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Data protection

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In data protection matters Baker McKenzie stands out for its high-end advice to telecoms, pharma, financial, IT and industrial companies characterised by ‘expert knowledge’, ‘quick, uncomplicated contact’ and ‘short response times’. Building on the many ancillary practices of the full-service firm, the four-partner team often advises on data protection in connection with M&A transactions and contentious telecoms matters, such as assisting a large international telecoms company with the Federal Network Agency’s order on the advance deleting of data and GFKL Lowell Group with data protection issues related to the acquisition of Tesch Inkasso. Other highlights included advising the asset management company of a global insurance company on data protection matters related to the introduction and registration of a mechanism for worldwide personal data processing; an international bank on the transfer of documents and information to domestic and foreign authorities and courts in connection with potential money laundering and tax evasion investigations; and a global biotech corporation on the structuring of requirements of EFPIA (European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations) transparency systems. The team also sees a constantly high work load related to the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Other clients include Siemens Healthcare and Daimler. Holger Lutz has ‘excellent expertise’ and is noted for his ‘practically oriented advice’ and Julia Kaufmann is also recommended.

Bird & Bird’s ‘pragmatic and legally outstanding’ data protection lawyers ‘make clients very happy’, not least due to the ‘high level of expertise and acute business sense’. As ‘one of the best data protection practices in Germany’ the team advises an impressive number of IT corporations and DAX 30 companies on the entire spectrum of data protection matters, cybersecurity and corporate binding rules (CBR). It recently gained adidas as a new client in connection with various cross-border data protection projects. Other regular clients are blood glocuse meter manufacturer Dexcom regarding international data transfer and data protection matters related to variable tech and mobile and cloud solutions and Audi concerning big data matters. The portfolio furthermore includes Huawei, Levi’s, Microsoft and SAP. The ‘extraordinarily smart’ Fabian Niemann has a ‘deep understanding of European data protection law’ and ‘the quality of his advice is first-class in all regards’; Lennart Schüßler, who was promoted to partner, ‘can also always be reached in times of crises’.

Hogan Lovells International LLP advises prominent clients in the finance, insurance, automotive and healthcare sectors, companies in the manufacturing industry and IT service providers on the entire range of data protection matters with a ‘very high service level’. While the team surrounding the ‘practically oriented and assertiveTim Wybitul was frequently sought out for advice on the implementation of the GDPR in 2017, the practice additionally focuses on employee data protection, cybersecurity and international data transfer. It also assists well established corporations and tech start-ups with data protection issues related to autonomous driving and the connected car, the internet of things and digital healthcare. Marcus Schreibauer is the main contact for cybersecurity matters.

Latham & Watkins LLP’s data protection practice is tightly integrated in the European structure of the firm and enjoys an excellent reputation in Germany, particularly for its strong dispute resolution expertise in contentious data protection matters, although the firm also handles the entire spectrum of preventative data protection advice, especially for industry giants in the healthcare, finance and automotive sectors. It assists SCHUFA with data protection compliance and in data protection proceedings at higher courts; provides regular advice to IMS Health on data protection matters related to information services in the healthcare sector; and advises the German Dialog Marketing Association (Deutschen Dialogmarketing Verband, DDV) on data protection issues in connection with advertisement. The client portfolio also includes DZ Bank, Deutsche Bank and Tata Communications. Other expertise lies in cybercrime. Counsel Ulrich Wuermeling, who divides his time between Frankfurt and London, is considered ‘one of the best lawyers for data protection law’ particularly due to his ‘decade-long experience and good networks’.

Besides the omnipresent advice on the GDPR and complex data protection projects, Osborne Clarke’s expertise in data protection matters also includes CBR, cybersecurity and data protection compliance. Clients benefit from the specific industry knowledge of the three partners: Hamburg-based Flemming Moos is well versed in healthcare and FinTech-related data protection; Marc Störing, who was promoted to partner in Cologne, focuses primarily on data protection matters in the automotive and PropTech sectors; and the well regarded Ulrich Baumgartner is the main contact for data protection issues connected to digital business models. Recent highlights include coordinating Amadeus IT Group’s Europe-wide adaption to the GDPR; advising Google on the task force investigation proceedings of the Hamburg data protection officer regarding the unified harmonised Google privacy policy; and assisting Sixt with the negotiation of a high-volume data management platform contract. The high-end client roster includes Facebook, Ferrero and Weight Watchers International.

SSW Schneider Schiffer Weihermüller is a well-established firm for data protection matters: The team surrounding the renowned Isabell Conrad acts on the entire spectrum of relevant legal issues and saw increased international mandates in 2017, particularly related to worldwide data transfer concepts, data protection impact assessments, GDPR implementation and data transfer and deletion schemes for Industry 4.0 platforms. The firm advised a US big data provider on anonymity concepts and contract data processing; a German medical device manufacturer on data protection in connection with advertisement consent; and conducted an internal data protection audit for an international software provider. It furthermore carried out an expert study for a Swiss big data provider on the topic of data protection admissibility and legitimate use of big data solutions for airlines and also advised a US platform provider on telecoms data protection with respect to an international messenger platform. Other expertise lies in data protection compliance, social data protection and IT security.

Taylor Wessing’s international and diverse industry-spanning client base also benefits the firm’s wide-ranging IT expertise in data protection matters; GDPR implementation and advice on privacy shield regulations constitute current pillars of the practice. In recent highlights the extremely well regarded Axel von dem Bussche advised Atos on group privacy and employee data protection as well as GDPR implementation and together with David Klein, who was promoted to partner, also assisted eBay with data protection aspects of the marketing of inventory and advertisement. Gregor Schmid regularly advises ZAB (business development in Brandenburg) on data protection. The team furthermore often handles mandates related to international data transfer, data protection compliance and in connection with employment law. Other clients include Check24, Sirtex and Galeria Kaufhof. Thomas Kahl was also promoted to partner.

