Firms To Watch: Information technology and digitalisation

Lambsdorff Rechtsanwälte advises German and international clients primarily from the software sector on e-commerce and real-time advertising and has additional expertise in data protection law.

Information technology and digitalisation in Germany

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie closely cooperates with other locations and routinely advises global corporations and financial service providers and, in addition to the financial sector, focuses on other regulated industries such as pharmaceuticals, healthcare and automotive. Based on this focus, the team is well versed in supporting clients in technology-related matters, including autonomous driving, NFT sales on platforms, software solutions for the use of cryptocurrencies, the launch of digital products and cloud solutions. This is complemented by expertise in compliance and data protection, where co-head Michael Schmidl is a key contact. Schmidl jointly heads the practice with the IT and data protection law expert Michaela Nebel. Former co-head Holger Lutz (computer, media and internet law) joined Clifford Chance in June 2023. The capacities in transaction-related IT and IP matters were strengthened with the arrival of Patrick Wilkening in October 2022 (previously at Hengeler Mueller).

Practice head(s):

Michael Schmidl; Michaela Nebel

Work highlights

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird regularly advises on cross-border matters across the entire IT spectrum and has particular expertise in cloud computing, connected cars, digital healthcare and IT security. The team is led by Fabian Niemann, who specialises in international technology and data protection projects, and Henriette Picot, whose extensive practice includes licensing, software development and cloud computing. Lennart Schüßler covers the areas of digital media, mobile and e-commerce as well as IT security.

Practice head(s):

Fabian Niemann; Henriette Picot

Other key lawyers:

Lennart Schüßler; Simon Assion; Jörg-Alexander Paul; Miriam Ballhausen; Benjamin Wübbelt


‘The team is characterized by unparalleled expertise and a client-focused approach, which sets it apart from other law firms.’

‘The practice has introduced innovative technologies and collaboration models that make the workflow more efficient and collaborative.’

‘The lawyers and employees are characterized by their excellent professional expertise. Working with Henriette Picot, who is always committed, approachable and extremely professional, is particularly impressive.’

‘Fabian Niemann and Miriam Ballhausen offer a perfect, personal and highly competent service when it comes to our very detailed questions about IT law, AI or all other tech topics. We value the team’s support not only because this is one of the best tech law firms out there, but above all because we receive clear statements and useful, pragmatic advice here.’

‘The team is very accommodating, understands the business and gives practical advice accordingly.’

‘I cannot praise the information technology and digitalization practice at Bird & Bird LLP enough, especially Miriam Ballhausen. I was continually impressed by her in-depth knowledge and the quality of her work. They are able to simplify complex German procedures and legal issues so that they are easy to understand, and they take the time to understand their clients’ mission and values ​​in order to provide economically sound advice.’

‘Miriam Ballhausen is an extraordinary partner. Their advice is always expert, strategic and comprehensive, offering their clients options tailored to their individual needs so they can make the best possible decision for their organization.’


CMS is among the leading IT law practices and comprehensively covers all relevant issues in the context of AI-based healthcare services and blockchain projects, as well as data law, cybersecurity, software IP and licensing. The latter two are a core focus of Malte Grützmacher, who is well versed in related contentious matters. E-commerce is another mainstay, where online retailers and service providers are supported in platform regulation and the launch of new features and products. Other sector focuses include finance and insurance as well as the automotive, energy and healthcare sectors. The team is led by Markus Häßer, whose longstanding technology law expertise also includes digital business models, IT transactions and outsourcing projects. Head of legaltech Frederik Leenen specialises in contract automation and AI and made partner in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Markus Häußer


‘Dr. Markus Häuser: Deep expertise in the latest technological topics and their legal impact on the market and their applicability.’

‘Dr. Markus Häuser and his team are highly qualified and always easy to contact. Even large mandates are processed quickly, efficiently and on time.’

‘The practice is characterized by a high level of professional competence in the area of ​​data protection and information technology. For the team, the actual benefit for the clients is absolutely paramount. Where appropriate, the practice relies on experts and integrates them in a precise and process-efficient manner.’


Noerr combines its competencies in the areas commerce, trade, IT, outsourcing and media and advises on various IT matters. Among the key topics are contract drafting and regulatory matters in the context of digitisation projects and digital business models. Co-head Torsten Kraul is an expert in new topics such as AI, data management, digital healthcare, fintech and e-sports. Kraul jointly leads the practice with Thomas Thalhofer, who supports IT digitisation projects, outsourcing as well as transactions and is experienced in litigation. Peter Braut boasts similar competencies and complements this with expertise in software licensing. Among the client roster are companies from the automotive, pharmaceutical and technology sectors as well as insurance and financial service providers. AI expert David Bomhard joined Aitava in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Torsten Kraul; Thomas Thalhofer


‘Strong team consisting of experienced partners and very qualified associates.’

‘Thomas Thalhofer is regularly our contact for our most important projects.’

