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Magdalene Steup

Principal Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer



Magdalene is a principal associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and has worked in the firm’s Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, and London offices.  She advises clients on a broad range of corporate law matters, with a particular focus on global investigations and corporate compliance.  Most recently, Magdalene was seconded to the firm’s global Innovation team in London.  Prior to joining Freshfields as an associate, Magdalene worked as Deputy Counsel at the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris.

Having a passion for lifelong learning, Magdalene holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Strategy and Innovation from the University of Oxford, Saïd Business School, and completed Executive Programmes on artificial intelligence and blockchain technology. 

Contribution to Legal Tech

Magdalene is one of the key members of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Innovation team and was part of the firm’s (former) Global Associate Innovation Group.  She has led and supported a number of projects in the context of the firm’s digital transformation strategy, including shaping the concept for the Freshfields Berlin Lab at its early stages.  Magdalene has a keen interest in exploring the potential that AI has for the legal services industry beyond generating efficiency gains.  She believes in the importance of open innovation and has therefore initiated and led several collaboration projects with start-ups and academia.  Magdalene has also shared her experience as a speaker at legal tech conferences.  

As her first legal tech project, Magdalene designed an Innovation award-winning customised legal tech solution and led the multi-disciplinary team implementing it.  It took document automation to the next level by combining it with machine learning.  The document automation solution was subsequently used by over 1000 lawyers across a number of major law firms in Germany.  

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer was named the Most Innovative Law Firm in Europe in 2019.  

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