Information technology and digitalisation in Germany

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird retains its leading position for advice on complex IT and digitalisation projects and technology-driven transactions and advises on the entire spectrum of high tech, including IoT, blockchain, AI and machine learning, cloud and big/smart data. Numerous DAX 30 companies and other market leaders seek the firm's advice on IT matters and the Technology & Communications team is therefore considered a driving force also for other practice areas. The opening of an office in San Francisco in 2018, where a renowned German IT partner was part of the launch team, has additionally contributed to the positive development of the practice. The firm's portfolio has recently included advice on websites and the design of apps for start-ups and regional public transport companies, cloud transactions, industry 4.0 projects and studies for the mechanical engineering sector, and the introduction of digital measuring devices worn on the body in the healthcare industry. Retail companies and clients in the automotive sector turn to the firm for advice on payment infrastructure, blockchain and connected car services. Fabian Niemann heads the team, which also includes the leading figures Alexander Duisberg and Henriette Picot. Recently the firm strengthened in particular its practice in Hamburg: Miriam Ballhausen was promoted to counsel and Hartmut Hörner joined in March 2019 from Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH and brought expertise in the drafting, negotiation and execution of various types of contracts, especially for complex master agreeements and technology projects.

Practice head(s):

Fabian Niemann

Other key lawyers:

Jörg-Alexander Paul; Alexander Duisberg; Henriette Picot


Fabian Niemann and  in general Bird & Bird is doubtlessly leading in IT in Germany.

Key clients



BMWi und VDI



Evangelische Landeskirche Bayern

European Stabilty Mechanism

FLIR Systems


IMPULS-Stiftung des VDMA


JDA Software






Nuance COmmunications






SourceCode Technology

TenneT TSO GmbH


Vitruvian Partners

Wester Digital

Work highlights

  • Various projects for BMWi / VDI, such as advising on a large project surrounding the legal framework for field tests.
  • Various projects for Dexcom, including the introduction of new innovative Dexcom products and solutions for diabetes treatment.
  • Various projects for FLIR Systems, such as comprehensive advice on IT contracts and projects.


Noerr remains a market leader with its 'solid IT know-how'. The team covers digitalisation, industry 4.0, IoT and SaaS projects, cloud computing, e-commerce and social media but also advises on transactions, represents clients in IT-related litigation and on general IT contracts. In terms of industry expertise, mechanical engineering, the automotive, trade and insurance sectors constitute the main pillars for the practice. Recently the firm saw an increased demand for cloud solutions (such as in the housing industry and in the smart farming segment) and has been advising leading technology corporations not only on the negotiation of cloud contracts but also regarding financial regulatory aspects. Since the start of 2018 Thomas Thalhofer heads the newly formed practice group Digital Business and Daniel Rücker is the main contact for the data protection practice, while the renowned IT expert Peter Bräutigam acts as co-head of the firm's commercial division. The team, however, lost Martin Landauer and Konrad Żdanowiecki to SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte and Amazon Web Services' legal department respectively. Associated Partner Torsten Kraul is noted for strategic questions on operative projects in the telecoms, IT, internet, e-commerce and media sectors.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Thalhofer; Daniel Rücker

Other key lawyers:

Peter Bräutigam; Tobias Busch; Joachim Schrey; Torsten Kraul; Tobias Kugler


‘Willingness and motivation to work on matters and look into the smallest details.’

SSW Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater Wirtschaftsprüfer

German boutique SSW Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater Wirtschaftsprüfer positions itself at the top of the market with its 'sound and expedient services, which in this segment are not available at large firms'. The focus lies on IT contract law, cloud computing and applications, the introduction of technologies and e-commerce. The firm also successfully covers questions at the intersection with employment, tax and antitrust law. The client portfolio includes manufacturers and providers of software and applications, listed companies, media corporations, German retailers and real estate agencies as well as public entities. With 16 years' experience under her belt the well regarded Isabell Conrad heads the practice, which also still includes the renowned founder of the firm Jochen Schneider and associate Maria-Urania Dovas, who provides comprehensive advice on IT and data protection matters. Since Elke Bischof's departure to MAYBURG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH at the start of 2018 the firm strengthened the team at associate and counsel level with several new arrivals.

