Dr. Susan Kempe-Müller, partner in the Frankfurt office of Latham & Watkins, advises and represents clients in all areas of intellectual property law, with a particular emphasis on trademark, competition, employee invention, and copyright law.

Dr. Kempe-Müller has long-standing experience advising on transactions in the field of intellectual property and information technology. 

She has particular expertise in drafting and negotiating complex national and cross-border contracts in the IP/IT area. She advises clients on:

  • License and service agreements
  • Research and development contracts
  • Software development and software transfer projects
  • Cooperation agreements
  • Outsourcing contracts

Dr. Kempe-Müller also represents companies in litigation and proceedings before trademark and patent offices.

Dr. Kempe-Müller’s experience includes advising: 

  • Cheplapharm on the acquisition of the US Marketing Authorization for Pulmicort Flexhaler, a Budesonide inhalation powder for the treatment of Asthma, from AstraZeneca AB
  • Deutsche Bank and Orchard Global Asset Management on the sale of HIT Holzindustrie Torgau to Mercer International Inc.
  • HANNOVER Finanz and Hans-Werner Mumm on the sale of their shares in ATEC
  • Hg on the sale of Transporeon
  • Partners Group on the acquisition of a majority stake in Cloudflight
  • A multinational networking and telecommunications company on its acquisition of business segments from a world leading provider of antenna and filter technologies*
  • US-based automotive supplier on the sale of one of its business segments*
  • A leading online food delivery marketplace on its acquisition of German food delivery operations*
  • A leading international provider of indoor climate and tap water solutions on its sale of shares to market leader in energy efficient ventilation and indoor climate systems*
  • A German energy company on IPO of a subsidiary*
  • A global market leader in cleaning and surface processing systems for industrial parts on its sale of majority shares to Chinese engineering and machinery company*
  • A global alternative investment firm on its minority investment in vendor of Business Process Management (BPM)*
  • The subsidiary of leading international provider of indoor climate and tap water solutions on its acquisition of two companies in the field of supply technology*
  • A listed New York-based specialty athletic retailer on its acquisition of German chain store for athletic footwear, functional textiles and accessories*
  • A consortium formed by private equity and investment firms on its acquisition of one of Germany’s leading multi-level marketing enterprises for body care and beauty products*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Thought Leadership

  • Co-author: Handbook International Advertising Law, 2014
  • Author of numerous specialist publications, among others: 
    • Produkthaftpflicht International 2004 “Cigarette manufacturers are not liable for health damage, comment on the smoker's judgement of the regional court Arnsberg”
    • Produkthaftpflicht International 2004 “Liability for damages arising from misuse of products”
    • Doctoral thesis, 2006 “The Intended Use of Drugs according to the German Drug Act” 
    • Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 20 June 2016 “Perfums break bank secrecy”
    • PLATOW Recht, 14 June 2017 “Banks without secrets”
    • Markenartikel-Magazin 2018 “Neuschwanstein is not a place”
    • PLATOW Recht, 6 February 2019 “Unfair Trade Act – a new sharp sword for data protection?”
    • PLATOW Recht, 15 May 2019 “Instagram influencer Cathy Hummels wins lawsuit in Munich regarding labelling of advertising”
    • PLATOW Recht, 10 July 2019 “Advocate General calls for registrability of the trademark "Fack Ju Göhte"”

Bar Qualification

  • Rechtsanwältin (Germany)


  • Dr. iur., University of Marburg, 2006
  • Second German State Exam, Higher Regional Court, Mainz, 2001
  • First German State Exam, University of Freiburg, 1999

Languages Spoken

  • English