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In our podcasts, our experts provide information on legal issues that companies are looking for answers to today and in the future. It will cover important topics such as digital transformation, compliance & governance, business performance & resilience, ESG and the future of law as well as other current legal developments and practical tips for implementation.

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  • Specialists from abroad: changes to residence law

    There is a shortage of skilled workers in Europe. The EU Blue Card is intended to enable the employment of highly qualified workers from abroad. Recently, the requirements for obtaining the residence permit were lowered, which broadens the scope of application. Employers can also use the new instrument of short-term contingent employment to cover additional demand for workers. In the podcast, Christian Alexander Jimenez Metzler and Eva Steinberg, lawyer and attorney at KPMG Law Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, talk about the opportunities offered by residence permits as well as the legal problems that can arise when using them.

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  • Artificial intelligence and human dignity

    Artificial intelligence could soon replace people in many professions. Is this a threat to human dignity? Which decisions can we delegate to algorithms? And can we allow people to be turned into objects of technology? On the other hand, the use of AI leads to quantum leaps in medicine, bridges language barriers and can therefore help people to live in dignity in the first place. But who is responsible if the AI makes mistakes? Philipp Glock, Partner at KPMG Law, and Marcel Ritter, General Counsel at Telefónica Germany, discussed the ethical aspects of AI in the #Podcast.

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  • One year of GenAI hype - what's next?

    “Will AI replace my job?”, many people ask themselves, including lawyers. We are still at the beginning of the development of generative AI. But there are already theories about how large language models will change the composition of legal departments in the long term. There are also ideas on how the copyright hurdles in the use of AI could be solved in the long term. Dr. Anna Wipper, Philipp Glock and Andreas Bong, Partner and Partner at KPMG Law Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, describe in the podcast the directions in which the legal services industry could develop with AI. Our experts will be happy to answer any further questions you may have at, and

  • If the family business is to be sold

    If the family business is to be sold, communication is the be-all and end-all. After all, the decision within the family to part with their own business is usually not an easy one. And the interests are often very different. At the same time, there are also legal pitfalls that family members should be aware of. Mark Uwe Pawlytta, Partner, and Peter Plennert, Senior Manager at KPMG Law Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, outline the challenges that M&A transactions of family businesses entail and how families can overcome them. If you have any questions, the experts are available by e-mail at and

  • Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A): Outlook 2024

    Where is the M&A market heading after the volume of transactions slumped significantly in 2023? This depends, among other things, on the development of interest rates and the economy as a whole. These are some of the trends that M&A experts are observing: The market is taking more time to review assets for sale and purchase prices are “more reasonable” again. The experts reveal the details Dr. Daniel Kaut (KPMG Law Rechtsberatungsgesellschaft mbH), Alexander Bischoff and Florian Rieser (both KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft) in the podcast.

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  • Accessibility Reinforcement Act - what banks and other companies should bear in mind

    The ramp in front of the entrance door will soon no longer be sufficient. From June 28, 2025, the Barrier-Free Accessibility Reinforcement Act will come into force and then digital services must also enable the participation of people with disabilities. Banks are particularly affected. On the one hand, their services are needed by everyone and, at the same time, banking transactions for private customers have changed dramatically. What needs to be considered when implementing the law Matthias Lüger, Partner, and Pedro Hernández López, Manager at KPMG Law Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH.

  • ESG and labor law: What companies need to consider

    Sustainability reporting also concerns various labor law issues. In particular, the sustainability pillar “S” in ESG includes various personnel matters. This raises a variety of questions, particularly for the HR department, including
    – What reporting obligations apply in relation to personnel under the CSRD?
    – What other legal obligations apply to the HR department and what else will companies have to face?
    – What can and must be taken into account when structuring remuneration? How does the Pay Transparency Directive affect this?
    – What role does the works council play in ESG?

    Kathrin Brügger
    , Partner at KPMG Law and André Kock, Manager at KPMG Law, provide an overview of what needs to be considered from an employment law perspective in the area of sustainability reporting. They also explain why companies should take measures at an early stage.