White & Case LLP often handles cross-border data protection matters and saw highlight matters particularly in the automotive, consumer goods and IT sectors. While the firm frequently advises on GDPR-related issues, intragroup and employee data protection, IT security and transaction-related data protection also play an important role. Due to the well regarded team’s close cooperation with the firm’s white collar crime practice, advice on data protection in the course of internal investigations and data protection compliance gained further significance in 2017. Detlev Gabel leads the global data privacy and cyber security group.

Also in data protection matters CMS positions itself with a broad practice and besides a high volume of GDPR-related mandates also covers data protection aspects of transactions, outsourcings and cloud computing as well as CBR and data security. In 2017 the team assisted an international outsourcing service provider on data protection issues during a complex BPO from Germany to the Philippines and advised the credit insurer Euler Hermes and the financial service provider Eos on data protection in connection with the sale of their joint subsidiary. A steady flow of work also stems from the firm’s regular data protection advice to Ströer and the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe. Reemt Matthiesen and Christian Runte are the key figures.

Data protection now forms one of the most important pillars of DLA Piper’s well regarded IT practice and besides GDPR expertise clients seek the team’s data protection knowledge in the context of the connected car, cloud computing and online business models. In 2017 highlights included Jan Geert Meents’s advice to automotive manufacturers regarding the establishment of a global data protection monitoring system and in connection with big data projects and counsel Verena Grentzenberg’s advice to a German media corporation on data protection aspects of an innovative online business model. Cyber security and data protection compliance are other areas of expertise.

Eversheds Sutherland’s data protection lawyers ‘quickly understand clients’ needs’ and stand out for their ‘very high availability, deep industry expertise and team work’. The team led by the highly recommended Alexander Niethammer increasingly handles cross-border data protection projects and frequently advises on international data transfer, employee and customer data protection and data protection compliance. Recent clients include the US-Swedish automotive supplier Autoliv regarding data protection aspects of a joint venture with Volvo Cars, a US manufacturer of water treatment plants on data protection compliance and new client Messe München (the Munich Trade Fair) on customer data protection. Vodafone and Microsoft are also new clients; the practice won the latter through Lutz Schreiber’s arrival from Norton Rose Fulbright in 2016; he was recently promoted to partner.

Jones Day’s data protection expertise is clearly the main pillar of the firm’s broad IT practice surrounding the well regarded Undine von Diemar and besides domestic work also generates an impressive number of mandates from Asia and the US. The team advises on GDPR matters and frequently on international data transfers, cybersecurity, employee data protection and group privacy, data protection in connection with internal investigations, transactions and compliance. A highlight in the healthcare sector was advising Cardinal Health on data protection aspects during the acquisition of Cordis from Johnson&Johnson, in the course of the integration and regarding the GDPR. Heilind sought the firm’s advice for data protection issues related to its acquisition of the MPS group of companies and RTI Surgical for data protection during an SAP implementation project, which involves data transfer from different European states to the US. and ICANN are other clients.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH provides ‘clear implementation recommendations for daily operations’ to listed and mid-sized companies but also public authorities regarding data protection matters. The firm’s broad advice on data protection in 2017 again manifested itself in a diverse portfolio: The IT practice led by Wulff-Axel Schmidt saw a particularly high volume of GDPR advice to domestic and European clients but also data protection matters in the energy industry. Michael Rath advises the Postbank Group and the pharmaceutical company Klosterfrau on the implementation of the GDPR and Bayer on data protection aspects of diverse IT projects; Silvia Bauer acts as external data protection officer for Reemtsma Cigarettenfabriken and assists the client with data protection compliance, amongst other matters; and Maximilian Dorndorf advised Essener Verband (Essen-based association) on data protection issues in connection with the corporate restructuring of the association. Other regular clients include BASF, ThyssenKrupp and E.ON.

Noerr combines ‘outstanding expertise’ in data protection matters with an ‘excellent service level’: The ‘always ready and available’ team assists domestic and international industry giants across various sectors with GDPR questions, international data transfer, IT security and data protection compliance and saw recent highlights particularly in healthcare and finance and here especially in connection with digital business models. The ‘strategic, clever, extraordinarily competent and friendlyDaniel Rücker advised an international tobacco corporation on various data protection matters. Senior associate Sebastian Dienst is considered an ‘outstanding young talent’ and is noted for his ‘business focus and good networks’.

In 2017 Oppenhoff & Partner particularly saw data protection matters in the telecoms, healthcare and IT sectors, which ranged from GDPR advice and international data transfer to employee data protection, data protection compliance and IT security. The especially active Jürgen Hartung advised Sony on data protection issues in connection with company agreements, email and internet, amongst other matters.

Recommended without reservationAshurst LLP’s IT practice is ‘very service-oriented’, ‘always responsive’ and ‘capable of providing sound advice even at short notice’, also in data protection matters. With a focus on comprehensive data protection projects, data protection compliance, international data transfer and GDPR advice, the team recently saw a high volume of work: It advised LafargeHolcim and Navitas Group on the global implementation of the GDPR, assisted Modern Times Group with data protection aspects of the acquisition of shares in InnoGames and also regularly handles data protection matters for Amazon, Citigroup and Clariant International. Andreas Mauroschat stands out for his ‘high legal expertise’ and ‘is able to come up with practical solutions that not only take legal issues into consideration but also the business and practical aspects’.

Beiten Burkhardt’s ‘outstanding’ team advises international IT service providers, technology companies and clients in the cosmetics, finance and telecoms industries on the entire spectrum of data protection matters, data security and cybersecurity and ‘always takes into consideration the economic aspects’. Recent highlights include assisting Estée Lauder Companies with data protection matters related to the setup of WLAN networks in the German retail stores of the client; advising a FinTech company on the data protection compliant design of their business model; and providing comprehensive data protection advice to electric car manufacturer NIO. The ‘brilliant’ Claudio Chirco, who was promoted to partner, ‘always thinks in the interest of clients’ and Axel von Walter also ‘has broad experience and gives competent advice’. Tim Caesar left the firm and works as corporate counsel for Infosys since August 2016.

KNPZ Rechtsanwälte advises domestic and international companies ranging from the finance and IT to the automotive and consumer goods industry on diverse data protection matters, but particularly stands out for assisting clients with data protection issues in connection with cross-border transactions, internal investigations and compliance matters and in contentious data protection proceedings. The client portfolio includes Evertracker and Bauer Media Group. Kai-Uwe Plath is the key figure.