Practice head(s):

Isabell Conrad


‘The best firm one could possibly choose for complex IT law questions and digitalisation concepts.’

‘Very solid and broad know-how in the entire segment.’

‘Maria-Urania Dovas regularly exceeded expectations of results.’

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing's bench strength in the IT area plays a substantial role and, on the one hand, allows the firm to tackle large projects and technology transactions and, on the other hand, offers clients a wide array of expertise. The Technology, Media & Telecoms group surrounding Axel Freiherr von dem Bussche recently saw five partner promotions, including the equity partner promotions of Svenja-Ariane Maucher, Thannos Rammos and Paul Voigt. Noteworthy is also the team's 'very good and seamless' international collaboration with offices abroad (particularly in the EU and US). Clients often stem from the banking, fintech, healthcare, automotive and e-commerce sectors and seek advice both on non-contentious and contentious IT matters, including topics such as drafting contracts, open source projects,  customer loyalty systems, license management, IT security, cloud products and the digitalisation of business models.

Practice head(s):

Axel Freiherr von dem Bussche

Other key lawyers:

Christian Frank; Detlef Klett


‘Pragmatic and practical advice, knowledge of international industry standards.’

‘Tobias Schelinski’s advice on global framework licensing agreements for businsses with complex matrix structures (all license and business models) is outstanding.’

‘Carsten Schulz combines expertise and detailed knowledge on open source software licenses with deep technical expertise in software architecture. He speaks the language of software developers.’

‘Nicolai Wiegand delivers phenomenal representation at court.’

‘Christian Frank is absolutely on the point and contributes significantly to the economic success of the particular project, since he combines his extremely deep legal knowledge with the necessary economic background for the relevant decisions.’

Key clients


B&B Hotels GmbH




Exit Games GmbH


Fraport AG technologies GmbH

Freudenberg IT

HiSolutions AG


Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale



Schufa AG


Springer Nature

SYNLAB International GmbH

Toshiba Europe

Work highlights

  • Advised the Federal Ministry of the Interior on the project “Netze des Bundes” (federal grids).
  • Comprehensive advice to Daimler on the project “Future” for the technological, cultural and structural reorganisation of the company.
  • Advised FRANKA EMIKA GmbH, an innovative provider of Industry 4.0 lightweight robots, on the drafting of contracts, including on open source.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper is doubtlessly continuing its engagement with IT law topics and continues to advise numerous DAX 30 companies while also gaining new mandates for prominent clients, particularly in the automotive industry and financial services sector. The firm's advice ranges from IT procurement, IT compliance, IT transactions and IT litigation to new key drivers such as digital transformation, cloud services, big data,  cybersecurity, AI and fintech. With the partner promotion of Sylvia Ebersberger in May 2019, who has expertise at the intersection between distribution and trade law matters in the IT sector, the firm is planning a further expansion of the practice towards alternative and innovative business models and technologies. Jan Geert Meents has 20 years' experience in complex and strategic IT other technology projects and is also managing director (UK & Europe) of the firm. With 'solid and targetted, always reliable' negotiator Jan Pohle the practice has an 'extremely good IT-lawyer'. In February 2019 the firm was also able to gain academic Jürgen Taeger as proven expert and of counsel in the areas of internet law, data protection and e-commerce and thereby was able to extend its contacts in relevant public bodies.


‘Surely one of the best teams in existance. Very good lawyers with extremely good and longstanding industry knowledge.’

‘In IT law DLA Piper has a very good partner (Jan Pohle) and able lawyers, which stand by his side.’

‘Senior Associate Thorsten Ammann is a very good IT lawyer and always reliable.’

