Senior European Legal Advisor
Klaus has worked for many years as an in-house legal counsel for one of the major EU textile retailers, focusing on intellectual property rights, unfair competition law, and product-related matters. For over a decade, he served as the company's Unit Lead European Legal Center of Expertise.
In this role, he provided legal advice to the global sourcing organization, including general terms and conditions, as well as various CSR-related matters. His experience encompasses OECD complaints and human rights arbitration proceedings under the Dutch Covenant.
Klaus represented legal counsel on the Steering Working Group responsible for ensuring compliance with the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (LkSG). In this capacity, he supported the development of a two-way Code of Conduct and the integration of relevant ABA MCCs 2.0 model clauses into the supply chain terms and conditions. He further co-led the company's implementation process for a modernized AI-based grievance mechanism and HRE risk analysis tool.
Within RCP, Klaus will leverage his operational experience to tailor clauses and rebalance the contractual tension areas between the practical demands of sourcing departments and HRE compliance. He will be assisting companies who are willing to transition away from the traditional legal approach of simply shifting warranties towards a shared responsibility model.
Klaus studied Law and Philosophy at the University of Regensburg and Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany, and graduated there in 1989 with a degree in Law (two state exams with distinction). He contributed a section on the supply chain to ‘Moderecht, Handbuch’, published by Thomas Hoeren, 2019.