Morrison & Foerster LLP’s IT team advises on data protection in the context of digital business models in the telecoms sector with particular expertise in connection with transactions, the development of digital platforms and cloud computing. Also noteworthy is the strong international orientation of the practice, which as part of the firm’s global privacy and data security group regularly handles cross-border data protection matters. Recent clients include Epcos, a subsidiary of the international TDK Group, regarding employee data protection in the course of a global joint venture with US chip manufacturer Qualcomm; DocuSign concerning contract data processing agreements with resellers and customers; and Anschutz Entertainment Group with regards to continuous advice on various data protection issues. Hanno Timner provides ‘extraordinarily good, quick and practical advice’.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s international data protection practice focuses on global GDPR projects, GDPR advice for European and Asian clients, cybercrime and contentious data protection proceedings. Christoph Ritzer, who was promoted to partner, continues to advise Lilly Germany on the Privacy Shield agreement; other data protection mandates stem from a client portfolio that ranges from IT, finance and automotive to pharma and medical companies and entail compliance, internal investigations and employee data protection. Jamie Nowak is the main contact for disputes; Lutz Schreiber left for Eversheds Sutherland in May 2017.

As part of the ‘outstanding’ global data protection practice Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s German team surrounding ‘top data protection expert’ Christian Schröder also advises on the entire spectrum of relevant matters, including cyber security, GDPR and data protection aspects of transactions; increasingly US but also Asian clients make use of the team’s cross-border expertise. The firm advised Carnival Corporation on global data protection matters and internal company group contracts and a Chinese technology corporation on data protection issues in connection with autonomous driving. Other clients include Flexera Software and SIG Combibloc.

Reed Smith’s ‘strong’ IT team led by the recognised Andreas Splittgerber also has deep expertise in data protection matters ranging from CBR and GDPR advice to data protection issues related to transactions, international data transfer and IT security. It advises a company in the automotive industry on employee data protection; assisted a Dutch provider of eReader systems with customer data protection; and handled the introduction of CBR for a German pharmaceutical corporation. The client portfolio also includes Qubit, Netbiscuits and Neato Robotics.

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte was able to strengthen its data protection with the arrival of Volker Wodianka, previously at Scheja & Partner, and has been particularly active in providing data protection advice in connection with transactions and the GDPR. The team assisted both Commerzbank and EDEKA-LUNAR, the retail chain’s IT company, with several phases of the GDPR implementation and recently advised SGL Group on data protection matters related to the sale of its graphite electrode business division to the Japanese company Showa Denko. Another client is STRATO.

Schürmann Wolschendorf Dreyer Rechtsanwälte’s data protection advice is marked by ‘great expertise, creativity and reliability’ and ‘due to the consistency in main contacts trusting relationships prevail’. The team primarily advises prominent domestic companies and associations on all data protection aspects connected to digitalisation, big data and data and IT security. It assisted an eCommerce company with data protection linked to big data concepts for the marketing and logistics divisions and in proceedings with data protection authorities; advised a local public transport company on the conception of a data protection compliant measurement of the stream of passengers for the analysis of traffic routes; and represents an international airline in official proceedings with the Berlin data protection officer. The ‘very solution-oriented’ Kathrin Schürmann has ‘very good legal and technical knowledge’ and Simone Rosenthal is ‘excellent, effective and pragmatic’.

WilmerHale’s data protection practice primarily handles cross-border matters, in 2017 the team again cooperated closely with the firm’s US colleagues and was able to maintain the high level of activity in contentious data protection matters. Martin Braun, who also acts as co-chairman of the global big data practice, continues to represent Facebook in proceedings at the administrative court in Hamburg regarding the question whether German data protection law is applicable on Facebook Ireland and whether the Hamburg data protection officer is responsible for measures against the client. The firm also regularly advises McDonald’s and a leading German pharmaceutical company on data protection issues.

Information technology (including contracts)

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  1. IT and outsourcing: information technology (including contracts)
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  3. Next generation lawyers

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    • Torsten Kraul - Noerr
    • Alexander Molle - Gleiss Lutz

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Considered one of the ‘absolute market leaders in Germany’, Bird & Bird’s IT practice stands out for its ‘understanding of specific sectors, very good knowledge of client-specific features’ and the ‘good coordination also in cross-border matters’. The eight-partner team, whose ‘manner is always professional, polite and goal-oriented’, often advises on digital matters and in 2017 again saw many mandates in the context of Industry 4.0: It assisted a British software company with the development of a platform for the international distribution of software solutions and maintenance and further advancement of the products and also continuously advises a high-end automotive corporation on the digital transformation process. In traditional IT law the team surrounding practice head Alexander Duisberg often handles large IT projects, acts in IT disputes and additionally has longstanding experience in licence agreements. The diverse client portfolio includes SAP, Workday and adidas. The ‘outstanding’ Henriette Picot ‘always contributes to a positive atmosphere, but in case of disagreements also demonstrates the strength to enforce key points’. Lennart Schüßler was promoted to partner.

CMS particularly stands out for its strong focus on digitalisation topics across industries and the team led by the renowned Sebastian Cording has deep expertise in IoT platforms, Fin-, Med- and InsureTech and digital innovation products. It recently often advised on smart contracting solutions, the automatisation of production capacities, the connected car and blockchain projects. Apart from the firm’s digital business group the IT practice also continues to handle traditional IT matters and in 2017 focused particularly on high-volume technology transactions and software projects. Recent highlights include assisting Sharp Electronics with an SAP project and the introduction of smart energy solutions; advising German insurer AXA on the joint venture Meine Gesundheit with CompuGroup Medical regarding the establishment of digital solutions for the healthcare insurance sector; and also acting for the credit insurer Euler Hermes and the financial services provider Eos in IT matters in connection with the sale of the joint subsidiary Bürgel Wirtschaftsinformation to the Italian credit bureau CRIF. The team also covers IT procurement, copyright disputes and licence and contract IT matters. Other clients include eBay, Ströer and Siemens.

