The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

DLA Piper

Work +49 221 277 277 0
Fax +49 221 277 277 10

Jan Pohle

Work +49 221 277 277 391
DLA Piper LLP (US)

Work Department



Jan Pohle focuses on complex technology related transactions and the day-to-day legal advice to enterprises from the information technology and telecommunications industry. His practice includes the legal structuring and management of complex business process, IT outsourcing and other IT procurement and implementation projects (including the drafting of the related documentation). He also advises on the implementation of emerging online business models as well as M&A transactions in the IT and telecommunications sector. Jan's practice includes the advised on international and domestic data privacy matters. Throughout his career he also advised on complex contentious matters from the IT and telecommunications industry and related litigation, including software audits. Jan is the Managing Partner of DLA Piper's Cologne office.

Germany: Information technology

Data protection

Within: Data protection

DLA Piper’s ‘excellent, large and international team’ advises on data protection matters ranging from strategic GDPR projects and GDPR compliance to the development of data protection risk indexes, employee data protection and matters regarding client data, cloud services and websites. It also represents clients in proceedings at the data protection authorities. Clients include large, international corporations in various industries, including the automotive, pharmaceutical, food and technology sectors, but also banks and insurance companies. Jan Pohle and Jan Geert Meents constitute the core team and counsel Verena Grentzenberg focuses in particular on data protection advice in connection with new business models. The team was strengthened by the arrival of university professor Jürgen Taeger as of counsel in February 2019.

[back to top]

Information technology (including contracts)

Within: Information technology (including contracts)

DLA Piper advises on IT projects and complex cooperation agreements, license and distribution contracts for hardware and software, including open source software, although matters surrounding the digital optimisation of business processes make up the largest part of the practice. Additional expertise lies in the area of e-commerce and the representation of clients in IT-related disputes both in and out of court. The firm’s portfolio has recently included numerous strategic digitalisation projects; advice on the introduction and subsequent operation of cutting-edge IT platforms; the development of digital distribution platforms; distressed SAP projects; and the implementation of cloud solutions and cloud services projects. In the contentious area, the team is defending a corporation against a customer complaint regarding an alleged data loss caused by the client. Atos and Diligent are two other key clients. Jan Geert Meents is considered a ‘leading’ name; Jan Pohle is the second key figure.

[back to top]


Within: Outsourcing

DLA Piper remains very active in outsourcing matters and advises on ITOs and BPOs, as well as handling disputes in connection with outsourcing agreements. On the buyer side, clients include an international insurance company, an international automotive manufacturer, a chemical corporation and a multinational bank, among others, and several global IT service providers on the provider side. Key partner Jan Pohle has expertise in the outsourcing of IT and telecoms services and business processes and Jan Geert Meents is considered ‘really good’.

[back to top]

Back to index

Legal Developments by:
DLA Piper LLP (US)

  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

Legal Developments in Germany

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to