Firm Profile > Bird & Bird LLP > Hamburg, Germany

Bird & Bird LLP
GROSSER GRASBROOK 9
20457 HAMBURG
Germany

Data protection Tier 1

Bird & Bird's data protection competencies are the result of 20 years' experience in this segment. The firm advises DAX 30 and other market leading companies in the retail, healthcare, telecoms, automotive and media sectors on data protection with regard to the GDPR, international data transfers and the use of data. The broad practice is successfully expanding not only within Germany but also globally in strong collaboration with the firm's international offices. Recently the team saw particular growth in data protection advice in connection with new business models and hot topics such as IoT, digitalisation, the cloud and big/smart data. Noteworthy is also the firm's contribution to the development of the legal framework for data protection by participating in various industry associations and committees and government initiatives. Frankfurt-based Fabian Niemann, who is widely recognised as leading by competitors, heads the practice. Recently the Hamburg office in particular was strengthened with the arrival of Hartmut Hörner from Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH and the promotion of Miriam Ballhausen to counsel. Associate Simon Assion also enjoys a good reputation in the market and so does Lennart Schüßler with his comprehensive data protection knowledge.

Practice head(s):

Fabian Niemann

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Duisberg; Jörg-Alexander Paul; Lennart Schüßler; Simon Assion

Key clients

ABB

adidas

DekaBank

Dexcom

EasyJet

FLIR Systems

Henry Schein

Infosys

Intersport

Kempinski

Luxoft

Microsoft

Nordzucker

SAP

tata Communications

Verizon

Information technology and digitalisation Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Fabian Niemann

Other key lawyers:

Jörg-Alexander Paul; Alexander Duisberg; Henriette Picot

Testimonials

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

Key clients

adidas

BITKOM

BMWi und VDI

Dalli

Dexcom

Evangelische Landeskirche Bayern

European Stabilty Mechanism

FLIR Systems

Fujifilm

IMPULS-Stiftung des VDMA

Infosys

JDA Software

Kaspersky

Lenovo

Lexmark

Llamasoft

Nordzucker

Nuance COmmunications

ProSiebenSat.1

Qlik

QVC

SAP

Sfara

SourceCode Technology

TenneT TSO GmbH

TomTom

Vitruvian Partners

Wester Digital

Patent litigation Tier 1

Thanks to its inhouse patent law team, Bird & Bird is well equipped to guide clients through a wide spectrum of patent law matters, including those concerning the life sciences, automotive, retail and consumer goods sectors as well as the technology and telecommunications industries. The team puts significant emphasis on matters at the intersection between patent and antitrust law, which makes it one of the top contacts for FRAD issues. It also has in-depth expertise in second-medical-use, which remains a prominent theme in the market. Thanks to the firm's international network, it is also well placed to deal with cross-border litigation, frequently acting in a coordinating capacity. Oliver Jan Jüngst (pharmaceuticals and telecommunications) and Anna Wolters-Höhne (pharmaceuticals and life sciences) are among the key figures of Christian Harmsen's team. Patent lawyers Claus Becker and Sebastian Höpfner were made partners in May 2019.

Practice head(s):

Christian Harmsen

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Jan Jüngst; Boris Kreye; Matthias Meyer; Felix Rödiger; Anna Wolters-Höhne; Claus Becker; Sebastian Höpfner

Testimonials

‘Oliver Jan Jüngst has a wealth of experience, is well interconnected and a recognised patent rights lawyer. He gave us pragmatic advice on the detailed arguments, to achieve important results and gave us first-class strategic advice on infringement procedures concerning several patents.’

Key clients

Alstom

Broadcom

Canon Inc.

Edwards Lifesciences

Fisher & Paykel

Nanotech

Nestlé

Stada

Teva/Ratiopharm

Valeo

Public procurement Tier 1

The broad procurement practice at Bird & Bird behind Düsseldorf-based practice head Jan Byok acts in numerous sectors, including IT, health, security and defence, infrastructure, energy and transport. The team is instructed by bidders as well as by contracting authorities seeking advice on contractual issues as well as on regulations, financings and dispute resolution. In addition, life sciences matters are increasingly handled with a cross-border, cross-practice approach across its offices, for instance when assisting international pharmaceutical companies with a European-wide market entry. In the LegalTech field, public contracting authorities have the possibility to administer their procurement documents legally secure as well as aim for an equal communication with all bidders via the firm's e-procurement platform Access. Alexander Csaki, who is based in Munich, is another key figure.