Noerr increasingly focuses on digital matters, but also continues to handle traditional IT matters with a ‘high level of expertise’ and provides its international client base with ‘good and business-oriented results both at partner and associate level’. The team led by the ‘well-versed’ Thomas Thalhofer recently demonstrated its regulatory, transactional and contractual law expertise in mandates surrounding the digitalisation of business processes in the agricultural, finance and automotive industry, addressing questions about blockchain, IoT platforms and digital IT infrastructure as well as large complex IT projects and IT disputes. It advised a leading automotive manufacturer on the digitalisation of ordering processes with the integration of electronic signatures; assisted an international medical device manufacturer with the conception and implementation of an electronic market place for apps; and prepared and negotiated cooperation agreements with an international agricultural machinery manufacturer in the area of smart farming for a DAX corporation. Peter Bräutigam is well regarded and Torsten Kraul is also recommended.

Osborne Clarke clearly is amongst the first addresses both for domestic and international clients seeking IT law advice: Drawing on a very broad practice, the eight-partner team is active in traditional IT licence and transactional matters, but is also increasingly gaining a reputation in the digital segment, particularly in the finance, pharma, PropertyTech and automotive industry. Recently the recognised Konstantin Ewald represented Gameforge in landmark proceedings regarding the right of revocation for virtual currency; Ulrich Bäumer regularly assists L&T Infotech with digitalisation projects; and Hendrik Schöttle advised mantro on the market launch of a smart home device for consumption control in the household and Vorwerk on the international rollout of an IoT device in 11 countries. Clients also sought out the team for numerous IT-driven M&A transactions, including FUNKE Digital regarding a majority share in Media Partisans and software company Mindjet concerning the sale of a business division in four European jurisdictions. Besides various Indian and US companies, such as Motorola Mobility, the client portfolio also includes Ferrero Deutschland and Sixt. Marc Störing was promoted to partner.

SSW Schneider Schiffer Weihermüller’s highly regarded practice comprised of 17 IT experts primarily based in Munich advises domestic and international clients on the entire spectrum of regulatory, transactional and licence law IT matters. The team surrounding Isabell Conrad and Jochen Schneider was recently able to expand its international reach with increased mandates from the US and Japan and strengthened inbound-business from various European countries. The firm’s diverse portfolio ranges from traditional IT software contracts, IT security and open source to Industry 4.0-related matters such as IoT and cloud computing: The team advised Anywhere.24 on several IT projects and cloud models; assisted an international IT provider in the finance industry with a software project and an international joint venture; and represented a software provider in contract negotiations with public and non-public contracting authorities. Besides IT procurement the practice also has significant expertise in distribution matters and troubled IT projects.

Taylor Wessing remains an established and ‘always practically oriented’ firm in the IT sector, which not only advises its diverse domestic and international client base on matters related to the digital economy but also continues to handle traditional IT matters such as SAP implementations, software licences and complex IT projects. While the team’s expertise ranges from Industry 4.0 matters such as IoT platforms, digitalisation strategies, eCommerce and cyber security, the team led by the well regarded Axel von dem Bussche was also able to gain a foothold in the HealthIT and FinTech sectors, such as advising FinTech start-up Number26 on IT matters. Other recent clients include Japanese conglomerate Mitsui regarding the implementation of cyber security measures and the establishment of various social networks in 40 jurisdictions, MediaMath concerning the European service rollout and Villeroy & Boch in the course of the digitalisation strategy of the entire company. On the contentious level the team represented a health insurer in proceedings around the right to inspection and Toshiba Europe in proceedings against the Central Organisation for Private Copying Rights (ZPÜ) surrounding the payment of royalties for laptops. Clients also include Xing, Redbubble and FRAPORT. Stefan Alich left the firm in June 2017 for an in-house position at Facebook.

Baker McKenzie’s IT practice provides its domestic and international client base in the finance, automotive and technology sectors with ‘good industry expertise and cross-border advice at the touch of a button’. While the team based in Frankfurt and Munich continues to focus on traditional IT and digital matters, particularly the digitalisation of the health and finance sectors have gained in importance for the practice. FinTech expert Holger Lutz, who in July 2017 took over as practice head together with co-head Michael Schmidl from Wolfgang Fritzemeyer, advised a Swiss technology corporation on the establishment of an account management app. Other highlights included assisting a developer of investment management software solutions with a procurement procedure and the subsidiary of a leading German automotive manufacturer regarding the structuring and introduction of an electronic wallet. A US technology company sought the firm’s advice on eCommerce and German remote-purchase law in connection with virtual reality glasses. At the intersection with corporate law the team also advises Dassault Systèmes on the €220m acquisition of the software company CST group.

As part of the IPMT practice, Hogan Lovells International LLP also provides a ‘good service level’ in IT matters with a focus on industrial companies in the healthcare, automotive, consumer goods and telecoms sectors. Recently the team regularly advised on SaaS (software as a service) contracts, technology-driven transactions and joint ventures, digital health and the connected car. Marcus Schreibauer assisted Diebold Nixdorf, a provider of IT solutions for the finance and trade industries, with a joint venture with the Chinese IT company Aisino. Stefan Schuppert is recommended and Nils Rauer is the contact for IT-related copyright disputes.

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte combines ‘very good expertise’ and ‘practically oriented advice’ with a ‘very high service level’ and a ‘consistently good price-performance ratio’. While open source structures, software licences and IT contract law continue to form part of the firm’s portfolio, the team led by Martin Schweinoch increasingly focuses on the digitalisation of the economy, including IoT, FinTech, cloud computing and e-business. Significant highlight matters include advising a leading German company on instrument clusters and a company in the automotive industry regarding the development of modular control units for the electric drive of cars. On the contentious level the team is defending Telekom Deutschland against the damage claims of a system house due to alleged breach of contract in connection with the performance of telecommunications services and antitrust violations. Other clients include Gamesrocket, Expedia and Microsoft. Julian Westphal and Oliver Bühr are both ‘excellent lawyers’ and Matthias Orthwein is noted for his ‘good industry expertise and understanding of products’.

