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

Klaus Foitzick

Registered European Lawyer (England and Wales) 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 audit team leader for audits based on IT baseline protection certified by the German Federal Office for Information Security and is the appointed auditor of TÜV Hessen for ISO 9001 and ISO 27001. He is an accredited Lead Auditor for the Independent Regional Centre for Data Protection of Schleswig-Holstein (ULD) 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 audit team leader for audits based on IT baseline protection certified by the German Federal Office for Information […]

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

Michael Plankemann

Lawyer // authorised signatory
Michael has been providing expert advice on corporate data protection law since 2000.He is an experienced Audit Team Leader for audits based on IT baseline protection certified by the German Federal Office for Information Security.  He has an LL.M. in Legal Informatics and is a certified TÜV-appointed Auditor for ISO IEC 27001 and ITIL V3 Manager.

He is also a lecturer at the German Chamber of Commerce (IHK) where he provides training for Data Protection Officers.
Spoken languages: EnglishGerman
Office: Munich

Michael has been providing expert advice on corporate data protection law since 2000.He is an experienced Audit Team Leader for audits based on IT baseline protection certified by the German Federal Office for Information Security.  He has an LL.M. in Legal Informatics and is a certified TÜV-appointed Auditor for ISO IEC 27001 and ITIL V3 Manager. He […]

Maryam Fazeli

Maryam Fazeli

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).

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: EnglishFrenchGermanHindiPersianUrdu
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). Before joining activeMind.legal, she gained experience of media, data protection and copyright law while working on various university research projects. Maryam is a […]

Elke Fenk

Lawyer
Elke Fenk holds a law degree from the University of Augsburg.

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.
Spoken languages: EnglishGerman
Office: Munich

Elke Fenk holds a law degree from the University of Augsburg. 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.

Vadim Friedinger

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: EnglishGermanRussianSpanish
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 […]

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 […]

Klaudia Kosińska-Galué

Business Lawyer
Klaudia has an LL.M. in Law and Technology from Tilburg University (the Netherlands) and an LL.B. in International and European Law from the University of Groningen (the Netherlands).

Before joining activeMind.legal, she gained experience of global health, privacy and public law while working on various university research projects and for a life sciences law firm.

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

Klaudia has an LL.M. in Law and Technology from Tilburg University (the Netherlands) and an LL.B. in International and European Law from the University of Groningen (the Netherlands). Before joining activeMind.legal, she gained experience of global health, privacy and public law while working on various university research projects and for a life sciences law firm. […]

Ulrich Lasser

Lawyer
Ulrich Lasser has a law degree from Bayreuth. In addition to experience in the judiciary and legal administration, he built on his interest and knowledge in commercial law by working for specialized law firms, whereby data protection law quickly became his main focus.

Ulrich Lasser is a certified data protection officer (IHK).
Spoken languages: EnglishGerman
Office: Munich

Ulrich Lasser has a law degree from Bayreuth. In addition to experience in the judiciary and legal administration, he built on his interest and knowledge in commercial law by working for specialized law firms, whereby data protection law quickly became his main focus. Ulrich Lasser is a certified data protection officer (IHK).

Vincent Nguyen

Vincent Nguyen

Lawyer
Vincent has been advising on information law and providing support on data protection matters to companies worldwide since 2016.

Before joining activeMind.legal, Vincent did a legal internship at the Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information and spent two years as a research associate at a national law firm.

He holds a LL.M. in International Technology Law, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E), a Certified Data Protection Officer (IHK) and an ISO IEC 27001 Auditor (TÜV).
Spoken languages: EnglishFrenchGerman
Office: Munich

Vincent has been advising on information law and providing support on data protection matters to companies worldwide since 2016. Before joining activeMind.legal, Vincent did a legal internship at the Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information and spent two years as a research associate at a national law firm. He holds a LL.M. […]

Martin Röleke

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.

He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E), a Certified Data Protection Officer (IHK) and an ISO IEC 27001 Auditor (TÜV).
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. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E), a Certified Data Protection Officer (IHK) and an ISO IEC […]

Evelyne Soerensen

Dr Evelyne Sørensen

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 […]

Michael Weiß

Michael Weiss

Lawyer
Michael has a law degree from University of Bayreuth (Germany) and an LL.M. in intellectual property & information technology law from Fordham Law (US).

Before joining activeMind.legal, Michael gained experience of data protection law and assisted clients at international law firms in Munich and Charlotte, USA.

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

Michael has a law degree from University of Bayreuth (Germany) and an LL.M. in intellectual property & information technology law from Fordham Law (US). Before joining activeMind.legal, Michael gained experience of data protection law and assisted clients at international law firms in Munich and Charlotte, USA. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E), Certified […]

Valentin Wingerter

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: EnglishGermanRussian
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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