Baker McKenzie is expanding its IT/IP practice in the area of information technology and intellectual property law with Patrick Wilkening as lateral. Coming from Hengeler Mueller, he will join the Düsseldorf office as a new partner on October 1, 2022 to expand the IT/IP team and to set it up at this location.

Patrick mainly advises on complex IT/IP-related contracts and projects as well as on IT/IP issues in M&A transactions, joint ventures and capital market measures. He regularly supports clients in industries such as life sciences, automotive, mechanical and plant engineering, software and information technology, and private equity.

"With his industry knowledge and depth of legal expertise, Patrick is a perfect addition to our team for our clients. We warmly welcome Patrick to the team," said Dr. Holger Lutz, co-head of the firm's German IT practice.

Patrick Wilkening has advised, among others, the Viessmann Group on IT/IP in its "Digital Energy Solutions" joint venture with BMW, the Serrala Group on a strategic software distribution partnership with Trinity Management Systems and Lupin Limited on the acquisition of a specialty products portfolio from Temmler Pharma. His work on complex IT/IP contracts and other IT/IP issues in the M&A context included, for example, advising Groupe PSA on the acquisition of Opel, advising KKR on the acquisition of Airbus' Defense Electronics business (now doing business as Hensoldt), advising Generali and AXA on their respective sales of insurance portfolios to Viridum and Athora, and advising Metro Group on the sale of real.

"I am very much looking forward to working with my new colleagues in the Baker McKenzie team. Baker McKenzie is recognized for its strong national and international platform in both information technology and intellectual property. As a new partner at the Düsseldorf office, I will be in a perfect position to build out my integrated approach to IT/IP advice, which brings together support for both traditional technologies and cutting-edge information technology," Patrick Wilkening comments on his move.
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