DLA Piper’s IPT practice frequently handles large IT projects and advises on cloud computing, eCommerce and the connected car. The team led by Jan Geert Meents recently assisted IT service management company Proversia with its German market entry in the course of its acquisition of the ITO (infrastructure technology outsourcing) and MWS (mobility workplace services) business from Hewlett Packard Germany; advised a gas company on IT security matters regarding the renewal of its remote control and communications technology; and handled IT law matters in connection with a research project on smart cities for a German higher education institution. Thomas Jansen and counsel Britta Hinzpeter left for Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek in July 2017, while Sylvia Ebersberger already joined as counsel from White & Case LLP in 2016.

In IT matters Gleiss Lutz’s international client portfolio that spans various industries receives an ‘all-round carefree package, particularly in cross-border mandates’: Besides the close integration with the procurement and corporate practices, the team led by ‘very good and flexible’ practice head Stefan Weidert is particularly active in matters around Industry 4.0, and here especially regarding autonomous driving, eCommerce and troubled IT projects. It recently advised chain saw and motor equipment manufacturer Stihl on contract law matters for a dealer platform; assisted the largest IT services provider in the statutory health insurance sector gkv informatik with a master agreement for the introduction of IP telephony for its customers and the client itself; and handled the development and operation of a disease-related platform for the association of public health insurers AOK Bundesverband. Another client is Bosch concerning software matters, particularly in connection with the acquisition of ITK Engineering. Other clients include Blizzard Entertainment, eBay and GEMA, the German society for musical performing and mechanical reproduction. The team, which is noted for its ‘expertise and high availability’, also includes counsel Alexander Molle, who impresses with his ‘broad and deep range of knowledge’.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek’s IT practice continues to expand: After lateral partner hires in 2016 Thomas Jansen and Britta Hinzpeter also joined from DLA Piper in summer 2017, who particularly strengthen the team with regards to data protection, IT transactions and contract law. The practice already saw an increased workload in these areas before the new arrivals: It advised Thalia, Hugendubel and Weltbild on the sale of the tolino system by Deutsche Telekom to Rakuten Kobo and Datagroup on the acquisition of the SAP and application management services of Hewlett Packard Enterprise in Germany. It also assisted tesa scribos with the introduction of a product authentication system at a global petroleum company and provided VDE with advice on an electronic content platform. At the intersection with procurement law, the practice also assists numerous administrative districts with the preparation and execution of tender procedures for the expansion and operation of an NGA (next generation access) broad band infrastructure. Other clients include FinnAir, DekaBank and Autobahn Tank & Rast.

As ‘top advisor’ in IT law Heymann & Partner Rechtsanwälte has ‘very good industry expertise and excellent availability’: The three-partner practice dedicates itself to the entire spectrum of traditional IT matters, including advice on software licence, project and system integration contracts, and particularly often acts for clients in the banking and financial sector, such as Broadridge and Cardprocess. Apart from the finance industry the team also advised SmartRecruiters on an electronic recruitment platform with a large German industrial company, carried out an expert opinion for Advancis Sofware & Services about possible delivery obligations regarding the client’s IT security solutions and an expert opinion on smart metering for a leading energy supplier. Numerous technology-driven transactions and advice at the intersection with procurement law complete the firm’s portfolio. Thomas Heymann ‘keeps an eye not only on the legal aspects but also the economic needs of the client’.

Very good’ IT boutique TCI Rechtsanwälte acts on the side of providers and users and offers its primarily domestic, British and US client base ‘explanations that are comprehensible also for legal laymen’ on the entire spectrum of IT matters. The ten-partner practice, which is also noted for its ‘pleasant manner’ and ‘quick response times’, saw numerous mandates in the contract and project business, in disputes and at the intersection with procurement law; a particular highlight was Markus Schmidt’s advice to the Senate Department for Finances of the State of Berlin in a dispute due to a failed IT project. He also continues to represent the Federal Ministry of the Interior in contentious proceedings around the admissibility of IP address storage by website operators. Other clients include Aareon and Aareon Germany in contractual matters and SaaS solutions; an IT system house regarding a project with a DAX company for the transition and rollout of ITSM core processes; and a logistics service provider concerning the introduction of ERP software and the development of a B2B internet platform. Christian Welkenbach ‘focuses on what’s important’ and has ‘sound experience in IT law’; Carsten Gerlach is also recommended.

Besides contract and project-related work in traditional IT law matters White & Case LLP’s IT team also covers digital hot topics such as FinTech, connectivity and cyber security, where it advises in particular domestic and international clients in the automotive, finance and energy sectors. In 2017 the practice led by Jost Kotthoff saw an impressive amount of transactional work in the technology sector, especially stemming from Germany, the US and Russia. In close collaboration with the firm’s corporate and IP practice the team recently assisted Berlin software company Autonomos with its acquisition by TomTom and the payment service provider Equens with the strategic merger with the payment and transactional service provider Worldline. On the contractual level the firm also acted for the state capital Wiesbaden in negotiations of amendments to the existing out-of-home media contract with Wall and Paper Union was a client in proceedings around the distribution of defective ERP software. Martin Munz is a key figure.

In the context of its IT practice Görg Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB not only focuses on the entire spectrum of classic IT matters but also digital topics and in 2017 saw numerous mandates in the segments of FinTech, InsureTech and autonomous driving: A particular highlight was advising Hella Aglaia Mobile Vision on partner and distribution contracts and licence models for a driving assistance software. On the transactional level the team led by Florian Schmitz also assisted the energy supplier Trianel in connection with the sale of an online platform for the distribution of EEG (Renewable Energy Law) services, and Samsung Electronics with the global sale of the Samsung Printing Solutions business to Hewlett Packard. The firm also demonstrated its public procurement expertise in its advice to International Game Technology regarding two public tenders for the procurement of lottery terminals and services. Michael Heise was promoted to partner.

