In this chapter, WWL proudly presents Germany’s top 125 data lawyers. They have been selected for their outstanding experience and expertise with IT law, outsourcing agreements, data protection, telecommunications and regulatory matters in the domestic market.
Most Highly Regarded
SKW Schwarz demonstrates its dominant position in the domestic market with a total of eight practitioners listed this year.
Stefan Schicker is recognised by respondents as “a strong lawyer in the data field”. He possesses more than 15 years of experience handling complex data protection and IP rights issues.
Mathias Schwarz is a prominent name in the German data space, with peers commending his exceptional work on license agreements, media law, financing and copyright issues.
Matthias Nordmann is singled out by sources for his expertise in high-value M&A transactions, with a particular focus on IP and IT-driven industries and the TMT sector.
Martin Diesbach is distinguished by his extensive experience advising domestic and international media companies on digital business models, as well as film financing and contentious proceedings.
Matthias Orthwein is acknowledged as a splendid IT lawyer who is regularly engaged by clients on domestic and international data protection issues, as well as outsourcing matters and IT project briefs.
Andreas Peschel-Mehner earns acclaim for his first-rate practice which focuses on data protection, digital media and e-sports issues.
Noerr stands out with seven lawyers highlighted here.
Peter Bräutigam emerges as one of Germany’s top IT lawyers, with peers stating that he enjoys “a spectacular reputation” and is “a significant name in the field”.
Thomas Thalhofer is praised by market commentators as “a fair and pragmatic lawyer who is very pleasant to work with”. He is well-versed at advising on domestic and international IT projects involving outsourcing and cloud computing issues.
Daniel Rücker comes highly sought-after for his profound knowledge of IT compliance matters, contract drafting, outsourcing and international data flow structuring.
Tobias Bosch wins extensive recommendations for his top-tier work advising German and international clients on telecommunications and media regulations, as well as on negotiations of operating contracts.
Johannes Kreile is a well-regarded media specialist with extensive experience advising German companies on film and television issues.
Bird & Bird performs well with an impressive seven listings.
Sven-Erik Heun is touted as “an outstanding telecoms lawyer” and “a massive yes for inclusion in this list” by impressed peers. He specialises in telecommunications, IT and data protection matters.
Alexander Duisberg garners plaudits for his “highly impressive, broad practice covering IT, data protection, digitalisation, and media matters”.
Fabian Niemann is a go-to lawyer for the full gamut of technology, cloud computing, copyright and data protection issues.
Jörg-Alexander Paul is revered as a stalwart of the technology and data space, with more than 20 years of experience advising on technology transactions, data protection law and copyright issues.
Henriette Picot is a splendid advocate who is particularly skilled at negotiating high-value IT transactions and advising on complex data privacy issues.
CMS Hasche Sigle earns six nominations in this chapter.
Malte Grützmacher is an authority on IT matters and “a real expert on copyright issues” according to peers who highlight his wealth of experience advising on IT projects and outsourcing briefs.
Axel Funk is a distinguished contractual specialist who comes highly esteemed for his skill in drafting and negotiating outsourcing transactions, as well as his first-tier advice on software development and distribution.
Peers report that Sebastian Cording has “extremely profound knowledge” of IT and technology projects. He possesses two decades experience advising on IT outsourcing, contracts and litigation proceedings.
Baker McKenzie sees five practitioners noted this year.
Joachim Scherer applies more than 30 years of experience in the field to his stellar advice to companies, financial institutions and public authorities on telecommunications, energy and environmental regulations.
Ulrich Ellinghaus is singled out by respondents as a top-notch name for product regulation and compliance matters.
Matthias Scholz is a favourite among peers and clients alike for his expertise and experience advising domestic and international companies on IT matters, intellectual property rights and communications law.
Härting is home to four renowned lawyers listed in this chapter.
Niko Härting is one of the finest minds in Germany for data protection issues, with peers noting that he is “without a doubt one of the very best lawyers in the field”.
Martin Schirmbacher comes highly recommended for his 20-plus years of experience advising on IT law and e-commerce matters.
Philipp Schröder-Ringe earns acclaim for his immaculate practice which covers issues pertaining to internet trading platforms, compliance matters and the intersection of broadcasting law and web TV.
Fabian Reinholz is an esteemed practitioner in the German technology space, with considerable knowledge regarding copyright protection, domain law and trademark issues.
Flemming Moos with Osborne Clarke maintains a strong reputation for his “encyclopaedic understanding of data privacy law” and for being a “truly terrific and very active advocate”.
