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Osborne Clarke

15 INNERE KANALSTR, 50823 KÖLN, GERMANY
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Germany

Antitrust
Antitrust - ranked: tier 5

Osborne Clarke

The antitrust law practice at Osborne Clarke handles ‘matters with utmost motivation’ and ‘has an eye for the bigger picture’. Under the leadership of Thomas Funke, who stands out for his ‘strong service focus, response speed and practical advice’, the firm advises clients including Deutsche Bahn, the Rewe Group and ProSiebenSat.1 Media on the entire spectrum of antitrust law. It is acting for Lekkerland Deutschland in asserting claims for damages against breweries from the beer cartel and is advising an international software company on the German legal aspects of cartel damage proceedings against the battery cartel. Other work includes defending a leading software manufacturer from the automotive sector in EU antitrust proceedings.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 6

Osborne Clarke

Clients appreciate Osborne Clarke’s ‘efficient, reliable and pragmatic’ way of working and its ‘high-quality advice’ and recommend Anke Freckmann and ‘excellent’ team head Thomas Leister in particular. The group assists Sodexo with collective bargaining and works council negotiations. In other work it advised insolvency administrator AlixPartners on cross-border employment law matters arising from Agent Provocateur’s bankruptcy, and BNP Paribas Factor on outsourcing a department, which included redundancy matters and negotiations with the works council.

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Trade and distribution
Trade and distribution - ranked: tier 2

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke’s work mostly relates to digital distribution issues, where it uses its expertise in the areas of data protection, IP and antitrust law. It advises on selective distribution systems for numerous brand manufacturers including Dyson, Samsonite and Tupperware. Uwe Brossette assisted @MyHome Lingerie Styling with building a new distribution system that combines online and home party distribution and practice head Carsten Dau, who is recognised for his ‘strong expertise’ and ‘an eye for detail’, advised an automotive manufacturer on drafting importer and service agreements for car distribution. One of Daniel Stein’s main clients is Bose: he recently acted on the revision of standard dealer agreements as part of a selective distribution system and represented the client in litigation.

Leading individuals

Uwe Brossette - Osborne Clarke

Next Generation Partners

Carsten Dau - Osborne Clarke

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Germany: Dispute resolution

Product liability
Product liability - ranked: tier 4

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke’s team has expertise in preventive counseling and product liability litigation, product-related compliance issues and recall support, and is instructed by companies in the automotive, medical device and digital business sectors. Thomas Grünvogel, who joined from CMS in March 2017, has a remarkable level of expertise; he frequently acts for the Schaeffler Gruppe in international product liability cases. Marcus Sacré acted for an international insurance company in various product liability cases involving an automotive supplier. Senior associate Christoph Pitzer is also very active.

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Germany: Information technology

Data protection
Data protection - ranked: tier 1

Osborne Clarke

With ‘a great history in this area’, Osborne Clarke continues to have ‘a very strong’ presence in the data protection space. The firm’s spectrum of advice ranges from Europe-wide GDPR implementation projects, including for Amadeus, Scout 24, Weight Watchers and hotel chain Wyndham, to other data protection compliance projects, and data protection advice on ongoing business and innovative, data-driven business models. The team routinely advises prominent clients such as Google and Henkel and is assisting Ferrero with GDPR matters as well as the implementation of a data cooperation with Otto Media Group, the negotiation of several data protection agreements with IT service providers such as Reply and SAP and the introduction of a learning platform. The practice also handles big data and data ownership; it is acting for Xing in a data protection compliant design and adjustment of the client’s e-recruiting products. The broad client portfolio also includes Bayer, Birkenstock, ProSiebenSat. 1, Tupperware and Zeppelin. Flemming Moos has ‘a good reputation’ and is ‘without doubt a leading figure’; he heads the international data privacy service line. Marc Störing and Ulrich Baumgartner are also part of the core data protection team

Leading individuals

Flemming Moos - Osborne Clarke

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Information technology (including contracts)
Information technology (including contracts) - ranked: tier 1

Osborne Clarke

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.

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Outsourcing
Outsourcing - ranked: tier 1

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke advises on outsourcings, with traditional strength acting on the service provider side – where it is a popular choice for Indian providers in particular – but also advises on the buyer side, including for large German companies including Axel Springer, Rewe, Tengelmann and Autobahn Tank & Rast. It frequently advises on second and third generation outsourcings; it recently assisted a leading transmission system operator in Europe with a second generation outsourcing project. The team also saw strong demand for combined advice on outsourcings, re- or insourcings and cloud projects. Other clients include Able Management Services, First Solar, HCL, Hilti and Tech Mahindra. Ulrich Bäumer is the key figure; he is also co-head of the India Group.

Leading individuals

Ulrich Bäumer - Osborne Clarke

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Germany: Media

Entertainment
Entertainment - ranked: tier 5

Osborne Clarke

Gaming - ranked: tier 1

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke’s media law focus is clearly on the digital segment with particular expertise in gaming and e-commerce. The digital business practice group is led by Konstantin Ewald and provides domestic and international companies and media houses with comprehensive advice on IT, internet and media law, as well as social media and data protection matters. The group handles sector-relevant transactions as well as advising on software licenses and software distribution law matters. Recent highlights include advising ProSiebenSat.1 Media on the takeover of social advertising provider esome advertising technologies and assisting General Atlantic with the IP, IT and data protection aspects of its strategic-partnerschaft with ControlExpert. Funke Medien, Facebook and Gameforge are also clients. Martin Soppe advises media and advertisement agencies on copyright and licensing law and has additional compliance expertise.

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Germany: Private equity

Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 1

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke handles the entire growth financing cycle, including fund structuring, debt financing and regulatory issues, which are regularly handled on a cross-practice basis. The group advises investors and start-ups and acts for well-known clients, particularly in the corporate VC sector. Highly regarded practice head Nicolas Gabrysch advised Deutsche Bahn Digital Ventures on acquiring a participation in global address system provider what3words, and assisted steel and metal trading company Klöckner with acquiring a stake in Berlin tech start-up BigRep. The team is also very knowledgeable in digitisation and payment matters, as demonstrated by advising Berlin-based FinTech N26 on the series C financing round of over $160m; new investors include Allianz X, Chinese digital company Tencent and Greyhound Capital. Benjamin Monheim is also noted and Robin Eyben, previously a senior associate at Morrison & Foerster LLP, joined as a partner in February 2018.

Leading individuals

Nicolas Gabrysch - Osborne Clarke

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