Dr. Matthias Leonardy
Executive Interim Manager
Rechtsanwalt (German Attorney at Law)
INTERIM.legal is a specialist in Interim Management for senior inhouse Legal and Compliance management positions. If a vacancy needs to be filled temporarily to secure continuity in leadership of the Legal / Compliance Department, INTERIM.legal steps in, offering scalable solutions, tailored to the individual needs of the company. Based on extensive management experience, INTERIM.legal also offers both strategic and operational support for setting up and restructuring Legal / Compliance Departments in times of growth and change.
Dr. Leonardy is a C-level business lawyer and leader with 20+ years of professional experience in Germany and abroad. Working as Rechtsanwalt (German Attorney at Law) in private practice, General Counsel in various industries as well as General Manager of industry associations, he has, inter alia, set up and managed the Legal Dept. of multimedia network operator Primacom (IPO); headed the Legal Dept. of eBay Germany as General Counsel and Business Ethics Officer; successfully restructured and led German anti-piracy organization GVU and was COO and CLO of HDF KINO, the leading German cinema association.
He is a family father, fireman, multilingual (German / English / French). After his studies and doctorate in law at the U of Bonn, Germany as a scholar of the German Scholarship Foundation, he concluded his post-grad legal education in Saarbrücken, Montréal (Canada) and Speyer (U of Administrative Sciences); was admitted to the bar of Saarbrücken / Germany in 1995; conducted repeated research and work in Canada; worked as legal teacher; and later as a lawyer for the German federal government, private companies in multiple jursidictions and industry associations.
His previous professional experience as a lawyer and leader has focussed on international businesses in roll-out and transition, such as telecoms, online and entertainment businesses, in companies of different sizes, development phases and corporate cultures – ranging from start-ups and SMEs in Germany to established U.S. bluechip companies – with an emphasis on restructuring and change-management processes in legal and compliance management.
“clear business focus … creative lawyer with an "eye for the big picture” … Thoroughness and speed, resilience, reliability, know-how and experience have convinced us.”
Márton Hagner, Head of Legal (Automotive Products), Robert Bosch GmbH
"Legal and Compliance pro, experienced communicator with big organizational know-how"
Dr. Christine Hahn, General Counsel, Share Now
"Self-starter with a clear analytical focus on the merits, process management skills and the courage for creativity… works with great dedication and legal knowhow."
Bernd Sengpiehl, Chief Operations Officer, IGEL Technology
"business savvy, highly experienced and clear-sighted business lawyer"
Daniel Hikel, General Manager DACH, Optimizely
"Speedy process, clear and straightforward communication, pragmatic approach. Competent work with a focus on solutions tailored for the customer's business. Fair remuneration."
Ralph Werner, Co-Founder & Managing Director, cvlogin
"analyzes even the most exceptional problems within shortest period"
Andreas Makowski, Chief Information Security Officer, IGEL Technology
"Pragmatic, knowledgeable, always collegial and appreciated for his advice – as our Interim General Counsel, Matthias reorganized our legal department, optimized processes, tackled compliance and duly onboarded his successor. Nothing slipped through the cracks, no issue was too big or too small."
Dr. Barbara Zesik, Chief People Officer, Omio