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Osborne Clarke > The Legal 500 RankingsOsborne Clarke's highly regarded IT practice is flanked by a data protection group that is best known for its data protection support to digital transformation projects and thereby represents a key asset for the firm. Based in Hamburg, one of the practice's strengths is clearly its coordinator Flemming Moos, whose expertise continuously attracts clients from different sectors and jurisdictions; he predominantly focuses on the structuring of international data flows, data protection audits and IT compliance projects. Most recently, a team led by Marc Störing advised on an EU-funded project to research data exchange options in the transport sector. In June 2021, Julia Kaufmann joined from Baker McKenzie; she focuses on data protection issues in the healthcare sector.
‘Very high level of expertise in digitization issues, always available, good project management, including global data protection and IT security issues.’
‘Marc Störing: High availability, committed, transparent, very good sparring partner, excellent specialist knowledge.’
‘Adrian Schneider’s team scores with solutions that are easy to implement instead of just pointing out problems, efficient working methods, very good and understandable explanations of sometimes very complex legal problems.’
‘The team has a high level of expertise and works precisely and reliably, especially on special issues. The team is well organized and works with us in a structured way. This enables short-term satisfactory solutions, but also successful long-term cooperation on larger projects.‘
‘Jens Schefzig advises reliably and with a high level of expertise on data protection issues in connection with data analytics projects.’
- Advice on legal data and data protection issues relating to Allianz Real Estate GmbH’s extensive participation in a strategic project of the world’s largest real estate investor in the field of smart building.
- Ongoing advice to various AXA companies on data protection issues, in particular on digitization projects.
- Comprehensive data protection advice to Axel Springer.
‘You are looked after by a team of experts and can therefore always fall back on specific expert knowledge. If an employee reaches the limits of his or her specialist area, he or a colleague from the respective specialist area will be added. This guarantees the best possible advice for us.’
‘Robin Eyben clearly stands out as a partner thanks to his extensive experience in venture capital – both in Europe and in the USA – and his approachable and friendly manner. The work results are always excellent, the advice is always at eye level and the cooperation is very friendly.’
‘Proximity to innovative companies, experience on both sides.’
‘The Osborne Clarke team around partner Robin Eyben impresses with comprehensive and high-quality legal advice and support in all areas of venture capital financing. Her skills range from classic deal preparation and execution to support in all areas of labor law, data protection and IP. As a fast-growing company, the international orientation of the law firm and the team is also of crucial importance – both when planning international financing rounds and when expanding into other regions.’
‘Dana Alpar is extremely reliable, conscientious and always sharp-witted even in stressful situations. The deal execution and the communication with all stakeholders always went smoothly.’
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Cargo one GmbH
Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners
Electric Mobility Concepts GmbH (Emmy)
Fidelity Strategic Ventures Limited
Redalpine Capital S.C.S. SICAR
Sanity Group GmbH
Trade Republic Bank GmbH
Vehiculum mobility solutions GmbH
VR Ventures und Force Over Mass
VYTAL Global GmbH
- Advised the Berlin air freight start-up cargo.one on a €16 million Series A financing round and a $42 million Series B financing round.
- Advising the Berlin cannabis start-up on a financing round of almost €4 million.
- Advising Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners on the sale of their stake in Signavio to SAP.
- Advising Token, Inc. on BaFin licensing proceedings for payment initiation services/account information services under the Payment Services Supervision Act.
- Advising Liberis Limited on licensing proceedings at BaFin for the provision of factoring to German online retailers.
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‘Very good coaching during contract negotiations and also a very good network from which clients can benefit. Also very clear structure in the negotiation process.’
‘Osborne Clarke is a reliable, professional and outstanding partner in all areas. One cannot imagine better and more competent legal advice, especially when it comes to supporting complex and multilateral license agreements. In particular, the strong presence and experience in advising on legal issues in SaaS and PaaS makes Osborne Clarke irreplaceable.’
‘Konstantin Ewald impresses with his inimitable competence in drafting and negotiating complex IT license agreements and in international software license contract law. This expertise is paired with a very affable and personable manner, which is why we look forward to every exchange. He is extremely responsive and easy to deal with across all processes.’
‘Arne Katharina Ruhwinkel, who provides operational and purposeful support and advice on many IT license agreements.’
‘Counsel Adrian Schneider deserves a positive mention. He advises on all data protection issues, especially in a national and international context, and like the entire Osborne Clarke team, he is always friendly, well prepared and equipped with a great deal of specialist knowledge.’