Domestic and international clients and public authorities benefit from Graf von Westphalen’s ‘good service level’ in traditional IT matters and those related to Industry 4.0. In recent highlights the team advised an international agricultural and technology association on software and licence matters in connection with the automated, digital interaction of driverless devices in the agricultural industry; assisted a global consulting firm with the execution of a global master services agreement with an acoustics hearing aid manufacturer; and handled an IT service contract regarding distribution software for a French healthcare technology provider. Other clients were Max-Planck-Gesellschaft concerning eProcurement and open source research developments and jewellery company AMOR regarding an ongoing project for introducing SAP. Stephan Menzemer, who also advises on ‘out-of-the-box ancillary legal matters’, leads the nine-partner practice.

Also in IT matters Greenberg Traurig Germany advises at an ‘extraordinarily high service level’, not least due to its ‘outstanding network and the exceptionally good industry expertise’ of the four-partner team. Besides longstanding experience in technology-driven transactions and traditional matters such as software licence contracts, the focus of the practice increasingly is on the digital economy, as recent matters in FinTech, InvestTech and eHealth show. A recent highlight was advising Foxxum on SaaS contracts for the client’s smart TV portal. The client portfolio also includes the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Tristan Capital Partners and Vonovia. Viola Bensingerunderstands how to put emphasis on the fundamental aspects of a matter in a special manner and thereby accelerate implementation’, senior associate Carsten Kociok stands out for his ‘legal and technological expertise’ and ‘hands-on mentality’ and Christoph Enaux is also recommended. Niklas Conrad was promoted to counsel.

In line with the progressive digitalisation of the economy Heussen’s IT practice increasingly focuses on advice surrounding Industry 4.0 and in 2017 particularly matters related to FinTech, MedTech and autonomous driving played an important role. However, the team led by Hermann Waldhauser also continues to advise on traditional contractual and transactional IT matters, such as assisting a leading Geman automobile manufacturer with software purchases and IT security, a machine manufacturer with the implementation of a customer platform and cloud storage provider Cyando regarding interference liability. Another regular client is Infolytics concerning software licences and distribution contracts and Industria sought the firm’s advice on an SAP project. The client portfolio also includes Kärcher, The DigiTale and Schölly Fiberoptic.

Jones Day’s expertise in traditional IT law consists of procurement capabilities, contractual law and software copyright. In recent highlights the team led by Undine von Diemar advised software company Cylance on contractual matters related to the distribution of cloud-based artificial intelligence IT security solutions, acted for computer manufacturer Cray in an IT procurement procedure and assisted the German kitchen device manufacturer Rational with IT law matters in connection with an international partner network and a connected cooking platform. Clients also increasingly seek the firm’s advice on FinTech and MedTech matters. Former of counsel Wolfgang Büchner retired.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH’s IT advice guarantees a ‘practical and pragmatic execution’ of mandates, not least due to the ‘excellent expertise of all lawyers’. Under Wulff-Axel Schmidt’s lead the team advises mid-sized and DAX companies and public authorities ‘at a very high level’ on large complex IT projects, licence law disputes and eCommerce: The ‘technically outstanding’ Michael Rath assisted household and commercial appliances manufacturer Miele with the rollout of a global ERP platform and a global CRM system and Maximilian Dorndorf advises ThyssenKrupp Elevator on SaaS contracts, software developments and licence contracts. Other highlights included assisting Peek & Cloppenburg with a software development and hosting contract for a supply chain management software solution and advising Infosys on the provision of IT services to its customers. The team also often acts at the intersection between procurement and telecoms law.

Full service firm Oppenhoff & Partner is noted for its IT law expertise and its ancillary expertise at the intersection with other practice areas: Besides longstanding experience in advising on large IT projects, software licence contracts and IT disputes the firm’s portfolio also includes transactional matters. In recent highlights the team advised Deutsche Post on the sale of nugg-ad to Zalando and technology provider optivo to Episerver. Jürgen Hartung also assists various domestic and international clients with legal issues around mobile apps.

Reed Smith is recognised as ‘very strong firm’ both in the traditional IT law and digital IT matters. The practice led by the ‘excellent’ Andreas Splittgerber and Philipp Süss focuses on areas such as FinTech and virtual reality at the same as covering software development projects, technology-driven projects and licence matters. In close collaboration with the liability law practice it recently advised a global manufacturer of printers on its strategic orientation regarding 3D printers; assisted Mega Particle with the structuring and distribution of virtual reality solutions for casinos; and handled various software development projects with leading aircraft manufacturers and airlines for a software company specialised in virtual reality solutions in the area of aviation. On the transactional level, the team also advised Rakuten Kobo on the acquisition of the Tolino technology platform and the technology partnership with Deutsche Telekom’s Tolino alliance.

In the course of the continued digitalisation IT/IP boutique Vogel & Partner was able to expand its traditional technology savvy client base to numerous traditional mid-sized companies and besides traditional IT law matters now frequently advises on Industry 4.0 matters, including IoT, eHealth, artificial intelligence and autonomous driving. In recent highlights, the team assisted information technology service provider for banks GFT with a troubled IT project; advised Blackroll on app users’ terms of use and licence agreements; and a leading international chemistry corporation on its group-wide digitalisation strategy. The team surrounding the renowned Rupert Vogel also often advises at the intersection with trademark, competition and copyright law.

avocado rechtsanwälte impresses its primarily domestic client base with its ‘pragmatic approach’ and ‘deep industry expertise’ and ensures them that ‘success and business interests are always paramount’. Also in 2017 the team focused led by the ‘pragmatic and efficient’ Jan Peter Voß focused first and foremost on traditional IT project work: It advised a federal association on IT law issues in connection with a communication platform, assisted the IT service provider Brandt & Partner with an IT project implementation and represented Media Frankfurt in contractual matters related to digital advertisement systems, amongst others. The regular representation of clients such as Heraeus Holding and Deutsche Telekom in IT disputes also adds to the firm’s continuous workload. The client portfolio furthermore includes the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the German Football League (DFL).

