Information technology (including contracts) in Germany
According to clients, Bird & Bird provides ‘the best service level in Europe’ and therefore remains ‘a market leader’ in IT matters; it provides ‘context-based, useful and relevant advice’ in ‘a practical manner with sound industry expertise’. The large and broad team focuses on high-end business, including advice on small innovative projects, large complex transactions and representation in and out of court in disputes. Expertise lies in digitalisation and the high-tech sector (agile programming, AI and robotics, big data, fintech and blockchain, cloud computing, the connected car, cybersecurity, digital health, industry 4.0 and IoT as well as energy 4.0) and clients include numerous DAX 30-listed companies and global market leaders in the IT sector. A key client is Adidas, for which the firm handles large IT projects, particularly regarding an IoT platform in the sports area and a cooperation with Deutsche Telekom and universities surrounding big data. Lenovo is a client at the domestic and international level for IT law matters including disputes and large client projects. Another highlight is the firm’s representation of the PC industry via Bitkom in landmark proceedings now at the Federal Constitutional Court against collecting societies regarding copyright charges for PCs. Other clients include Lexmark, Infosys, SAP and Western Digital. Henriette Picot is recommended for her ‘experience of open source software’ and Fabian Niemann is considered ‘a go-to attorney for European matters’; he ‘stands out for his availability, holistic approach, great expertise and in general his pleasant manner of working together’. Jörg-Alexander Paul and the ‘very visible and good’ Alexander Duisberg are also recognised.
As a well known ‘adviser for complex IT projects’, CMS is ‘absolutely top both due to its manpower as well as its technical expertise’. The large team covers a range of topics: from digital transformation and digital business models, including fintech, autonomous driving, industry 4.0 and eHealth, to eCommerce, IT transactions and disputes and compliance. The firm advised a German machine and plant manufacturer on the construction of an IoT platform for the furniture industry; is assisting a financial company with the implementation of a digital insurance project; and is acting for an international pharmaceutical and consumer goods manufacturer in connection with the assessment of a new eHealth product relating to electronic patient files across Europe. Clients include various companies, blockchain service providers, investors, start-ups and associations in the areas of intial coin offerings (ICOs), blockchain and smart contracts. Malte Grützmacher, who is particularly recommended for advice on digitalisation, is, according to peers, a ‘person, with whom it is fun to argue at a high level’ and who therefore offers ‘an exciting challenge on the opposing side’. He is advising Bayer on the IT law aspects of various projects and on software licensing contracts, including the negotiation of a high-volume cloud contract with Microsoft. Sebastian Cording and Markus Häuser head the practice; the former regularly advises Deliveroo on IT law and the latter conducted an assessment for Hewlett-Packard concerning which developments are to be expected in European liability law with regard to the manufacture and distribution of IoT devices. Christian Runte is also noted and Michael Kraus was promoted to equity partner at the start of 2018.
Without doubt ‘a market leader’ in the IT area, Noerr covers a broad spectrum, which includes traditional IT law and also increasingly focuses on digitalisation projects and topics such as IoT, big data, AI, blockchain, agile programming and e-mobility. The firm notably advises clients in the banking and insurance sectors on their digital transformation, but is also active in the chemistry and agricultural industry, including assisting an international trade and services group with the drafting and negotiating of cooperation agreements in the area of smart farming and cloud platforms with various international agricultural machinery manufacturers. Other highlights include advising a global German industrial corporation on the planning and legal implementation of a new electronic market place for apps and assisting a start-up in the used car sector with the establishment of the used car platform heycar. The team also handles IT-relevant issues in the context of transactions and recently acted for Bayer on the sale of its global digital farming division as part of its €1.7bn sale of other CropScience businesses to BASF. Thomas Thalhofer jointly heads the newly formed digital business practice and the ‘very prominent top dog’ Peter Bräutigam is recognised ‘for his constructive advice and amusing manner’. Thorsten Kraul is also recommended.
