Germany: Data 2019

In this chapter, we feature 118 leading data lawyers. The individuals listed here have come highly recommended for their expertise spanning data privacy, protection and security matters, and for their vast experience in the TMT and IT sectors.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Peter Bräutigam Noerr, Munich
2. Niko Härting Härting Rechtsanwälte, Berlin
3. Mathias Schwarz SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte, Munich
4. Stefan C Schicker SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte, Munich
5. Peter Huppertz Hoffmann Liebs Fritsch & Partner, Düsseldorf
6. Sven-Erik Heun Bird & Bird LLP, Frankfurt
7. Matthias Nordmann SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte, Munich
8. Christian Frank Taylor Wessing, Munich

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte boasts a leading data group and sees seven lawyers recognised this year for their excellence in the field.
Mathias Schwarz stands out as “a very senior lawyer in the media sector”. He is a go-to adviser to producers, broadcasting companies and investors.
Stefan Schicker is a highly regarded practitioner with a strong data protection practice and an excellent reputation for his expertise in technology projects.
Matthias Nordmann draws praise as “an excellent M&A lawyer” with a stellar transactional practice in the IT industry. He also boasts sophisticated knowledge of data privacy and protection matters.
Andreas Peschel-Mehner is well known for his expertise in data protection and compliance matters as well as his vast experience in the media industry.
Martin Diesbach is widely recommended as “a great IT lawyer” who impresses peers with his expert advice on financing and production matters in the media sector.

Noerr achieves seven nominations in this chapter.
Peter Bräutigam is “a big name” in the market, say peers, who speak highly of his first-rate IT practice. He is regularly engaged to advise on outsourcing and software licensing and demonstrates broad projects expertise.
Daniel Rücker stands out as “an excellent projects lawyer” with a strong data protection practice. He is regularly engaged to advise major clients on data management and compliance matters. 
Thomas Thalhofer is a respected figure in Germany who is well known for providing effective advice on IT and outsourcing projects and on large-scale technology transactions.
Tobias Frevert is a distinguished telecoms expert who impresses peers with his extensive transactional experience in the TMT sector.

Bird & Bird also performs well this year achieving six listings in this chapter.
Sven-Erik Heun stands out as “one of the top lawyers in telecommunications” and draws praise from market commentators for his strong regulatory practice.
Alexander Duisberg impresses peers with his broad practice and comes highly recommended for his work in IT, data protection and digitalisation. Market commentators say, “He has an excellent profile and is a great all-rounder.”
Fabian Niemann is “very visible” in the German market. He has a strong privacy and IT practice, and is recognised for providing sophisticated advice to customers and providers.

Härting Rechtsanwälte sees four esteemed practitioners listed here.
Niko Härting “is the very best in the field” say peers who note, “He is very knowledgeable on data protection law.” He is held in high esteem as “a real leader in the business”.
Martin Schirmbacher has built a strong IT and data protection practice and is highlighted as “a very strong player in the market”.
Philipp Schröder-Ringe is commended as “a very high-value practitioner” who is well known for providing top-quality advice on data privacy, protection and security matters. 
Fabian Reinholz stands out for his excellent IT practice and is regularly engaged to advise large clients in the sector. He is also held in high esteem for his superb knowledge of data protection law.

SSW Schneider Schiffer Weihermüller achieves five listings here.
Isabell Conrad is “an excellent data protection lawyer”. She regularly advises on German, EU and Japanese data protection issues and “is great to work with”.
Jochen Schneider is “a very knowledgeable lawyer” with strong expertise across a broad spectrum of data issues. Market commentators describe him as “the elder statesman of the IT legal industry”.
Elke Bischof is “a leading name” in the market who comes highly regarded for her sophisticated knowledge of data protection and privacy matters.

This year’s research highlights six practitioners from CMS Hasche Sigle.
Axel Funk is a distinguished data lawyer who is well known for providing “outstanding advice on outsourcing and IT contracts”.
The “excellent” Malte Grützmacher is a prominent practitioner who enjoys a superb reputation for his first-rate IT practice. He boasts expertise in IT infrastructure projects, outsourcing and software licensing matters.
Jens Neitzel draws praise for his “excellent telecoms regulatory practice”. He has broad experience in the sector and “is really great for project work”.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer achieves four listings in this year’s research.
Norbert Nolte is widely recognised as “a very intelligent and insightful lawyer” who impresses peers with his deep industry knowledge in the telecoms sector.
Torsten Schreier draws praise as “a very effective and fair negotiator” who is “great to work with” in commercial and IT transactions.
Thomas Tschentscher is a standout TMT lawyer with a stellar practice and vast regulatory knowledge. He is regularly engaged to advise on major projects in the region.
Jochen Dieselhorst is a highly regarded IT lawyer who is well known for his sophisticated expertise in licensing, e-commerce and internet-related matters.

Five Baker McKenzie lawyers are listed here.
Michael Schmidl is a well-known lawyer who is “excellent in IT and data protection matters”. He has vast experience advising on software matters and outsourcing contracts.
Joachim Scherer is a seasoned telecoms lawyer who is regularly engaged to advise companies and public authorities on complex regulatory matters. 
Matthias Scholz is an esteemed practitioner and a big name in the German market. He comes highly recommended for his first-rate IT practice and deep knowledge of data protection and cybersecurity matters.

