About us

activeMind.legal is an independent law firm based in London, Berlin, and Munich. Our team of lawyers and consultants advises companies from all over the world on UK and European data protection law and international data transfer.

Our team in UK

Klaus Foitzick

Registered Foreign Lawyer and Lawyer (Germany) // Managing Director
Klaus has worked in data protection and data security since 1999 and is a fully qualified lawyer. Formerly a banker, he founded a number of successful companies, including the law firm activeMind.legal in 2016.

Klaus is an appointed auditor of TÜV Hessen for ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 and a certified data protection auditor (DSZ).

Klaus is also a lecturer at the German Chamber of Commerce (IHK), where he provides training for Data Protection Officers.
Spoken languages: EnglishGerman
Offices: Berlin, London, Munich

Klaus has worked in data protection and data security since 1999 and is a fully qualified lawyer. Formerly a banker, he founded a number of successful companies, including the law firm activeMind.legal in 2016. Klaus is an appointed auditor of TÜV Hessen for ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 and a certified data protection auditor (DSZ). […]

Elke Fenk

Registered Foreign Lawyer (England and Wales)
Elke Fenk holds a law degree from the University of Augsburg and completed her legal traineeship in Munich, Augsburg and London.

Before joining activeMind.legal, Elke worked for a German law firm in litigation and gained experience in international law as a trainee at a law firm in London. Elke is a certified data protection officer (IHK). She also registered with the Solicitors Regulation Authority as Registered Foreign Lawyer in England and Wales.
Spoken languages: EnglishGerman
Office: London

Elke Fenk holds a law degree from the University of Augsburg and completed her legal traineeship in Munich, Augsburg and London. Before joining activeMind.legal, Elke worked for a German law firm in litigation and gained experience in international law as a trainee at a law firm in London. Elke is a certified data protection officer […]

Lesley O’Neill

Lawyer and Solicitor (England and Wales) // Managing Director
Lesley advises clients on all aspects of privacy and data protection law.  She completed her legal studies at BBP University College (London) and has a Master of Studies from the University of Oxford.

Before joining activeMind.legal, she worked for a global consultancy firm conducting audits and advising clients in Europe, the US and Japan in the digital media, technology and life sciences sectors. Lesley also worked in regulation and banking law at large, well-known international firms in London and Paris.
Spoken languages: EnglishFrenchGermanSpanish
Office: London

Lesley advises clients on all aspects of privacy and data protection law.  She completed her legal studies at BBP University College (London) and has a Master of Studies from the University of Oxford. Before joining activeMind.legal, she worked for a global consultancy firm conducting audits and advising clients in Europe, the US and Japan in […]

Our team in Germany

Michael Plankemann, LL.M.

Lawyer // authorised signatory
Michael Plankemann has been advising companies and corporations as well as authorities on all questions of data protection law and related areas since 2000. He has a Masters in Legal Informatics and is Certified Information Privacy Professional / Europe. In addition to his legal qualifications, he also worked for around ten years as an audit team leader for audits based on IT basic protection and is a certified TÜV-certified auditor for ISO IEC 27001 and ITIL V3 manager.
Spoken languages: EnglishGerman
Office: Munich

Michael Plankemann has been advising companies and corporations as well as authorities on all questions of data protection law and related areas since 2000. He has a Masters in Legal Informatics and is Certified Information Privacy Professional / Europe. In addition to his legal qualifications, he also worked for around ten years as an audit […]

Merve Altintas-Becker

Lawyer
Merve Altintas-Becker holds a law degree from LMU Munich. During her law studies she worked as a research assistant for Prof. Dr. Maume, who holds an assistant professorship of corporate governance and capital markets law at the TU Munich.

Before joining activeMind Merve finished her preparatory service at the Munich higher regional court. During her law studies and her preparatory service, she gained work experience at international and national law firms, the court and the administration office.

Merve is a certified data protection officer.
Spoken languages: EnglishGerman
Office: Munich

Merve Altintas-Becker holds a law degree from LMU Munich. During her law studies she worked as a research assistant for Prof. Dr. Maume, who holds an assistant professorship of corporate governance and capital markets law at the TU Munich. Before joining activeMind Merve finished her preparatory service at the Munich higher regional court. During her […]

Maryam Fazeli, LL.B., LL.M.