With strong roots in traditional IT law, Osborne Clarke’s ‘very specialised’, ‘agile’ and ‘innovative’ IT team provides ‘always good advice’ on complex IT projects but also large digitalisation projects and IT transactions. The firm is advising DocuSign on seamless signature solutions and is acting for Ferrero on IT contracts with IT service providers (Reply, SAP), the establishment of a learning platform and the renegotiation of various aspects of a global media agency contract. For ZF Friedrichshafen, it handles several international IT projects, including the implementation of an aftermarket portal and a next generation intranet as well as a deferred compensation app. The team is also advising on global projects surrounding the introduction of innovative IoT technologies and agile software development; it also has additional expertise in the games sector. Other clients include Bosch Siemens Hausgeräte, Axel Springer, Autobahn Tank & Rast, Deutsche Sparkassen- und Giroverband, First Solar, ProSiebenSat.1 and Rewe. Konstantin Ewald heads the digital business sector group. Hendrik Schöttle focuses on IoT, digitalisation and cloud computing.
‘Munich-based market leader’ and IT boutique SSW Schneider Schiffer Weihermüller provides ‘top-end advice’ with experience in traditional IT law and increasingly in the area of digitalisation. The team’s services range from advice on IT contracts, licensing law and the procurement of open source software to assistance with e-commerce, online platforms, cloud services and online gaming. It is advising a globally operating IT services provider in the financial industry on software projects and an international joint venture; assisting an ERP supplier for the mid-sized sector on the development of terms and conditions for new license models; and is acting for a globally operating software provider for the financial sector in contract negotiations with public and non-public contracting authorities. The team also advised a listed German vehicle manufacturer on the procurement of software. Jochen Schneider is a key name and Isabell Conrad is ‘an absolute leader in IT law; few are better’. Elke Bischof is now of counsel at MAYBURG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH.
Taylor Wessing’s clients appreciate the ‘personal care’ provided and the team’s ability to ‘really get stuck into it and provide clients with the sense of being the most important customer’. It frequently handles IT contracts, disputes and transactions. The often cross-border advice – particularly for matters in the US, Japan and South Korea – covers topics such as digitalistion, industry 4.0 and IoT with a focus in the banking and fintech area, the healthcare sector and the automotive industry, where the firm saw increasing work relating to the connected car. Also noteworthy is the ‘excellent integration of expertise in other diverse practice areas’. A highlight is the team’s advice and contract negotiations for Achelos on specific IT services pertaining to the introduction of the healthcard. The firm is also representing Redbubble in proceedings surrounding the issue of whether the operator of the online market place is responsible for the trade mark infringements of third parties, and is acting for Toshiba in various proceedings against the ZPÜ (Central Organisation for Private Copying Rights) at the Higher Regional Court in Munich and the Federal Court of Justice concerning copyright charges for notebooks. Other clients include C&A, Etsy, Rabobank and Xing. Axel von dem Bussche heads the practice. Tobias Schelinski and Svenja Maucher, who was promoted to equity partner in May 2018, have particular expertise in the gaming sector.
Baker McKenzie’s ‘extremely professional’ IT team stands out for its ‘very good expertise’ and is noted for its ‘business-oriented advice with short response and processing times’ at ‘a very good price-performance ratio’. Besides its expertise in traditional IT law and contractual commercial aspects the team also advises on e-commerce, represents clients in IT disputes and handles transactions in the IT sector. Other pillars of the practice concern the digital media and new technologies in connection with the connected car and autonomous driving, while the firm also continues to expand its cyber security task force. The ‘excellent and ambitious’ Holger Lutz is acting for a large international bank on the development of an entirely new online bank and Julia Kaufmann is advising a manufacturer of car wash plants on the development of a customer mobile app. In other work, the team is assisting a large German automotive manufacturer with the establishment of an online marketplace for the distribution of new and used vehicles. Managing partner Matthias Scholz is also recommended.
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.
