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Michael Siebold Honoured with Interlaw Lifetime Achievement Award

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Former Interlaw chair and long-serving board member, Michael Siebold, has received Interlaw’s Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of the significant contribution he has made to the global network over the past two decades.

Michael, who is senior partner at ARNECKE SIBETH DABELSTEIN, Interlaw’s partner firm in Frankfurt, Dresden, Berlin, Munich and Hamburg in Germany, served as the network’s global chair between 2012 and 2018. During this time, he oversaw Interlaw’s growth across key international markets such as the USA and Europe, as well as important strategic emerging markets including Latin America and Africa.   

He was also instrumental in developing Interlaw’s positioning as a viable alternative to traditional law firms, and launching a major report, Global Legal Services in a Disruptive World in partnership with international publisher, ALM.   In addition, he helped to drive the network’s investment in digital infrastructure, enabling it to adopt a technology-first approach and increase referrals and collaboration between partner firms.   

Commenting on his award, Michael Siebold says:   

“Being part of Interlaw and seeing its growth and development into the globally respected elite network that it is today has been one of the highlights of my career. During this time, I have had the pleasure of working with talented lawyers and professionals from across the world, many of whom have become friends.  

“It was also fantastic to be part of a campaign that transformed the perceptions of law firm networks, demonstrating the breadth our expertise and how we are perfectly positioned to understand and respond to the needs of global clients.”   

Michael Pattinson, global chair of Interlaw, added:   

“Michael is one of the most dedicated and hardworking ambassadors for Interlaw. His passion for our network is infectious, and he has been responsible for many partner firms joining Interlaw, as well as fostering a culture of collaboration on a global level.   

“His work in challenging the stereotypes of networks and repositioning them as a credible alternative to traditional law firms has helped us to win work from internationally recognized brands who were looking for a legal services provider that could demonstrate true global reach with local expertise. We thank him for all his hard work and celebrate his well-deserved recognition.”