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16. September 2020
Online Seminar

17 Uhr deutscher / 16 Uhr irischer Zeit


16:45 Log-In to Video Conference

17:05 Welcome and Introduction Dr. Michael Hördt, Member of the Committee, German-Irish Lawyers and Business Association

17:10 Introductory Remarks H.E. Dr. Nicholas O’Brien, Ambassador of the Irish Republic to Germany

17:25 Presentation by Patrick Stötzner, Head of Munich Office, Enterprise Ireland

17:40 Presentation by Daragh Hanratty, Vice President for Financial Services, IDA

17:55Q&A and Discussion

18:30 Closing remarks

Webinar 16.09.2020




16th October 2019

GILBA Members Networking Meeting, Dublin

Dear GILBA member,

It has been just over a year since GILBA last held a meeting in Ireland. Since then, we in the new Committee have been settling into our new roles and familiarising ourselves with some aspects of the internal runnings of GILBA in the post-Elmar era. A number of formalities have had to be taken care of and this has indeed at times taken longer than anticipated. Nonetheless, despite these time-intensive but certainly important administrative changes, we are pleased to have been able to organise 2 events in Germany, one in Frankfurt and one in Berlin, in the intervening period. We are, however, conscious that there has not been an opportunity to meet and exchange in Ireland since our last conference in September of last year. For that reason,

the Committee is delighted to invite you to join us on Wednesday 16th October 2019 from 18:00-20:30 in the Atrium of Trinity College Dublin for an informal networking gathering.

In line with our mission to further German-Irish cooperation, we will mark this gathering by cooperating with the Germanic Society in TCD to sponsor the organisation of a Germanic-themed photographic exhibition entitled “Fernweh: Making Memories, Leaving Footprints”. At the same time, the recipients of the GILBA German-Irish Student Award will be recognised for their excellent academic achievements in the past academic year. Furthering German-Irish links as well as encouraging and supporting young professionals early in their career are key goals of GILBA and we would be delighted if you could join us to mark this occasion and to meet and exchange with Irish-based colleagues.

Programme 16th October 2019



27 September 2019
GILBA / IBN Conference 
Embassy of Ireland, Jägerstraße 51, 10117 Berlin

Until 4.00 p.m.  Arrival/Registration

4.20 p.m.        Welcome & Introduction by IBN and GILBA
                  Jody Gannon, Irish Business Network Berlin 
                  Dr. Michael Hördt, M.C.L. (Mannheim/Adelaide), German-Irish Lawyers and Business Association 

4.30 p.m.        Introduction
                  H.E. Nicholas O'Brien, Ambassador of Ireland to Germany

5.00 p.m.        SESSION I: Political and legal guidelines for Start-Ups in Germany
                  Chair: Jody Gannon, Irish Business Network Berlin
                  Ulla Ihnen, MdB, Vice President German-Irish Parliamentarian Group
                  Dr. Christoph Peter, Rechtsanwalt, Schulte Riesenkampff Rechtsanwälte mbH, Frankfurt a.M.
                  Lothar Köhl, Rechtsanwalt, Partner, Hofmann Liebs Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB, Düsseldorf
                  Patrick Bamming, Irish Tax Adviser, German-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Dublin

6:00 p.m.        Break     

6.15 p.m.        SESSION II: Establishing of an Irish Business in Germany – Experiences and
                 Chair: Dr. Michael Hördt, M.C.L. (Mannheim/Adelaide), German-Irish Lawyers and Business Association
                 Eddie Goodwin, Manager Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Enterprise Ireland, Düsseldorf
                 Paul Hayes, CEO, Beachhut PR, Dublin
                 Steven Boylan, CEO, trt: labs, Berlin
                 Ed Kelly, Director, Kooba, Berlin

7.15 p.m.       Summary of conference
                 Elmar Conrads-Hassel, Rechtsanwalt,
              Honorary President of the German-Irish Lawyers and Business Association

7.30 p.m.        Get together/ Networking

8.15 p.m.        End of conference, get together (location will be separately announced)

Programme Berlin 2019 [PDF]

To reserve a place at the event go to:

Please be aware that places at the conference are limited. Therefore, places will be issued on a first-come-first-served basis. A right to participate is only valid after confirmation by either the German-Irish Lawyers and Business Association or the Irish Business Network