Key clients



Hogan Lovells International LLP

After the departure of longstanding IP/IT partner Nils Rauer, who now heads the TMT team at Pinsent Masons Germany LLP, Hogan Lovells International LLP gave its IT team new impetus at the start of 2019: Christian Tinnefeld and Martin Pflüger, who is frequently recommended by competitors, were promoted to partners in Hamburg and Munich respectively. The group continues to provide broad advice on IT, internet and e-commerce issues, which also draws upon the firm's international network and industry expertise in the banking, automotive, energy and insurance sectors. Senior associate Sarah-Lena Kreutzmann handles various types of IP, IT and copyright contracts.

Other key lawyers:

Marcus Schreibauer; Stefan Schuppert; Christian Tinnefeld; Martin Pflüger; Sarah-Lena Kreutzmann


‘Very practical advice. Strong ability to relate to the concerns of the clients and analyse business-related problems.’

‘Christian Tinnefeld is characterised by his business and practical advice.’

Work highlights

  • Provided Daimler AG with IT, IP and data protection advice regarding the establishment of a joint venture with BMW for the consolidation of the global mobile services of both automotive corporations.
  • Advised a leading US investment bank in connection with the establishment and expansion of a new website.
  • Advised IKB Deutsche Industriebank on the re-tendering of the IT infrastructure operations.

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte's large media practice is complemented by its IT law and digital business group. Consequently much of the clientbase revolves around media companies and platforms, but it also includes companies in the automotive and healthcare sectors. Besides classic IT matters (including software contracts and cloud services) the team covers innovation driving  issues such as cyber security and industry 4.0 and also represents clients in IT litigation. Advice to online platforms remains a big focus of the practice, including the implementation of international e-health platforms, and most recently the topic e-sport. Noteworthy is the firm's use of newly developed legal tech tools via the SKW Schwarz@Tech GmbH which was founded at the end of end 2018. With the partner promotion of Benjamin Spies at the start of 2019 and the arrival of employment lawyer Martin Landauer, previously at Noerr, who also has expertise in work 4.0 and digital networking, the firm is compensating for the loss of Hans Markus Wulf to Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek in July 2018. Practice head Matthias Orthwein is noted for his 'pragmatic and solution-oriented approach'.

Practice head(s):

Matthias Orthwein

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Peschel-Mehner; Martin Schweinoch; Johann Heyde; Stefan Schicker


‘Very pragmatic but also good legal depth, seamless communication also with other practice areas; great breadth of experience.’

‘Extremely high specialist expertise paired with a great measure of empathy.’

‘SKW offers a team which quickly grasps relevant issues and topics and tries to find practical solutions.’

‘Stefan Schicker: Outstanding skills, good manager and honest advisor.’

Key clients

LoveScout24 (FriendScout24 GmbH)

Telekom Deutschland GmbH

Krones AG

Commerzbank AG

T-Systems International GmbH

Robert Bosch

Adidas AG

Giesecke+Devrient GmbH

Lemma Group

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to Giesecke+Devrient GmbH, including most recently advice on open source license agreements and the implementation of a suitable policy for software developers and buyers.
  • Advised Adidas on classic IT contractual matters, software contracts, cloud and SaaS services, including associated disputes.
  • Advised Robert Bosch on the entry into modern mobility concepts such as car-sharing, connected driving and solar mobility.

Greenberg Traurig Germany

Besides the firm's transactional focus in the technology and IT area Greenberg Traurig Germany also provides 'highly professional, proactive and comprehensive' advice on topics such as fintech, medtech and e-health. The team demonstrates 'technical expertise' in handling an increasing number of technology projects in connection with mobility and digital payment methods. It furthermore advises on contentious IT matters and e-commerce issues. Due to the firm's presence in technology hubs around the world, the team was able to recently expand its activity for numerous US, Chinese and Japanese technology companies. Clients also often stem from the media and real estate industries as well as the public sector. Viola Bensinger heads the German technology team and litigation team. Counsel Carsten Kociok has expertise regarding the internet and new media.

Practice head(s):

Viola Bensinger

Other key lawyers:

Carsten Kociok


‘Very quick response to questions while maintaining high quality.’