‘Prof. Dr. Braut is one of the leading IT legal practitioners in Germany. His knowledge of the industry and his reputation in the market are correspondingly great. His associates are characterized by good technical and industry knowledge.’

Key clients (Europe) Ltd.

Bayer AG

Bayerische Landesbrandver-sicherung AG

BayWa AG / FarmFacts GmbH

Debeka Krankenversiche-rungsverein a.G.

Deutsche Börse AG

Deutsche Kreditbank AG

HCL Technologies Germany GmbH

Klöckner Shared Services



MEWA Textil-Service AG & Co. Management OHG

Microsoft Deutschland GmbH

Trustlog GmbH

Versicherungskammer Bayern

Zimmer GmbH

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice to Bayer AG on the digital transformation of the group as well as on outsourcing contracts to secure IT services in the course of planned carve-out transactions.

  • Advising a DAX30 company on a long-term strategic cooperation with Google regarding cloud consumption on the one hand and innovation projects in the financial services sector on the other.

  • Comprehensive legal advice to Debeka on the renewal of core insurance systems (especially health and composite insurance) as well as the introduction of a CRM system.

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing routinely advises national and multinational companies from the finance, gaming, telecoms, automotive and e-health sectors as well as public sector clients, where Detleff Klett regularly leads in large-scale IT and infrastructure projects. The team focuses on matters pertaining to digital transformation, cyber security, cloud solutions and AI. Clients from the healthcare segment frequently instruct the practice on cloud solutions for hospitals and electronic patient records, while in the automotive sector OEMs and automotive suppliers are supported with digital transformation strategies (connectivity services, autonomous driving systems, e-mobility). Related data protection issues are covered by Axel Freiherr von dem Bussche. Mareike Gehrmann (digitisation, IT contract law, SaaS) and Malek Barudi (copyright and copyright contract law) were appointed to partners in April 2023. The practice is led by IT contract and security law expert Paul Voigt, who also cover ​​e-commerce matters.

Practice head(s):

Paul Voigt


‘Very good practical knowledge, comprehensive technical understanding and professional way of working.’

‘Tobias Schelinski’s team is available at any time. The legal knowledge is excellent. What should be highlighted are the international contacts that are particularly vital to our affairs. The support in contract negotiations with our global customers is excellent.’

‘Tobias Schelinski has been our central contact for all legal questions for more than 10 years. Excellent industry knowledge, excellent tactician in contract negotiations.’

‘Beyond the purely legal expertise, what is outstanding for us is the understanding of the industry and the willingness and ability to look beyond one’s own legal horizons in order to achieve results in the interests of the clients.’

‘We primarily work with the IT/games team around Dr. Schelinski, but always resort to other teams for peripheral issues. The networking between the teams is exemplary.’

‘Dr. Tobias Schelinski is our central contact. He is always fact-oriented, has an excellent professional background, but is still willing to take a step back from special topics and leave the space to other partners or excellent associates.’

Key clients

Circulor Ltd.

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank


Genesis Motor Europe GmbH

HiSolutions AG




Work highlights

  • Project-related advice to the Asklepios legal department and the IT departments for the entire hospital group, particularly with regard to cloud applications in the healthcare sector.

Gleiss Lutz

Gleiss Lutz follows a full-service approach and is well versed in the advice on digitisation, outsourcing projects and transactions as well as matters pertaining to AI, quantum computing and cloud solutions. The team frequently supports digitisation projects in the public sector, such as the digitisation of government IT systems, while another focus is on projects in the healthcare sector were health insurance companies are advised on compliance; pharmaceutical companies benefit from the data protection expertise in connection with healthcare data access. Stefan Weidert (IT) heads the team, which also includes Alexander Molle, who is well versed in drafting IT contracts, transactions as well as e-commerce and IT matters.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Weidert


‘Very diverse team with many specialists.’

‘Dr. Alexander Molle: Very good knowledge of all areas of IT law and always provides practical solutions.’

Key clients

AOK Bundesverband



Deutsche Telekom


Rakuten Mobile

Robert Bosch



Work highlights

  • Advising Infineon Technologies AG in connection with the acquisition of 100% of the shares in the Berlin AI start-up Industrial Analytics.

  • Advising Kubus IT in connection with an IT outsourcing project, including the inclusion of cloud solutions.

  • Advising the AOK-Bundesverband in connection with the electronic patient file (front-end, back-end and operation) and on questions of the telematics infrastructure in German health law.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP acts from four German locations and regularly covers cross-border matters. The team is an experienced advisor to international corporations and start-ups on traditional IT law matters such as contract drafting and transaction support. Further mainstays include the support for technology companies, particularly from the life sciences, finance and automotive industries, as well as international companies in cloud services, software development, machine learning, open source software compliance and AI; Martin Pflueger is a key contact for this. The team is also instructed by clients from the finance and insurance industries on IT contract matters, where  Marcus Schreibauer and Sarah-Lena Kreutzmann regularly take the lead. Other key contacts include Christian Tinnefeld, who is experienced in IT and data protection law as well as litigation, while Stefan Schuppert advises on license agreements and IT project-related contracts.


