Global leading law firm Mayer Brown is extending its German practice with the hire of Dr. Manfred Balz, 68, as Senior Counsel in the Frankfurt Office. Mr. Balz will be active particularly in the areas of Corporate/M&A, Restructuring and Compliance.

Between 2008 and 2012, Mr. Balz was a Member of the Management Board at Deutsche Telekom AG, in charge of Privacy, Legal, and Compliance. This department had been newly created to entrench the issues of data protection/privacy and data security as well as internal legal advisory at the highest level of the Group. Prior to his position as Member of the Management Board, Mr. Balz was General Counsel of Telekom for more than ten years (1997-2008). Between 1993 and 1997, Mr. Balz was a Partner with an international corporate law firm and Head of its Berlin office. He advised particularly German and American clients on German and international commercial and corporate law, M&A, and German and international bankruptcy law. Previously, he was General Counsel of Treuhandanstalt in the years following the German reunification. Subsequent to research periods in Harvard and Saint Petersburg/Moscow, Mr. Balz started his professional career in 1974 at the Federal Ministry of Justice, where he worked on the EU harmonization of company law and specifically the bankruptcy law reform. In parallel to his activities, Manfred Balz was the permanent chairman of the European Council Committee on Bankruptcy from 1989 to 1996 and in this role had significant influence on the European Convention on Insolvency Proceedings.

Besides his activity with Mayer Brown, Manfred Balz has been working as a Senior Advisor to Lazard & Co. since the beginning of 2013.
“We are happy to welcome Manfred Balz as a new colleague,” says Dr. Jörg Wulfken, German Managing Partner of Mayer Brown and Member of the firm’s global Management Committee. “He combines an outstanding legal knowledge with extensive experience in the management of a company group. This is a very rare combination that perfectly complements our practice.”

“For clients of Mayer Brown, the firm’s comprehensive advisory work in the areas of Bankruptcy Law, Restructurings, Compliance, Data Protection Law, M&A, Financing, and Litigation provide a wide variety of advisory opportunities that meet my broad experience,” comments Manfred Balz. “I am glad to be able to continue my career with a law firm so well-positioned in Europe, the US and Asia.”