Lawyer
Maryam has an LL.M. in Administrative and European law from Speyer (Germany) and wrote her Master’s thesis on the function and effect of opening clauses in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Maryam obtained a further LL.M. in Information and Communication from Hamburg (Germany).

Before joining activeMind.legal, she gained experience of media, data protection and copyright law while working on various university research projects.

Maryam is a Certified Data Protection Officer (IHK), a Certified Project Manager (GPM), an ISO IEC 27001 Auditor (TÜV), and a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (IAPP).
Spoken languages: EnglishGermanHindiPersianUrdu
Office: Berlin

Maryam has an LL.M. in Administrative and European law from Speyer (Germany) and wrote her Master’s thesis on the function and effect of opening clauses in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Maryam obtained a further LL.M. in Information and Communication from Hamburg (Germany). Before joining activeMind.legal, she gained experience of media, data protection and […]

Vadim Friedinger

Lawyer
Vadim has been advising clients on German and European data protection law since 2011.  He is an expert in IT law and IT outsourcing.

Before joining activeMind.legal, he worked for well-known national and international law firms providing advice on data protection matters. Vadim also has considerable experience as an internal consultant for companies in the pharma and ad-tech industries in both Switzerland and Berlin.

Vadim is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E) and an ISO IEC 27001 Auditor (TÜV).
Spoken languages: EnglishGermanSpanish
Office: Berlin

Vadim has been advising clients on German and European data protection law since 2011.  He is an expert in IT law and IT outsourcing. Before joining activeMind.legal, he worked for well-known national and international law firms providing advice on data protection matters. Vadim also has considerable experience as an internal consultant for companies in the […]

Gerrit Jakob

Legal trainee
Gerrit Jakob completed his law studies at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, focusing on constitutional law. In addition to his studies, he gained experience in tax consulting.

Before Gerrit came to activeMind.legal, he started his preparatory service at the Nuremberg Higher Regional Court. Gerrit is a certified data protection officer (IHK).
Spoken languages: EnglishGerman
Office: Berlin

Gerrit Jakob completed his law studies at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, focusing on constitutional law. In addition to his studies, he gained experience in tax consulting. Before Gerrit came to activeMind.legal, he started his preparatory service at the Nuremberg Higher Regional Court. Gerrit is a certified data protection officer (IHK).

Thomas Kayser

Lawyer
Thomas Kayser advises our clients on data protection issues and information security. He has a law degree from Mainz and an LL.M. in Corporate Law from the University of Glasgow.

During his legal training at an international recognized commercial law firm, he gained experience in commercial law and data protection law. During this time, he also worked abroad in Helsinki and Brussels.

Thomas Kayser is a certified data protection officer (IHK) and ISO IEC 27001 auditor (TÜV).
Spoken languages: EnglishGerman
Office: Munich

Thomas Kayser advises our clients on data protection issues and information security. He has a law degree from Mainz and an LL.M. in Corporate Law from the University of Glasgow. During his legal training at an international recognized commercial law firm, he gained experience in commercial law and data protection law. During this time, he […]

Annika Kekies

Legal trainee
Annika Kekies graduated from the Ludwig- Maximilian-University, Munich. She studied law and specialised in international private law. During her studies she spend one semester at the University Groningen (NL).

Before Annika came to activeMind.legal, she was a legal trainee at the Higher Regional Court Munich. She already gained experience in family law.
Spoken languages: EnglishGerman
Office: Munich

Annika Kekies graduated from the Ludwig- Maximilian-University, Munich. She studied law and specialised in international private law. During her studies she spend one semester at the University Groningen (NL). Before Annika came to activeMind.legal, she was a legal trainee at the Higher Regional Court Munich. She already gained experience in family law.

Sarah Linke

Fully qualified lawyer
Sarah Linke studied law with a focus on intellectual property rights at Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg. She successfully completed her legal clerkship at the district court Freiburg with her second state examination.

Before Sarah joined activeMind.legal, she was employed by a federal fiscal authority in Baden-Württemberg in the division of criminal tax law. Sarah is a Certified Data Protection Officer (IHK).
Spoken languages: EnglishGerman
Office: Munich

Sarah Linke studied law with a focus on intellectual property rights at Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg. She successfully completed her legal clerkship at the district court Freiburg with her second state examination. Before Sarah joined activeMind.legal, she was employed by a federal fiscal authority in Baden-Württemberg in the division of criminal tax law. Sarah is a Certified […]

Vasiliki Paschou, LL.M.