Practice head(s):

Jan Byok

Other key lawyers:

René Voigtländer; Guido Bormann; Alexander Csaki; Hermann Rothfuchs

Testimonials

The procurement practice acts on a very high level, without losing sight of the client’s interests and requirements. The team at Bird & Bird particularly stands out for its high flexibility, reliability and competence.

Jan Byok and his team not only offer legally flawless advice, but also practical solutions. This requires a quick grasp and a good knowledge of the market and its players.

Martin Conrads and Alexander Csaki are an established team, that analyses even the most complex procurement matters quickly and reliably and always offers high-quality solutions.

Key clients

Aphria Deutschland GmbH

Dachverband kommunaler IT-Dienstleister

Süddeutsche Gemeinden

Süddeutsche Landeshauptstadt

Trade marks Tier 1

Bird & Bird LLP covers the gamut of trade mark work, from the development of registration strategies to the defence of trade marks in infringement proceedings. The practice covers a wide range of stand-alone work but also handles interdisciplinary instructions, such as transactions. Based on the firm's client focus, much of the team's work stems from the technology, telecommunications, media, automotive, life sciences, retail and consumer goods sectors. One of the team's particular strengths is the coordination of international trade mark and design portfolios, which is continuously growing in volume. Christian Harmsen heads the IP practice, which includes Munich-based main contact for trade mark law Richard Dissmann. Frankfurt-based IP and trade mark lawyer Mascha Grundmann made partner in May 2019. Senior counsel Sebastian Fischoeder joined Taylor Wessing in September 2019, while trade mark lawyers Frederik Thiering and Marion Jacob announced their arrival for spring 2020. Both have previously been at Harte-Bavendamm Rechtsanwälte and will join as equity partner and senior counsel respectively.

Practice head(s):

Christian Harmsen

Other key lawyers:

Richard Dissmann; Joseph Fesenmaier; Mascha Grundmann; Markus Körner; Uwe Lüken

Testimonials

‘Good interlinking between partners and back-office. Especially for time-consuming research work, manpower can be activated quickly.’

‘The team around partner Markus Körner is very strong, acts fast, easy to reach and practically competent.’

‘Very precise working method.’

‘Richard Dissmann: Excellent know-how of trademark- and competition law, very assertive, very much strategically thinking.’

‘Markus Körner is characterised by a deep, profound knowledge of industrial property rights and practically valuable legal advice. His memos are to the point and avoid diffuse legal explanations.’

Key clients

Amway

Audi AG

Dalli Group

Discovery Channel

Fendi s. r. l.

Fila

L’Oréal

Microsoft

Nokia

ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG

Unfair competition Tier 1

Bird & Bird's clients are typically drawn from the technology, media and telecommunications, automotive, life sciences alongside retail and consumer goods sectors. Its work frequently includes advertising law-related mandates, often with international elements, for which the practice is particularly well suited due to the firm's international presence. It handles advisory work, while clients also benefit from the team's extensive litigation experience. Due to its size, the practice is also able to provide one-stop soft IP assistance. Christian Harmsen heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Christian Harmsen

Other key lawyers:

Richard Dissmann; Joseph Fesenmair; Markus Körner; Niels Lutzhöft

Testimonials

‘The competition law team offers a comprehensive and practice-oriented advice and enforcement strategy. Trade fair-assignments, written warnings as well as in- and out-of-court enforcements of competition law claims surely are their area of expertise.’

‘Creative legal advice with regards to the jurisdiction in neighbouring areas of law and also taking into consideration constitutional law.’

‘Richard Dissmann: Advice with foresight, passionate commitment in court, enforcement of the client’s interests.’

Key clients

adidas

Amway

Audi AG

Dalli Group

Deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverband e. V.

Kaspersky Lab

LLOYD Schuhe

L‘Oréal

Philip Morris GmbH

Take-Two Interactive

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Bird & Bird provides interdisciplinary assistance in the healthcare and life sciences sectors with particular expertise in public procurement, patent and antitrust law, while also handling regulatory and transactional matters. The interface between IP and regulatory requirements in medical law continues to open up new advisory fields for the team with a clear focus on medical apps. Boris Kreye heads the team, which includes public procurement lawyer Alexander Csaki. Patent lawyers Claus Becker and Sebastian Höpfner were made partners in May 2019.

