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Herrmann, Dr. Nadine

Dr. Nadine Herrmann



Dr. Nadine E. Herrmann is Managing Partner of the Hamburg and Brussels offices and Chair of the firm’s EU and German Competition Law Practice. She is both a German qualified attorney (Rechtsanwältin) and a Solicitor (England and Wales).

Dr. Herrmann specializes in IP and antitrust litigation. Her IP practice focuses on design, unfair competition, copyright and trade secret cases. In antitrust matters her practice is centered on the intersection of intellectual property and antitrust law (e.g., FRAND licensing, including compulsory licenses and their enforcement), covering all aspects of German and European competition law. She has significant expertise representing clients in the high-tech and life sciences industries.

The author of a textbook on EU antitrust and German unfair competition law, Dr. Herrmann has been internationally recognized as an expert in IP and antitrust matters. She has practiced in Germany, the UK and the US.

Before joining Quinn Emanuel in 2012, Dr. Herrmann was a partner at Allen & Overy LLP for three years, where she headed the firm’s German Intellectual Property practice. She earned her doctorate degree from Philipps-Universität Marburg (summa cum laude) and her LL.M. from The University of Sydney.

In 2010, she was recognized as having one of the ‟25 leading careers” (Karriere des Jahres) in Germany by the Handelsblatt magazine and is listed in IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners 2013 as a leading attorney in Germany who is praised for her “keen analytical eye” and “impressive intellect.”

In 2011, she was recommended as one of the ‟Best Lawyers” in Germany for IP law by Handelsblatt/Legal Success. Law 360 named Dr. Herrmann a “Rising Star” in IP law in 2013.

Chambers Europe recognized Dr. Herrmann as a “notable practitioner”, citing sources who say “she is an impressive lawyer with notable technical expertise.”

  Practice Areas

  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Appellate Practice


  • The University of Sydney Law School, Sydney, Australia
    (LL.M., with Honours, 2003)

  • State of Hesse, Frankfurt Court of Appeals, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
    (2nd State Examination, with Honours, 2002)

  • Philipps-Universität Marburg, Marburg, Germany
    (Ph.D. in Law (Dr. iuris), summa cum laude, Dean’s list Honours, 2001)
    (1st State Examination (JD equivalent), Dean’s list Honours, 2000)


The German bar (Hanseatische Rechtsanwaltskammer Hamburg); The Brussels Bar (E-List); Solicitor, England & Wales


  • German
  • English
  • French

  Prior Associations

  • Allen & Overy LLP:
    • Partner, 2009-2012
    • Senior Associate, Hamburg, 2008
    • Associate, Frankfurt/London/Hamburg, 2003-2007

  • Fenwick & West LLP:
    • Visiting Foreign Attorney, San Francisco/Mountain View, CA, 2007-2008


  • Named as “Rising Star” in IP by Law 360 (2013)
  • Listed as a leading attorney in Germany by IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners (2013)
  • Recommended as one of the “Best Lawyers” in Germany for IP law by Handelsblatt/Legal Success (2011)
  • Named as having one of the “25 leading careers” (Karriere des Jahres) in Germany by the Handelsblatt magazine (2010)
  • Listed in IAM Licensing 250 – The World's Leading Patent & Technology Licensing Lawyers as a leading attorney in Germany with a particular focus on Life Sciences (2010)
  • Chancellor’s award for “Best Thesis in 2000/2001 Academic Year”, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Marburg, Germany (2001)

Publications and Lectures

  • License Agreements Under Scrutiny: A New Challenge for Non-Challenge Clauses, The European Antitrust Review 2015 (2014)
  • Gruppenfreistellungsverordnung Technologietransfer, Kölner Kommentar zum Kartellrecht (to be published)
  • Großkommentar UWG, § 12 (to be published)
  • Pay-for-Delay Agreements: Bargaining in Probabilities, The European Antitrust Review (2014)
  • IP Licences and Assignments under the New Rome I Regulation, , co-author with U. Stimmel (February 2010)
  • Horn v Google Inc., e-commerce law reports, issue 04 (2008)
  • Jedem sein Tempo, Markenartikel (September 2006)
  • Virtual Pharma Enterprise – The New Trend, Screening, co-author with W. Witz (February 2004)
  • Entstehung, Legitimation und Zukunft der konkreten Normenkontrolle im modernen Verfassungsstaat [Judicial review in a modern constitutional state], Ph.D. thesis, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany (2001)

Professional Activities

  • Member, GRUR
  • Member, DGRI
  • Member, Association of German Jurists (Deutscher Juristentag e.V.)
  • Member, German Bar Association (Deutscher Anwaltsverein)
  • Member, British-German Lawyers’ Association
  • Member, French-German Lawyers’ Association
  • Member, Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht