Rafaela Wilde

Lawyer | Partner

* 3rd December 1954, Wesel

Practice areas

  • Media and Entertainment Law
  • IT Law and Games Law
  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Press
  • Competition and Cartel Law
  • Events Law

Foreign languages spoken

  • English
  • Dutch


  • 1973-1981 Studied Law and History at the Friedrich-Wilhelm University in Bonn
  • 1981 First State Exam in Law
  • 1981-1983 Traineeship in Cologne
  • 1984 Second State Exam in Law (German Bar Exam)

  • 10/1984 Admission to practice law and law firm established (in Cologne)
  • 1991 Expansion through the opening of a Munich office
  • 1997–2000 Additional offices opened in Frankfurt and Berlin
  • 2000–2004 Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers Veltins Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft (subsequently Heussen Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH) and director / lawyer of the Cologne office.
  • Since 2004 Partner at the law firm WILDE BEUGER SOLMECKE

Other activities

  • 1984-1992 Director of the association Künstler in Aktion e.V. (Artists in Action)
  • 1991-1994 Fiduciary lawyer at the Verband Deutscher Drehbuchautoren e.V. (Association of German Script Writers)
  • Since 1994 Director / legal advisor of the film & fernseh produzentenverbandes nrw e.V. (Association of film and television producers nrw)
  • 1996-2000 Founding member of the Filmschule NRW e.V. (Film school NRW)
  • Since August 2008 Deputy chairwoman of City Marketing Köln e.V.
  • Member of Medien NRW regional office’s Media Committee
  • Member of the advisory board NRW


  • Association of German Companies (Verband Deutscher Unternehmen e.V.)
  • American Chamber of Commerce in Germany e.V.
  • Cologne Lawyers’ Association (Kölner Anwalt Verein e.V.)
  • Cologne Chamber of Lawyers (Rechtsanwaltskammer Köln)
  • German Association for Intellectual Property and Copyright Law (Deutsche Vereinigung für gewerblichen Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht e.V.)
  • Managerkreis der Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
  • German Association of Specialised Journalists (Deutscher Fachjournalistenverband)

Christian Solmecke is a partner at the law firm WILDE BEUGER SOLMECKE. He is the author of numerous legal publications in the area of internet and IT law. He is also an associate lecturer for social media law at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences.

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