‘In our projects the teams were strictly formed according to the necessary expertise. This personal continuity was also kept in situations with large required resources and significant time pressure.’

‘Extraordinarily high capabilities when working on various matters. Deal well with time pressure over a long project period.’

‘Team-oriented cooperation among the interdisciplinary advisors which manifests itself both on the inside and outwardly.’

‘Viola Bensinger and Carsten Kociok – very good knowledge of the industry, excellent legal know-how and creative solutions.’

Key clients

Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur




GEWOBAG Wohnungsbau-Aktiengesellschaft Berlin

Media Broardcast

Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation (TNSC)/Matheson Tri-Gas (MTG)

Oxford Properties




Lateral GmbH


Foxxum GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised the Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure on the implementation of technological infrastructure for the car toll.
  • Advised the global service provider for software development GlobalLogic on numerous software development contracts.
  • Advised Vonovia AG on the use of WhatsApp and Chatbots on tenant platforms.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Due to the firm's solid clientbase in the telecoms industry and the public sector and its increasing visibility in the automotive area Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek is successfully managing to retain its strong position in the market. The IT team is part of the practice group IP, Media & Technology and handles the development of IT products (such as navigation systems) and other IT projects, the transfer of IT infrastructure and advises on topics such as IoT and autonomous driving. It also has particular expertise in the open source segment. Michael Schmittmann heads the practice which also includes Philip Kempermann and Thomas Jansen. Markus Lennartz was promoted to partner in January 2019.

Practice head(s):

Michael Schmittmann

Other key lawyers:

Philip Kempermann; Thomas Jansen


‘Very large team across Germany.’

‘Broad industry expertise, wide experience of other example cases and common practices.’

‘Pragmatic approach, which focuses on industry needs.’

‘Michael Schmittman is an IT expert from the very start.’

Key clients


ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH

INNIO Jenbacher (Österreich) INNIO Waukesha (USA)

Swift Navigation, Inc.

Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Oy

Breitband-Kompetenzzentrum Schleswig-Hostein

Bundesamt für Sicherheit und Informationstechnik (BSI)

Bundesministerium der Verteidigung (BMVg) vertreten durch das Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik

European GNSS Agency (GSA)

Gesellschafter der diconium group GmbH

Grohe AG



Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice to Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Oy regarding the participation in the tender procedure “Polarstern II”, including hardware procurement and software licensing aspects.
  • Drafting of a study for cyber security architecture for the Federal Ministry for Security in Information Technology (BSI).
  • Assisted Grohe AG’s digital team with the development of a cooperation concept for the products in the Sense series, which are part of the Internet of Things.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Besides growing visibility in data protection matters Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH has also successfully been expanding its IT practice with hot topics such as electronic shopping assistants and the development of apps in the healthcare sector. The 'very well coordinated' team, which is gaining in prestige among both clients and competitors and focuses largely on the mid-sized sector, is led by Wulff-Axel Schmidt and also includes the well regarded Michael RathChristian Kuß, who has particular expertise in the drafting and negotiation of IT contracts, was promoted to partner in July 2018.

Practice head(s):

Wulff-Axel Schmidt

Other key lawyers:

Michael Rath; Maximilian Dorndorf; Christian Kuß


‘The Luther team is very flexible and delivers very precise, practical results that can be implemented 1:1. Good and goal-oriented negotiation skills with a sense for what’s essential.’

‘Pragmatic, solution-oriented and very close to business. Good availability and competent at a social level.’

‘Michael Rath: very good negotiator, practice-oriented solutions, totally client-oriented, very good conversational partner and advisor, excellent know-how.’

‘Michael Rath and Christian Kuss – both excellent experts in IT law.

‘Maximilian Dorndorf has longstanding and broad experience and delivers pragmatic solutions also for very complex projects and structures.’