‘HL’s digital practice is always helpful and covers all our needs, both in terms of geographical coverage and the matters for which we seek their legal assistance, including the details of laws/regulations applicable only locally. ‘

‘The usual contact for us is Martin Pflüger. He is responsive, transparent about fees and clear about schedules.’

Key clients


Brainlab AG

Brainloop AG


Cofinity X Joint Venture

Cygna Labs

Erste Abwicklungsanstalt

Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA

Goldman Sachs


IDEAL Versicherungsgruppe


Maguar Capital




Syserso Networks

Work highlights

  • Advising Erste Abwicklungsanstalt on the structuring and implementation of a total of four major tender procedures for the outsourcing of several business processes.

  • Advising the software company Cygna Labs Group on the acquisition of Nokia’s VitalQIP product.

  • Multijurisdictional advice to Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA in the area of ​​IT security requirements for production companies.

SKW Schwarz

SKW Schwarz comprehensively covers IT law and increasingly assists with cloud-based business models. A core competence is the advice to the healthcare sector, where hospital management companies are supported in digitisation as well as data protection matters. Another focus is the mobility industry, here, the team advises on autonomous driving and data protection compliance. Daniel Meßmer (software and cloud-based business models) has been the sole practice head since 2023, the former co-head Andreas Peschel-Mehner (platform business and cloud developments) remains a key contact. Franziska Ladiges (data protection) was appointed to partner in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Meßmer


‘The collaboration with SKW is outstanding and professional.’

‘The SKW team is very service-oriented. Fast response times. Qualified advice on various areas of law from the broad team. Not an “anonymous” law firm with armies of lawyers.’

‘A partner acts as a single point of contact and forms the overarching link in the collaboration between us and the law firm. This works very well. Extremely competent advice, even in very specific (smaller) legal areas. The holistic consulting approach is also worth highlighting – not just from a purely legal perspective, but also from a commercial perspective.’

Key clients

Robert Bosch GmbH

adidas AG

Work highlights

  • Advising adidas AG on software license and development agreements, including SaaS and SaaS/PaaS constellations as well as SLA agreements in system-relevant services and IT litigation.

  • Advising Robert Bosch GmbH on a strategic project for AI-supported autonomous driving.

  • Advising the fitness company FitX Deutschland GmbH, which operates throughout Germany and has over 100 studios, on general terms and conditions issues in connection with consumer protection issues, such as cancellation buttons and online contracts.

CSW Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater Wirtschaftsprüfer

CSW Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater Wirtschaftsprüfer fields key contact Isabell Conrad, who advises on digitisation, IT law, data protection as well as IT security and also covers e-commerce, open source software and software copyright matters. Another core member is Jochen Schneider (IT contracts, especially software licenses, database law and data protection).

Other key lawyers:

Isabell Conrad; Jochen Schneider


‘Perfectly coordinated, individual subject areas are coordinated well.’

‘Very competent, great wealth of knowledge, elaborations understandable and clearly structured, very flexible in setting appointments, quickly accessible.’

Work highlights

DLA Piper

DLA Piper focuses on cyber security, transaction support and clients' representation in litigation. Most recently, the team, led by Stefan Engels, also assisted with various digitisation projects, which were frequently led by Jan Pohle. Jan Geert Meents is well versed in the areas of data analytics, digital transformation and IT compliance and also part of the core team.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Engels

Other key lawyers:

Jan Geert Meents; Jan Pohle

Key clients

ResMed Inc


Work highlights

  • Advising an industrial company on digital transformation in more than 50 countries.

  • Advising a German automotive manufacturer on the reassignment of the private cloud operations of the manufacturer itself as well as all subgroups and companies of the parent company worldwide as part of a pilot project.

GvW Graf von Westphalen

GvW Graf von Westphalen regularly acts across the automotive, finance, insurance, healthcare and public sectors and advises companies, associations, NGOs as well as public sector clients. The advice focuses on IT contract drafting, IT compliance systems, public sector digitisation projects as well as app and software development; the expertise in related data protection issues and public procurement procedures complements this offering. Stephan Menzemer heads the practice and also acts as head of the firm's international desk. In December 2022, Thomas Schuster (support to the public sector in digitisation projects) joined Eichler Kern Klein Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB, while in January 2023 Gudrun Hausner (data protection, IT and competition law) was appointed to partner.

Practice head(s):

Stephan Menzemer


‘We work primarily with Stephan Menzemer’s IT team. He himself supervises processes very intensively and well.’

‘We appreciate that the law firm in Germany can provide very comprehensive advice from a single source, even on very specific questions such as competition and procurement law.’

‘IT partner Stephan Menzemer is very strong, especially in commercial disputes/contract negotiation of complex contracts. We appreciate the pragmatic approach and the very trusting collaboration that does not require unnecessary formalism.’

