FRANKFURT (May 22, 2017) – Axiom, the leading alternative legal services provider, is entering the next phase of its ambitious growth strategy across Europe as Dr. Matthias Schwenke joins to head the company’s operations in Germany.
Axiom now provides access to high-quality legal services for large enterprises across Germany, which join a long list of Axiom’s current global clients, including more than half the Fortune/FTSE100. Axiom‘s talented lawyers provide clients with flexible capacity and specialized knowledge, offering in-house legal teams an alternative to traditional external law firms. In addition to experience working at top law firms, most Axiom lawyers also have spent several years at in-house legal departments. This profile allows them to effectively integrate into clients’ in-house legal departments much faster and bring immediate practical value.
Axiom’s global offerings also include a full range of technology-enabled legal services, ranging from support for corporate transactions like mergers and acquisitions, and regulatory events such as the EU’s Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) or Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID), as well as various mandates affecting large financial services organizations.
Dr. Matthias Schwenke, LL.M., was appointed as Axiom’s country lead and General Manager for Germany on May 1, heading Axiom’s Frankfurt central office. “Matthias brings a unique perspective to Germany and to Axiom,” said Sandra L. Devine, Axiom’s head of operations in Continental Europe. “Many of our clients are rethinking how legal services are resourced, seeking new ways to enhance flexibility and cost-efficiency while supporting rapidly-changing areas of expertise. Combining his experience both as a classically trained German lawyer as well as a former management consultant, Matthias is well-equipped to help GCs address these challenges with practical solutions.”
Most recently, Dr. Matthias Schwenke served in several executive positions for Deutsche Telekom, including Head of Top Clients for the company’s wholesale customers. Previously, Schwenke served as a strategy consultant for The Boston Consulting Group where he specialized in reorganization and operations. After completing a classic law education in Germany as a fully qualified lawyer, he earned a Master’s degree in International Business Transactions at the University of San Francisco. He wrote his doctorate on data protection and technology law at the Technical University of Darmstadt in cooperation with the University of Kassel.
“The time is right for Axiom’s entry into the German market,” said Schwenke. “Axiom created a new category of alternative legal services providers 17 years ago, and continues to lead innovation in this exciting area. For lawyers, Axiom provides an alternative means of career development and access to a wide range of challenging engagements at top international companies. Axiom combines methods and techniques from other disciplines such as strategy consulting, project management and IT with the legal talent of its lawyers in order provide a unique approach to problem solving for our clients. The combination of these diverse competencies distinguishes Axiom and is something the German market desperately needs. Axiom’s global scale creates excellent development possibilities with flexible working models and strong investment in career training.”
Following the successful launch of Axiom in Switzerland in 2014 and strong growth across Axiom’s locations in Belfast, Northern Ireland and Wroclaw, Poland, this further expansion confirms the company’s path in Europe. With over 2,000 employees, Axiom has a strong history of geographic expansion, serving clients from 15 global offices and three Centers of Excellence.
“I look forward to creating something new in Germany, building on the foundation of a prestigious company that is already successful globally. We are looking for unconventional thinkers and passionate lawyers who support our work and our model. Nowhere else you will be able to think as much outside the box as here at Axiom, yet provide practical solutions with immediate value,” Schwenke says.
Axiom, a recognized leader in the business of law, provides tech-enabled legal, contracts, and compliance solutions for large enterprises. Axiom’s solutions combine legal experience, technology, and data analytics to deliver work in a way that dramatically reduces risk, cost and cycle-time. The firm comprises 2,000-plus lawyers, professionals, process engineers and technologists who serve over half the Fortune 100 across 15 regions and 3 centers of excellence globally. www.axiomlaw.com
Carrie Kalish, 917-657-3155