J.D., University of Heidelberg School of Law, Germany
L.L.M., University of Miami School of Law
J.D., cum laude, University of Miami School of Law
District of Columbia
United States Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
United States District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida
Law Society of England and Wales (Solicitor)
Frankfurt Bar Association (European Attorney)
Dubai International Arbitration Centre
Board Certified International Lawyer (Florida)
Panelist, “Protecting Securities Portfolios Against Fraud – Obtaining Representation Outside the U.S.” at BLB&G Roundtable, New York City, USA
Speaker, “The Future of Financial Institution Litigation” at C5 9th International Financial Investor Insurance Form, London, UK
Panelist, “Mis-selling of Financial Products: How are we protected in today’s marketplace?” at IIEF Investor Rights Protection Forum, Hong Kong
Speaker, “International Securities Litigation” at The Knowledge Group Legal Series Webinar
Speaker, “Incorporating the Latest U.S. Class Action Developments into Your Litigation Strategy in Preparation for the Growth of Collective Actions in Europe,” at C5 Financial Institutions Litigation Conference, London, UK
Co-Moderator, “Litigation Lessons for Securities Lawyers,” at ABA Annual Conference, Dublin, Ireland
Speaker, “Reconsidering the Compensation System for your Firm – From Associate to Senior Partner” International Bar Association Conference, Munich, Germany
Panelist, “Morrison v. NAB,” at IIEF London Governance Forum, London, UK
Panelist, “The new Corporate Governance Landscape,” at ICGN Annual Conference, Paris, France
Panelist, “The Route Map to Reform and Recovery,” at ICGN Annual Conference, Sydney, Australia
Speaker, “Generating Legal Alpha” at Nordic Pension Investment World, Stockholm, Sweden
Speaker, “Collection of Securities Class Action Settlements,” IIEF Institutional Investor Education Forum, Paris, France
Speaker, “Generating ‘Legal’ Alpha – New Trends in Europe and the U.S.” at Pension Fund Investment World, Berlin, Germany
Speaker, “Generating Legal Alpha” at Terrapin Investor World Middle East, Dubai, UAE
“Scheme Liability” nach Stoneridge – Haftung für Kapitalmarktbetrug in den USA und Deutschland (62. Jahrgang, Heft 27, Page 1245), WM. (Germany)
“Anlegerschutz – Pflichten von Institutionellen Investoren”, WM. (Germany)
“Globaler Anlegerschutz”, DAJV. (Germany)
“Securities Litigation USA/Germany – Duties of Institutional Investors”, DAJV. (Germany)
“The New European Company – Societas Europaea” Eurowatch. (Germany)
“Internationale Ehevertrage in Deutschland” (Heft 6, Page 329) FPR. (Germany)
“Judicial Discretion: Comparative View of the Doctrine of Forum Non Conveniens in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany,” Loyola of Los Angeles Int’l & Comparative Law (Volume 16, Number 2)
Speaker, “Case Examination: Tesco (UK),” at Securities Class Action Services Webinar
Speaker, “Global Trends in Securities Class Actions,” at Securities Class Action Services Roundtable, New York City, USA
Panelist, “Myths and Realities of Financing Collectives Actions,” at ABA Seminar Increasing Access to Justice Through EU Class Actions, Brussels, Belgium
Guest Lecturer, “International Securities Fraud Actions and Investor Protection,” at Università LUISS Guido Carli, Law School, Rome, Italy
Seminar presenter, “After the storm: A comparative approach between U.S. and Europe on the consequences of the crisis on the legal environment applicable to the banks”, at AIJA seminar “Being a Banker in a Post-Crisis World: Risks and Liabilities”, Luxembourg
Seminar panelist, “The Global Fight Against Terrorism and its Impact on Citizens’ Lives,” Madrid, Spain
Seminar on comparative International Legal Education US-Ukraine, Yalta, Ukraine
“L’expérience allemande pour protéger les investisseurs, une leçon pour l’Europe?”, Option Droit & Affaires (No. 73) (France)
“A recent decision of the U.S. Supreme Court represents a radical change for the system of investor protection in the United States – La dernière décision de la Cour Suprême Américaine représente un changement radical pour le système de protection des investisseurs aux Etats-Unis,” AIJA (No. 24) (France)
