Philipp Schmirler was admitted to the bar in Berlin in 2019 and has been working for JBB ever since. Before joining JBB, he worked as an articled clerk for a medium-sized boutique law firm specialising in company law and intellectual property law.
Mr. Schmirler advises and represents medium and large businesses both domestic and foreign – mainly from the technology and media sectors – in all aspects of IT law and company law, with an additional focus on copyright law and on civil law generally. His work in the field of IT law includes developing and negotiating license agreements as well drafting the contract documents. He also provides companies with advice on legally compliant website design, covering relevant aspects of data protection and e-commerce. In the field of company law, Mr. Schmirler provides advice on the best legal structure to adopt when setting up and/or reorganising a business, and he is also an expert on M&A transactions. In practice, this includes arranging each transaction per se as well as drafting the relevant contracts and completing the corresponding legal formalities. He also assists businesses in general corporate law matters, such as drawing up company statutes and preparing and holding shareholders’ meetings. Another aspect of Mr. Schmirler’s work involves advising artists and agencies, mainly in the music industry, to whom he provides legal advice on copyrights and royalties (GEMA) as well as on contract wording and implementation. In all the areas covered, Mr. Schmirler’s services also include litigation and court proceedings.
Mr. Schmirler studied law at Würzburg University (Bavaria) where he majored in “Economics & Taxes” and also qualified as a “European Lawyer” on completing an additional course of study in European law. He was awarded his law degree in Würzburg in 2018. He was employed as a research assistant at the chair of Prof. Dr. Christian Calliess at Freie Universität Berlin, where he was in charge of the “European Salon” project funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation. He subsequently worked as an articled clerk for the research and documentation service run by the German Bundestag, and for a medium-sized boutique law firm specialising in company law, IP and start-ups.