  • AI and data protection: start-ups should pay attention to this

    The use of artificial intelligence is usually very attractive for start-ups and new business models, but it also harbors many risks. Even without AI, data is collected in any case. Before start-ups get going, they should therefore think about data protection and appropriate data management.
    Data management is like a scaffolding on which the company stands. If it is unstable or non-existent, the entire business model may collapse later on. Adding a foundation at a later date is naturally difficult. Dr. Jyn Schultze-Melling, Partner, and Holger Schlüter, Senior Manager at KPMG Law Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, explain what to look out for when setting up a company.

  • US immigration - what German companies should consider

    The USA is an important trading partner for Germany. US entry and residence law is therefore of great practical importance for German companies. Errors at US immigration could result in lifelong entry bans for travelers and companies could also face drastic sanctions in some cases. Many legal questions arise, particularly in the context of corporate transactions in the USA. Providing an overview Sabine Paul, Partner, and Constanza Maria Mundt, Senior Manager at KPMG Law Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH.

  • How the public sector can build in a climate-friendly way

    The construction and operation of buildings is responsible for around 40 percent of global greenhouse gases. The public sector has a particular responsibility to reduce these CO2 emissions. It should be a role model for the private sector. Public clients are constitutionally obliged to take climate protection into account in all decisions. How can the procurement of climate-friendly buildings be carried out in a practical manner and in accordance with the applicable rules of public procurement law?
    Senior Manager Julia Gielen and Partner Dr. Torsten Göhlert both from KPMG Law Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, and Erik Pawelczyk, Manager at KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft, describe various levers and explain an evaluation model for the procurement of climate-friendly buildings in the joint podcast.
    You can find out more about this in our impulse paper “Climate-friendly construction with a shadow price for CO2 emissions”. Read now:

  • Earn-outs - important tips and pitfalls in M&A transactions

    If the buyer and seller of a company are unable to agree on a purchase price, earn-out agreements have recently been used more frequently. They stipulate that at least part of the purchase price is dependent on the performance of the target company after the acquisition. But does this always make sense?
    Dr. Daniel Kaut
    , Partner at KPMG Law Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, and Christin Müller, Partner at KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft, explain in a joint podcast when the contracting parties should resort to earn-out clauses and what needs to be considered.

  • The employment law function - organization and performance put to the test

    In view of high inflation, it is not only trade unions that are demanding more collectively agreed wages. Pension beneficiaries are also asking themselves the question: How does the devaluation of money affect the company pension scheme (baV)? Depending on the implementation method and the type of commitment, both the beneficiaries and the companies can suffer.

    When and how must the utility be adjusted? What options do employers have to change a pension commitment that has already been made? These and other questions answered Christine Hansen, a specialist in employment law with a focus on occupational pension schemes and a senior manager at KPMG Law.

  • Company pension scheme in times of inflation

    Rising interest rates, the recession and possibly stricter regulations are creating a clear trend: more and more parts of companies are up for sale. Regardless of the reason companies divest individual divisions, a carve-out process can be very challenging. What buyers and sellers should think about, describe Maximiliane Prüm, partner at KPMG Law Rechtsanwaltschaft mbH, and Dr. Florian Jung, partner at KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft, in a joint podcast.

  • What a carve-out means for companies

    They have only been on the market for a few months, but large language models such as ChatGPT, Azure OpenAI, and PaLM 2 are already indispensable to a large number of people. These tools use content from the Internet and training data from users to generate new texts. But not everything the AI can do is allowed. What is uncritical and when users violate applicable law with chatbots is not always recognizable for laypersons. Dr. Anna-Kristine Wipper and François Heynike, partner and associate at KPMG Law Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, highlight legal pitfalls in the use of generative AI.

  • The Whistleblower Protection Act is coming - here's how companies can benefit

    The earth is getting hotter and hotter and so is the discussion about climate protection. Increasingly, this is also giving rise to legal disputes: NGOs and private individuals are taking action against what they see as inadequate climate protection legislation by states or suing companies as emitters of greenhouse gases. What this means for business and how companies should act now is described by Isabelle Knoché, lawyer and senior manager at KPMG Law Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH.

  • The EU's digital strategy: What lies ahead for companies

    Stricter data protection, new consumer protection regulations, supply chain laws, new rules for employment contracts – companies are constantly having to adapt or completely rewrite their contracts. This is often almost impossible for them to handle. The acquisition of corresponding resources and the necessary IT tools is usually not worthwhile for individual legal departments. What can provide companies with cost-effective relief is described by Philipp Glock, partner at KPMG Law Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, describes in this podcast.

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