Key clients


Asseco Solutions AG, Asseco Solutions GmbH, Asseco Solutions s.r.l.

bayernets GmbH

DRM Datenraum Mobilität GmbH

E.M.P. Merchandising Handelsgesellschaft mbH

Infosys Limited

Konecranes Gruppe

Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen e. V.

Linde GmbH

Ministerium des Inneren, für Digitalisierung und Kommunen Baden-Württemberg


Skechers Inc.


Heuking's IP, media & technology practice is well versed in IT project work and frequently acts across the healthcare, fintech and telecoms sectors; Markus Lennartz is experienced in the latter, while Dominik Eickemeier primarily supports clients from the banking sector in IT projects. The advice on cloud services – Marcel Maybaum is a key contact here – IT contract negotiations and the acquisition of new software are further key topics as well as clients' representation in litigation. Competencies in the areas of IT security, IT governance, data protection and trade secret protection round off this offering. In January 2023, Lutz Martin Keppeler (IT, data protection, internet law) was appointed to equity partner and Maybaum was appointed to salary partner.


‘Very broadly based. Very efficient. Cover everything from project to contentious enforcement.’

‘They are the appropriate specialists for various topics. The two partners representing us complement each other perfectly in their areas of knowledge and act coordinated.’

‘Fast and needs-based execution. Pragmatic and solution-oriented. Good balance of risk and effort.’

‘Dr. Thomas Jansen is an excellent expert in the field of information technology. He is very flexible and supports us professionally in every question.’

‘Fast and professional service. Enormous specialist knowledge on the subject and in particular in all questions of IT use, digitalization and risk management.’

‘Philip Kempermann is a proven expert with an eye for targeted solutions and considerable industry knowledge.’

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH regularly assists with the development of digital business models, the use of new technologies, AI and autonomous driving and acts on behalf of start-ups, corporations and public sector clients, including educational institutions, companies and ministries. Wulff-Axel Schmidt (sourcing and IP matters; licensing and cooperation agreements; IT project agreements) heads the team, which also handles litigation.

Practice head(s):

Wulff-Axel Schmidt


‘Reliable and very responsive.’

‘Dr. Michael Rath: Pragmatic, professional and comprehensive specialist knowledge. Clients benefits from extensive experience. Always available and responsive.’

Key clients

Deutsche Telekom AG

Deutsche Bank / Postbank

Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur

Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Innovation, Digitalisierung und Energie des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen

IHK Gesellschaft für Informationsverarbeitung mbH

Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung




Evonik Industries


Procter & Gamble

arvato Systems / Bertelsmann


Imperial Tobacco Limited

Fiege Logistik Stiftung & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Advising Deutsche Telekom AG on IT law, including regulatory monitoring, setting up WiFi services in automobiles and aircraft across Europe in collaboration with various network law firms.

  • Advising HRS Hotel Reservation Service GmbH on a contract for the use of the global booking system for hotels.

  • Preparation of a report for the Ministry of Economics, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia on portals in connection with the framework agreement on legal advice services for the representative for IT of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Pinsent Masons Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater Solicitors Partnerschaft mbB

Pinsent Masons Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater Solicitors Partnerschaft mbB primarily focuses on the automotive sector, practice head Stephan Appt frequently leads here, and advise on software-based products, e-mobility and digital marketing. Other clients stem from various industries as well as the public sector. In the healthcare segment, the team recently assisted with healthcare apps and the development of new IT products; other growth areas were data sharing platforms, app launches, e-commerce and IT contract drafting. The Munich location complements this with expertise in technology-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Stephan Appt

Other key lawyers:

Florian von Baum; Nils Rauer

Key clients





Analog Devices



Internationaler Bund

Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek



World Athletics

Unsere Grüne Glasfaser

Work highlights

  • Advising World Athletics, the umbrella organization for all national sports associations for athletics, on building an NFT platform.

  • Advising Honda Motor Europe Limited on EU data sharing requirements and developing a strategy to deal with the requirements of the EU Data Act.

  • Advising Bumble on provider liability issues within the European Union.

Reed Smith LLP

Reed Smith LLP advises international corporations, medium-sized companies, start-ups and business incubators across the aviation, technology, pharmaceutical and finance sectors on digital services, apps, SaaS solutions, the introduction of new IT systems or digital platforms as well as AI and IoT operating systems, including related contractual and data protection aspects. Thomas Fischl and Andreas Splittgerber comprehensively cover the IT sector and jointly head the practice, which follows a cross-practice and cross-locational approach.

Other key lawyers:

Philipp Süss; Christian Leuthner


‘Reed Smith’s IT and digitalization team impresses with its commercial law and data protection expertise. Thanks to their network of offices and affiliated law firms, they can also provide high quality, cross-border advice on a range of business matters.’

‘Andreas Splittgerber is characterized by a comprehensive overview.’

