Clifford Chance associate Konstantin Heilmann has taken on the role of head of legal at German-founded expert knowledge automation startup BRYTER. He takes over the management of legal affairs at BRYTER, which has offices in Frankfurt, Berlin and London, and plans to open in New York this year.

Heilmann, who before Clifford Chance worked at Leverton, will work mainly from Berlin and his role will include managing external consultants, software and licensing issues, as well as M&A and financing. BRYTER says that it is growing its legal department to include lawyers working in London and New York. While several lawyers work at BRYTER – including Johannes Maurer, Sam Spivack, Sharan Kaur and founders Michael Grupp and Micha-Manuel Bues, Heilmann is the first full-time legal hire.

Bues said: “We now have employees in five time zones and clients in 20 countries as well as an international group of investors and – due to the growth – constantly changing conditions. In Konstantin we have found the right adviser for the legal design of this environment.”

BRYTER counts among its clients Dentons, Baker McKenzie, Hogan Lovells, McDermott Will & Emery, PwC and corporates including TechData. Its USP is that it enables lawyers to automate expert knowledge without coding skills.

In January 2020, PwC announced that over 100 lawyers in their European offices would be trained to use BRYTER’s platform. One of PwC’s first tools developed with BRYTER is ‘Rule Keeper’. This provides clients with a variety of applications dealing with recurring legal issues in the areas of tax, compliance and data protection.

In early March, Addleshaw Goddard used BRYTER and Kira Systems as the core components in ‘AMBER’, its entry for the Global Legal Hackathon 2020. Using BRYTER’s  integration with Kira, the Addleshaw Goddard team built a live due diligence review and house-style reporting solution.