Practice head(s):

Boris Kreye

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Csaki; Oliver Jan Jüngst; Jörg Witting; Anna Wolters-Höhne; Richard Dussmann; Claus Becker; Sebastian Höpfner

Key clients

auric Hörsysteme GmbH & Co. KG

Edwards Lifesciences

Fisher Paykel Healthcare

Fresenius

Philip Morris GmbH

Sanofi-Aventis US, Inc.

Teva GmbH / ratiopharm GmbH

Outsourcing Tier 2

Bird & Bird's Tech&Comms sector group surrounding Fabian Niemann is well versed in complex technology outsourcings and the outsourcing of individual business processes. Besides advising on traditional outsourcings the firm also focuses on outsourcing projects caused by new technology and business developments, such as large cloud infrastructure outsourcing projects in Europe and outsourcings driven by digitalisation, IoT and AI. The team works in close cooperation with other practice groups and acts for a client roster that includes prominent large companies particularly in the technology and communications, retail and consumer, and finance and service sectors. In March 2019 Hartmut Hörner joined from Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH with expertise in the drafting, negotiation and execution of all types of contracts.

Practice head(s):

Fabian Niemann

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Duisberg; Jörg-Alexander Paul; Henriette Picot

Testimonials

‘Bird & Bird provides effective and pragmatic privacy-related services.’ 

‘We consider Bird & Bird, and especially Fabian Niemann, the very best resource in Europe, and we don’t look elsewhere for legal services.’  

‘Fabian Niemann stands out for his advice and assistance. He quickly understands business context, brings a level of real world pragmatism that we have not found in other European attorneys, and gives effective and timely assistance.’  

Key clients

Ab Initio

adidas

Bedeutende IT-Dienstleister im GKV-Bereich

Dalli

Evangelische Landeskirche Bayern

Genpact

Gesetzliche Krankenkasse

Mehrere Bundesländer

SAP

Telecoms Tier 2

Bird & Bird specialises in high technology work, which includes over-the-top services, broadband expansion issues and other communication infrastructure matters. As part of a full-service firm, the team is well placed to handle various matters at a number of intersections with a particular focus on matters involving data protection and IT elements. In the transactional segment, the team is particularly active for infrastructure funds, regularly carrying out financing-related due diligence work. Sven-Erik Heun heads the team from Frankfurt.

Practice head(s):

Sven-Erik Heun

Other key lawyers:

Valerian Jenny

Key clients

450connect GmbH

CenturyLink Communications Germany GmbH

DE-CIX Management GmbH

EU-Kommission

Hamburg Commercial Bank

Telefónica Germany GmbH & Co. OHG

Verizon Deutschland GmbH

Foreign trade law Tier 4

Bird & Bird's trade and customs law team covers all key areas of export control, export licences, technology transfers, product safety, trade barriers, customs classifications and sanctions compliance. The team including René Voigtländer also puts significant emphasis on matters pertaining to US regulations. Associate Patricia Bendlin Spür also advises on foreign trade law and has particular expertise in the energy and utilities sectors. The team works in close cooperation with the firm's international M&A department.

Practice head(s):

René Voigtländer

Other key lawyers:

Antitrust Tier 5

Handling antitrust damages claims is a primary focus of Bird & Bird as well as providing advice on antitrust issues at the interface with IP with a particular niche in FRAND matters. The team led by Jörg Witting also has particular expertise in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and IT sectors. As another key figure, Anne Federle focuses on providing clients with strategic advice on the development of antitrust compliance programmes.

Practice head(s):

Jörg Witting

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Anne Federle has a very quick grasp of matters and a deep understanding of economic issues and business models. She also has extensive experience and outstanding legal knowledge.

