Micha-Manuel Bues, Munich (Germany)/ New York (USA) – Founder of the Legal Tech Blog
Micha is the Co-Founder & COO of BRYTER, the leading no-code platform for business experts. He is passionate about how the legal industry is changing through technology, innovation and entrepreneurs who want to shake up a sometimes complacent industry.
As a member of the Executive Faculty of the Bucerius Law School, he advises and researches on various topics regarding the digitalization of the legal industry. He is also co-founder of ELTA (European Legal Tech Association). Previously, Micha was Managing Director at Leverton (sold to MRI Software), a global legal AI company. From 2012-2016, he advised on German and European antitrust law as well as on all aspects of European law at Gleiss Lutz. Micha studied Law in Passau and Bonn. He graduated from the University of Oxford with a Magister Juris and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Cologne.
Michael Grupp, Frankfurt am Main (Germany)/ New York (USA)
Michael is the Co-Founder & CEO of BRYTER, the leading no-code platform helping professional services to digitize and scale their knowledge. He started his career as a lawyer in international litigation and arbitration but found his passion in building companies rather than consulting them. Michael founded the academic research platform and recruiting portal Thesius (sold to Persona Service AG in 2017) as well as the Legal Tech pioneer and automation specialist Lexalgo (acquired by BRYTER in 2018). Furthermore, he is a member of the Executive Faculty of the Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession (BCLP) at the Bucerius Law School (Hamburg) and lectures on Legal Tech and Innovation at the J.W. Goethe University Frankfurt.
The business and the future of law and technology are Michael’s core topics of research, publication and speaking and he is grateful to contribute to the changing scene in the legal industry.
Samuel Ju, Frankfurt am Main/ Berlin (Germany)
Samuel Ju is a serial entrepreneur passionate about the digitization of the legal and tax industry. Since his early days he started coding. During his law studies he developed one of the first digital contract generator tools in Germany. Currently, he is Chief Digital Officer at YPOG.law. From 2015-2021 he was CEO & Co-Founder of Legalhead, the leading legal HR Tech company in Germany. He is also CEO & Co-Founder of the legal e-learning startup Repetico where he is working on interesting projects in the field of digital legal education. He is also an advisor to leading law publishing houses and legal tech startups.
Nico Kuhlmann, Hamburg (Germany)
Nico Kuhlmann works as an associate at Hogan Lovells Int. LLP in Hamburg in the field of Intellectual Property, Media & Technology. In addition, Nico is the founder and organizer of the Hamburg Legal Tech Meetup as well as of the Hamburg chapter of Legal Hackers. Furthermore, he is the initiator of the Women of Legal Tech Awards for Germany, Austria and Switzerland as well as of the Legal Tech Competition for students in Germany. Finally, Nico frequently gives speeches on the subject of digital transformation in law at national and international conferences or at universities.
In the March 2017 edition, the German legal magazine “Juve” named him a legal tech pioneer. In 2018, law firm Hogan Lovells named him a “Master of Innovation”.
Nico studied law as well as economics in Bayreuth and Joensuu, Finland. His doctoral thesis deals with access to knowledge. He is a member of the European Legal Tech Association (ELTA) and the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR).
Silke Graf, Vienna (Austria)
Silke manages the area “Legal Tech & Knowledge Management” at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Legal Austria and is also specialized in the areas of data protection law and industrial property rights, in particular in unfair competition, trademark law and copyright matters. Before joining PwC Legal, Silke was working in a renowned Viennese boutique law firm and most recently gained experience in companies that develop software for the legal industry. Due to her engagement in the field of Legal Tech, she was awarded as “Woman of Legal Tech 2018” for Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
Shayan Edalati, Toronto (Canada)
Shayan is a lawyer and legal tech solutions consultant. As a legal tech consultant, he advises companies, law firms, and governments on the implementation of AI and automation platforms. Prior to law school he worked in construction finance, project management, and international human rights. He holds a JD from Harvard Law School and an undergraduate degree from York University in International Development Studies. What makes him excited about legal tech is its ability to help alleviate the justice gap.