“Morrison contre National Australia Bank, un arrêt à la portée internationale,” Option Droit & Affaires (No. 44) (France)
“Actions de groupe: la Cour suprême siffle la fin de la partie pour les investisseurs étrangers,” LJA (No. 985), (France)
J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law, International and Comparative Law Certificate
Master of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public & International Affairs, Certificate of advanced study: Western European affairs
B.A., Political Science, Villanova University, minors in French and Italian
District of Columbia
Solicitor (England & Wales)
Board Certified International Lawyer (Florida)
French-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida
International Association of Jurists (Associazione Internazionale Giuristi di Lingua Italiana) (AIGLI)
International Association of Young Lawyers (Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats) (AIJA)
Member of the Commercial Fraud Commission
Member of the Banking, Finance & Capital Markets Law Commission
Arbitration Commission Member
Board of Trustees of The American University of Rome
Ms. Kern is a senior associate with DRRT, contributing to DRRT’s legal efforts in a variety of securities litigation and investor loss recovery actions throughout the world, including Germany. Prior to joining DRRT, Ms. Kern practiced litigation as a Bar-Approved Specialist in Insurance Law with a national insurance law firm in Germany focusing on the recourse of major claims and general liability cases.
Ms. Kern graduated from University of Cologne Law School (Germany), where she was a member of the Law Student Council and a mentor to new students. She then completed a legal clerkship at the Higher Regional Court of Duesseldorf in Germany and has profound experience with Criminal Law matters. Ms. Kern also earned an LL.M. at Cardozo School of Law in General Legal Studies, with a concentration in Intellectual Property and Information Law.
Ms. Kern is a native German speaker and fluent in English.
J.D., University of Cologne Law School, Germany
LL.M., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York City
New York Bar
Germany (Cologne Bar)
German-American Lawyers’ Association (Deutsch-Amerikanische Juristenvereinigung) (DAJV)
Ms. Blake is an associate with DRRT, contributing to DRRT’s legal efforts in a variety of securities litigation and investor loss recovery actions throughout the world.
Prior to joining DRRT, Ms. Blake served as Deputy Counsel with the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in New York. As Deputy Counsel, Ms. Blake oversaw hundreds of international and domestic arbitrations – including emergency and expedited-procedure arbitrations – and assisted the ICC Court in scrutinizing arbitral awards and making procedural decisions related to arbitrator challenges, the constitution of arbitral tribunals, and consolidations, among others.
Ms. Blake earned her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was a Graduate Student Instructor for an undergraduate writing course. During law school, she completed internships with an international law firm in Mexico City and the World Bank in Washington, D.C. Ms. Blake began her legal career in Paris, where she trained with the international arbitration group of a leading law firm, focusing on commercial and investment treaty arbitrations in the aviation, energy, and construction sectors. Ms. Blake is licensed to practice law in New York and Florida.
In addition to her native English, Ms. Blake is fluent in Spanish and has conversational knowledge of French and Portuguese.
J.D., University of Michigan Law School
B.A., Northwestern University
Panelist, “Virtually Back to Normal? Takeaways from a Year of Remote Arbitration Hearings and Pathways Forward” at 10th Annual Atlanta International Arbitration Society Conference
Moderator, “Arbitrator Appointment: Party vs. Institutional Appointment” at 17th ICC New York Conference on International Arbitration, Young Arbitration & ADR Forum (YAAF) Debate
Katja Simone Bullemer-Wülfert is a Consultant for DRRT in the area of international proceedings in the field of investor protection and recovery of losses.