Hogan Lovells International LLP’s practice advises on domestic and global IT projects and disputes, particularly in the automotive, pharmaceutical and medical technology, consumer goods and telecoms sectors as well as the banking and insurance industries, among other areas. In close collaboration with other practice areas, the team also frequently advises on the IT aspects of transactions: it assisted Daimler with the establishment of a joint venture with BMW for the pooling of their global mobility services, while also providing IT law advice to a joint venture between CTDI US and Telekom Deutschland in the context of their acquisition of the EMEA repair services from US company Communications Test Design. In the banking area, the firm is acting for a US bank on connecting with online brokers and the OTC trade of structured products, and is advising another US bank on blockchain and distributed ledger technology and their impact on the European infrastructure. In the life sciences area, Marcus Schreibauer is assisting Invision Capital Partners with the IT law aspects of an investment in the laboratory Dr. Deppe Group, which develops disinfection, medical and biocidal products. Stefan Schuppert is noted. Christian Tinnefeld and Martin Pflüger were promoted to the partnership at the start of 2019.
SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte
SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte’s ‘above average’ IT practice is comprised of ‘reliable, service-oriented and absolutely top experts’, whose ‘skills are varied and who offer the right course of action for all contingencies’. The ‘broad team’ provides ‘entrepreneurial and pragmatic advice’ particularly on the digitalisation of business models and in the area of telematics, connected driving, the digital linking of security and agricultural technology and in the home and garden segment. The client portfolio includes numerous social media and e-commerce platforms (HomeAway, Lovescout 24, Tinder, Match.com, Facebook, Snapchat and Expedia), while another pillar of the practice is AI and the team is also expanding its work in the fintech area. New client adidas sought the firm’s advice on IT law matters in connection with the digitalisation of the corporation and the legal implementation of its cloud strategy. Other clients include a provider of innovative telematics solutions for the management of commercial vehicles and commercial vehicle fleets regarding the development of an app store and an online platform in the fashion sector concerning the development and implementation of a novel multibrand market place. Matthias Orthwein, who took over as head of the IT and digital business practice at the start of 2018, is ‘always pleasant and extremely productive’ and is also noted for his ‘good industry expertise and good understanding of products’. Martin Schweinoch ‘gives very valuable recommendations due to his litigation experience and with great skill draws the attention of the court on the essential issues in negotiations’. Andreas Peschel-Mehner also stands out.
A former team from Heymann & Partner Rechtsanwälte opened the first German office for Covington in April 2018, and continues to provide IT law advice under its new roof where it benefits from stronger networks in the US and Asia. In addition to contractual and licensing matters, the practice also covers topics such as cloud computing, smart home solutions and e-commerce. Clients include large corporations in diverse sectors, such as innogy, Deutsche Bahn and SEB; companies in the financial industry often seek the firm’s IT advice, particularly in the context of banking regulatory requirements. The ‘extremely good’ Thomas Heymann, Moritz Hüsch and Lars Lensdorf constitute the core team. The latter is assisting Advancis, a leading manufacturer of security and monitoring systems, with the establishment of a distribution system and the drafting of the corresponding distribution contracts. He is also advising Fiplan on contracts with airports (including Schiphol, Copenhagen, Malaysia and Melbourne) in connection with the implementation of a software system for the collection of data relevant for billing. The group handled the acquisition of an operator of an electronic recruitment platform in Germany for SmartRecruiters.