Key clients

Adient plc

auric Hörsysteme GmbH & Co. KG

Continental AG

Cybex GmbH; Columbus Trading-Partners GmbH & Co. KG

Dalli

E.ON

Huawei Technologies Co Ltd

Mastercard

Melitta

NVIDIA Corporation

Rubycon

Versorgungsanstalt des Bundes und der Länder (VBL)

Wascosa

Zentis

Corporate Tier 5

Bird & Bird's corporate capabilities range from company foundations and reorganisations to financing, while the firm's sector focus is also tangible in its corporate offering. Due to its deep sector expertise in the technology industry and its cross-practice cooperation with the competition, antitrust, regulatory, employment and real estate groups, the team is able to provide one-stop advice. Peter Veranneman, whose additional capital markets law expertise make him a good key contact for complex takeover matters, heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Peter Veranneman

Key clients

Aphria / Nuuvera

BBS Automation GmbH

BS Wiesmann GmbH

CenturyLink Communications

Cummins Inc.

Directorbank

Dragon Rouge Gruppe

Gajam Group / Dharma Life

ICE Gateway GmbH

KAZ Europe Sàrl / Helen of Troy

LemonAid Beverages GmbH

Liquidity Services Inc.

Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings

PostNL

Shenzhen Inovance Technology

Sojitz Corporation

SpeedCast

Techstars Berlin City Fund

Verizon

Wascosa AG

Energy Tier 5

Bird & Bird has carved out a strong renewable energy practice with a focus on offshore wind parks, most notably those in the German North Sea, but the team is also well versed in handling work pertaining to solar parks, geothermal projects and onshore wind parks. Much of its work is transactional in nature but the team also assists in setting up new funds. In both segments, the German practice benefits from its network and cooperation with international colleagues. René Voigtländer in Munich and Matthias Lang in Düsseldorf jointly head the team. Lars Kyrberg, who specialises in EPC projects and commercial contracts as well as power purchase agreements, and transactional specialist Stefanie Orttmann were made partners in May 2019.

Practice head(s):

René Voigtländer; Matthias Lang

Other key lawyers:

Christian Kessel; Lars Kyrberg; Hermann Rothfuchs; Stefanie Orttmann

Testimonials

‘One of the few teams that keep up with climate protection and the turnaround in energy policy, are active in important fields and react quickly to trends.’

‘The strengths of the team are the ability to take economic aspects into account and to make recommendations clearly and precisely. At the same time, the team meets deadlines and answers inquiries quickly. ‘

‘Matthias Lang is a highly professional advisor with an excellent technical and commercial understanding of the energy industry, always approachable and focused on the best possible solution.’

‘Matthias Lang is a very good communicator, very flexible and gives us the feeling that he really cares about the concerns of our company. A perfect contact person.’

Key clients

Amprion GmbH

Sojitz Corporation

Entertainment Tier 5

Bird & Bird often represents clients in the media industry in copyright disputes, but also acts in licence law matters and at the intersection with antitrust law. Practice head Joseph Fesenmair is the contact for sports law matters, another pillar of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Fesenmair

Testimonials

‘Creatives team with the ability to find solutions under consideration of the law in related practice areas taking into account constitutional  aspects.’

‘Niels Lutzhöft, Ferdinand Weiss and Christoph Hendel offer highly competent advice which focuses on the key topics.’

Key clients

Bayerischer Rundfunk

International tätiges IT-Unternehmen

Mozilla Foundation

Philip Morris GmbH

ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG

S20 EV

Take-Two Interactive

M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m) Tier 5

Bird & Bird advises with sector-specific expertise on transactions in Germany and abroad. The group is globally well connected and equipped for cross-border transactions, while also offering wide-ranging industry expertise in the automotive, consumer goods, energy, financial and health sectors as well as in the aerospace, media, security and technology industries. Peter Veranneman, who is also adept in compliance matters, heads the practice.  

Practice head(s):

Peter Veranneman

Testimonials

The team is well balanced.

The assistance with transactions is very efficient.

Key clients

BTV Group

Deutsche Alternative Asset Management

Deutsche Beteiligungs AG (DBAG)

Elgato

Fuyao Glass Group

Infront ASA

John Deere GmbH & Co. KG

Luxoft Holding, Inc.

PostNL

Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd.

Shenzhen Inovance Technology

Sojitz Corporation

SpeedCast

Unchained Labs

Vitruvian Partners

Wascosa AG

Planning and environment Tier 5

Bird & Bird's environmental and planning law team advises on project-related environmental law, for instance in matters related to environmental torts and responsibilities of remediation of contaminated sites, and also has expertise in construction planning law and Federal State Building Order. In product-related environmental law matters, the group assists clients from various sectors such as automotive, technology, energy and public utilities. The soil protection and environmental due diligence during transactions is another area of activity. René Voigtländer heads the practice from the Munich office.