08th April 2019
The Business of Doing Business in Germany

We invite you to join us at our next networking evening which we are running in co-operation with GILBA and the Frankfurt law firm, SCHULTE RIESENKAMPFF. The event will be of particular interest to those members with their own businesses or who are considering self-employment in Germany.
German Lawyer (Rechtsanwalt) Dr. Michael Hördt, M.C.L., who runs the Irish desk at SCHULTE RIESENKAMPFF, will start the evening off with a talk about the ins- and outs of doing business in Germany, from employment law to health and insurance issues as well as the 183 days rule. If you are interested in particular aspects of employment or freelancing law, or the Irish desk services, kindly let us know these in advance so that Michael can try to accommodate your interests.
Also, remember to bring your business cards. we will round off the evening with some speed networking over buffet refreshments - courtesy of our hosts for the evening, SCHULTE RIESENKAMPFF.


SCHULTE RIESENKAMPFF. is a business law firm based in the heart of downtown Frankfurt. About 20 experts advise national and international clients in all aspects of business law. Its consulting services focus on labour law, antitrust law, data protection/IT/IP, commercial and corporate law/M&A as well as public commercial law. In 2019, the law firm expanded its country desk with the Irish Desk and has been assisting Irish companies in entering the German market and establishing a business in Germany.

Dr. Hördt, is part of the employment law department of SCHULTE RIESENKAMPFF. In addition to Irish companies, he also advises national clients on individual and collective labour law. He is also a regular guest lecturer for the Irish-German bachelor's degree "Law and German" at Trinity College, Dublin.

Event Details: Date: Monday, 8th of April, 2019 Time: 19:00
Location: Offices of SCHULTE RIESENKAMPFF, Neue Mainzer Straße 28 | 60311 Frankfurt am Main (13th Floor)

Please register with Róisín at if you wish to attend the event. We look forward to seeing you on the 8th of April.

The IBN South-West team in cooperation with SCHULTE RIESENKAMPFF
German-Irish Lawyers- & Business Association




20-22 September 2018
Jubilee Conference – 30 years German-Irish Lawyers and Business Association (GILBA), Dublin

20 September 2018
Law Society, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7
- 6.00 p.m.  Arrival/Registration
6.20 p.m.    Welcome & Introduction
6.30 p.m.    Presentation and Addresses

                    30 years  German-Irish Lawyers and Business Association
                    H.E. Deike Potzel, German Ambassador to Ireland, Patron GILBA
                    Patrick Dorgan, Vice-President (upcoming President), Law Society of Ireland
                    Donnacha Curley, President, Association of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys in Ireland
7.30 p.m.    Reception

21 September 2018
The Four Courts, Inns Quay, Dublin
9.30 a.m.     Registration
9.45 a.m.     Welcome & Introduction
                     The Honourable Mr. Justice Liam McKechnie, Supreme Court
                     Elmar Conrads-Hassel, President GILBA
10.00 a.m.    SESSION I: Guided tour of this Historical Building
11.00 a.m.    Coffee
11.30 a.m.    SESSION II: The Judicial System in Ireland
                      The Honourable Mr. Justice Liam McKechnie, Supreme Court
                      The Honourable Mr. Justice Gerard Hogan, The Court of Appeal
1.00 p.m.      Light Lunch at the Four Courts
2.00 p.m.      End of Conference Morning SESSIONS
                     Walk / Drive to the Honorable Society of King's Inns
Honorable Society of King's Inns, Henrietta Street, Dublin 1
2.30 p.m.      SESSION III: AGM of the German-Irish Lawyers and Business Association (GILBA)
4.00 p.m.      Coffee
4.30 p.m.      Greeting
                     Tom Creed, SC, Vice.Chairman, Bar Council or Ireland    
4.45 p.m.      SESSION IV: Digitalisation/Digital Transformation
                      Chair: Marcus Metz, GILBA
                      Co-Chair: Lothar Köhl, GILBA
                      Dr Jill Cousins, Director & CEO, The HUNT Museum, Limerick
                      Dr Matthias Lachenmann, Pauly & Partner Rechtsanwälte, Bonn
                      Niall O`Donnellan, Head of ICT & International Services Division, Enterprise Ireland, Dublin
                      Shane Nolan, Divisional Manager, Content, Consumer & Business Services, IDA, Dublin
6.00 p.m.       Final Comments & Close of Conference
6.30 p.m.       Reception