Gleiss Lutz stands out for its ‘high availability, deep expertise and very easy, effective cooperation’; the IT team provides ‘an all-round carefree package, including when it comes to interdisciplinary issues’. The ‘advice always takes into consideration the economic situation of the company’ and often takes place at the intersection with procurement and corporate law, where the firm has expertise in digitalisation projects, e-commerce, and distressed IT projects and has longstanding experience in transactional IT matters. The team is providing AOK Gemeinschaft with procurement and contractual advice concerning a comprehensive digitalisation project. It is also assisting Heinz Dürr Invest, an investor in Berlin-based eMobility start-up Plugsurfing, with the sale of the company to the Finnish charging infrastructure provider Fortum Charge & Drive and is advising Mitsubishi Electric on the establishment and operation of a joint venture with Bosch and u-Blox, among others, for the generation of high-precision satellite-based positioning data. A client in the contentious area is Blizzard Entertainment. Stefan Weidert heads the practice and Alexander Molle, who was promoted to partner in January 2019, is noted for his ‘very broad and deep scope of knowledge, his clear, non-lawyer-friendly language and his constant and also very short-time availablity’.
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek provides ‘valuable advice’ in the IT area with ‘solid industry expertise’ and ‘also gets to the heart of complex issues’. The large team is always ‘well prepared and able to quickly provide intelligent answers’, both in the case of traditional IT law and topics such as fintech, InsureTech and eMobility; a client in the automotive industry is Toyota Motorsport. In one highlight, the team advised districts, counties and other local authorities nationally on the broad band expansion in the municipalities. ‘Technology connoisseur par excellence’ Thomas Jansen has ‘great experience and is straightforward and approachable’; he is advising Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Oy on its participation in the tender procedure Polarstern II (a polar research and supply vessel), which includes hardware and software license procurement aspects. The ‘calm, very skilled and solution-oriented’ Philip Kempermann ‘works without frills and is very resolute with compromises achieved in negotiations’; he assisted Santander Consumer Bank with the design of the instant credit app. Markus Klinger was promoted to equity partner in December 2017; he ‘stands out not only for his profound knowledge but also for knowing how to put this knowledge in a nutshell in a transparent and precise manner’.
‘Highly recommended firm’ TCI Rechtsanwälte advises on IT contracts and projects, also at a contentious level, and often acts at the intersection with public procurement; here the team’s ‘sober and fair working method in cooperation with public contracting entities’ stands out. It negotiated the terms and conditions agreement with Microsoft for the Federal Ministry of the Interior, while Markus Schmidt regularly advises the state of Berlin and the chief of police in Berlin on procurement and contractual matters in connection with IT projects, including IT law advice on the Kooperative Leitstelle project, a control centre of the Berlin police and fire brigade. Together with Carsten Gerlach, Schmidt also advises Klopotek on IT contract law, including the drafting and negotiation of agreements with a foreign component. 1&1 Versatel sought the firm’s advice on license matters and license audits, while InVision, Innowerk-IT and Entimo are longstanding clients for IT contract law. The ‘reliable’ and ‘competent’ Stephan Schmidt ‘particularly stands out’: his ‘advice is marked by professionalism and deep expertise and demonstrates his extremely fair negotiation skills’.
White & Case LLP focuses in particular on digitalisation and handles connectivity issues in various industries from the automotive to the financial services sectors with expertise in autonomous driving and fintech matters. The team continues to see a high volume of work relating to cloud projects, and deploys its comprehensive IT experience in the banking sector in projects surrounding the conversion of the core banking system. In addition to its expertise in IT contracts, the firm is also able to draw on its regulatory strength. Its workloads includes domestic projects and transactions as well as cross-border matters. Jost Kotthoff heads the team and Martin Munz is another key figure.
GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB
In addition to handling traditional IT matters, GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB is increasingly focusing on advice pertaining to digital issues. The team advises on various digital start-up projects, including assisting the shareholders of Verimi with the establishment of the German platform for data and identity services, and on digitalisation projects, including for Deutsche Bank and HUK Coburg, among others. Another focus is acting for public sector clients on the tender of IT projects; clients in this space include the states of Hessen and Rheinland-Pfalz, the city of Hamburg, various other cities and municipalities as well as the research centres Xfel and Desy. The practice also regularly advises multiple tech companies: Florian Schmitz is assisting Samsung Electronics with various contracts, new products and services and Axel Czarnetzki is handling diverse complex IT law and license law matters for longstanding key client AGF Videoforschung.