Osborne Clarke is also home to four top data practitioners.
Flemming Moos draws praise as “one of the leaders in data protection” and impresses peers with his “excellent privacy work” for German and international companies.
Konstantin Ewald is well known as “the go-to lawyer for gaming and electronic arts” among peers, who speak highly of his “great reputation for great work”.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek achieves three nominations this year.
Philip Kempermann “is a really positive influence in any project and is great to work with”, say peers. He has a strong technology practice and is regularly engaged to advise large corporations in cross-border IT projects.
Dirk Stolz is a go-to adviser on data protection and transfer agreements. He has a strong compliance practice and broad IT project experience.
Michael Schmittmann is a well-recognised expert in IT and media law who comes highly recommended for providing sophisticated advice to major industry players.

Hogan Lovells is home to two well-known data lawyers.
The “brilliant” Stefan Schuppert is highlighted as “a definite go-to lawyer” for complex data privacy matters and large IT projects.
Marcus Schreibauer is an esteemed TMT expert in Düsseldorf, who offers broad knowledge of IT law, data privacy and cybersecurity matters.

Covington & Burling sees two esteemed lawyers listed here.
Lars Lensdorf enjoys a superb reputation for his expertise in IT matters. Peers say, “He is great to work with,” and is a go-to adviser for a range of “very impressive clients”.
Thomas Heymann stands out as “one of the leading lawyers in outsourcing”. Peers recommend him for his expertise in venture capital and private equity outsourcing matters.

DLA Piper achieves two listings in this chapter.
Jan Geert Meents stands out as “an excellent privacy and projects lawyer” who impresses peers with his strong technology practice.
Jan Pohle is a distinguished IT expert who is highly regarded for his vast expertise in major outsourcing projects and procurement transactions.

Two lawyers from Oppenhoff & Partner Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater Partnerschaftsgesellschaft are listed here.
Jürgen Hartung stands out for his “sophisticated advice and deep knowledge of data protection and IT matters”. He has strong expertise in the financial services sector and is a go-to lawyer among major German clients.
Marc Hilber is “an outstanding practitioner” with a strong IT practice encompassing large outsourcing and development projects.

TCI Rechtsanwälte München achieves three listings in this chapter.
Truiken Heydn enjoys a strong reputation as “a simply brilliant lawyer” who stands out for her “high-level work”. Sources note she “is great to work with in projects”.
The “excellent” Thomas Stögmüller is a standout practitioner who draws praise for his excellent client service and sophisticated expertise in IT licensing matters. 
Michael Karger is “an excellent practitioner” who is wells known for his experience advising IT users and providers on software and IT infrastructure matters. 

White & Case sees three lawyers listed here.
Jost Kotthoff is a prominent IT lawyer with a superb reputation for his vast experience in cross-border technology transactions and software licensing matters.
Detlev Gabel is a highly regarded authority on data protection law and is regularly engaged to advise German and international clients on compliance and data transfer matters.
Martin Munz is well known for his first-rate IT practice and enjoys a strong reputation for his expertise in internet law and IT processes. 

At Hoffmann Liebs Fritsch & Partner, Peter Huppertz draws praise as “a great lawyer” who stands out for his excellent IT practice and strong transactional expertise. He is regularly engaged to advise on large-scale projects and outsourcing matters.

Taylor Wessing is home to Christian Frank, a first-rate data lawyer and trusted adviser to major technology and media companies. Peers describe him as “an excellent litigator and a go-to guy”.
Jörg Wimmers is a highly regarded practitioner in the space who is well known for providing top-quality project and transactional advice to TMT companies.

At Gleiss Lutz, Alexander Molle impresses peers with his sophisticated knowledge of IT law and data protection matters. He is regularly engaged to advise major technology companies in large transactions and contracts.
Stefan Weidert stands out as “a very well-qualified, professional and personable lawyer” with a strong data protection, security and IT practice. Peers say, “He’s all over the market,” and highlight him as “an excellent practitioner”.
Andreas Wehlau also gains recognition in this chapter for his impressive work across the telecoms and media sector.

At Latham & Watkins, Ulrich Wuermeling is endorsed as “a high-calibre data protection lawyer” who impresses market commentators with his “top-quality” compliance and transactional advice.

WilmerHale is home to Martin Braun, an esteemed data protection and IT practitioner with an impressive roster of major international clients.

Greenberg Traurig’s Christoph Enaux stands out as “an extremely smart telecoms and public law expert” who comes “very highly recommended” for his work in the space.

Oliver Habel leads the practice at teclegal Habel Rechtsanwälte and is a prominent figure in the German market. He is a highly regarded expert on data protection and IT contracts and possesses a strong dispute resolution practice.

At JBB Rechtsanwaelte, Till Jaeger is a trusted adviser to “huge clients” and enjoys an excellent reputation for his expertise in data protection and ecommerce.

Rupert Vogel of Vogel & Partner Rechtsanwälte is a go-to adviser among major software and technology clients, who regularly engage him to advise on technology contracts and project-related matters.

At Pinsent Masons Germany, Florian von Baum draws praise as an excellent IT lawyer. He has broad experience in outsourcing transactions and is an expert in cloud services.

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