Practice head(s):

René Voigtländer

Other key lawyers:

Matthias Lang; Hermann Rothfuchs

Key clients

Aluminium Oxid Stade GmbH

Amprion GmbH

Sojitz

Trade, distribution and logistics Tier 5

Advising suppliers in the automotive sector constitutes the key element of Bird & Bird's distribution law team. With Christian Kessel and Matthias Spilker in the lead, the team advises clients on matters along the entire commercial chain, from bidding procedures to contract drafting and product liability matters. In May 2019, the practice increased its partner bench strength by elevating Philipp Egler (Frankfurt) and Lars Kyrberg (Hamburg) to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Christian Kessel; Matthias Spilker

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Cooper Standard

Dayco Products LLC

Fuyao Glass America Inc.

Kautex Textron GmbH & Co. KG

TenneT Offshore GmbH

The firm: Bird & Bird is an international law firm, with a long-established reputation for having a rare and invaluable grasp of strategic commercial issues. The firm combines exceptional legal expertise with deep industry knowledge and refreshingly creative thinking, to help clients operating at the forefront of their industries to achieve their commercial goals.

Bird & Bird has over 1,200 lawyers and legal practitioners with broad advisory transactional and contentious capability, with a particular focus on key industry sectors. The firm has an extensive international reach with 28 offices in 19 countries across Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, offering a seamless, cross-border service between locations and sector and practice groups.

In Germany, Bird & Bird has offices in Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich. From these offices it provides a full range of legal services, including intellectual property (patents, trade marks, designs and copyright), corporate/M&A, commercial, banking and finance, ata protection, dispute resolution, employment, competition and EU, outsourcing, regulatory and administrative, tax, privacy and data protection and real estate.

Areas of practice: Underpinned by deep client and industry knowledge, the firm’s key sectors include:

Automotive: advising on all stages of a life cycle of a motor vehicle, from initial design, to sales and distribution, through to disposals.

Aviation, aerospace, defence and security: advising on asset management and financing, civil aviation matters, including airlines, regulatory and competition issues, and aerospace and defence, including PPP/PFI and product liability.

Energy and utilities: advising large multinationals, investors, project companies and large energy consumers on electricity generation, energy trading, renewable energy, cleantech and climate change, and upstream oil and gas.

Financial services: advising global clients in the financial services sector, such as global retail and investment banks, investors and hedge funds, on transactions, regulatory issues, commercial contracts and dispute resolution.

Life sciences and healthcare: advising clients in biotechnology, bioinformatics and pharmaceutical companies on licensing and drug development agreements, R&D collaboration, IP acquisitions and joint ventures.

Media and entertainment and sports: advising clients from across the media spectrum on a wide range of issues, including exploitation across all forms of digital media and emerging areas, such as user-generated content exploitation; advising clients such as national and international sports governing bodies, event organisers and sponsors on issues including exploitation of commercial rights, brand management, regulatory and disciplinary issues.

Retail and consumer: advising retail and consumer-facing clients on all aspects of the sector, from research and development, production and packaging, through to distribution, promotion and retailing.

Technology and communications: advising on matters ranging from smaller innovative projects to some of the largest, most complex and ground-breaking transactions and disputes of recent years. Its team includes lawyers with a particular focus on communications, devices and components, digital tech and eCommerce, and software and services as well as a number of more specialist industries including data centres, postal and satellites.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Michael Jünemann
Commercial, data protection Fabian Niemann
Corporate and M&A Peter Veranneman
Employment Martin Nebeling
Competition and EU Jörg Witting
IP (patents and trade marks) Christian Harmsen
Regulatory and administrative Jan Byok
Dispute resolution (litigation and arbitration) Jiri Jaeger
Automotive Christian Kessel
Aviation, aerospace, defence and security Jan Byok
Energy and utilities René Voigtländer
Life sciences and healthcare Boris Kreye
Media, entertainment and sport Joseph Fesenmair
Retail and consumer Uwe Lüken
TMT Alexander Duisberg (IT)
TMT Sven-Erik Heun (Telecommunications)
TMT Oliver Jan Jüngst (Electronics)
Number of lawyers : 1,200
in this country : 180
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