Key clients

arvato Systems / Bertelsmann




Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur (BMVI)


Deutsche Postbank


Evonik Industries




Procter & Gamble



Work highlights

  • Advice to 1WorldSync GmbH, including the audit of various contracts (IT framework contracts, cooperation agreements), advice on terms and conditions, the audit of the contract documents eCl@ss, and advice concerning accounting issues with clients.
  • Advised BASF Business Services GmbH on the project BASF 4.0 about telemedicine.
  • Assessment of legal requirements for the implementation of eCall via SIM cards in permanent roaming for the Deutsche Telekom AG.


Covington's German practice surrounding Thomas Heymann, Lars Lensdorf and Moritz Hüsch  is directed towards providing strategic IT advice. This includes projects across a range of industries, including transport, energy, sport, finance and life sciences. The team's collaboration with the firm's offices abroad plays a significant role. Particularly at the intersection between IT and life sciences the practice was able position itself with several matters in the digital health sphere.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Heymann; Lars Lensdorf; Moritz Hüsch


‘In working together with Covington & Burling LLP not only the firm’s undeniably legal expertise is noteworthy, but also the fact that colleagues are always available, can help out at short notice with practical solutions and at a human level stand out for their attentive personalities. In our experience this combination is rare and a top selling point for this firm.’ 

‘Moritz Hüsch combines comprehensive industry expertise with strong legal knowledge.’

‘Moritz Hüsch is an excellent lawyer both for advice and negotiations. He shines with quick, practical solutions, particularly in light of economic considerations.’ 

Key clients


GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft


Deutsche Bahn AG /Deutsche Bahn Systel GmbH

Senvion GmbH

Broadridge Deutschland GmbH

DSK Hyp AG (former SEB AG)



National Ice Hockey League (NHL) USA/Canada

Work highlights

  • Advised Deutsche Bahn AG and Deutsche Bahn Systel GmbH on the europe-wide call for tender regarding cloud infrastructure services.
  • Advised Senvion GmbH on the switch from classic IT infrastructure to hybrid cloud infrastructure, among other matters.
  • Advised Broadridge Deutschland GmbH on numerous contracts in the area of solutions and services for companies and the financial industry.

Graf von Westphalen

Stephan Menzemer 's IT team at Graf von Westphalen acts notably at the intersection with public law and the banking, finance, insurance and healthcare sectors. Software providers, industrial companies, insurers and public authorities seek the firm's advice on IT contracts and licenses, digital development and digital working. Digitalisation issues are not only relevant for the team's external services but also play a role for the practice internally: The firm recently created a new management position with the hire of a digital transformation officer.

Practice head(s):

Stephan Menzemer

Other key lawyers:

Arnd Böken


‘Great legal expertise paired with a pragmatic and solution-oriented approach and excellent communication – also in an environment marked by the US.’

‘Stefan Menzemer is an outstanding expert in his field, who always works with a solution and practical orientation. Very clear language and confident manner. His assessments and evaluations are always valuable and immediately applicable, because they are clearly structured, matter-of-fact and always contain with a practical solution. In his team Michael Herold and Sven Erik Holm also stand out.’

Key clients


Asseco Solutions AG

Blue Mesa Health, Inc.

Celanese Europe B.V.

CHRIST Juweliere & Uhrmacher seit 1863 GmbH

Cognizant Technology Solutions GmbH

Gemeinde Halstenbeck

GEWOFAG Holding GmbH

KARL MAYER Holding GmbH & Co. KG

ÖRAG Rechtsschutz Versicherungs-Aktiengesellschaft

SHS – Stahl-Holding-Saar GmbH & Co. KGaA

Universitätsklinikum Düsseldorf AöR

VDMA Verband Deutscher  Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V.

Work highlights

  • Provided the standard software manufacturer Asseco Solutions AG with comprehensive advice on all IT and data protection matters in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
  • Series of matters for Blue Mesa Health for the development, licensing and distribution of chat bots, which allow clients the automated access to client and health data.
  • Assisted jewellery and watch producer CHRIST Juweliere & Uhrmacher seit 1863 GmbH with license negotiations with providers such as SAP and in license audit negotiations with suppliers such as IBM, among others.