Graf von Westphalen
Graf von Westphalen ‘stands out due to its competence and self-awareness’; the team has ‘very good knowledge of the IT sector’ and covers a broad range of topics from IT to AI and digitalisation. Clients include numerous associations, such as the German Engineering Federation (VDMA Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau) and the Caravanning Industry Association (Caravaning Industrie Verband). The latter sought the firm’s advice on IT matters including compliance and IT security as well as digitalisation issues in the automotive industry. The practice also saw increased work in the public law space; it regularly advises the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft on various IT issues, including numerous projects with a public procurement element. The team is also assisting a market leading mechanical engineering and robotics company with the development of an e-commerce platform; is advising an energy supplier on the digitilisation of its entire market presence; and is acting for insurer Örag Rechtsschutzversicherungs-AG on multiple IT projects and in the context of the digitalisation of the insurance industry. Practice head Stephan Menzemer has ‘an uncomplicated and friendly manner’ and ‘a very pragmatic and solution-oriented approach’; he shows ‘empathy for all parties’ and is also noted for his ‘very clear method of presentation’ and ‘complete dedication to mediate a practical result’.
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.
In addition to providing contract law advice, Heussen Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH’s IT practice also covers digitalisation and can demonstrate expertise in the areas of MedTech, fintech, e-commerce and industry 4.0. The client portfolio also contains multiple contentious IT matters. Hermann Waldhauser and Markus Junker are advising on the establishment of an industry 4.0 platform in the mechanical engineering and plant construction sector. The team also advises a globally-operating company in the food industry on a group-wide SAP project and on other diverse IT projects, e-commerce and data protection issues, as well as representation in disputes. The team is also assisting a manufacturer of banking-related software with the drafting of project agreements with banks and contracts for the purchase of programming services. Other clients include Alfred Kärcher, the Bavarian stock exchange, Weka Verlagsgruppe, Fidor Bank and Deutsche Telekom’s content marketing subsidiary The Digitale.
As well as placing a great focus on data protection advice, Jones Day’s spectrum of services in the IT area also range from transactional advice and cloud computing matters to IT-related disputes. It has particular expertise in the fintech area; the firm’s global blockchain and technology task force focuses on issues surrounding cross-border technologies, including blockchain technology. The team is advising Deutsche Börse on a cooperation and IT service agreement concerning the development and implementation of a distributed ledger technology-based so-called collateral coin in order to make federal funds available and tradable on the blockchain. Undine von Diemar and Ted Kroke are advising Cylance on contract law matters concerning the distribution of cloud-based AI IT security solutions. Another client is Cray, which the firm is representing in IT tender procedures, while the team advised Rational on the drafting of contracts for the international partner network and global IoT services. The group also provides advice to the market leader in CRM software Salesforce.com, which is a longstanding client.
Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH’s ‘outstanding’ IT practice provides listed corporations, mid-sized companies and the public sector with advice ‘at a very high level’ and stands out for its ‘breadth and good bench strength’. Contract matters are one pillar of the practice, with IT compliance and IT security two others, while the firm also advises on IT procurement projects. The team is handling the drafting of contracts for agile projects for a prominent German automotive manufacturer; is assisting Infosys with agreements for the provision of IT services; and is advising Landesbetrieb IT.Niedersachsen on the drafting of contracts for the project IT.N WAN 3.0. In other work, it is assisting new client Klosterfrau with the audit of license agreements, various IT contracts, an agreement for the provision of streamline services, the centralisation of the Klosterfrau communication systems and the introduction of a contract management software. Other clients include Miele and thyssenkrupp. ‘Very good IT law and data protection specialist’ Michael Rath ‘finds entrepreneurial solutions together with clients’.