FPS has longstanding experience in traditional contract and licence law advice to clients in particular on the supply side, but was recently also able to gain several clients in the other core area Industry 4.0. Here the team led by Christoph Süßenberger assisted Samson with a project for the agile development of software in the areas of digitalisation and Industry 4.0. Other clients include Microsoft regarding liability law matters in connection with the development and use of artificial intelligence, Deutsche Börse regarding the acquisition of a FinTech start-up, and on the contentious level the firm represented software development association BSA and various developers in IT compliance proceedings against a marketing company. Katy Ritzmann left for GSK Stockmann.

GSK Stockmann’s broad IT expertise encompasses Industry 4.0 matters such as IoT, autonomous driving and FinTech, but also IT procurement law and the implementation of complex IT software projects. Practice head Jörg Kahler recently advised HOWOGE as contracting entity in a large IT project contract; represented Panorama Fashion Fair Berlin in connection with a failed IT project and assisted Pro Potsdam with the procurement of a new real estate IT system. Other clients include Ryanair in contentious IT proceedings and Datagroup. Katy Ritzmann strengthened the team with her arrival from FPS.

Latham & Watkins LLP’s IT practice ‘can also handle larger projects well’ and is particularly well versed in technology transactions, system implementations and software and development contracts. Recently the team surrounding counsel Thies Deike and Christian Engelhardt advised CVC Capital Partners on IT law aspects in connection with the acquisition of a majority share in sports betting supplier Tipico. The client portfolio also includes Siemens, Daimler Financial Services and Rockaway Capital.

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP’s IT team is noted for its ‘high level of expertise, very good industry knowledge and a very conscious use of resources’. The ‘competent advisors’ form part of the firm’s TMT industry group, frequently act for telecommunication providers and media corporations and also handle IT aspects of transactions, such as assisting Unister with the sale of the eBusiness company following the insolvency of the client and advising Cuneo on the purchase and sale of shares in various internet companies. Besides transaction-related advice the team also handled various matters for Deutsche Telekom, including cooperation agreements with Inmarsat regarding the European Aviation Network. The client base furthermore includes RTL, Signa Retail and Celanese. Ralf Weisser, who has ‘excellent industry and technical expertise’, and recently promoted counsel Claus Färber, who is noted for his ‘very good selbstbewusst qualifications’, are ‘recommended without reservation due to their engagement’.

von Boetticher Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB’s ‘business-oriented and professional’ approach benefits domestic and international industry companies across various sectors, who seek the firm’s ‘reliable, thorough and confident’ advice on the entire spectrum of traditional IT matters and questions surrounding novel IT business models and the digital transformation. Also in 2017 the practice around the ‘extraordinarily good’ Angelika Hoche and Jens Horstkotte handled numerous contentious IT proceedings: It represented Yahoo! EMEA out of court and in court regarding the implementation of the right to be forgotten and acted for Scandlines in disputes with SAP and Capgemini. At the non-contentious level clients include Spin Digital Video Technologies concerning the global rollout of a novel video technology and a plant manufacturer regarding various development cooperations for a new manufacturing technology. Matthias Bergt was promoted to partner.

Waldeck Rechtsanwälte PartmbB’s ‘strong’ team is primarily known for its longstanding outsourcing expertise, but also gives ‘quick, legally well thought out and practical’ advice on IT procurement procedures, IT disputes and licence and contract law matters. Recently the firm assisted a provider for eTicket solutions with contract negotiations with a Dutch transport company, advised a ITK provider in connection with tenders of different districts for the initiative Mehr Bandbreite für Deutschland (Higher Bandwidth for Germany) and represented Hyrican in a dispute around copyright charges for PC systems. Other clients include PSI in various IT projects around Industry 4.0 solutions in the area of airport systems, logistics and warehouse management and a automotive supplier regarding the global introduction of an ERP system. Jens-Holger-Petriknows what a company needs’.


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Also in outsourcing matters Baker McKenzie stands out for its longstanding experience and far-reaching expertise: The team advises both companies in the finance, healthcare, technology and insurance sectors and outsourcing providers on ITOs, BPOs and recently increasingly on the outsourcing of data centres and managed operations. Highlights included assisting a global management consultancy, technology and outsourcing services provider with cloud-based outsourcing services for banks and insurers in Germany, Switzerland and Austria; and advising an outsourcing provider regarding a public tender procedure for the award of IT outsourcing services to a public bad bank. Also noteworthy is the firm’s advice to the asset management company of an insurer concerning data protection aspects in connection with the implementation of a global outsourcing contract. The particularly visible counsel Björn Helwig and Holger Lutz are the key figures.

CMS acts for providers and customers regarding outsourcings in the insurance, technology and in particular in the finance industry and advises on the entire spectrum of ITOs, BPOs and managed operations. The team continuously assists a management consultancy firm with an outsourcing project for a German food corporation and advised a technology provider regarding the tender of an award procedure for an IT outsourcing. Expertise also lies in advising on troubled IT outsourcing. Markus Häuser and Philipp Lotze are well known.

Heymann & Partner Rechtsanwälte belongs to the ‘top advisors’ on outsourcings and ‘works at the highest level with a good price-performance ratio’; the team, which additionally impresses with ‘very good industry knowledge and availability’, regularly handles cross-border ITOs and BPOs and recently saw high-end mandates in the energy sector. It also frequently advises prominent companies in the finance, food and technology sectors. Recently it assisted a mail-order business with an existing outsourcing contract and represented a software company in a contentious outsourcing matter. Thomas Heymann is a ‘very experienced lawyer, who besides giving legal advice also keeps an eye on the economic needs of the client’ and ‘very good analyst’ Lars Lensdorf is also recommended.

Noerr gives ‘flexible and quick’ advice on outsourcing matters. The team surrounding the renowned Thomas Thalhofer regularly advises on ITOs and BPOs, such as assisting Bertelsmann with the global tender for the outsourcing of WAN services; advising a facility management service provider on the preparation and negotiation of a BPO contract and regarding the migration; and handling three IT outsourcing and web hosting projects for Hapag-Lloyd. Other matters stemmed from the chemistry, finance and retail sectors.

