Michael Schmittmann is singled out by market sources for his impressive work advising clients on IT, telecommunications and media law.
Mr Schmittmann is a partner at Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, a major independent law firm with more than 400 lawyers in Berlin, Chemnitz, Cologne, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart and Zurich.
Mr Schmittmann has been in professional practice in Düsseldorf since 1989, with emphasis on telecommunications and IT, broadcasting and entertainment law. He also has expertise in national and EC competition law.
Mr Schmittmann has represented prestigious broadcasters in Germany and at EU level. He has represented many national and international telecommunications licence applicants, including the successful bidders during the UMTS auction in Germany in 2000, WLL frequency bidders in 1999 and DVB-T applicants in 2005-2006. He was involved in the latest mobile frequency auction in Germany (2010). Furthermore, he has special expertise in the German cable market. He is the leading expert in satellite matters owing to long-standing client relationships with various satellite operators. In addition to extensive consulting experience in the media and telecommunications industries (especially for international clients such as Eutelsat SA in France, and Time Warner/Turner and Oracle in the USA), Mr Schmittmann has special knowledge in the field of online gambling law. He is editor of a series for European gambling law. His most recent core work relates to IPTV/OTT platforms such as Zattoo or TV Spielfilm, the leading German electronic programme guide of Burda News, which now also offers live TV.
Mr Schmittmann is head of the IP, media and technology group of Heuking. He is an active member of ITech Law (International Technology Law Association). He has been a member of the supervisory board of Airweb AG (Paris/Mönchengladbach) and lecturer of European media law at the University of Hannover. He is a senate member of the German Association for Small and Medium-sized Businesses.