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Germany > Information technology > Data protection

DLA Piper‘s data protection team is a popular choice for first-class transactional support, the implementation of data protection measures as well as in contentious proceedings before data protection supervisory authorities and against affected individuals and consumer protection associations. The team has in-depth knowledge particularly of the automotive sector, the high-tech industry and at the interface to insurance law, but the team’s consistent exchange with law firms worldwide also broadens its understanding of other adjacent areas, such as the manufacturing industry and the financial services sector. The group around Stefan Engels and Thilo von Bodungen also stands out for their expertise in ransomware attacks, compliance, data protection disputes, AI and data analytics. Jan Pohle advises on cyber security, while Verena Grentzenberg focuses on assisting with data protection matters pertaining to new business models and big data projects.

Germany > Information technology > IT transactions and outsourcing

DLA Piper‘s international IT transaction practice features lawyers who are considered among the strongest in Germany as well as an extensive global network. Jan Geert Meents frequently advises on various outsourcing projects, including shared service centres transfers to external service providers, SAP systems implementations, WAN services transfers to new providers as well as on contractual issues. He leads the Munich-based practice whose offering is complemented by the expertise of Jan Pohle‘s team in Cologne which focuses on assistance with complex IT procurement projects and BPOs; both teams are part of the firm’s broader technology practice led by Stefan Engels and Thilo von Bodungen.

Germany > Intellectual property > Unfair competition

Major international law firm DLA Piper specialises in competition and advertising law and is predestined for cross-border mandates. The team handles numerous digitisation-related competition law matters and offers experience in trade secret protection and know-how protection. A growing field of activity is the enforcement of public law norms under competition law, including in the core sectors entertainment, technology, consumer goods and fashion, digital business and hospitality, among others. Practice head Stefan Engels in Hamburg and his team, including Kai Tumbrägel in Cologne and Burkhard Führmeyer in Frankfurt, are well versed in advising on the development of protection strategies and court proceedings. The group also covers transactional matters.

Germany > Media > Entertainment

Most recently, DLA Piper‘s media team was particularly active in the TV and broadcasting sphere, with Stefan Engels‘ team comprehensively advising prestigious broadcasters as well as marketing and media companies in connection with new TV formats on contract design, sales, marketing and advertising, as well as product launches and digital issues. Michael Stulz-Herrnstadt has longstanding experience in media law and also advises ‘reliably, creatively and practice-oriented‘ on regulatory and public commercial law in the media, entertainment, gaming and telecommunications sectors. Kai Tumbrägel also deals with esports and gaming; his core competencies include the protection of intellectual property, unfair competition and national and international transactions, especially in the video games sector.

Germany > Media > Press and publishing

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Stefan Engels – DLA Piper

DLA Piper‘s world-class press team impresses with an ‘outstanding broad coverage’. The team around the renowned Stefan Engels has extensive expertise that guarantees support ‘from a single source’ and ranges from press and copyright law to reputation management, legal protection and general media law. In the publishing sphere, the group’s representation of clients such as Axel Springer, Spiegel and Bild in disputes up to and before the Federal Court of Justice is particularly notable. Finally, the practice particularly often assists with issues pertaining to war reporting, youth protection regulations and the right to access information.

Germany > Information technology > Information technology and digitalisation

Jointly led by Stefan Engels and Thilo von Bodungen, DLA Piper‘s IP and technology team is split between Hamburg, Munich and Cologne. The firm’s international network enables smooth cooperation and advice on cross-border projects, thereby also offering foreign clients ‘clear and concise’ assistance. Mainstays of the practice encompass data analytics, digital transformation, IoT and artificial intelligence, with Jan Geert Meents considered a proven expert in these areas. Jan Pohle specializes in international and national IT compliance, data protection and cyber security projects. The team is also adept at assisting with IT issues in relation to financial and tax law.

Germany > Intellectual property > Trade marks

DLA Piper stands out with sector focuses on the media, entertainment, technology and consumer goods industries. Integrated into the firm’s global network, the team increasingly advises clients from the hospitality and digital economy sectors on soft IP matters, while legal tech support is another core strength. The advice on trade mark and design law covers the entire life cycle of products and services, with additional capacities in domain, title and competition law. A combination of strategic portfolio advice and clients’ representation in contentious proceedings result in a busy workload for the practice, which expanded further in 2020 by acquiring and expanding new and existing mandates. Stefan Engels in Hamburg heads the team. Other key contacts are litigator Burkhard Führmeyer and Kai Tumbrägel in Cologne, who is active in media and sports law.