At Taylor Wessing, Axel Freiherr von dem Bussche is a specialist software, e-commerce and data protection lawyer. He advises public and private insurance companies, new media and online gambling companies on regulation. In Munich, Christian Frank focuses his practice on advising software and technology companies on licencing, specialist contracts and competition related matters. Alongside him is the “impressive” Jörg Wimmers while in Frankfurt the “highly regarded” Kai Westerwelle is known for his e-commerce and multimedia work for domestic and foreign entities.
Heymann & Partner enjoys three listings. Founding partner Thomas Heymann is “well known” for his work in IT, outsourcing and M&A matters for technology companies. His team includes former Microsoft GmbH counsel Katharina Scheja, who is a “smart” outsourcing and IP lawyer, and Lars Lensdorf, an experienced IT, outsourcing and data privacy practitioner.
At Bird & Bird, head of the German IT commercial and outsourcing group, and joint-head of the global IT and commercial group, Alexander Duisberg’s practice covers the full range of IT related work, including online commerce, cloud computing, data protection and security. Similarly, Fabian Niemann is lauded for his “quick understanding of technical issues” and contract knowledge in this area.
Based in the Munich office of Hogan Lovells, Stefan Schuppert advises on new media concerning intellectual property, contract law and data.
As a leading technology firm, SKW Schwarz earns four nominations in this field. Andreas Peschel-Mehner focuses on IT, internet and e-business law, with a particular interest in gaming and entertainment, as does Stefan Schicker, but for biotechnology clients. Mathias Schwarz has over 25 years experience advising media, publishing and e-commerce clients, covering IP and contract matters. Matthias Nordmann advises on general contract and corporate law, with an emphasis on M&A. His clients include IT companies and users in internet, e-commerce, software and data protection matters.
SSW Schneider Schiffer Weihermüller is represented by three lawyers in this chapter. Elke Bischof is a specialist IT, electronic data-protection and software lawyer. She drafts and negotiates contracts and advises on procurement procedures. She has over 10 years experience advising the Munich Justice Department and has consulted for domestic companies. Isabell Conrad is a specialist in IT and telecommunications. She drafts and represents major IT and software companies on their operations and advises companies in a range of industries on their data privacy and internal warning systems. Jochen Schneider is a litigator with an emphasis on software, IT contractual disputes, internet law, copyright and media queries.
At CMS Hasche Sigle in Stuttgart, Axel Funk advises companies in the IT and telecommunications sectors, with a concentration on patent and trademark related matters. In Hamburg, Malte Gruetzmacher guides companies in software transfer, production, outsourcing and IP protection matters.
The newly established Bartsch Rechtsanwälte was set up by the “smart” Michael Bartsch who practices IT and software law. Rupert Vogel of Vogel & Partner Rechtsanwälte is a specialist IT and computer science lawyer who advises companies on data protection in relation to the Civil Code. From Bender Harrer Krevet, Birgit Roth-Neuschild is an IT, internet and e-commerce lawyer. Her practice is focused on assisting on copyright, licences, data protection and international contract law. She also advises publishing companies on their distribution rights and privacy.
Two White & Case LLP lawyers feature. Detlev Gabel addresses national and international IT outsourcing and business process outsourcing needs of companies who operate in the financial services sector, as does Jost Kotthoff, who has broad experience in advising clients on their internal IT systems.
In TCI Rechtsanwälte München, Michael Karger works in IT law, particularly project contracts, sourcing of IT services, e-commerce, internet, social media and data privacy. He is principally a contract and regulatory lawyer, as is Thomas Stögmüller, who has experience acting on antitrust matters relating to this field.
Härting Rechtsanwälte features two lawyers in this chapter. Founding partner Niko Härting and Martin Schirmbacher draft and negotiate terms and conditions in contracts providing internet services assistance in the setting up of websites, and act for companies during domain disputes and general related litigation.
At AUER, Astrid Auer-Reinsdorff specialises in IT and related fields, acting on outsourcing, software-licensing contracts and e-commerce compliance. From Baker & McKenzie LLP Mattias Scholz in Frankfurt is “outstanding”. He chairs the European steering committee of the firm’s IT/communications practice and is known for his advice on contract relating to IT, e-commerce, outsourcing and trade.
Former chairman of the German society of law and information technology, Wolfgang Büchner counts SCM Microsystems and Salesforce.com as clients and represents Jones Day in this chapter.
At DLA Piper LLP in Munich Jan Geert Meents is highly nominated and Jan Pohle in Cologne is considered an “IT specialist” for his work on contracts for software clients.
At Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP in Hamburg, Felix Wittern advises on regulation and data protection compliance. Peter Chrocziel at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in Munich is the former co-head of the global information technology group and the current head of the German patent practice. He covers a range of IT and internet issues affecting trademarks and patents for clients.
Stefan Weidert at Gleiss Lutz is a skilful IT lawyer, with a lot of experience advising clients on outsourcing, cloud computing and e-commerce. He drafts contracts and assists on licencing applications and agreements.
Henning Harte-Bavendamm of his own firm, Harte-Bavendamm Rechtsanwälte, advises major clients such as Procter & Gamble and TNT on IT, IP and trademarks issues.
At Heinle Baden Redeker + Partner GbR Rechtsanwälte, Helmut Redeker is an “expert” in administrative and internet law, focusing on the civil and privacy rights involved. He contests disputes for clients and counsels them on contract formulation.
Dirk Uwer from Hengeler Mueller‘s Düsseldorf office practices mainly in privacy and data protection relating to the energy and life science industries. He is “impressive”.
At Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, Michael Schmittmann combines his IT practice with antitrust law and media and telecommunications expertise. He advises companies and state institutions on e-commerce and gaming law.
Peter Huppertz at Hoffman Liebs Fritsch & Partner practices in IT and data protection law. He litigates and arbitrates on privacy issues and advises on internal organisation and compliance for domestic and foreign entities.
At Jaschinski Biere Brexl (JBB Rechtsanwälte), Till Jaeger has developed “solid” experience in drafting contracts, licensing and online matters and in copyright disputes. He advises corporate clients as well as government agencies and software developers.
Latham & Watkins LLP is represented by Ulrich Wuermeling, the head of technology transactions in Frankfurt and the global co-chair of the IT industry group. He is a privacy, advertising and marketing, communications, IT and outsourcing practitioner and works for clients in the clean tech, IT, internet and digital media sectors.
At MLawGroup, Florian von Baum is a business and technology transactions lawyer in Munich. He has a range of experience and regularly advises on IT, software and telecommunications in the automotive, life sciences and biotechnology industries. Similarly, Jürgen Hartung from Oppenhoff & Partner provides IT, outsourcing and data protection assistance to international technology companies.
At Noerr, IT, computer, data processing and media lawyer Peter Bräutigam is “exceptional” in his knowledge of the area. He is recognised as a leading IT and outsourcing practitioner. Digital business lawyer, Konstantin Ewald at Osborne Clarke in Cologne regularly drafts IT contracts for domestic clients and is credited with “impressive know how”.
SBR Schuster Berger Bahr Ahrens is represented by Fabian Schuster, an IT, media and technology practitioner, and at teclegal Habel Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft, founding and managing partner Oliver Habel is a contract drafter and skilled in IT law, particularly for engineering, construction and logistics companies. In Berlin, Anselm Brandi-Dhorn at v. Boetticher Hasse Lohmann focuses on litigation for IT companies relating to patent and trademark issues.