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Germany: TMT 2017

In this chapter, we identify the country’s leading lawyers active in the telecommunications, media and technology sectors. We single out 80 individuals in the following pages.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Information Technology
Peter Bräutigam Noerr, Munich
Axel Funk CMS Hasche Sigle, Stuttgart
Christian Frank Taylor Wessing, Munich
Niko Härting Härting Rechtsanwälte, Berlin
Jan Geert Meents DLA Piper, Munich
Telecoms and Media
Sven-Erik Heun Bird & Bird, Frankfurt
Peter Bräutigam Noerr, Munich
Michael Schmittmann Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, Düsseldorf/td>
Christoph Wagner Morrison & Foerster, Berlin


Noerr leads the research in this chapter, with an impressive five listings. In the firm’s Munich office, Peter Bräutigam is “very well known and knowledgeable” as well as being “hard to miss in high-profile transactions”. Bräutigam is known as an “outsourcing superstar”, excelling in complex IT outsourcing projects, software licensing and online procurement platforms. Daniel Rücker is an experienced and skilful practitioner with an emphasis on advising clients on complex data protection and security issues. Frankfurt-based Joachim Schrey is “an excellent lawyer” who comes highly recommended for his proficiency representing domestic and international clients across the full life cycle of IT and high technology projects, including risk and data protection-related compliance issues.

SSW Schneider Schiffer Weihermüller also vie for top spot in this chapter, garnering five listings. Name partner Jochen Schneider is a “respected elder statesman” and “one of the leaders of the German IT market", according to one source. Isabell Conrad is highly sought after for her considerable expertise in both IT and telecommunications and media contracts and compliance on behalf of financial institutions, software producers, insurance companies and hospitals. The “superb” Frieder Backu operates at the nexus of IT and tax law and has built a well-established practice focusing on online gaming.

Five practitioners are also recommended from Bird & Bird, including one of the most highly recommended individuals in this year’s research: Sven-Erik Heun. Sources are effusive in their praise of Heun’s communications practice, with certain interviewees deeming him “the number-one telecommunications practitioner in Germany”. He heads the German communications sector group and regularly counsels clients on issues relating to projects and transactions, regularly providing contractual and compliance-related advice. Fabian Niemann is “an authority on cloud computing” and also advises clients on the full gamut of IT matters and data protection.  In Munich, Alexander Duisberg is “a sharp, reactive and efficient practitioner” praised for his capabilities in IT outsourcing projects.

The “outstanding” Christian Frank is one of four practitioners singled out at Taylor Wessing. Frank is deemed “a definite inclusion” thanks to his internationally renowned reputation as “a go-to practitioner for complex contractual matters”. Hamburg-based Jörg Wimmers is a key player in the market and is repeatedly commended by peers for his enviable client list and distinguished track record acting for search engines, access providers, hosting services and major internet portals among others. Axel Freiherr von dem Bussche is a specialist in expanding multinationals into Germany. He is praised for “his ability to provide simple yet potent advice in a timely manner” and “his excellent network of contacts”.

At CMS Hasche Sigle, four practitioners are recommended. In the firm’s Stuttgart office, Axel Funk heads the firm’s technology team and is commended for his “composure and professionalism”. One source summed up market sentiment by stating, “He is a first-class lawyer and a pleasure to work with.” Malte Grützmacher at the firm’s Hamburg office is described as “one of the best IT lawyers in Germany” by one source. His respected practice focuses on software copyright law and licensing matters. In Munich, both Christian Runte and Jens Neitzel are deemed worthy of inclusion by peers for their IT law and telecoms practices respectively.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek also impresses this year, with three practitioners listed. In Düsseldorf, practice head Michael Schmittmann is a key player on the international scene known for his broad practice covering telecommunications and IT law, as well as entertainment and broadcasting law. Sources describe him as a “first-rate practitioner”. The “fantastic” Dirk Stolz heads the telecommunications practice and advises both domestic and international clients on regulatory and commercial matters. Philip Kempermann is an accomplished IT specialist with a proven track record assisting large corporations in IT project and outsourcing work. According to one source, “He is professional and erudite.”

Three lawyers are recommended at SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte. In Munich, Matthias Nordmann is recognised for his proficiency in both domestic and cross-border transactional matters relating to the IT sector, particularly for large mid-cap companies. Andreas Peschel-Mehner is commended for his significant expertise in IT law. He advises a wide range of clients on the full range on a whole host of legal, operational and strategic issues. He is also known for providing top-tier advice in the digital media space. Stefan Schicker’s “exceptional” practice focuses on internet law, including e-payment solutions and data protection.

The “superb” Thomas Stögmüller of TCI Rechtsanwälte München is one of the firm’s three entries in this chapter. Stögmüller represents domestic and international clients in the software, internet service providers, e-commerce and telecommunications sectors. Sources praised his “shrewd counsel”. Michael Karger is “an extremely good and creative outsourcing lawyer”, claim respondents. Truiken Heydn comes highly recommended for her expertise in software licensing.

At Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, three practitioners are deemed worthy of inclusion. Jochen Dieselhorst heads the IT practice in Hamburg and is a renowned specialist in partnering and outsourcing arrangements. Thomas Tschentscher and Norbert Nolte are recognised as top-notch regulatory experts for clients in the telecommunications sector, including representing international telecoms operators before the German regulator.

Osborne Clarke garners three listings. Konstantin Ewald heads the firm’s national digital business practice and is well known for advising on licensing agreements for digital media clients. Flemming Moos is a market-leading practitioner with a well-established data protection practice. He also regularly advises clients on outsourcing projects and disputes, and counts a number of start-ups among his clients. Ulrich Bäumer is recognised for his considerable experience advising clients on the drafting and negotiation of complex, cross-border IT outsourcing contracts.

At White & Case, Detlev Gabel is praised for his technical aptitude, particularly in complex IT projects and outsourcing, while Jost Kotthoff is commended for his “innovative, solutions-oriented advice” in relation to the fintech space. Martin Munz’s impressive IT practice focuses on outsourcing, FinTech advisory services and data protection.

Baker & McKenzie’s Joachim Scherer is a big name in the German market and boasts over 30 years of experience advising clients on regulatory issues in the telecommunications industry. Joining him in Frankfurt is the “excellent” Matthias Scholz whose IT practice draws praise from peers and clients alike. Finally, telecoms specialist Ulrich Ellinghaus is praised for his “deep understanding of German regulatory law”.

Härting Rechtsanwälte’s founding partner Niko Härting is a distinguished authority on e-commerce, domain names and data protection matters, who respondents “would not hesitate to refer to their clients”.

At DLA Piper, Jan Geert Meents enjoys widespread acclaim for his prominent outsourcing practice. He is a veteran with over 20 years of experience advising IT companies and domestic and international corporates on their technology-related transactional, IP and legal issues.

Morrison & Foerster’s Berlin office is home to co-chair of the firm’s global media group Christoph Wagner. According to sources, “His name is always involved in the big deals in the media space.” 

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