‘Christian Leuthner offers practical solutions to tricky data protection issues. His direct contact with the opposing party’s external lawyers often helped resolve difficult issues.’

Key clients

Verified Clinical Trials, LLC

Inflight VR



Digitalwerk GmbH


Led by Andreas Lober, the IP/IT/media team at ADVANT Beiten advises across practices and locations and covers the areas gaming, banking and finance, healthcare and AI (in particular generative AI tools). The first two areas are a focus of the Frankfurt-based team, while healthcare matters are handled by the Berlin location; this is complemented by the Freiburg-based team's expertise in technology-related contracts and R&D agreements. The partner roster was significantly strengthened with the promotion of data protection expert Susanne Klein in November 2022, the arrival of Birgit Münchbach (technology transactions) from Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner in August 2022 as well as the additions of  Ariane Loof (employment law, employee data protection), who joined from KPMG Law in Germany in October 2022 and Peggy Müller from Klinkert Rechtsanwälte PartGmbB in January 2023. Müller focuses on IP issues.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Lober


‘Highest accessibility, high resilience, good atmosphere, diversity in the entire Advant Beiten team, technology interfaces are covered.’

‘Wojtek Ropel: Highest level of technological and legal knowledge, clear and concrete communication, best work results used, quick understanding of the issue and training, short-term availability.’

‘Good solutions are always quickly available.’

Key clients


Sparda Banken

Avanade Deutschland GmbH

Loyalty Partner Solutions GmbH


Conductix-Wampfler GmbH

Deutsch-Amerikanische Fulbright-Kommission

finstreet GmbH

Ministerium der Finanzen des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt

Nect GmbH

OncologyInformationService e.K.

Freiburg CancerDataNet GmbH

Freistaat Sachsen

Work highlights

  • Advising finstreet GmbH on data protection and banking law concepts as well as contract design in relation to banks and providers of integrated services, most recently on the implementation of a software solution for document categorization based on artificial intelligence.

  • IT law advice to the Ministry of Finance of the State of Saxony-Anhalt as part of a competitive negotiation process for the purchase of budget software for the administration of the State of Saxony-Anhalt.

Covington & Burling LLP

Covington & Burling LLP focuses on cloud-based projects and advises on the procurement and implementation of SaaS solutions. The interface between IT and finance and particularly life sciences is another mainstay, where the team advises on digital healthcare matters in connection with regulatory and data protection law. Lars Lensdorf is a key contact for IT-related banking supervisory issues; he jointly leads the team with IoT expert Moritz Hüsch.

Practice head(s):

Lars Lensdorf; Moritz Hüsch


‘Dr. Lensdorf ‘s very good knowledge of the industry was extremely valuable to our negotiations.’

‘Moritz Hüsch impresses with his immense specialist knowledge and also with his extensive knowledge of the industry. The collaboration is always efficient and the legal advice is excellent. In addition to his technical expertise, Mr. Hüsch is also extremely pleasant to work with on a personal level and it’s fun to work on projects with him.’

‘The team was available at any time and was always able to provide information and statements at short notice. We found the support to be excellent. In addition, detailed and well-founded notes and summaries were created.’

Key clients

GEA Group

Einkaufsbüro Deutscher Eisenhändler




Work highlights

  • Advising the Zweites Deutsches Fernsehens (ZDF) on the procurement of cloud-based IT infrastructure services (IaaS) and on the migration of current data center services to the cloud.

  • Advising a global pharmaceutical company as part of a cooperation to develop and operate a digital health app.

  • Advising METRO AG on IT and data protection issues.


FPS comprehensively covers IT law and advises financial institutions, authorities, global corporations and start-ups on digital business models, the use of new technologies and the implementation of IT business procedures; the team also covers interfacing data protection matters. A growth area was cyber security, in particular the support in cyber attack incident management. The group is led by Hauke ​​Hansen (IT law, digitisation and data protection), Jörg Kornbrust (project management and contract drafting for IT projects) and Christoph Süßenberger (IT contract drafting, project support, software development, transactions).

Key clients


DEPT Germany Marketing Holding GmbH

Entega AG

Evangelische Schulstiftung in der EKBO

Max-Delbrück-Centrum für Molekulare Medizin in der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaf

Microsoft Corp.

TINK Germany GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising e-shelter security on the implementation of PropTech systems.

GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB

GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB‘s expertise in SaaS solutions and managed services as well as the procurement, introduction and maintenance of new hardware and software solutions is regularly called upon by companies from the financial, electronics, telecoms and insurance sectors as well as hospitals and public institutions. This is complemented by experience in the e-commerce segment, including the support for the launch of digital platforms and services. Florian Schmitz regularly leads here, he is a key contact of the IP, IT & commercial team led by Oliver Spieker.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Spieker

Key clients

Deutsche Bank AG


Samsung Electronics GmbH

S-Kreditpartner GmbH

Ampega Asset Management GmbH

European XFEL

Frankfurter Volksbank Rhein-Main e.G


Greencom Networks AG



NexWafe GmbH

Roth Group

sepago GmbH

Ufenau Capital Partner

X1F Group

Trianel Group

Paydirect GmbH

Greenberg Traurig Germany

Greenberg Traurig Germany is experienced in IT and digitisations projects as well as matters in the regulatory area such as the advice on e-commerce issues or the support for US companies in EU-related issues. IT service providers and technology companies are also represented in litigation. Further capacities exist at the interfaces with technology, media, data protection and telecommunications law thanks to the cross-border and cross-practice approach. Practice head Viola Bensinger is a key contact for outsourcing projects and transactions in the technology sector.

Practice head(s):

Viola Bensinger

Heussen Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Heussen Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH primarily focuses on cloud services, AI, big data, and the industrial Internet of Things, including related compliance issues. This expertise is regularly called upon by medium-sized companies, international corporations and start-ups from the mechanical engineering, medtech, fintech and automotive sectors. Hermann Waldhauser (IT, IP and media law) heads the group.

Practice head(s):

Hermann Waldhauser

Other key lawyers:

Markus Junker; Mark Münch

Key clients


Infolytics AG




Brandenburger Gruppe

Cyando AG

WE DO communication GmbH

schalk&friends GmbH

Fidor Bank AG und Tochterunternehmen


Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften München

eurodata AG


Goethe-Institut e.V.

Max-Planck-Digital Library

Augustinum gemeinnützige GmbH

Vestner Aufzüge GmbH

coffee fellows GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising a group of companies on a contract for quantum computing and cloud services with technology partners.

  • Advising and representing Cyando AG in proceedings on fundamental questions regarding the interpretation of provisions of the InfoSoc, Enforcement and E-Commerce Directives.

  • Advising and supporting a developer of AI applications for manufacturing robots in the development of license agreements, open source integration, service contracts as well as a financing rounds and transactions.

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP's comprehensive IT law expertise is frequently requested by both medium-sized companies and large corporations, which the team advises on the development and implementation of new business models, the design and internationalisation of digital platforms, SaaS contracts, licensing agreements, outsourcing and related data protection issues. Practice head Wolfgang von Frentz regularly leads in arbitration proceedings and litigation before German courts.

Practice head(s):

Wolfgang von Frentz

Other key lawyers:

Christian Masch

Key clients

Sport 1 Medien AG

Corint Media

HD.Hospitality GmbH

Intersnack Group GmbH & Co. KG

IP Deutschland / RTL interactive

ProSiebenSat1 Media SE

RTL Television


Dentsply Sirona

Amalgam RX

lifespin GmbH


Oppenhoff's IT&C practice is experienced in advising insurance companies on digitisation projects as well as the outsourcing of insurance activities and data-driven business models thanks to the close cooperation with the insurance law team. Recent growth areas include the advice on IT contracts, regulatory issues pertaining to the operation of websites and software projects, including related procurement law and data protection issues, as well as disputes. The practice is led by Marc Hilber (technology-related transactions) and Jürgen Hartung (data protection and IT law).

Practice head(s):

Marc Hilber; Jürgen Hartung

Other key lawyers:

Mareike Heesing; Mareike Heesing


‘Good size law firm with a very good understanding of the client’s business. Technically very competent, but not arrogant. Pragmatic and solution-oriented.’

‘Marc Hilber: Very competent in the area of ​​software. Very pragmatic in solving difficult negotiation issues. Exceptionally good business orientation. Good balance between what is legally necessary but also appropriate in relation to the business and goals. Always available, quick response times, very friendly and cooperative to deal with.’

‘The collaboration with the Oppenhoff law firm is characterized by high quality, great flexibility and great commitment.’

Key clients

PKV Verband der Privaten Krankenversicherung e.V

SpaceOS Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advising the PKV Verband der Privaten Krankenversicherung e.V on various IT contractual matters as well as in the area of ​​cooperation with research institutions and federal authorities.

  • Advice to SpaceOS Ltd. on smart home topics, among other things.

TCI Rechtsanwälte

TCI Rechtsanwälte acts from three locations and supports public sector clients in digitisation projects and procurement procedures as well as in the digitisation of business and corporate processes. Other key topics include mobile and cloud computing, license audits and license agreements as well as dispute resolution. The practice is jointly headed by Carsten Gerlach, Stephan Schmidt and Thomas Stogmuller.


‘TCI lawyers have an excellent understanding of public sector IT projects. They can also best assess the central risks and design needs of public IT projects.’

‘Very good and timely support in all legal issues that arise in our work. Very high level of competence in managing our business relationships.’

‘High professionalism in internal relationships, but also in relationships with our customers/in contract negotiations.’

