcare.

Dr. Repondek regularly publishes articles in the following law journals: Aktuell China, Aktuell Thailand, American Review of International Arbitration, BddW, Bioforum Europe, Business Minds Singapore, Clyde & Co. Newsletter, Fruchthandel, Handbook for International Civil and Commercial Legal Matters, Journal of International Arbitration, Juriste International, JuS, RIW, SIArb Newsletter, Singapore Law Gazette, Transskript etc. He is also the author of the “Asia Arbitration Guide” covering 21 Asian countries, of a Singapore investment guide as well as a Thai investment guide.

Background

Born in Berlin, Germany
1981 German First State Examination in Law, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg
1983 Master of Laws (LL.M.), with Fulbright Scholarship, Tulane University, New Orleans
1983 Passed bar exam, admitted as attorney at law in the state of Louisiana as a consequence of two Louisiana Supreme Court judgments
1986 German Second State Examination in Law, Stuttgart
1986 – 1987 Associate lawyer at international law firms in Germany
1988 – 1989 Trainee at Management Trainee Program of Commerzbank, Frankfurt & Singapore
1989 – 1991 Area Counsel and Secretary of the Executive Committee, Boehringer Mannheim International S.A., Luxembourg
1991 – 1993 Director Legal Services and Member of the Board, Boehringer Mannheim Overseas, Luxembourg
1993 – 1996 Director Legal Services and Member of the Board, Boehringer Mannheim Pte. Ltd., Singapore
1996 – 1997 Managing Director Boehringer Mannheim Thailand Ltd., Bangkok
1997 – 1998 Managing Director Boehringer Mannheim China Ltd., Hong Kong / Beijing
1998 – 1999 Regional Managing Director Asia Pacific Fresenius Kabi Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd., Singapore / Bangkok
1999 Founder & Managing Director of Respondek & Fan, Singapore / Bangkok
2005 Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration, CIArb, London
2007 Chartered Arbitrator (FCIArb), Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London

Admissions

Germany, Berlin Bar Association
USA, Louisiana Bar Association

Languages

German, English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Thai

Contact Details

Respondek & Fan Pte Ltd
1 North Bridge Road
#16-03 High Street Centre
Singapore 179094

CELL      +65 9751 0757
TEL        +65 6324 0060
FAX        +65 6324 0223

www.rflegal.com
respondek@rflegal.com
respondek@adwa-law.com

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Singapore Singapore

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Bangkok Thailand

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Stefan Schmierer, LL.M

Your partner in Hong Kong

Stefan Schmierer represents the ADWA network in Hong Kong. He is partner and head of the German Desk at Robinsons, Lawyers and advisor to the German Consulate in Hong Kong.

Introduction

Stefan Schmierer has been living and working in Hong Kong since 2009. Most of his clients are medium-sized companies from Germany and Austria that are already based in Hong Kong or are considering opening a branch in Hong Kong. Over the past ten years, Stefan has advised and represented a large number of local and foreign clients in all aspects of commercial, corporate and tax law. In addition, Stefan Schmierer has worked for many years as a consultant to the German consulate in Hong Kong and as a trusted attorney to the Austrian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.

Stefan Schmierer has lived and worked in Hong Kong since 2009. He is the only German lawyer admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong that permanently resides in Hong Kong and advises clients in all areas of German and Hong Kong law.

In addition to legal advice, Stefan Schmierer offers other services in Hong Kong, including business advice, Company Secretarial Services, accounting and auditing.

Background

Born in Stuttgart, Germany
2000 Completion of a banker apprenticeship in Stuttgart
2005 German First State Examination in Law at University of Regensburg, Bavaria
2006 Master of Laws (LL.M.) at Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis, USA
2008 German Second State Examination in Law at Landgericht (District Court) of Regensburg, Bavaria
2006 – 2008 Roedl & Partner Nuremberg and Beijing: Part-time position as legal trainee and trainee lawyer
2009 Roedl & Partner Stuttgart: Associated lawyer for commercial and tax law
2009 – 2017 Lorenz & Partners Hong Kong: Registered Foreign Lawyer in Hong Kong
Since 2017 Robinsons, Lawyers: Head of German Desk

Admissions

Germany, Stuttgart Bar Association
Solicitor in Hong Kong

Languages

German, English

Contact Details

Robinsons, Lawyers
Room 1702-3, 17th Floor, West Tower, Shun Tak Centre
168 Connaught Road Central
Hong Kong SAR

CELL    +85 2 9229 6603
TEL      +85 2 2180 9788
FAX      +85 2 2180 9781

www.robinsonslawyers.com
sschmierer@robinsonslawyers.com
schmierer@adwa-law.com

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Hong Kong Hong Kong

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