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Jurisdiction: Building Confidence in a Borderless Medium

July 26-27, 1999
Montreal, Canada

Speaker Biography

Sven-Erik Heun

Clifford Chance

Sven-Erik Heun is Partner with Clifford Chance Frankfurt with wide experience in telecommunications and internet law and main contact for telecommunications law. He has focused on telecommunications law and legal questions of electronic business communication (EDI, Online Services, Internet) since the first major restructuring of the German telecommunications market in 1989. He is co-author of a standard legal treatise on cross-border data flows and published numerous articles on legal questions of telecommunications law in reviews such as "Computer und Recht" and "Archiv für Post und Telekommunikation". He is correspondent to "Computer und Recht", speaks frequently at industry conferences and lectures for the "Deutsche Anwaltsakademie", the German Lawyer's Academy on telecommunications law. Sven-Erik Heun is co-chairman of the working party on "Telecommunications" of the German Computer Law Association (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Recht und Informatik, DGRI) and a member of a project group of the "Arbeitsgemeinschaft für wirtschaftliche Verwaltung e.V." on legal aspects of digital communication.


10/1996 Joined Clifford Chance
1996 Rechtsanwalt with Wessing Berenberg-Gossler Zimmermann Lange, Frankfurt.
1993-95 Independent Rechtsanwalt
1989-95 Research assistant at the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-University in Frankfurt at the chair for Public International and European law


1993 Rechtsanwalt (admission to the Bar)
1990-93 Practical Training (Rechtsreferendar) in the District of the District Court of Darmstadt (Federal State of Hessen); Degree: Second State Examination
1982-88 Study of Jurisprudence at the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-University, Frankfurt; Degree: First State Examination

Relevant experience on Internet and E-Commerce:

  • Providing ongoing advice to telecommunications operators, internet service and content providers on regulatory and contractual aspects of telecommunications and internet law and business, including consumer and data protection issues.
  • Advising telecommunications operators and internet service and content providers on national and international customer contracts, including drafting of general terms and conditions, individual key customer and outsourcing contracts, collocation and equipment housing agreements and negotiating of such contracts.
  • Advising providers and customers of telecommunications and information technology services on large system integration and internet projects, including Homebanking and customer care and billing solutions, drafting and negotiating project agreements.
  • Advising providers of payment systems regarding implementation and contractual structuring of electronic payment systems for E-Commerce transactions.
  • Advising organizations in the telecommunications and internet sectors in M&A transactions and on public share offerings.


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