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Baker McKenzie is ‘definitely one of the first addresses for outsourcing projects’, providing ‘an excellent service level’ to providers and customers. Recent work includes numerous mandates for international clients in the financial services, healthcare, insurance and technology sectors; its experience spans advice on IT outsourcing (ITO), business process outsourcing (BPO), managed operations, outsourcing of data centres and contentious matters. The caseload in 2016 included assisting a Swiss bank with outsourcing its HR services to a service centre in India and advising an asset management company on its global IT outsourcing. Holger Lutz, Michael Schmidl and the ‘outstandingMatthias Scholz are recommended.

The team at CMS provides ‘top-notch’ outsourcing expertise to providers and customers on all aspects of ITOs, BPOs and troubled projects. The recent caseload includes assisting HSH Nordbank and several other large banks with the outsourcing and implementation of new core banking systems. Other notable work included advising a high-profile technology provider on a BPO for a system provider in the food processing industry. Markus Häuser and Philipp Lotze are the key contacts.

Heymann & Partner Rechtsanwälte ranks ‘among the leading firms’ for outsourcing advice and often handles high-profile, cross-border matters. Recently, the group advised several clients on renegotiations of global IT infrastructure outsourcing contracts, assisted a German manufacturer with the implementation of a global outsourcing contract and also advised a German company on its tendering procedure for a new IT infrastructure outsourcing. Thomas Heymann, Lars Lensdorf and Moritz Hüsch are ‘very experienced and knowledgeable’.

Noerr combines ‘very good and professional advice’ with ‘deep expertise’ in ITOs and BPOs and is frequently instructed by high-profile domestic and international clients across various sectors. Joachim Schrey advised Mercedes-Benz Bank on the transfer of its card emitter function for a credit card portfolio to BW Bank and Peter Bräutigam assisted Deutsche Telekom with the sale of T-Online to Ströer. Thomas Thalhofer heads the practice.

Osborne Clarke’s IT team is ‘outstanding as a whole’, ‘knows the IT sector from top to bottom’ and ‘handles outsourcing transactions optimally’ for outsourcing providers and customers. The recent workload includes advising two Indian IT companies on outsourcings and assisting several customers with cloud-based solutions. Key clients include Motorola Solutions, Schindler Gruppe and WIPRO Technologies. Ulrich Bäumer has ‘excellent industry knowledge and always provides precise solutions’.

White & Case LLP’s outsourcing expertise is often sought by domestic and blue-chip multinational clients in the insurance, automotive and manufacturing industries, as well as by banks and other financial services providers. The group is particularly experienced in advising on global ITOs and BPOs, but recently increased its activity in cloud-related outsourcing. In 2016, Jost Kotthoff was appointed as the global head of sourcing and technology transactions.

Hogan Lovells International LLP advises domestic medium-sized companies and clients in the technology and financial services sectors on the entire spectrum of outsourcing issues, including a growing body of cloud-related mandates. Stefan Schuppert assisted Fidelity Information Services with core banking systems service outsourcings to India. Nils Rauer heads the practice.

Latham & Watkins LLP’s international outsourcing practice focuses on ITOs and BPOs, cloud-computing services and outsourcing transitional service agreements related to M&A. In 2016, the team advised The Carlyle Group on IT separation and transitional service agreements in the bidding procedures for the acquisition of Airbus’ defence business unit. Counsel Ulrich Wuermeling and Thies Deike also regularly advise Deutsche Bank on outsourcing matters.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH’s outsourcing team provides an ‘extra-special premium service’, displaying ‘above average business acumen and industry expertise’. The ‘highly competent’ group – which is well versed in ITOs, BPOs and infrastructure outsourcings – recently assisted InfoSys with the tender procedure for RWE’s ITO and acted for ThyssenKrupp during two separate BPOs. Michael Rath is highly recommended along with senior associate Christian Kuß, whose ‘negotiating skills simply cannot be outdone’.

Traditional IT outsourcings and BPOs are the central pillars of Taylor Wessing’s outsourcing practice, which mainly focuses on advising high-profile clients in the public, financial services and healthcare sectors. Headed by the recommended Axel von dem Bussche, the group recently assisted numerous clients with core banking system outsourcings, data centre and data centre services outsourcings, as well as cloud-based services.

Waldeck Rechtsanwälte PartmbB combines ‘exceptionally good IT industry knowledge’, ‘friendly communication’ and ‘outstanding technical expertise’. The team is particularly active in outsourcing matters in the financial services industry for clients such as ING-DiBa and RaboDirect Deutschland; fields of expertise also include second generation outsourcings, transitional service agreements and contentious matters. Practice co-heads Thomas Fischer and Jens-Holger Petri are ‘brilliant’.

Bird & Bird approaches outsourcing matters ‘with a sense of proportion’ and advises financial services, energy, media and automotive clients as well as outsourcing providers on complex, cross-border ITOs, BPOs and cloud-based process outsourcings. InfoSys is a key client. Alexander Duisberg is recommended.

Headed by Markus Muhs, the team at Clifford Chance recently advised FMS Wertmanagement on the outsourcing of portfolio management services and operative services. The group is also well versed in assisting with IT separation, ITOs and cloud services. Bernd Meyer-Witting joined Paul Hastings LLP.

DLA Piper has been particularly active in advising domestic technology and chemicals companies and international outsourcing providers on initial and secondary outsourcings; data centre outsourcing is another specialism. Jan Pohle heads the team.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer receives a steady stream of ITO and BPO instructions from domestic and international clients in the financial services, technology and manufacturing sector. Torsten Schreier is the key contact.

Görg Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB stands out for ‘always delivering on time, even under time constraints’. The team recently advised Deutsche Telekom on service desk outsourcing to a global provider in six countries. Florian Schmitz has ‘deep expertise in IT outsourcings’.

Oppenhoff & Partner advised a technology provider in the renewable energy sector on a large-scale cloud-based outsourcing and assisted a regional ticket provider with the outsourcing of several IT services. Marc Hilber and Jürgen Hartung are recommended.

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