Dirk W. Kolvenbach

Dirk W. Kolvenbach



  • Commercial Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Corporate Succession
  • Labor Law

WSG Practice Industries


Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

WSG Leadership

DealMaker Group
WSG in Europe Group
WSG Main Group
Employment and Labor Group
IBA Group
Mergers & Acquisitions Group

Bar Admissions

Admitted to the Bar since 1984


- University of Cologne (Legal Trainee/Referendar 1979; Assessor 1984)
Areas of Practice

Commercial Law | Corporate Law | Corporate Succession | Labor Law | Mergers and Acquisitions | Private Clients

Professional Career

Professional Associations

  • International Bar Association
    German-British Lawyers Association (DBJV)
    German Lawyers Association (DAV)
    German-French Lawyers Associations (DFJ)
    FOSTER Forschungsinstitut für Family Offices, Fran

Industry Club Düsseldorf

Professional Activities and Experience

- Member of board of directors of World Services Group (WSG)
- Member of representative assembly of Versorgungswerks der Rechtsanwälte NRW
- Executive board of the Ilse Bagel Fund
- Member of various Boards of Directors Switzerland
- Council member der Section on Legal Practise der International Bar Association
- Co-Chairman of Committee 9 (Sports and Gaming) of the International Bar Association (1995-1998)
- Einsatz als Sachwalter von dem Regierungspräsidenten Düsseldorf für die Gemeinnützige Hermann Niermann-Stiftung, Düsseldorf (1992-1993)
- Lette & Lette, Montreal/Canada (1984-1988)
- University of Cologne (Legal Trainee/Referendar 1979; Assessor 1984)


Employment: Trends & Developments
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, October 2019

The labour and employment sector has once again seen many changes – both in terms of the initiatives of the legislator as well as changes in the way the sector works. One important change has been the implementation of the Law on Protection of Business Secrets (Gesetz zum Schutz von Geschäftsgeheimnissen – GeschGehG). The economic relevance of business secrets is very high...

Employment: Law & Practice
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, October 2019

1. TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT 1.1 STATUS OF EMPLOYEE In Germany, an employee (Arbeitnehmer) enjoys a special status that is described as the personal obligation to perform work upon the employer’s instructions, without entrepreneurial risks and in a situation of economic dependence (to a certain degree) on the employer...