‘Ulrich Bäumer is characterized by a high level of expertise and very quickly develops a good understanding of client’s needs. He is very well connected within the industry and pleasant to deal with. ‘
‘Adrian Schneider: Experienced IT lawyer who develops practical solutions and can also assists with complex contracts at short notice.’
- Advice on contract law to Cancom Managed Services Gmb, including negotiation of IT contracts with customers and subcontractors for cloud services, in particular for EU institutions.
- Assistance to Clinomic GmbH with numerous IT projects, product development and product rollout as well as with joint ventures and funding agreements.
- Ongoing IT legal advice to Dassault Systemes on several proceedings and license agreements.
‘Osborne Clarke’s international and flexible team makes outsourcing processes simple and uncomplicated.’
‘Konstantin Ewald and Adrian Schneider not only provide competent advice on drafting the agreement, but also on difficult data protection issues, despite tight deadlines.’
‘Konstantin Ewald is technically excellent and always on the ball, very efficient and good at negotiating; pleasant to deal with.’
Other key lawyers:
‘The team around partner Marcus Sacré has a high level of expertise in the area of the Independent Automotive After Market (IAM). Due to the extensive industry knowledge and legal expertise as well as experience in relevant court proceedings, the team is therefore highly recommended for companies active in the IAM sector. ‘
‘Because of his experience, Marcus Sacré deserves special mention.’
‘Very high service and solution orientation. Very fast response times. Excellent ability to explain complex issues. Good cost transparency.’
Germany > Antitrust Tier 4Osborne Clarke's 'creative, innovative and future-oriented' team around Cologne-based antitrust lawyer Thomas Funke stands out with a focus on business-critical future topics in the digital sphere, such as digital trading platforms. The team provides a wide range of advice and also assists with cartel damages issues, where it represents plaintiffs in proceedings relating to the truck or sugar cartel. At European level, the team advises on energy sector-related merger controls while the close cross-practice cooperation with the firm's IP, IT and litigation teams also plays an important role. Key contact Sebastian Hack is a 'sound expert in the field' and advises on multifarious antitrust issues.
Other key lawyers:
‘Very thorough handling of larger cases and individual issues, including corporate law and other legal issues.’
‘Partner Dr. Sebastian Hack as a sound expert in the field and also within the affected industry with the ability to coherently present complex cases and plausible solutions.’
‘Creative, innovative and forward-looking.’
‘Thomas Funke is a top quality lawyer. He uniquely combines expertise with commercial transaction experience.’
‘Very practical and result-oriented advice.’
‘Dr. Thomas Funke: Very experienced, service-oriented and practical consultant with good industry and market knowledge.’
‘Practical, law firm explicitly strives for industry knowledge – good accessibility – reasonable billing according to billable hours – only “discreet marketing”.’
‘Dr. Sebastian Hack and Thomas Funke are extremely reliable, service-oriented, easily accessible, give pragmatic help, even directly on the phone, point out options, work carefully, think their way into the client and their needs.’
Industry focus > Energy Tier 4Osborne Clarke's energy law team fields practice head Daniel Breuer as well as head of decarbonisation Alexander Dlouhy and is a renowned transaction practice in the energy sector with particular experience in wind and solar parks. Breuer also advises on regulatory issues, such as energy trading law and the digitisation of the energy sector. Thomas Funke, like Breuer and Dlouhy in Cologne, is a key contact for antitrust matters.
‘Osborne Clarke’s team has excellent legal knowledge of energy law. What also makes working with Osborne Clarke so special is not only the legal knowledge and skills, but also the fact that you are looked after by an entire team and you are always in good hands with all the partners and employees of the law firm feels.’
‘Alexander Dlouhy is an excellent consultant who deals intensively with the necessary contracts and works out target-oriented regulations and agreements in all areas. He always has the entire project in mind and knows how to give the necessary impetus and show new ways to lead the project to success in the interests of the client.’
‘Osborne Clarke works very client-oriented, negotiates assertively and goal-oriented. The law firm has experts on site for foreign transactions, which is very helpful.’
- Advice to Ampyr UK Energy Development PTE Ltd. on the establishment of the joint venture AMPYR Solar Europe to secure an international project pipeline with more than 4GW solar photovoltaic in Germany, UK and the Netherlands.
- Advice to DAL/DLF on project financing with KfW refinancing of Dutch wind and solar parks.
- Representing the European Commission in a total of 16 proceedings before the General Court of the European Union, in which various companies in the German energy industry challenged the Commission’s two approvals for the E.ON/RWE asset swap.
