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Germany: Industry focus


Within: Telecoms

Baker McKenzie is a heavyweight for regulatory matters and is also continuing to successfully expand its telecoms practice to handle machine-to- machine communication (M2M) matters. A highlights in this area was assisting an automotive manufacturer with the implementation of connected car services; practice head Joachim Scherer and counsel Caroline Heinickel advised on the telecoms law requirements of such automotive services, the service registration at the responsible authorities and the development of a compliance system. The Frankfurt office centrally managed the advice in over 40 jurisdictions across the globe. In addition to an M2M focus, OTT services and broadband expansion are two other pillars of the practice. In other work, the team provided an expert opinion and advised on a study on protection and security in electronic communication for the Hessian Ministry of Economy. The firm’s own task force on cyber security, led by Heinickel together with IT expert Holger Lutz and patent lawyer Heiko Haller, is another unique feature. Telefónica is a key client.

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Germany: Information technology

Data protection

Within: Data protection

For many clients, Baker McKenzie is ‘better than comparable firms in terms of quality, availability, flexibility, speed and pragmatism’; the ‘solution-oriented’ data protection team is also noted for its ‘very broad overall understanding’ and the ‘reduction of responses to what is essential in a manner that is also clear for non-lawyers’. The practice has notable expertise in the regulated industries, such as the finance, pharmaceutical, medical technology and telecoms sectors, and often handles cross-border and multinational matters. The team has expertise in areas such as fintech and big data and another key focus is the automotive sector and mobility. In addition to advising several clients on GDPR-related issues, the firm is also assisting an automotive manufacturer with a Europe-wide concept for data protection agreements for connected car services. Other highlights include acting for a large international telecoms company in a matter regarding the German Federal Network Agency’s order for the advance deletion of data; assisting an asset management company with data protection matters relating to the introduction of procedures for the global processing of personal data; and advising a global market research and consulting company in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sector on the implementation of a pan-European big data project regarding the handling of health data. Holger Lutz provides ‘solid’ advice and Michael Schmidl, who is frequently recommended by peers and clients alike, has ‘extremely deep expertise’ and is ‘pragmatic, always available, very well organised and connected, highly motived and an excellent negotiator’. Julia Kaufmann is also noted.

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Information technology (including contracts)

Within: Information technology (including contracts)

Baker McKenzie’s ‘extremely professional’ IT team stands out for its ‘very good expertise’ and is noted for its ‘business-oriented advice with short response and processing times’ at ‘a very good price-performance ratio’. Besides its expertise in traditional IT law and contractual commercial aspects the team also advises on e-commerce, represents clients in IT disputes and handles transactions in the IT sector. Other pillars of the practice concern the digital media and new technologies in connection with the connected car and autonomous driving, while the firm also continues to expand its cyber security task force. The ‘excellent and ambitious’ Holger Lutz is acting for a large international bank on the development of an entirely new online bank and Julia Kaufmann is advising a manufacturer of car wash plants on the development of a customer mobile app. In other work, the team is assisting a large German automotive manufacturer with the establishment of an online marketplace for the distribution of new and used vehicles. Managing partner Matthias Scholz is also recommended.

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Within: Outsourcing

Baker McKenzie remains a market leader in advising on large, complex outsourcing projects. The practice particularly focuses on IT outsourcings (ITO), especially in the area of managed operations, and the outsourcing and consolidation of data centres. Counsel BjĂśrn Helwig acts almost entirely on the service provider side, but also covers outsourcings for buyers. His recewnt highlights include advising a globally operating management consulting, technology and outsourcing service provider on negotiating a global transformation and HR outsourcing contract with an internationally leading insurance company. Matthias Scholz is also highly visible advising on large outsourcing transactions with a special focus on the finance sector and pharmaceutical industry; he assisted a European logistics company with the conclusion of an outsourcing agreement, the sale of its assets and the provision of transition services. Holger Lutz advised a company in the finance industry on the design and execution of a tender for the outsourcing of global workplace services. Allianz is also a client.

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