Christian Frank of Taylor Wessing secures a place among Germany’s foremost technology lawyers thanks to his two decades of experience advising on IT, data protection and technology regulations.
Sources extol the virtues of Jörg Wimmers for his impressive skill in a range of IT, telecommunications and internet matters. He regularly advises search engines, internet portals and access providers on a variety of data protection, copyright and personal rights issues.
Lars Lensdorf of Covington & Burling possesses an impressive knowledge of IT regulatory requirements in the domestic market and is well-versed at handling IT matters, outsourcing agreements, data protection and digitisation briefs.
Thomas Heymann comes highly recommended for his insight into the full range of IT outsourcing issues, as well as his expertise advising venture capital and private equity clients on transactional matters.
Isabell Conrad of CSW is described by respondents as “a well-known name in the data field”, with significant experience leading on German, EU and Japanese data protection matters.
Jochen Schneider earns extensive recommendations from market commentators for his exceptional work advising domestic and international clients on IT, data protection and internet law issues.
Stefan Weidert at Gleiss Lutz is singled out as “a brilliant lawyer who is tremendously active in the space”. He is lauded for his expansive knowledge of IT and IP law.
Peter Huppertz of Hoffmann Liebs is a respected name among peers in the German data market who highlight his 20-plus years of experience advising an array of clients on IT licensing, e-commerce, outsourcing and data protection issues.
Philip Kempermann at Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek is distinguished as “a great lawyer to work with, and a very visible name in the field”, notably when it comes to IP, media, IT and antitrust issues.
Michael Schmittmann has built a name for himself as a sterling lawyer for gaming, IT, IP and telecommunications matters in the German market.
Truiken Heydn with TCI enjoys a stunning reputation as a “vastly experienced litigator who excels in IT cases”. She is well-versed at navigating clients through complex copyright, IP, IT and product liability disputes.
Stephan Schmidt is a founding partner of the firm, and a highly regarded name in Germany for IT and telecommunications law, as well as data protection, IT forensics and e-commerce briefs.
Thomas Mayen with Dolde Mayen & Partner is described as “a telecoms guru” who is “extremely well-known in the telecoms regulatory industry”, to the point that he is considered “an institution in the field”.
Hogan Lovells’ Stefan Schuppert stands out as “a strong recommendation for German IT matters”. He enjoys more than 20 years of experience advising on IT law, data protection and e-commerce issues.
Jürgen Hartung at Oppenhoff & Partner is lauded as “a top name in the German data market”. He is “recognised for his diligence and attention to detail” and is a go-to for data protection investigations, data transfers and outsourcing issues.
Christoph Enaux with Greenberg Traurig chairs the firm’s telecommunications, regulatory and competition groups, and is identified as an authority on business models and regulatory issues in the TMT sector.
Thomas Tschentscher of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is a well-regarded practitioner with a strikingly diverse practice that spans administrative, commercial and EU law, with a special focus on the TMT sector.
Jochen Dieselhorst is described as “a very well-known practitioner in the market” and “a fantastic lawyer, especially for IT contract negotiations”.
Martin Braun at WilmerHale enjoys a formidable reputation for his skill in outsourcing, IT and data protection law.
Holger Neumann at Jones Day is revered by clients in Germany’s regulated industries. He has amassed more than 20 years of experience advising big-name companies on a spectrum of telecommunications, technology and environmental issues.
Graf von Westphalen’s Grace Nacimiento is celebrated for her wealth of experience advising domestic and international companies on telecoms regulations.
Florian von Baum with Pinsent Masons is renowned for his adept handling of IT procurement projects on behalf of German and multinational corporations.
At teclegal Habel, Oliver Habel draws plaudits for his 20-plus years of experience advising clients on complex online privacy issues, IT disputes and personal data matters.
Michael Bartsch at Bartsch is singled out by market commentators as “a very senior name” and “a brilliant lawyer” who applies decades of experience to his first-rate practice which covers technology and IT matters, with a focus on contract law.
Jan Geert Meents at DLA Piper is highlighted for his strong negotiation skills, making him a go-to for issues pertaining to IT contracts.
At White & Case, Detlev Gabel is identified as “tremendously good on GDPR matters” and “spectacular for outsourcing work”.
Jost Kotthoff is “a name that always shines in the market”. He is noted for his broad expertise spanning IT infrastructure outsourcing, facility management and technology transactions.