Germany > Employment Tier 5Osborne Clarke is regularly instructed in the context of strategic global transformation processes, often at the interface with IT and data protection law. Advice on IT outsourcing projects is a particular strength, alongside support for reorganisations, transfers of operations, entry into the German market and plant closures. Practice head Thomas Leister is an expert in developing strategic concepts for companies in the recruitment sector.
‘Osborne Clarke has very competent lawyers. They also take the time to understand our business and give us options. They also know very well what is happening in our industry and often help us to get an outside perspective. Also, they are very responsive and get back to you quickly with results. We have been working with them in several European countries for over 10 years.’
‘Timo Karsten is very well connected in our industry and with the authorities.’
‘Everyone is very customer-oriented, nice people to deal with and always think of our well-being. They are our trusted advisers. ‘
Automobili Pininfarina GmbH / Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.
Bruker Gruppe Deutschland (Bruker EAS, Bruker HTS, Bruker BioSpin, RI Research)
CLAAS KGaA mbH
Cornerstone onDemand Inc.
DAIKIN Airconditioning Germany GmbH
Diageo Great Britain Limited
HCL Technologies Germany GmbH
Open Text Gruppe Deutschland (Open Text Software, Mailstore, Recommind)
SITA Airport IT GmbH
VfB Stuttgart 1893 AG
Wipro Technologies GmbH
WW (vormals Weight Watchers)
- Comprehensive advice to the Bruker Group Germany: company agreements on short-time work, introduction of Salesforce and the resulting downsizing, restructuring of the remuneration system, collective bargaining to adapt to the digital working world; Site closure, along with negotiations on reconciliation of interests and social plan; Conclusion of a recognition collective agreement.
- Advising CLAAS KGaA mbH on the introduction of new home office models.
- Advised Cornstone onDemand Inc. on the restructuring following the acquisition of the Saba/Lumesse group of companies, including negotiations with the works council on the reconciliation of interests and social plan with a particular focus on the consultation process.
Osborne Clarke > Firm Profile
The firm: Osborne Clarke is a future-focused international legal practice. It has over 1300 talented lawyers and more than 300 expert partners working across 26 locations to help clients in a number of core industry sectors succeed in tomorrow’s world. Osborne Clarke’s international organisation allows it to support clients in many key markets and to provide advice that works in an international, a sector and a client context.
With a clear and commercial understanding of the local business environment and in-depth legal expertise in each jurisdiction, Osborne Clarke’s lawyers are listeners, innovators and problem solvers. A key focus for them is finding new ways to help clients maximise opportunities in the digital world as well as in an ever-evolving, ever-developing global society.
Osborne Clarke is a leading law firm in Germany, with offices in Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg and Munich. A team of more than 140 lawyers offers a full legal and tax service across all business issues, advising corporates, financial institutions and public authorities both on their day-to-day business and on specific projects. The German offices have in-depth expertise across all Osborne Clarke’s focus sectors.
Areas of practice
Banking and finance: Osborne Clarke provides a specialist service for banks, lenders, businesses and sponsors, advising across the range of finance options, from debt financing to equity fundraisings. The team has a market-leading reputation for payment and crowdfunding.
Commercial: the market-leading team advises clients on the contracts that underpin their business as well as day-to-day issues, from outsourcing to expanding sales networks. The team has a particular focus on distribution law.
Competition/antitrust: the team advises on the full range of competition and antitrust matters, including litigation before the ECJ and the German Supreme Court, compliance strategies and multi-jurisdictional merger filings. A specific focus is on cartel damage proceedings.
Corporate/M&A, including VC and PE: Osborne Clarke advises at every stage of company development across all corporate issues. The firm is constantly ranked among top 15 advisers for German midcap M&A and is a market-leader in venture capital.
Dispute resolution: Osborne Clarke’s disputes team resolves complex, high-value disputes across a wide range of jurisdictions. Services include early-stage strategic input, representing clients in court proceedings, international arbitration, mediations and regulatory investigations.
Employment: practical, day-to-day support covers the full range of employment issues from recruitment schemes to dismissal, risk management and reputational issues. The team has a specific strength managing large international projects, such as reorganisations.
Intellectual property: from new patents to licence negotiations to IP portfolio sales, Osborne Clarke has the experience to get valuable, commercial results. In IP disputes, the team can help prevent misuse of IPRs, or defend against allegations of infringement.
IT and data: the large team has vast expertise over the entire spectrum, advising household names and cutting-edge technology businesses. Services include data, outsourcing, e- and m-commerce, digital media and games, AdTech, cloud computing and software development.
Property: the team has broad experience in real estate projects and transactions as well as private and public construction law, regarding all asset classes. They have a strong reputation advising clients on their commercial tenancy issues, in particular with retail spaces and offices.
