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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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