Primarily companies on the customer side benefitted from Osborne Clarke’s outsourcing expertise in 2017 and sought advice on the outsourcing of business processes and data centres, traditional IT outsourcings and hybrid cloud models. However, the team also advises outsourcing providers; Ulrich Bäumer is the main contact for providers in India. A recent client was LTI in outsourcing negotiations with Lufthansa. The portfolio furthermore includes Motorola Solutions, Schindler Group and WIPRO Technologies.

Primarily focused on providing outsourcing advice on the customers’ side White & Case LLP’s strength lies in particular in the finance sector. Here the team recently advised on an increasing number of projects around the conversion of the core bank system and cloud projects. In the latter segment the firm also acts for multiple corporations in the automotive, insurance and manufacturing industry, which seek advice on cross-border ITOs and the outsourcing of business processes. Jost Kotthoff heads both the German practice and the firm’s global group for sourcing and technology transactions.

Görg Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB advises both domestic and large international corporations in the consumer goods, telecoms, finance and technology industry and cities and municipalities on the entire spectrum of traditional outsourcing matters: Under the lead of Florian Schmitz the team regularly assists Frankfurter Volksbank, Geno Broker and Paydirekt with outsourcing and customer contracts. Current highlights also include advising Main-Kinzig-Kreis (district), Mühlenkreiskliniken (hospitals), the cities Gelnhausen and Bad Homburg on the tender procedure for various IT and technology services and Coca-Cola European Partners Germany regarding a service and order data agreement with Amazon Web Services. Other clients include Samsung Electronics and Deutsche Telekom.

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s outsourcing practice frequently handles crossborder projects and regularly advises prominent customers and providers. Besides traditional outsourcing contracts, particularly cloud structures and data protection aspects of outsourcing transactions stood at the forefront of the practice. The team surrounding key figures Marcus Schreibauer and Stefan Schuppert assisted numerous financial and insurance companies in 2017, such as Allianz Global Investors regarding the Europe-wide outsourcing of middle office and back office operations to a central service provider and Erste Abwicklungsanstalt (EAA) concerning an outsourcing service contract in connection with the sale of EAA Portfolio Advisers. Other matters stemmed from the automotive, consumer goods, technology and life sciences sectors.

Latham & Watkins LLP’s ‘team comprised of experts’ is also considered the ‘right partner for complex outsourcing projects’ and advises on the entire spectrum of cross-border BPOs, ITOs, transitional service agreements, cloud structures and data protection issues during outsourcings. The firm assisted EURO Risk Holding with the closing of a strategic partnership with the British Hyperion Insurance Group, including the signing of service agreements, and continues to advise Siemens on the legal separation of its global healthcare business. Another key client is Deutsche Bank, whose outsourcing mandates provide a steady flow of work. Thies Deike is a ‘reliable expert for IT outsourcings’.

Despite Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH focusing primarily on advising the mid-sized sector, its IT practice is increasingly acquiring mandates from listed corporations and global industry giants, which is also reflected in the firm’s outsourcing practice: Recent highlights include advising BASF and BASF Business Services on the global network tender and an IT outsourcing project with Hewlett Packard related to its data centre consolidation; assisting E.ON with a second generation outsourcing agreement with Hewlett Packard Enterprise; and handling an outsourcing project with Datagroup for Kosmos Verlag. Other clients are ThyssenKrupp and arvato Systems. Michael Rath ‘knows his business’ and is noted for his ‘very pleasant cooperation’.

Besides traditional outsourcing matters such as the outsourcing of business processes, the consolidation of data centres and IT outsourcings, Taylor Wessing focuses also increasingly on the implementation of cloud-based solutions and here advises primarily global technology corporations, publishers and companies in the automotive and healthcare sectors. The ‘practically oriented’ Axel von dem Bussche advised a prominent publisher on the choice of providers and contract negotiations regarding various BPOs and Gregor Schmid assists Number26 with IT outsourcings. Carsten Schulz is another key figure.

Although the breadth of Waldeck Rechtsanwälte PartmbB’s IT expertise is constantly growing with the increased digitalisation of the industry, advice on outsourcings still constitutes the most prominent part of the practice: In addition to traditional BPOs, ITOs and data centre outsourcings the three-partner team advises its primarily domestic, high-end client base also on cloud-based projects and data protection matters in connection with outsourcing projects. While work for Deutsche Telekom and T-Systems provides a steady flow of activity, in 2017 the firm also handled outsourcing matters for RaboBank and ING-DiBa. It furthermore assisted an automotive supplier with a second generation outsourcing concerning the entire data centre operation at all its locations worldwide and on the provider side it advised an outsourcing services provider on data protection matters related to the movement of CRM data into the cloud. Jens-Holger Petri is recommended.

Also in outsourcing matters Bird & Bird’s IT team is ‘always available, reacts with high flexibility and has mastered the subject within an extremely short amount of time’; both providers and customers benefit from the firm’s ‘impressive’ expertise. It advises companies in the consumer goods, technology and media sectors on the outsourcing of business processes, IT outsourcings and data protection aspects and often handles matters with a cross-border element. Alexander Duisberg is widely recognised.

DLA Piper has longstanding experience advising on the outsourcing of data centres and business processes, cloud solutions and IT outsourcings. The practice currently rests on the shoulders of Jan Pohle: The Cologne-based partner advised Lanxess Deutschland on the outsourcing of the group-wide IT infrastructure and the application management, among other matters. The practice recently also saw increased work for insurance companies.

Gleiss Lutz’s advice on outsourcing matters takes place ‘very easily and expediently’ and the team also ‘always has potential subsequent problems on the radar’. Both providers and customers seek out the firm’s expertise on ITOs, BPOs and cloud projects; recently, however, the team strengthened its work for companies in the financial sector. Counsel Alexander Molle conveys ‘legal problems in a manner also comprehensible to laymen’ and practice head Stefan Weidert stands out for his ‘legal expertise’.

Oppenhoff & Partner provides advice on outsourcing matters primarily to domestic mid-sized companies but also large international corporations; recently mandates related to the outsourcing of data centres and complex cloud projects stood out. In the past the firm advised a technology company on a high-volume outsourcing project with a cloud component and assisted an accounting firm with data protection aspects of the outsourcing of internal and external sub-activities. Jürgen Hartung is recommended.

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