Oppenhoff & Partner
Oppenhoff & Partner has longstanding experience in handling large IT projects and the drafting of complex contracts, particularly with regard to software projects, outsourcing projects and cloud computing. The team also represents clients in IT-law disputes and advises on technology-based transactions, including M&A projects and joint ventures. It has notable industry focus in the insurance and energy sectors. Marc Hilber has expertise in digitalisation matters in the insurance sector and is advising insurer Zurich on the Kolumbus R2 project and the introduction of a second software release of the Guidewire insurance software.
Key names in Reed Smith’s ‘excellent’ team include Andreas Splittgerber and Thomas Fischl, who was promoted to partner at the start of 2018; the team has a notable focus on digitalisation. It covers topics including intelligent driving assistance systems and autonomous driving in the automotive industry and also frequently advises on internet platforms and apps. Other areas of focus include AI, virtual reality and augmented reality, while the practice is increasingly handling work relating to cryptocurrencies, ICO and blockchain.
Vogel & Partner
IT and IP boutique Vogel & Partner’s ‘very good practice’ is led by Rupert Vogel and has particular expertise in topics relating to the digitalisation of business models, including advising a globally operating Swiss corporation in the speciality chemicals sector on issues surrounding the company’s digitalisation strategy. The firm also regularly assists with research and development contracts and has notable industry focus in the automotive sector: the team is assisting a globally operating automotive distributor with new digital business models, intelligent products and smart services, and is advising a globally leading automotive electronics company on a signficant automous driving project, a chip platform for medical technology and on research and development projects and licences in other technological areas. The team is also handling IT law matters for an accountancy firm in the context of increased IT and software use in tax consultancy, including open source compliance in particular. Other work includes advising Blackroll on a webshop and an app.
In addition to its rapidly growing data protection practice, avocado rechtsanwälte also provides ‘very quick and reliable’ advice in IT law and ‘gives comprehensive responses to all questions’. The team advises mid-sized companies and international corporations on IT projects, predominantly acting on the customer side, and on IT license law matters and in disputes. A key client is Hereus, for which it handles IT projects, including the introduction of a new app in the healthcare sector, a patient information system and a new IT system; the group also assisted the same client with a master services agreement with a US IT provider. DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga sought the firm’s advice on cloud application management, the drafting of contracts concerning the new Bundesliga app and the introduction of a new CRM system. The team also acted for Deutschen Telekom in and out of court in matters relating to ICT purchase contracts, particularly concerning the purchase of hardware and software, and reselling, cloud issues, outsourcing, partnering and platform and application contracts. Sanofi-Aventis and Merck are also clients. Jörg Michael Voß and Jan Peter Voß are ‘very competent, friendly and quick’ and have ‘deep expertise’.
Traditionally driven in particular by its dispute resolution practice, FPS’ IT practice has expanded to also handle the drafting of contracts and advice on IT projects. Core pillars of the practice are advising clients from the banking industry, the energy and infrastructure sector and municipalities. The client portfolio ranges from mid-sized companies to start-ups and the team acts on the provider and customer side. It has expertise in digitalisation issues with a focus on matters related to apps. In the fintech area, it acts for foreign and domestic banks and saving banks. Other clients include multiple municipal utilities. Christoph Süßenberger heads the practice.
GSK Stockmann’s IT practice increasingly focuses on topics regarding the digitalisation and automisation of business divisions with particular expertise in fintech and the automotive industry. It also advises on transactions and disputes. Key figure Jörg Kahler regularly acts for IT service provider Datagroup in contract negotiations for various IT projects. He also represented Ryanair in disputes concerning unauthorised key word advertising (Ad-Words) and unauthorised domain use. Aptiv (formerly Delphi Automotive Systems) sought the team’s advice on a tender procedure for the acquisition of the tech subsidiary of a German corporation, which developed technology for autonomous driving. Clients also include start-ups, such as Jodel Venture, and an anonymous messenger service, which the team advised on its business model, including legal, digitalisation and technology-related questions. Other clients include an online platform start-up in the area of gift items and a fintech company involved in innovative payment handling and credit rating matters.