Key clients

govdigital eG

Datenverarbeitungszentrum |Mecklenburg-Vorpommern GmbH

Information und Technik Nordrhein-Westfalen

Deutsche Rentenversicherung Bund

Bundesministerium des Innern und für Heimat

Beschaffungsamt des Bundesministeriums des Innern

IT-Dienstleistungs-zentrum Berlin

IT Baden-Württemberg

Klopotek AG

Polizei Berlin

Berliner Feuerwehr

Entimo AG

Advanced Digital Network Distribution GmbH

Stiftung Innovation in der Hochschullehre

DG Nexolution eG

Port Sol 19 GmbH

palleos healthcare GmbH

Aareon AG

arago GmbH

CompuGroup MedicalSE& Co. KGaA

Kreisverwaltung Mainz-Bingen

Linkando GmbH

Trend Micro

Work highlights

  • IT legal advice to the BMI procurement office in connection with the procurement of Microsoft licenses for the entire federal administration with a recent volume of approximately €1 billion.

  • Advising the North Rhine-Westphalia State Statistical Office on ongoing IT projects and various IT-related tenders, e.g. tendering for a specialist procedure to carry out the non-formal and formal administrative procedures of defaulting respondents.

  • Since 2006, ongoing advice to the EVB-IT working group in the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Homeland, which creates EVB-IT contract types and negotiates them with the industry.

von BOETTICHER Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB

von BOETTICHER Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB advises numerous large international corporations, including German subsidiaries, on IT law issues relating to social media (Angelika Hoche), software projects and licenses (Anselm Brandi-Dohrn), digital platforms and marketplaces (Sven Schlotzhauer) as well as IT-related transactions (Jens Horstkotte).

Key clients

IDG Gruppe

National Instruments Gruppe

Claris International

Spin Digital Video Technologies GmbH



Optimal Systems Gruppe

Fuba Automotive Electronics GmH

Ventiv Technology Group International Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to TikTok on IT and online law.

  • Ongoing advice to the IDG Group on IT law and media law.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP's expertise is based on cross-practice support, where the team frequently cooperates with the M&A and private equity specialists on IT and data protection matters in transactions and reorganisations. The team also acts in the financial sector and advises on digitisation issues pertaining to digital assets. Clients benefit from the support in cloud-based systems, the transition of corporate software to the cloud, the creation of payment platforms and the outsourcing of IT and data management from public sector clients to private companies. Jost Kotthoff (sourcing, outsourcing and technology transactions) leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Jost Kotthoff

Other key lawyers:

Martin Munz; Sylvia Lorenz

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to leading industrial companies and credit institutions on the sourcing of cloud services, including the establishment of the relevant risk processes as well as in connection with various digitalization projects.

  • Advising a public corporation on the outsourcing of the IT and data management required to fulfill public law tasks to a private company.

  • Advising a private equity fund on IT and data protection law on the acquisition of all shares in a German start-up in the high-tech industry. Due to the start-up’s business model, numerous IP issues, IT law and data protection issues had to be clarified.

avocado rechtsanwälte

avocado rechtsanwälte comprehensively covers IT and data protection issues, including cloud-based digitisation projects, e-commerce and the use of blockchain-based IT products. The team is led by Jan Peter Voß (IT contract drafting and litigation). In March 2023, Philipp Ess (e-commerce, IP/IT asset transfers) joined from Klinkert Rechtsanwälte PartGmbB.

Practice head(s):

Jan Peter Voß

Key clients

anykey GmbH


Best Gaming Technology AG

Brandt & Partner GmbH

Brandt Software-Produkte GmbH

Bundesrechtsanwaltskammer, BRAK

dab: Daten-Analysen & Beratung GmbH

Deutsche Telekom AG und Tochtergesellschaften

DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH

DIC Asset AG, DIC Onsite GmbH

Faubel & Co. Nachf. GmbH

Heraeus Holding GmbH

Heraeus infosystems GmbH

imc Test & Measurement GmbH

ITecon GmbH

KMC Media Consult GmbH

Landeshauptstadt Mainz

Media Frankfurt GmbH

Merck Group

msg global solutions Deutschland GmbH

Partslife GmbH

R+W Antriebselemente GmbH

rocon Rohrbach EDV-Consulting GmbH

SMC Deutschland GmbH

Syncd GmbH

TK8 Sports Academy GmbH


Wicklmayr Real Estate GmbH

WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA

ZMG – Zeitungs Marketing Gesellschaft mbH & Co. KG

Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH‘s digital law practice has been led by Till Contzen (IT law and digitisation), since former practice head Tobias Fuchs (digital transformation, technology transfer, joint ventures, compliance) moved to WTS in April 2023. The team recently advised on projects in the healthcare and automotive sectors as well as digital business transformations and technology transfers in the payment services sector. Other capacaities include the support in IT infrastructure and IT security matters as well as software contracts. In May 2023, Klaus Brisch and Marco Müller-ter Jung (both IT, IP, data protection, digital innovation) joined Grant Thornton; the following month, Linda Krüpe (data protection, compliance) and Nikola Werry (data protection and data law) were appointed to salary partners.