Heussen Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Heussen Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH gives 'competent and non-bureaucratic' IT advice across various industries. With a full-service and multi-disciplinary approach the firm often advises clients jointly on IP, IT and media law matters. Key IT projects recently involved the development of a digital platform for the mechanical engineering sector, SaaS and cloud contracts, data management, e-commerce and technologies for the medical and finance sectors. Hermann Waldhauser heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Hermann Waldhauser


‘Lawyers are very experienced, open for creative suggestions and always approachable.’

‘Hermann Waldhauser and Norbert Pahl are always available and very experienced.’

Key clients

Alfred Kärcher GmbH & Co. KG (German manufacturer of cleaning equipment)

WEKA-Verlagsgruppe (German-based publishing house active throughout Europe)

The DIGITALE (subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom AG)

Cyando AG (Cloud Storage Provider)

Schölly Fiberoptic GmbH (med tech)

WE DO communication GmbH (Berlin-based communications company)

schalk&friends GmbH (digital media agency based in Munich, Germany)

Fidor Bank AG and affiliates

Work highlights

  • Advised a joint venture in the industry 4.0 segment on platform solutions, associated legal issues and complex contract designs.
  • Advised an automotive supplier on a SAP project.
  • Represented Cyando in Federal Court of Justice submission proceedings at the ECJ regarding the liability of the host provider.

Oppenhoff & Partner

Oppenhoff & Partner's Cologne-based IT practice surrounding Marc Hilber advises clients on IT and software projects with a focus on the insurance and energy sectors. This includes the drafting and negotiation of contracts and advice on new business models, apps and cloud-based platforms. Recently the firm also handled some matters in the e-commerce segment.

Practice head(s):

Marc Hilber


‘Results are well articulated.’

‘Very friendly, reliable and competent.’

‘A contact person is always available.’

Key clients


Zurich Versicherung

Work highlights

  • Advised Nexus on various IT projects, the drafting of standard contracts and in contract negotiations.
  • Advised Zurich Versicherung on the project Kolumbus R2, the introduction of the second release of the Guidewire insurance software.

avocado rechtsanwälte

Jan Peter Voß heads the Frankfurt-based IT practice at avocado rechtsanwälte, which is noted for its 'practical and risk-appropriate advice'. Telecomms companies, pharmaceutical corporations and IT providers seek the firm's advice on the drafting of IT contracts, cloud computing projects and the launch of products and implementation of IT systems. Lukas Ströbel, previously at Hogan Lovells International LLP and for a short period at Latham & Watkins LLP, joined the team in January 2019 and receives positive feedback from clients as 'very good and highly trained' associate.

Practice head(s):

Jan Peter Voß

Other key lawyers:

Lukas Ströbel


‘Suitable communication, particularly with a view to forwarding feedback to operative teams and liaising directly with them.’

‘The partners are good in terms of the quality of their work and their engagement.’

‘Very good associate Lukas Ströbel delivers very good results and works with a business-oriented approach.’

Key clients

Bundesrechtsanwaltskammer, BRAK

Best Gaming Technology AG

Brandt & Partner GmbH

Brandt Software-Produkte GmbH

Deutsche Telekom AG und Tochtergesellschaften

DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH

Heraeus Konzern, Heraeus Holding GmbH

imc Test & Measurement GmbH

ITecon GmbH

Media Frankfurt GmbH

Merck Group, (globaler Pharmakonzern) Wertkarten AG, GmbH, paysafecard Wertkarten Vertriebs GmbH

SMC Deutschland GmbH

SMC Schiff-Martini

Telia Carrier Germany GmbH u. Telia Company AB


ZMG – Zeitungs Marketing Gesellschaft mbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Provided legal and project advice to the Bundesrechtsanwaltskammer (BRAK) regarding the procurement procedure for the takeover, further development and operation of the electronic mailbox for lawyers (besonderes elektronisches Anwaltspostfachs, beA).
  • Acted for Deutsche Telekom AG in and out of court in connection with  ICT purchase agreements.
  • Advised The German Football League DFL on the introduction of an ERP system.


