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Greenberg Traurig Germany

KOLLHOFF-TOWER, POTSDAMER PLATZ 1, 10785 BERLIN, GERMANY
Tel:
Work +49 30 700 17 11 00
Fax:
Fax +49 30 700 17 19 00
Email:
Web:
www.gtlaw.com

Carsten Kociok

Tel:
Work +49 (0) 30 700 171 119
Email:
Web:
www.gtlaw.com/en/professionals/k/kociok-carsten
Greenberg Traurig LLP

Work Department

Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Position

Carsten Kociok focuses his practice on the technology, media and telecommunications industries. He has broad experience in the areas of Internet, information technology, electronic and mobile payments and new media, as well as regulatory and data protection law issues.

Carsten advises national and international companies from the Internet, payments and technology industries on the commercial and regulatory side of their business, in particular in the areas of e-commerce and e-business, electronic and mobile payments, service distribution, franchising, outsourcing and technology transactions. This includes advising clients on all aspects of e-money and payments law, financial services law, data protection and data security regulations, money laundering obligations as well as marketing, unfair competition, consumer protection and general contract law.

Career

Prior to joining the firm, Carsten worked at Olswang for eight years and in the Capital Transaction Practice Group of an international law firm in New York. 

Languages

German, English, Swedish


Germany: Industry focus

Telecoms

Within: Telecoms

Greenberg Traurig Germany stands out for regularly advising large real estate companies on business models in the telecoms area. Practice head Christoph Enaux assisted degewo netzWerk with pubic tenders for broadband and multimedia provision and advised Gesobau on the development of new concepts for FTTH (fibre to the home) provision for portfolios of new buildings, among other matters. Another core focus is project advice, where the firm has telecoms, media and antitrust experience. A highlight in the cable network space was acting for Vonovia on contracts with several cable network operators, particularly cable license agreements and the integration of new property portfolios. In January 2018, Niklas Conrad, who focuses on litigation, was promoted to the partnership and Carsten Kociok, who is a key name for regulatory matters, was made counsel.

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Germany: Information technology

Information technology (including contracts)

Within: Information technology (including contracts)

Greenberg Traurig Germany’s IT practice is ‘recommended without reservation’ not least due to its ‘quick response times while consistently maintaining high quality’. The team stands out for its ‘very good business sense taking into account economic considerations and a high degree of reliability’ and advises both existing corporations on digitalisation and new companies that provide digital technologies themselves, resulting in a broad client base ranging from start-ups to listed companies. The firm expanded its portfolio by gaining several US, Chinese and Israeli technology companies as clients and handled matters in the MedTech, eHealth and fintech areas as well as internet, cloud and SaaS projects, which regularly involves advice at the intersection between technology and media. The practice also handles contentious IT matters. Viola Bensinger, who is frequently recommended by clients and not only heads the technology team but also the dispute resolution practice, and Carsten Kociok, who was promoted to counsel at the start of 2018, have ‘very good industry expertise and knowledge about the clients’ products and offer creative solutions’. Key clients include Volvo, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, SolarisBank and Völker.

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Germany: Media

Entertainment

Within: Entertainment

Greenberg Traurig Germany particularly stands out for its broad media law practice, with the team frequently handling matters at the intersection with antitrust, employment, insolvency and insurance law. The team advises on matters relating to film, music and broadcasting law, regulatory issues and copyright. The team frequently coordinates cross-border matters with a European dimension, where it works with its international network. It is also increasingly active advising in the digital media segement and on data protection; Viola Bensinger is the key contact. Practice head Stefan Lütje recently assisted Ehrlich Entertainment with music, competition, broadcasting, personality right and copyright matters and in negotiations with RTL and production service providers. The client portfolio also includes CBS, HBO and NBC Universal. Carsten Kociok, who was promoted to counsel in February 2018, advises on IT and data protection matters and Niklas Conrad, who was promoted to partner in January 2018, regularly handles contentious media matters.

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