Lawyer since 1987
- Technology Co-operation and Licence Agreements
- Corporate Law
- Negotiation of complex commercial contracts
Wolfdietrich Geidel studied in Münster and Washington D.C., USA. For nearly 20 years, he worked as in-house counsel for German and American companies in the chemical, pharmaceutical and telecommunication industry, most frequently with responsibility for negotiating and implementing significant M&A projects.
Wolf started his career at VEBA group (now EON), initially as a corporate lawyer for Hüls AG (now Evonik-Degussa), the VEBA subsidiary operating in the chemical sector. For this company he also worked in New Jersey, USA, where he became Head of the Legal Department of the company’s US subsidiary. After almost 5 years abroad, he returned to Germany in order to assist in the setting up of a new telecommunication business of VEBA AG, with direct responsibility for International Business and Corporate Law. In 1998, he joined Hoechst AG where he was part of the small team that structured and implemented the key strategic objectives, like the forming of Aventis S.A., the demerger of Celanese, and many large-scale divestiture projects. In 2000, he joined the chemical company Celanese AG, initially as Head of the Corporate Projects Department with responsibility for divestiture projects, later as Head of the Legal Department supporting the company’s businesses. In 2007, Wolf joined v. KEUSSLER – Rechtsanwälte as Of Counsel.
At v. KEUSSLER – Rechtsanwälte, Wolf focuses on M&A activities and legal areas with a technology background. His deep knowledge and broad experience in corporate law, competition law and trade law are supplemented by special expertise in technology-related areas of the law, e.g. patent law, licensing and IT law. He is also an expert on legal issues specific to industrial parks or productions sites that are shared by a number of independently run companies. Wolf mostly works in the English language and typically attends to complex, international projects. Recent examples are the structuring and drafting of co-operation and supply agreements for a company setting up its own production facilities on the sites of its key customers, the negotiation of the Engineering, Construction and Procurement Services Contract for the erection of a chemical plant with a three-digit million investment volume as well as the negotiations of various Research and Development cooperations between universities and private companies, often funded by EU subsidies.
In his free time, Wolf is engaged in fine arts, including as Chairman of the Friends of the Young German Philharmonic Orchestra, one of Germany’s leading symphony orchestras.
- Friends of the Young German Philharmonic Orchestra (Chairman)