Dr. Axel Walz
Axel Walz is a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich. His research focuses on European and international economic and competition law, legal issues of innovation and digitalization, procedural law and alternative dispute resolution. Axel has a particular interest in policy making issues relating to new technologies and their societal impacts.
Prior to his academic career, Axel has gathered extensive experience in private practice. After having worked in the EU & Competition department of the law firm SJ Berwin for three years in Munich and London and one year in the IP department of Gleiss Lutz in Stuttgart, Axel held a position as legal counsel and group leader in the legal department of BMW AG from 2009 until 2011, before rejoining SJ Berwin where he was appointed to partnership in 2014. In private practice, Axel’s work focused in particular on dispute resolution matters (litigation as well as arbitration) in the field of competition, IP and regulatory law as well as on drafting and negotiating contracts and agreements relative to distribution, licensing and merchandising, R&D, contract manufacturing, service, co-existence as well as technology transfer.