Hogan Lovells appoints Miriam Gundt to European Head of Diversity and Inclusion

Hogan Lovells has appointed Düsseldorf based partner Miriam Gundt to Head of Diversity and Inclusion in Europe. She succeeds Dr. Katlen Blöcker, Head of the German Banking practice group, who carried out this role in the past years.

Since the beginning of the year, Gundt has been coordinating the law firms various initiatives, such as the "Women of Achievement" or "Women's Circle IP Law" events, to support diversity and increase the proportion of women among the staff. The goal is to give women the opportunity, next to their professional advancement, to discuss legal and social topics, and to maintain and establish new contacts. Furthermore, networks for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender exist at every office location.

"Diversity is a part of our firm culture", said the 40-year-old patent lawyer. "We support this with initiatives which we have defined in our diversity strategy.  Our global Diversity and Inclusion Committee is globally working together with ten regional diversity teams to win the best and smartest heads for our cause. We want to form an environment, where all our personnel can develop their full potential. Working together is easier, since everybody knows that they are being involved, supported and appreciated. This creates optimum results for our clients."

Miriam Gundt has studied law in Osnabrück, Milan and Aberdeen. She is a member of various associations in the field of Intellectual Property (GRUR, EPLAW, AIPLA) and she speaks regularly at national and international conferences and seminars on patent law related topics. She was appointed to partner in 2015.

Legal directories such as Juve rank Miriam Gundt among the leading lawyers in Intellectual Property. On the occasion of presenting the award for "IP Law firm of the year 2017" Juve wrote: "Highlight of the past year was an extremely rare compulsory licence, which Miriam Gundt and her team secured for Merck's HIV-medication." 

Dr. Burkhart Goebel, managing partner for continental Europe, said: "We thank Katlen Blöcker for her extraordinary commitment in the past years. Miriam Gundt has also been very dedicated to diversity topics in our Düsseldorf office before. I'm very pleased that she expressed her willingness to extend her engagement to Europe now." 


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