Tax: the team has a wealth of experience in advising on the full range of issues, including restructurings, corporate transactions, transfer pricing, VAT and investment funds. They advise many private clients and entrepreneurs on succession and wealth.
|Competition/antitrust||Dr Thomas Funke|
|Dispute resolution||Dr Alexander Kirschstein|
|Employment||Dr Anke Freckmann|
|Tax: succession and wealth||Ralf Schlösser|
|IT and data protection||Konstantin Ewald|
|Intellectual property||Marcus Sacré|
|Private equity and venture capital||Nicolas Gabrysch|
|Digital business||Konstantin Ewald|
|Energy and utilities||Dr Alexander Dlouhy|
|Life sciences and healthcare||Dr Tim Reinhard|
|Real estate and infrastructure||Thomas Schnabel|
|Retail and consumer||Christoph Boeminghaus|
|Transport and automotive||Dr Thomas Funke|
|Gereon Abendroth||Gereon is a Partner in the Osborne Clarke Technology Team and advises…||View Profile|
|Tanja Aschenbeck||As a Partner in the banking and capital markets team, Tanja advises…||View Profile|
|Tanja Aschenbeck-Florange||As a Partner in the banking and capital markets team, Tanja advises…||View Profile|
|Ulrich Bäumer||Ulrich Bäumer is a partner in the technology group of Osborne Clarke…||View Profile|
|Rüdiger Bonnmann||Rüdiger specialises in advising project developers, investors, insurance companies and retail firms,…||View Profile|
|Joachim Breithaupt||Joachim specialises in mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and succession, and advises on…||View Profile|
|Uwe Brosette||Uwe is the head of the German Commercial team. He specialises in…||View Profile|
|Carsten Dau||Please see full biography at: http://www.osborneclarke.com/lawyers/daucarsten/||View Profile|
|Alexander Dlouhy||Alexander is a Partner in the Cologne office and heads the Energy…||View Profile|
|Jürgen Ehrlichmann||Jürgen is the Head of the Real Estate & Infrastructure team. His…||View Profile|
|Konstantin Ewald||Konstantin Ewald is a Partner and Head of Digital Business at Osborne…||View Profile|
|Katharina Feddersen||Please see full biography at: http://www.osborneclarke.com/lawyers/feddersen-katharina/||View Profile|
|Anke Freckmann||Anke is a Partner in the Cologne office of Osborne Clarke, advising…||View Profile|
|Thomas Funke||Leading our competition practice in Germany, Thomas advises on antitrust litigation, competition…||View Profile|
|Nicolas Gabrysch||Nicolas’s primary focus is on venture capital and private equity transactions, as…||View Profile|
|Rudolf-Matthias Hübner||Rudolf-Matthias is the head of the corporate department in Cologne. He has…||View Profile|
|Björn Hürten||Björn advises medium to large enterprises on corporate law issues.He also has…||View Profile|
|Alexander Kirschstein||Alexander acts for national and international companies in all types of commercial…||View Profile|
|Jens Kleinert||Jens practises as a lawyer and a certified tax lawyer, advising clients…||View Profile|
|Annabel Lehnen||Annabel is experienced in individual and collective employment law, ranging from initial…||View Profile|
|Stefan Rizor||Stefan has advised on a large number of major domestic and cross-border…||View Profile|
|Marcus Sacré||Marcus is an adviser and litigator, specialising in intellectual property and competition.…||View Profile|
|Ralf W. Schlößer||Ralf is Head of Tax and also a member of the corporate…||View Profile|
|Andrea Schmoll||Dr. Andrea Schmoll is a partner in our IP team. She advises…||View Profile|
|Thomas Schnabel||Thomas is a Partner in our property team in Cologne. He advises…||View Profile|
|Carsten Schneider||Carsten specialises in contentious and non-contentious cross-border work in both corporate and…||View Profile|
|Daniel Stein||Daniel is part of the firm’s commercial group. His work includes providing…||View Profile|
|Christoph Torwegge||Please see full biography at: http://www.osborneclarke.com/lawyers/torwegge-christoph/||View Profile|
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- Information technology > Data protection
- Media > Entertainment
- Private equity > Venture capital
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Banking and finance > Fintech
- Information technology > Information technology and digitalisation
- Information technology > IT transactions and outsourcing
- Industry focus > Healthcare and life sciences
- Intellectual property > Unfair competition
- Trade and distribution > Trade, distribution and logistics
- Industry focus > Energy
- Intellectual property > Trade marks
- Trade and distribution > Foreign trade law