Christian Rau

Christian has over 20 years experience as an attorney, in-house counsel and manager. His main professional focus has been on M&A, Compliance, US-Litigation and Leadership. Christian started his legal career with Freshfields and later changed into the legal function at Johnson & Johnson in Brussels and New Jersey. While working as a corporate attorney for J&J in the US he also served on the management board of an international J&J subsidiary, McNeil Nutritionals, and co-taught a course at NYU. In 2007 he returned to Germany to take up the position of Chief Legal Officer and Chief Compliance Officer at Dax-30 heavyweight Linde AG.  From 2014 through 2018 Christian was the Amsterdam-based General Counsel EMEA and Latin America of US healthcare company DaVita. Since October 2018 he has taken up the post of Chief Compliance Officer EMEA at Olympus, the Japanese maker of medical devices, microscopes and cameras. Christian received his legal education at the Universities of Freiburg, Geneva and Georgetown. He holds a Ph.D. in comparative constitutional law and has held bar admissions in Berlin and Munich. His working languages are German, English and French and he is proficient in Spanish.