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Greenberg Traurig Germany

KOLLHOFF-TOWER, POTSDAMER PLATZ 1, 10785 BERLIN, GERMANY
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Work +49 30 700 17 11 00
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Fax +49 30 700 17 19 00
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www.gtlaw.com

Dr Viola Bensinger

Tel:
Work +49 (0) 30 700 171 150
Email:
Web:
www.gtlaw.com/en/professionals/b/bensinger-dr-viola
Greenberg Traurig LLP

Work Department

Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Position

Viola Bensinger chairs the Technology Practice as well as the Litigation Practice in Germany. She advises clients from the technology, media and healthcare industries.

Within the technology sector, Viola advises international internet, technology and healthcare companies in the areas of digital products, e-commerce, electronic payment, data protection, software licensing, (IT-) outsourcing as well as digital media.

She has wide-ranging experience in advising media and entertainment clients such as distributors, producers, broadcasters, digital platforms, publishers and their contracting partners on licensing and distribution, as well as the legal set-up of digital platforms. Viola also advises clients on regulatory issues, especially with regard to broadcasting law and data protection law.

In her litigation practice, Viola represents clients at courts or arbitration panels in contract disputes, copyright and other litigation. For many years, Viola has also gained extensive experience in the areas of insolvency and restructuring for media and technology companies and has advised numerous clients in large-scale insolvency proceedings relating to their German business partners.

Career

Prior to joining the firm, Viola was a partner at Olswang in Germany and spent more than 10 years working for Linklaters in London and Berlin.

Languages

German, English, Spanish


Germany: Information technology

Information technology (including contracts)

Within: Information technology (including contracts)

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.

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Germany: Media

Entertainment

Within: Entertainment

Greenberg Traurig Germany particularly stands out for its broad media law practice, with the team frequently handling matters at the intersection with antitrust, employment, insolvency and insurance law. The team advises on matters relating to film, music and broadcasting law, regulatory issues and copyright. The team frequently coordinates cross-border matters with a European dimension, where it works with its international network. It is also increasingly active advising in the digital media segement and on data protection; Viola Bensinger is the key contact. Practice head Stefan Lütje recently assisted Ehrlich Entertainment with music, competition, broadcasting, personality right and copyright matters and in negotiations with RTL and production service providers. The client portfolio also includes CBS, HBO and NBC Universal. Carsten Kociok, who was promoted to counsel in February 2018, advises on IT and data protection matters and Niklas Conrad, who was promoted to partner in January 2018, regularly handles contentious media matters.

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