Key names in Latham & Watkins LLP’s IT practice, which has a focus on transactional IT advice, include counsels Thies Deike and Christian Engelhardt. The firm assisted ZF Friedrichshafen with IT law matters relating to the sale of its body control systems division to Luxshare and Bosch as part of the spin-off of its start motor and generator business. It also acts for Daimler, which is involved in the toll collection for heavy trucks on motorways and federal highways, including representing the client in two arbitrations against the Federal Republic of Germany and advice on data protection and IT matters. The team is also handling a series of fintech matters; clients in this space include BillFront and CrossLend tätig.
McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP puts its technology expertise to use particularly in telecoms and media law issues and frequently advises on innovative IT matters such as IoT, the development of apps and general assistance in the context of digitalisation, while the team also handles traditional IT matters, transactions and disputes. It is assisting Unister with the sale of its eBusiness company and is representing IP Deutschland, RTL’s advertisement marketer, and RTL interactive, the operator of RTL’s webpages, in proceedings against Eyeo regarding the use of Ad Block Plus. It also assists longstanding client Deutsche Telekom with matters concerning the European Aviation Network (EAN), which connects a satellite with ground stations in a hybrid approach in order to allow airplane passangers to access WLAN on board. The team also advised a German brand-name manufacturer of cutting tools on a webshop to be implemented globally and an app for the networking of various kitchen appliances.The team also assists Celanese with IT contracts. GEA is a new client. Ralf Weisser and Wolfgang von Frentz are the key figures.
In addition to handling outsourcing projects, Pinsent Masons Germany LLP also has a focus on IT law matters, including those related to fintech and IT disputes. The team advises on technology transactions and digitalisation and has industry expertise in the automotive sector. It is assisting Access Europe with more than 25 software license agreements (regarding the client’s internet browser) made with various automotive companies and manufacturers of networked TV and set-top boxes. Other work includes advising Bose on its cooperation with car manufacturers concerning the client’s hardware and software and Screwfix on e-commerce law and regulatory matters. The team is also advising innovative project Starship Technologies (formed by Skype founders Janus Friis and Ahti Heinla) on multijurisdictional questions pertaining to autonomous vehicles, data protection and telecoms law. It is also assisting Wirecard with the development and introduction of innovative payment technologies. Florian von Baum and Stephan Appt are the key figures. Kirsten Wolgast was promoted to partner in May 2017 and focuses on the IT and e-commerce sector and the high-tech industry with expertise in data protection.
von BOETTICHER Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB’s IT advice focuses in particular on new business models, with a further emphasis on software projects. Anselm Brandi-Dohrn, who stands out for ‘his understanding of legal issues’, has expertise in international software projects and contract negotiations. Sven Schlotzhauer, who joined from Büsing, Müffelmann & Theye in August 2017, provides IT contact law advice to PSA Automobiles on the development of a connected car platform. The group also frequently handles disputes: Matthias Bergt, who also has expertise in data protection matters, is representing Chinese manufacturer Yealink Technology, a market leader in the telco end devices segment, against a former European distributor concerning the unauthorised use of domains. Other clients include Yahoo!, Zedas, a leading provider of logistics software in the rail sector and Scandlines Denmark.
Waldeck Rechtsanwälte PartmbB advises on IT matters at the intersection with banking regulatory law and public procurement law. The team has comprehensive experience in the banking and financial services sector and in regulatory matters and assists clients with high-volume tenders by public contracting authorities. Thomas Fischer is advising Deutschen Telekom on numerous tenders by various administrative districts for the broadband expansion. Jens-Holger Petri assisted a provider of eTicket solutions with contract negotiations with a Dutch transport company for equipping the entire public transport fleets and the operation of eTicket solutions over a period of ten years. He is also advising PSI on various IT projects relating to sector-specific industry 4.0 solutions in the airport systems, logistics and warehouse management fields and is acting for a bank in contract negotiations for a cloud-based software solution for MiFID II compliance. Other key clients include T-Systems International, ING-DiBa and Rabobank.