Admitted lawyer in Athens (Dikigoros)
Vasiliki Paschou holds a law degree from the University of Athens and an LL.M. from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. She wrote her Master's thesis on "The permissibility of surveillance in the workplace - illustrated by the example of video surveillance".

Before joining activemind.legal, Vasiliki Paschou completed her legal traineeship at a law firm in Athens. She gained experience in data protection law while working at the Greek Data Protection Authority, as well as in the legal team of a large start-up in Munich. Vasiliki Paschou is a certified data protection officer (IHK).
Spoken languages: EnglishGermanGreek
Office: Munich

Vasiliki Paschou holds a law degree from the University of Athens and an LL.M. from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. She wrote her Master’s thesis on “The permissibility of surveillance in the workplace – illustrated by the example of video surveillance”. Before joining activemind.legal, Vasiliki Paschou completed her legal traineeship at a law firm […]

Julius Pfnür

Legal trainee
Julius Pfnür is a legal trainee at the higher district court of Nuremberg (Germany). He has a law degree from the University of Regensburg (Germany).

Julius studied in the course of the Erasmus program at the University of Athens (Greece). During his studies, he specialized on data protection law, broadcasting law and intellectual property law.
Spoken languages: EnglishGerman
Office: Berlin

Julius Pfnür is a legal trainee at the higher district court of Nuremberg (Germany). He has a law degree from the University of Regensburg (Germany). Julius studied in the course of the Erasmus program at the University of Athens (Greece). During his studies, he specialized on data protection law, broadcasting law and intellectual property law.

Martin Röleke

Lawyer
Martin specialises in national and European data protection law. He has a law degree from Würzburg and an LL.M. in European law from Speyer (Germany).  Martin wrote his Master’s thesis on consent under the General Data Protection Regulation. Since 2018, he has been advising clients across industries on data protection and information security.

He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E), a Certified Data Protection Officer (IHK), a Certified Project Manager (GPM) and an ISO IEC 27001 Auditor (TÜV). Martin Röleke is also a lecturer at the German Chamber of Commerce (IHK) where he provides training for data protection officers.
Spoken languages: EnglishGerman
Office: Munich

Martin specialises in national and European data protection law. He has a law degree from Würzburg and an LL.M. in European law from Speyer (Germany).  Martin wrote his Master’s thesis on consent under the General Data Protection Regulation. Since 2018, he has been advising clients across industries on data protection and information security. He is […]

Dr Evelyne Sørensen, LL.M.

Business Lawyer
Evelyne specialises in international data protection law. She holds a law degree from Aarhus University (Denmark) and an MSc in EU Business and Law from Aarhus School of Business (Denmark). Evelyne has a PhD and was awarded a prize for her doctoral thesis on “Mobile Advertising: Proposals for adequate Disclosure and Consent Mechanism”.

Before joining activeMind.legal, she worked on a number of university research projects and lectured on data protection law and privacy.

Evelyne is an Auditor for ISO IEC 27001 (TÜV) and a lecturer at the German Chamber of Commerce (IHK), where she provides training for Data Protection Officers.
Spoken languages: DanishEnglishGermanNorwegianSwedish
Office: Munich

Evelyne specialises in international data protection law. She holds a law degree from Aarhus University (Denmark) and an MSc in EU Business and Law from Aarhus School of Business (Denmark). Evelyne has a PhD and was awarded a prize for her doctoral thesis on “Mobile Advertising: Proposals for adequate Disclosure and Consent Mechanism”. Before joining […]

Valentin Wingerter

Fully qualified lawyer
Valentin advises clients on data protection issues and specialises in information security.

Before joining activeMind.legal, he worked on a range of international matters for a large law firm and gained experience in administrative and tax law.

Valentin is a Certified Data Protection Officer (IHK), an ISO IEC 27001 Auditor (TÜV), and a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (IAPP).
Spoken languages: EnglishGerman
Office: Munich

Valentin advises clients on data protection issues and specialises in information security. Before joining activeMind.legal, he worked on a range of international matters for a large law firm and gained experience in administrative and tax law. Valentin is a Certified Data Protection Officer (IHK), an ISO IEC 27001 Auditor (TÜV), and a Certified Information Privacy […]

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