BEITEN BURKHARDT's main business in IT law remains providing advice on IT contracts. Key figure Andreas Lober has expertise in the negotiation of development and licensing contracts but also regarding IT litigation and transactional IT matters. The team is increasingly handling matters in connection with the implementation of new and innovative business models, often taking into account data protection issues. In 2018 the practice grew at salary partner level with two new arrivals who brought know-how in IT projects, e-commerce, cloud computing, apps and digital advertisement.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Lober

Other key lawyers:

Axel von Walter


The team ist well integrated. Complex matters are solved quickly and competently. Also lawyers not yet involved in a case are drawn on ad hoc.

Comprehensive expertise. Uncomplicated and quick communication also if there are follow-up questions. Very quick response times.

Extremely quick understanding of industry requirements. Ask the right questions to grasp the matter.

Wojtek Ropel: Enthusiasm regarding IT/digitalisation matters; best cooperation with internal colleagues within and outside of the legal department; very independent and analytical working method; solution-oriented work according to the requirements of the IT and the client.

Key clients

Bombardier Transportation GmbH

Merck KGaA

Robert Bosch GmbH



Epic Games

Breed Reply

Mérieux NutriSciences Corporation

E.M.P. Merchandising Handelsgesellschaft mbH

Gründer der exploqii GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised Bombardier Transportation GmbH on IT contracts and data protection.
  • Advised Merck KGaA on IT law, particularly the drafting of new IT development contracts, including agile development and IT project contracts.
  • Continued to advise Robert Bosch GmbH and Coup Mobility GmbH on the development and expansion of a platform for eScooter sharing.

von BOETTICHER Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB

von BOETTICHER Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB's 'very pragmatic and creative' IT team provides advice - frequently cross-border - on IT contracts, projects and transactions, and regarding digital media and online platforms. Clients include automotive, insurance, pharma and internet companies but also start-ups and non-profits. The firm's data protection practice is also gaining traction.

Other key lawyers:

Angelika Hoche; Anselm Brandi-Dohrn; Sven Schlotzhauer; Jens Horstkotte


‘Legally and strategically excellent.’

‘Their legal advice is immediately applicable. The team is always available and the turn-around times are extremely fast.’

Key clients

IDG Gruppe

National Instruments Gruppe

ComTrade d.o.o.

Filemaker International Ltd

Fuba Automotive Electronics GmbH

Ventiv Technology Group International Ltd.

Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP)

Work highlights

  • Advised an automotive corporation on plans to build a global connected cars platform.
  • Advised and represented an insurance company on the renegotiation of an important group-wide IT contract.
  • Provided comprehensive advice to Yahoo! on license, copyright, data protection and contractual matters.

Waldeck Rechtsanwälte PartmbB

IT law advice constitutes one of four pillars of Waldeck Rechtsanwälte PartmbB's services and the practice is particularly strong at the intersection with two of its other pillars: banking regulatory and procurement law. Besides a focus on outsourcing the firm also advises clients on cloud computing, system development, system integration, IT procurement, data protection and compliance. The team also has special expertise in IT security for critical infrastructure, card processing and toll systems. Thomas Helmut Fischer and Jens-Holger Petri are the main contacts.

Other key lawyers:

Thomas H. Fischer; Jens-Holger Petri


‘Deep and broad knowledge of specific requirements.’

Key clients

Deutsche Telekom AG

T-Systems International GmbH





Savills Investment Management

Bitkom (Bundesverband Informationswirtschaft, Telekommunikation und neue Medien)

aurelis Real Estate

Hyrican Informationssysteme



DFS – Deutsche Flugsicherung

Work highlights

  • Assisted the delegation of business representatives at Bitkom with the negotiations with the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) regarding the EVB-IT, the IT purchase conditions of public authorities.
  • Regularly advise DATEV on outsourcing contracts and special IT law, telecoms and data protection matters.
  • Assisted Deutsche Telekom AG with several tendering procedures by different administrative districts for broadband expansion.