22.September 2018
The German Ambassador`s Residence
Danesfield, 1 Seaview Terrace, Donnybrook, Dublin 4
7.00 p.m.      Cocktail Reception
7.30 p.m.      The Conference Gala and Charity Dinner
                     in conjunction with The Ireland Funds Germany e. V.
                       Hosted by H.E. Deike Potzel, German Ambassador to Ireland
                       Guest of Honour & Guest Speaker: 
                       Professor Dr Martin Selmayr, Secretary-General of the EU-Commission

Programme & Registration Jubilee Conference Dublin 2018
Invitation Charity Dinner Charity Dinner 2018
Reply Card Charity Dinner Charity Dinner 2018 (Registration)


7-9 July 2017
GILBA Conference, Leuven, Belgium

The Leuven Institut for Ireland in Europe (Historic Irish College),  Janseniusstraat 1, 3000 Leuven, Belgium 

7 July 
6.40 p.m.  Opening Lecture

                    Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, Vice-President of the European Parliament
                    The political landscape in Europe after Britain’s  Brexit Decision
7.30 p.m.  Buffet Dinner
                   Hosted by H.E. Eamonn Mac Aodha, Ambassador of Ireland to Belgium

8 July
11.00 a.m.  Visit to Leuven Town Hall and short talk on the history of the City of Leuven 
12.30 p.m.  Light Lunch at the Leuven Institute 
1.30 p.m.    Welcomes  

  • David Grant, The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe
  • Elmar Conrads‐Hassel, President, German‐Irish Lawyers and  Business Association

2.00 p.m. Session I: State Aid and Anti Trust Regulation in the EU   

  • Angeline Woods, Principal Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus   Deringer LLP, Brussels
  • Ursula O’Dwyer, Partner, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, Brussels
  • Benoit Keane, Principal, Keane Legal, Brussels  

4.00 p.m. Session II: Brexit and its implications for Ireland and Germany 

  • Christina Tritz, Regional Representation of Baden Wuerttemberg  to the EU (Vertretung des Landes Baden ‐ Württemberg bei der  Europäischen Union), Brüssel
  • Guy Ooms, Irish Belgian Business Association, Brussels
  • Dr Heiko Willems, Head of Department Law, Competition  and Consumer Policy, Federation of German Industries  (Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie, BDI), Brussels
  • Tom Moylan, Irish EU Affairs Communication Consultant,  Brussels 

7.30 p.m.  Charity Dinner at the Leuven Institute  
                   Guest of Honour: H.E.  Michael Collins, Ambassador of Ireland to Germany

9 July

Programme & Registration Leuven 2017 + Charity Dinner Leuven 2017
On-campus accomodation RESERVATION FORM


2 July 2016
GILBA conference, Dusseldorf

State Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia, Platz des Landtages 1, 40221 Dusseldorf

Data Protection

Reception organised by the President of the State Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia, Ms Carina Gödicke, and His Excellency the Ambassador of Ireland to Germany Mr Michael Collins.

Dr. Mathias Schneider, Rechtsanwalt, Partner, Hoffmann Liebs Fritsch & Partner, Dusseldorf
Claire Morrissey, Solicitor, Partner, A & L Goodbody, Dublin
Axel Voss, MEP, Rechtsanwalt, Bonn/Strasbourg/Brussels
Daniel Starkey, Senior Market Adviser, Software & Services, Enterprise Ireland, Dusseldorf
Jan Dhont, Lawyer, Partner, Alston & Bird LLP, Brussels
Donal Denvir, General Manager Germany, Bord Bia, Dusseldorf

Programme & Registration Dusseldorf 2016



6 June 2015
GILBA conference, Sligo

St Angela's College, Lough Gill, Sligo

Commercial Dispute Resolution and Commercial Mediation in Ireland and Germany

Kevin O'Higgins, Solicitor, President of the Law Society of Ireland
Cormac Little, Partner, William Fry Solicitors, Dublin
Dr. Daniel Simms, Barrister, LLM, Dublin
Brian Speers, Managing Partner, CMG, Belfast
Christopher Callan, Solicitor, Partner, Callan Tansey Solicitors, Sligo
Duncan S. Grehan, Solicitor, Duncan Grehan & Partners, Dublin

Evening Reception organised by His Excellency the Ambassador of Germany to Ireland Mr Matthias Höpfner

Programme & Registration Sligo 2015



4 October 2014
GILBA conference, Berlin

Embassy of Ireland, Jägerstraße 51, 10117 Berlin

The upcoming Agenda for the EU and the role of and tasks for Germany and Ireland
Brian Flynn, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Ireland, Berlin

