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Greenberg Traurig Germany

KOLLHOFF-TOWER, POTSDAMER PLATZ 1, 10785 BERLIN, GERMANY
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Work +49 30 700 17 11 00
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Fax +49 30 700 17 19 00
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Dr Viola Bensinger

Tel:
Work +49 (0) 30 700 171 150
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Greenberg Traurig LLP

Work Department

Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Position

Viola Bensinger chairs the Technology Practice as well as the Litigation Practice in Germany. She advises clients from the technology, media and healthcare industries.

Within the technology sector, Viola advises international internet, technology and healthcare companies in the areas of digital products, e-commerce, electronic payment, data protection, software licensing, (IT-) outsourcing as well as digital media.

She has wide-ranging experience in advising media and entertainment clients such as distributors, producers, broadcasters, digital platforms, publishers and their contracting partners on licensing and distribution, as well as the legal set-up of digital platforms. Viola also advises clients on regulatory issues, especially with regard to broadcasting law and data protection law.

In her litigation practice, Viola represents clients at courts or arbitration panels in contract disputes, copyright and other litigation. For many years, Viola has also gained extensive experience in the areas of insolvency and restructuring for media and technology companies and has advised numerous clients in large-scale insolvency proceedings relating to their German business partners.

Career

Prior to joining the firm, Viola was a partner at Olswang in Germany and spent more than 10 years working for Linklaters in London and Berlin.

Languages

German, English, Spanish


Germany: IT and outsourcing

Information technology (including contracts)

Within: Information technology (including contracts)

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.

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Germany: Media

Entertainment

Within: Entertainment

Greenberg Traurig Germany’s clients ‘always like to exclusively seek the very good team’s advice’ on media law matters due to the ‘broad expertise’ of the practice led by Stefan Lütje: Besides ancilliary capabilities in media anti-trust law, in traditional media the team’s experience spans film funding, financing and production and the firm is also strongly rooted in the digital segment, where it regularly advises on VoD and OTT platforms, eCommerce and online marketplaces. The team’s most recent highlights include assisting ProSiebenSat.1 Media with media concentration issues in connection with a capital increase against cash contribution; advising Open Road Films on the production and distribution of the playmobil film; and continuously handling the development of a DVB-T2 platform for Media Broadcast. The team also acted in a series of media law landmark proceedings, including the representation of Paramount and CBS in a dispute with a dubbing actor. Niklas Conrad was promoted to counsel and Viola Bensinger is also recommended.

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Germany: Restructuring and insolvency

Restructuring

Within: Restructuring

Greenberg Traurig Germany’s Berlin-based restructuring practice focuses on financial and operative restructurings. The three-partner team assists crisis-ridden companies with preparations for and implementations of restructurings; besides companies the client base also includes creditors and investors and the firm is particularly active in the technology and start-up sectors. Benefitting from the collaboration with the US offices the team regularly handles international matters; in a cross-border highlight it advised a US media company in the context of the insolvency of a supplier. Christian Köhler-Ma acts for a printing group restructuring in self-administration and Viola Bensinger recently advised an online payment service on the insolvency protection of large customer risks. Gordon Geiser is another key figure.

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