Practice head(s):

Till Contzen


‘Dr. Till Contzen works very solution-oriented and always brings added value to the projects.’

‘A really very reliable team, maximum flexibility, very high commitment, always very well prepared with very good feedback and deliver feedback on time.’

‘Dr. Till Contzen: Working with him is really very pleasant, the quality of the work is at a very high level and the exchange is very successful.’

‘Dr. Till Contzen: Pragmatic, fast, forward-looking, interdisciplinary, goal- and solution-oriented throughout the entire work process.’

Key clients

Deutsche Lufthansa AG

ADAC Finanzdienste GmbH

Lufthansa AirPlus Servicekarten GmbH

Ärzte ohne Grenzen e.V.

Mercedes-Benz Group AG

Deutsche Bahn AG


Work highlights

  • Advising Deutsche Lufthansa AG in connection with the contractual relationship with the central IT infrastructure provider of the Lufthansa Group.

  • Advising ADAC Finanzdienste GmbH on the renegotiation of a cooperation agreement on a joint credit card portfolio with LBB, the merging of the technical migration and the design of the future migration with the transaction architecture.

  • Advising AirPlus Servicekarten GmbH on the MasterPlan digital transformation project.

Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner

Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner fields IT healthcare expert Werner Bachmann and regularly advises across the healthcare sector. Frank Jungfleisch frequently covers matters at the interface between IT and M&A, while Lukas Kalkbrenner handles related data protection and e-commerce matters. The client portfolio includes start-ups, corporations, software manufacturers and pharmacies.


Kümmerlein's client base includes companies, hospital management companies and an airport, which the practice supports in traditional IT projects, outsourcing and the defence against GDPR damages claims. Growth areas include the advice on AI-based apps and platforms, including transactions for AI companies, where the team regularly cooperates with the M&A experts. The practice is jointly led by Kay Diedrich (IT and IP) and Jens Nebel (data protection and IT law).

Practice head(s):

Kay Diedrich; Jens Nebel


‘Full service approach, sufficient team strengths for large and/or short-term mandates.’

‘Dr. Jens Nebel: Fast and very competent.’

‘Very client-centered with an eye for the practical feasibility of the excellent advice on all legal topics in the practice area.’

Key clients

Berner SE

codecentric AG

Contilia GmbH

Das Örtliche

Das Telefonbuch

DMB Rechtsschutz-Versicherung AG

Flughafen Düsseldorf


GEA Farm Technologies

Gelbe Seiten

HELLWEG Baumärkte



März Network Services



OSMA Aufzüge

Peek & Cloppenburg





Work highlights

  • Advising HOCHTIEF on its participation in a public tender regarding the provision and further development of an AI-based solution for road condition recording.

  • Advising GEA Farm Technologies on the procurement of an AI-based system from a UK manufacturer for integration into the GEA Farm Management System.

  • Advising Gelbe Seiten/Das Örtliche/Das Telefonbuch on the conception and legal implementation of a new paid directory product for all three product lines.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP's IT competencies include the support in transactions and outsourcing projects as well as regulatory and data protection issues. In the latter area, a recent focus was on litigation, where Tim Wybitul's team assisted with numerous GDPR fine proceedings before the authorities and the ECJ.

Practice head(s):

Tim Wybitul

Other key lawyers:

Thies Deike

Work highlights


Berlin-based Lindenpartners is well-known for its advice to start-ups and assists with the development of new data-based products and business models, including ​​automated data analysis, whereas clients from the regulated industries benefit from the expertise in interfacing fintech matters. The support in digitisation projects is regularly requested by public sector clients, this is complemented by experience in IT security. The team is led by Brigitta Varadinek (IP), Moritz Indenhuck (IT, data protection, media law; also trained software developer) and Jan Schmidt-Seidl (banking and data protection law).

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Britz


‘High service level. Long-term and very trusting cooperation. Proactive approach to clients regarding relevant issues.’

‘Very good know-how, even in highly “technical” topics and in the area of ​​FinTech. Very good personal contact, good accessibility and quick response to inquiries.’

‘Jan Schmidt-Seidl: Great expertise in the field of FinTech. Very uncomplicated and service-oriented in personal dealings.’

Key clients

Flip GmbH

FWU Institut für Film und Bild in Wissenschaft und Unterricht gemeinnützige GmbH

Gesundheit Nordhessen AG

Harvest AI GmbH

NeurologIQ Holding GmbH

S-Communication Services GmbH

softfair GmbH

Star Finanz-Software Entwicklung und Vertriebs GmbH


VR Family Finance GmbH

Wallis GmbH

Work highlights

  • Ongoing IT law advice to Flip GmbH.

  • Advising the federal states as part of the nationwide eduCheck project on the development of a nationwide standard for testing digital solutions in the education sector.

  • Advising S-Communication Services GmbH, which develops digital services and integrated communication for the Sparkasse Finance Group for almost 500 institutions and their 50 million end customers.