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Germany: TMT 2018

We recognise 100 practitioners in this edition for their leading practices in the fields of technology, media and telecoms where they handle transactions, regulatory matters and disputes for both national and international clients.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Peter Bräutigam Noerr LLP, Munich
2. Niko Härting HÄRTING Rechtsanwälte, Berlin
3. Stefan Schicker SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte, Munich
4. Matthias Nordmann SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte, Munich
5. Christian Frank Taylor Wessing, Munich
6. Thomas Thalhofer Noerr LLP, Munich
7. Lars Lensdorf Heymann & Partner, Frankfurt
8. Michael Schmittmann Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, Düsseldorf

German powerhouse NOERR achieves seven listings, making it the leading firm in Germany for TMT this year.
The “incredibly well-known” Peter Bräutigam is an eminent figure in IT law and digitalisation and stands out as the foremost TMT practitioner in the country. He is renowned for his depth of knowledge and is recognised as highly skilled in the field.
Thomas Thalhofer is a notable figure in the field of complex IT outsourcing where he regularly handles projects for multinational clients. He receives widespread praise from international peers for his exceptional work in the space.
Joachim Schrey is highly respected for his expertise in IT, outsourcing and block chain matters, areas in which he frequently advises both national and international clients.
Daniel Rücker is “a data protection specialist” and is highlighted particularly by market sources for his strong expertise in relation to the GDPR.

SKW SCHWARZ RECHTSANWÄLTE boasts strong expertise in IT and internet law with six lawyers recommended this year.
Stefan Schicker is “a superb lawyer” and is described by respondents as highly knowledgeable in technology law and matters of digital business transformation.
Mathias Schwarz is an esteemed lawyer in the film and media space with a raft of high-profile clients from across Europe and the US. His world-class practice encompasses movie productions, licensing and broadcasting among other matters.
Martin Diesbach is a powerhouse in the field of media and entertainment law and is well respected for the first-rate counsel he delivers to clients on digital business models.

CMS HASCHE SIGLE sees six lawyers listed for their deep knowledge and expertise in this area.
Malte Grützmacher receives high praise as “an excellent copyright lawyer with a lot of IT experience” from market commentators, one of whom notes, “He is a very well-known name and a great guy.”
Axel Funk is a prominent name when it comes to contract drafting and negotiations and comes “highly recommended” for his particular expertise in outsourcing transactions, software development and data protection.
Sebastian Cording is a top name in IT and technology law, frequently called upon for his two decades of experience on complex projects.

SSW SCHNEIDER SCHIFFER WEIHERMÜLLER achieves five listings in this chapter.
Jochen Schneider is “very active in the IT and data protection space” and is highly sought after by clients for his impressive expertise on related matters.
Isabell Conrad boasts “a great reputation in the market” and gains recognition from market sources for her expert handling of IT outsourcing, e-commerce and data protection matters.
Frieder Backu is at the forefront of the IT technology law space and comes highly recommended for his tremendous understanding of data protection, privacy and security law.

International firm BIRD & BIRD sees five lawyers listed from its German offices.
Sven-Erik Heun heads the firm’s communications sector group in Germany, and is recognised for his excellent work on IT, data protection and communications law. One source notes, “He is one of the best telecoms lawyers in the country.”
Alexander Duisberg receives high praise for his expertise when it comes to IT privacy matters, and stands out for fantastic work advising clients on digital transformation on an international scale.
Fabian Niemann is widely respected as a cloud computing expert who is highly sought after by clients for his ability to see both the commercial and legal aspects of a case.

One of the world’s largest and most esteemed law firms BAKER MCKENZIE sees four leading lawyers recommended.
The “highly prominent” Joachim Scherer is recognised for his invaluable regulatory knowledge and top-tier practice, making him one of the best in the field.
Matthias Scholz provides expert counsel to numerous German and international firms on matters of IT law, an area in which he is considered extremely knowledgeable.

OSBORNE CLARKE sees four practitioners highlighted for their impressive work in the TMT space.
The “renowned” Flemming Moos receives high praise for his superb work in data and IT law and is considered “one of the top data protection lawyers in the country”.
Ulrich Bäumer advises a wide array of technological and industrial clients on complex IT matters where he has built a reputation for delivering effective solutions.

TAYLOR WESSING also sees four individuals nominated in this chapter.
Christian Frank comes highly recommended by peers for his expertise in technology and media law and for his longstanding experience in those industries.
Axel Freiherr von dem Bussche specialises in technology and data protection and receives plaudits for his outstanding work in the field.

TCI RECHTSANWÄLTE achieves four listings this year.
Thomas Stögmüller is a national expert in IT matters who is particularly recommended by clients for his “very good knowledge of licensing issues”.
Truiken Heydn receives praise for her excellent knowledge of IT and software law, as well as her adept handling of sector-related disputes.

FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER also sees four of its lawyers recognised in this edition.
Jochen Dieselhorst is an IP and IT expert and is recognised within the industry as “a very good and widely recognised practitioner".
Norbert Nolte is recommended by sources as one of the best in the business. He is highlighted for his top-notch practice which encompasses handling compliance and investigations issues in relation to data protection matters.

Prominent boutique HÄRTING RECHTSANWÄLTE sees three lawyers listed.
Niko Härting is a leading figure in the information technology space and boasts a depth of expertise in IP-related matters. He is “well known in the market for doing an excellent job” and is “certainly in the top tier” according to one source.
The “excellent” Martin Schirmbacher is well regarded among peers for his first-rate international practice, as well as his ability to effectively handle and solve clients’ issues.
Fabian Reinholz is also highlighted in this chapter for his terrific work as well as his extensive experience in the TMT space.

HEUKING KÜHN LÜER WOJTEK achieves three listings.
Michael Schmittmann is one of the foremost practitioners of IT, media and technology law in Germany and enjoys a stellar reputation in the market.
Dirk Stolz is widely regarded as one of the best lawyers in the TMT space and draws praise from international peers for his deep expertise in both IT and telecommunications law.
Philip Kempermann also receives plaudits for his work and is highly respected for his adept handling of IT and media compliance matters.

Three lawyers are recognised across the German offices of WHITE & CASE.
Jost Kotthoff is “in the first tier for outsourcing" and is widely respected for his strong knowledge of software licensing, IT infrastructure outsourcing and systems integration.
Detlev Gabel is a standout name in the data protection and data security arena where he is held in high regard both in Germany and across Europe.
Martin Munz comes highly recommended in the IT and internet space where his contracts and licensing expertise is considered a cut above the rest.

HEYMANN & PARTNER achieves two listings in this chapter.
Lars Lensdorf receives widespread praise for his work in telecoms IP and IT. He is recognised as, without doubt, one of Germany’s leading authorities in the TMT market.
Thomas Heymann is a renowned name in the technology space, particularly when it comes to sector-related corporate issues. One impressed source says, “He has a lot of experience and is a really good deal shaper, clearly one of the top IT lawyers in Germany.”

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