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Information technology and outsourcing
- Avocado rechtsanwälte
Buse Heberer Fromm
Other recommended firms
- Field Fisher Waterhouse Deutschland LLP
Heisse Kursawe Eversheds
- Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek
- Heussen Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
Leo Schmidt-Hollburg Witte & Frank
- Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
Mayer Brown LLP
- von Boetticher Hasse Lohmann Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten
- Peter Bräutigam – Noerr
- Isabell Conrad – SSW Schneider Schiffer Weihermüller
Thomas Heymann –
Heymann & Partner Rechtsanwälte
- Jost Kotthoff – White & Case LLP
- Jan Geert Meents – DLA Piper
- Norbert Nolte – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
- Jochen Schneider – SSW Schneider Schiffer Weihermüller
- Ulrich Wuermeling – Latham & Watkins LLP
CMS provides a broad and comprehensive service, and produces ‘excellent quality that is worth the rates’. This ‘quick and precise’ team has seen an increase in data protection and matters relating to e-commerce and digital businesses. Global players such as eBay Group instruct the team, which also provides ongoing advice to Kabel Deutschland regarding IT projects, and acted for iTunes on contentious matters. Banking sector clients include HSH Nordbank and Hamburger Sparkasse. Malte Grützmacher is ‘a fantastic IT software expert’, and Sebastian Cording is ‘very experienced in negotiations’.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is a leading firm for large-scale IT transactions and also receives praise for its contentious advice, while outsourcing and data protection are other key strengths. The team recently advised KfW, Germany’s largest public bank, on several public procurements for the outsourcing of IT services. Jochen Dieselhorst is ‘extremely good’, and Norbert Nolte and Klaus Beucher are ‘always a good option’.
Noerr provides ‘tailor-made teams on the spot’, and is particularly expert in outsourcing matters as well as in-trend topics such as cloud computing and e-commerce, and frequently draws on the firm’s strong media practice. The team provides ongoing advice to Microsoft on cloud computing, data protection and commercial agreements, and acts for MAN Truck & Bus on various IT projects. It also advised publisher Weltbild on the partial acquisition of Pubbles internet platform from Bertelsmann. Joachim Schrey is highly recommended, as is ‘seasoned negotiator’ Peter Bräutigam, who ‘combines legal excellence with a business-oriented approach’.
Baker & McKenzie gives ‘superb advice’ and is excellent for outsourcing and data privacy matters, where the team has acted on several projects for DAX30 companies. One recent success was the team’s advice to Hitachi Data Systems on two high-value projects regarding its global IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) and cloud services. Christoph Rittweger heads the practice, which includes the ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Michael Schmidl, who has ‘very good negotiation skills’. Clients praise the team’s ‘very diligent time-keeping’ and ‘accurate cost estimates’.
Bird & Bird’s practice provides comprehensive service, ‘useful and to-the-point’ advice and ‘an impressive degree of technical knowledge’, all underpinned by the firm’s deep telecoms, IP and media expertise. The team advised Nuance on software transactions in Europe, and also acts for Amazon, Bundesdruckerei, eBay, and PayPal Group on data protection matters. The team is assisting Columbia Sportswear with the pan-European creation of an e-commerce platform and advising Google on contract law. Alexander Duisberg is particularly recommended.
DLA Piper is well known for its data protection, outsourcing and particularly cloud computing expertise. A leading service provider instructs the firm in several countries worldwide regarding transactions and projects, and the firm regularly advises AOL on IT matters. The team was also recently instructed by an online retailer to advise it on the implementation of a mobile application. Jan Pohle and practice head Jan Geert Meents are recommended.
Boutique firm SSW Schneider Schiffer Weihermüller has ‘a strong market position’ and enjoys a great reputation for data protection matters and software projects. Clients include a healthcare company, a venture capital firm, an insurer, as well as an industrial company which the team is advising on its online shop outsourcing. The team is also advising a financial institution on software procurement matters. The team features the ‘doyen of IT law’ Jochen Schneider, and Isabell Conrad is also recommended.