Ms. Bullemer-Wülfert has over 20 years of experience in the capital markets and asset management sector. Prior to joining DRRT, Ms. Bullemer-Wülfert practiced capital markets and regulatory law with two leading law firms in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, advising international banks and asset managers and focusing on cross-border regulatory topics. After practicing law, she gained extensive experience in the field of investment fund regulatory law and asset management by working for many years as in-house counsel and leading the legal department at a German investment management company of a French banking group. Here she gained extensive knowledge of cross-border, regulatory and compliance issues from an in-house practitioner perspective.
Ms. Bullemer-Wülfert received her German legal and economics education at the Universities of Bayreuth and Speyer. Internships led her to the states attorney’s office in Charles Mix County, South Dakota, and to law firms in Texas, USA, among others. After graduation, she worked as a graduate assistant at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, in the area of comparative and international law, and as a research assistant at the University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida, in the area of international business transactions. At the University of Miami School of Law, she also earned an LL.M. degree with a concentration in international and comparative law. She is a native German speaker, fluent in English and has basic knowledge of French and Italian.
Ms. Bullemer-Wülfert is admitted to the bar in Germany.
Articles & Publications
Contributed to legal commentaries and published articles on various specialized topics
Dr. Gehrold is an international lawyer who served as a legislator on the European Level and is a former member at the European Parliament.
Dr. Gehrold is serving as Of Counsel – Regulatory Affairs Strategist. His expertise in the European regulatory field supports and enhances DRRT’s role as an international pioneer in institutional investors loss recovery. He plays a major role in DRRT’s activism, particularly related to the class action legal framework in European nations, and building awareness with key decision makers on shareholder activism.
Dr. Gehrold has written over 300 scientific publications addressing legal, political and economic issues, with particular focus on the European integration. He also counts 26 years of professional experience in Germany, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Croatia, and Senegal. His background in European law, combined with his extensive experience, allow him to provide professional and project management services, political-security risk assessment, as well as government and media relations. Dr. Gehrold is a native German speaker, he is fluent in English with a work proficiency in both French and Croatian. Furthermore, he has a basic knowledge of Portuguese, Dutch and Czech with reading proficiency in both Spanish and Slovak.
Law at Passau University (Germany)
Law at Porto Catholic University (Portugal)
Bachelor of Laws at Freiburg University (Germany)
Doctorate (Ph. D.) at Münster University (Germany)
Master of Laws at Hannover Ministry of Justice/Oldenburg Court (Germany)
Articles & Publications
Das Verhältnis zwischen Kommunen und Caritasverbänden bei der Wahrnehmung von Aufgaben nach dem Jugendhilferecht, Frankfurt 1996
Der Fall Bosman – ein Beispiel für die Bürgernähe der EU; in Oldenburgische Volkszeitung vom 06.01.1996, S. 19
Bridging the Trust Gap Between Serbia & its Neighbors: Avoiding Another Cycle of Distrust, with Max Primorac (Institute of World Affairs, 2001)
Samo dug i trnovit Put obecava Uspjeh; in: Privredni Vjesnik vom 17.06.2002, S.9
Hrvatska: Djelic Domovine; in: Euroforum; März 2003, S. 24
Die Slowakischen Präsidentschaftswahlen im April 2004; in KASAuslandsinformationen 5/04, Berlin 2004, S.51 ff.
Kroatien: Konserative Opposition gewinnt Parlamentswahlen; in: KASAuslandinformationen 1/04, Berlin 2004, S.18 ff.
Wirtschaftswunder Slowakei: Musterknabe oder Bösewicht in der erweiterten EU?; in KAS-Auslandsinformationen 11/05, Berlin 2005, S. 57 ff.
Perspektiven in der Energiepolitik der Tschechischen und Slowakischen Republik; in KAS-Auslandsinformationen 02/06; Berlin 2006, S. 50 ff.
Nach der Wahl 2006: Im Westen angekommen? Zur parteipolitischen
Entwicklung in Tschechien und der Slowakei; in KAS-Auslandsinformationen 12/06; Berlin 2006, S. 79 ff.
„Melde gehorsamst, dass ja!“ – Zum Abgleich politischer Sprache in Tschechien und in Deutschland; in „Politische Sprache und Kultur in Mitteleuropa“; Chemnitz 2007