Mathias Bartke, MdB, Deputy Head of the German-Irish Parlamentary Group of the Bundestag, Berlin

Derek Scally, Berlin correspondent of The IrishTimes

Niall Lenihan, Assistant General Counsel at the European Central Bank (ECB), Frankfurt
The ECB's new banking supervision tasks within the Single Supervisory Mechanism
Thomas Schmidt, LLM., RA, StB, White & Case, Frankfurt
Counter Measures against Base Erosion and Profit Shifting“ (example: Google in Ireland

Programme & Registration GILBA Berlin 2015 [PDF]:



16 November 2013

Irish Annual Ball 2013

Münchner Künstlerhaus

Lenbachplatz 8

80333 Munich


8 June 2013:
25th Anniversary of GILBA:

McLaughlin's Irish Pub, Kurze Straße 1, Dusseldorf



4 October 2013:
GILBA conference, Dublin

Dáil Éireann, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin
National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin
Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin




2 November 2012:
GILBA conference, Dublin

Law Society, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7
[download: programme and reservation form]

Charity Dinner (together with the "Ireland Fund of Germany")
Residence of the German Ambassador to Ireland, Danesfield, Seaview Terrace, Dublin 4
Guest of Honor: Caitriona Fottrell, Vice President and Director Ireland of The Ireland Funds
[download: programme and reservation form]



24 June 2011:


GILBA conference, Belfast
Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast
Law Society of Northern Ireland, 96 Victoria Street, Belfast
[download: programme and reservation form]

With kind support from Mason Hayes+Curran and Byrne Wallace

25 June 2011:
Charity Dinner (together with the "Ireland Fund of Germany")

Great Hall, Queen's University, Belfast
Guest speaker: David Ford, Northern Ireland Minister of Justice, MLA
[download: programme and reservation form]





13 November 2010:
Charity Dinner (together with the "Ireland Fund of Germany")

Collegium Leoninum, Noeggerathstraße 14, Bonn
Guest speaker: Former Ambassador of Germany to Ireland Christian Friedemann Pauls
Guests of Honor: H.E. Dan Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to Germany, and his wife Greta

[reservation form]



14 May 2010:
GILBA conference, Dublin

Law Society, Dublin 7




22 May 2009:
GILBA conference, Dublin

Competition Law in Ireland and Germany, Law Society, Dublin 7




4 - 6 September 2008:
GILBA conference, Binz / Rügen

Atmospheric Change - Environmental Laws in Ireland and Germany
[reservation form]



6 September 2008:
Charity Dinner (together with the "Ireland Fund of Germany")




4 January 2007:
Lecture by Council Member Marcus Metz, Bonn University

Der rechtliche Status der irischen Sprache (The Legal Status of the Irish Language)
[article Bonner Generalanzeiger]



24 April 2007:
Lecture by H.E. Christian Pauls, Ambassador of Germany to Ireland, Law Society, Dublin

Whither the EU?



6 July 2007:
Lecture by H.E. David Donoghue, Ambassador of Ireland to Germany, Mainz University




7 September 2007:
GILBA conference, Frankfurt

The Development of the Financial Centres Germany and Ireland in the European Market



8 September 2007:
German-Irish Golf Outing, Mittelrheinischer Golf Club, Bad Ems
Charity Dinner (together with the "Ireland Fund of Germany"),
Guest of Honour: H.E. David Donoghue, Ambassador of Ireland to Germany




23 November 2007:
AGM, Rheinisches LandesMuseum (Seminarraum I),
Colmantstr. 14 - 16, Bonn

3.00 - 4:30 p.m.: Guided tour "War and peace - Celts, Romans and Germans" (German)
5.00 p.m.: open committee meeting
7.00 p.m.: AGM



7 December 2007:
Lecture by EU Commissioner Charlie McCreevy, Law Society, Dublin 7

Financial Services: recent EU developments
[reply form]



Conference programme Dublin 2009: [download]

Conference programme Rügen 2008: [download]
Conference report Rügen 2008 (German): [download]

Conference programme Frankfurt 2007: [download]
Conference report Frankfurt 2007 (German): [download]
The integration of the German and Irish financial systems within the euro (Niall Lenihan, ECB): [download]
The financial services industry in Ireland (Damien Hennelly, IDA): [download]

Conference programme Limerick 2006: [download]
Conference report Limerick 2006 (German): [download]

Conference programme Dublin 2005: [download]