Taylor Wessing comprehensively covers all IT matters, and regularly acts for household names such as Dell. Google also relies on the team for international projects, data protection, and outsourcing matters, and the firm advised Hermes on setting up the IT infrastructure for its Russian network. Kai Westerwelle’s ‘quickness of mind and grasp of issues is most commendable’, Jörg Wimmers is ‘an excellent litigator’, and Detlef Klett’s ‘project management guarantees well organised communication and interaction’.
Heymann & Partner Rechtsanwälte has one of the market’s leading IT outsourcing practices and has been busy advising on E.ON’s large-scale outsourcing project, including data protection aspects. The team also advises Asklepios Clinics on its SAP implementation, and assisted SEB with contractual matters. Name partner Thomas Heymann is the team’s figurehead, and is recommended along with Katharina Scheja and Lars Lensdorf.
Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘pragmatic and solution-oriented’ team is appreciated by clients for its ‘quick turnaround’. It recently advised on several cross-border matters and regularly advises banking sector clients, such as acting for FMS Wertmanagement on the development of its IT platform. Other instructions included advising Moog on a new B2B e-commerce platform rolled out across several countries, and representing eBay in disputes. Stefan Schuppert heads the practice.
Latham & Watkins LLP is well known for its outsourcing practice, where clients include Deutsche Bank, as well as the data protection expertise of Ulrich Wuermeling. The team advised Stage Entertainment regarding online ticketing services contracts and, on the transactional side, advised Capgemini on the IT aspects of its acquisition of CS Consulting; and Barclays Capital on the sale of Medion to Lenovo.
SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte has seen an increase in data protection work where the team can capitalise on the firm’s outstanding media expertise. Household names such as Electrolux and Lovefilm are data protection clients, Ikea receives advice on all software-related matters, and the team acts for Nokia Siemens Networks on the introduction of software systems. Martin Schweinoch is ‘extremely good’, and Oliver Hornung is also recommended.
White & Case LLP focuses on outsourcing and IT projects such as software development, and the team is a preferred adviser to many entities in the financial services industry. The practice is advising Facebook on data protection matters, and also acts for the German Federal Ministry of the Interior and the Federal Authority for Digital Security Radio. The team also recently advised an automotive company on a technology joint venture. Jost Kotthoff and Detlev Gabel are ‘extremely good IT lawyers’.
Avocado rechtsanwälte represents ‘great value for money’. It frequently acts for US clients such as Pentair regarding contractual agreements, and also advises B+S Card Services. Brandt & Partner instructed the practice on SAP implementation matters. Practice head Jan Peter Voß is ‘flexible, quick and addresses problems thoroughly’.
Buse Heberer Fromm is a good choice for outsourcing and data protection matters. It recently advised NRW Bank on software procurement proceedings and provides comprehensive advice to affilinet. Stephan Menzemer heads the team.
Clifford Chance focuses on transactions and outsourcing. The team is acting for Access on cloud computing matters, and advising T-Systems on outsourcing issues. Markus Muhs was promoted to the partnership. However, the team suffered a blow when outsourcing expert Florian Schmitz joined Görg Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten.
Gleiss Lutz provides comprehensive IT advice, including on outsourcing matters and M&A transactions, and is able to ‘find solutions’. The team advised new client 1&1 Internet on the internationalisation of IT services in five countries, and acted for KPMG on outsourcings in Germany and England. Stefan Weidert heads the practice, which also features outsourcing expert Burkard Göpfert.
Jones Day has attracted new blue-chip clients and expanded its workload for a DAX30 company. The team advised Premiere Global Services on cloud services agreements and also acts for household names such as SAP. Wolfgang Büchner is highly regarded.
McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP is known for its integrated IT, media and telecoms advice, and its ‘strong data protection expertise’. It advised 1&1 Internet on establishing a software-as-a-service platform in Germany and the US, and regularly advises Silicon Graphics on contracts and contentious matters. Ralf Weisser is recommended.
Oppenhoff & Partner has a good reputation for data protection, outsourcing and cloud computing advice. It is advising a global manufacturing company on outsourcings in Spain, and acting for an auditing company on data transfer questions. Michael Abels heads the practice.