Information Tech &
Tele­communications

The digital revolution is well underway. In a highly competitive market where always new business models are developed and existing processes are continually challenged, small start-ups, well-established medium-sized businesses and worldwide groups of companies are looking for the best possible solutions. At the same time, the government and administration must keep pace with this development. Our experienced, multi-disciplinary team of advisors for technology, media and telecommunication develops tailor-made solutions and ensures that our clients can stand their ground in the market and, acting proactively, can gain competitive advantages and be pioneers.

Numerous technological developments in recent years are largely based on software or software-related inventions, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), smart home or connected cars. Analysing large amounts of data using Big Data would be inconceivable without complex algorithms.

In close cooperation with the Intellectual Property and Data Protection teams, we can advise you on drafting and negotiating contracts, such as software licence agreements, ASP contracts, SaaS contracts and other cloud computing contracts, as well as IT outsourcing projects up to and including contracts which are based on Supplementary Terms of Contract for the Procurement of IT Supplies/Services (EVB-IT). In the context of IT outsourcing projects, we can advise on the entire process, starting with the needs analysis, the invitation to tender, the award of the contract, the drafting and negotiation of the contract documents and service descriptions, taking into account employment and licensing law issues, IT security and data protection issues as well as regulatory requirements, where applicable. This applies in particular to cloud-based solutions.

When dealing with agile software projects, we are familiar with the challenges of copyright and contract law in the drafting of contracts as well as with employment law issues, which enables us to optimally consider the interests of the client or contractor.

In the field of financial technology (FinTech), we advise companies from the financial sector, technology providers and providers of new technology-based business models on innovative technologies and digitisation strategies. This includes, inter alia, the structuring of legal relationships for platform transactions or electronic market places, identification services and authentication requirements or payment services. We provide strategic legal input to ensure the necessary compliance in a highly regulated legal environment. Our lawyers understand the technological interrelationships, for example, when using open APIs and open banking structures and when using mobile apps and payment systems, including near-field communication standards, and deal with "data ownership" issues in a manner that serves the respective interests.

For example, we advise Industry 4.0 projects from the production industry with regard to the marketing of predictive maintenance services and the intelligent control and networking of processes in the smart factory using 5G mobile radio standards. This enables our clients to optimally design the supply chain.

When deploying artificial intelligence (AI) based systems, our team can help you benefit from the advances in AI across all industries. When using AI technologies, such as machine learning and deep learning, we are familiar with the complex issues involved, including the protection of performance outcomes and the rights to use data as well as liability, enabling us to properly assess the opportunities and risks associated with the use of AI.

As a result of the rapid progress in digitalisation, convergence of media and challenges resulting from new formats and hybrid forms of marketing, the media landscape is also undergoing significant change: hitherto unknown business models must be based on a solid legal foundation and new forms of distribution, marketing and evaluation have to be contractually secured. Our media-savvy team’s creativity and competence help ensure that our clients are once again provided with the best possible solutions.

The telecommunication sector is highly regulated. Our team ensures that our clients comply with all regulatory requirements and, what is more, that they can operate as best as possible within the limits defined by these requirements. For this is the standard we have set for ourselves: providing top-quality advice that will ultimately make the difference for our clients.

Our Range of Advisory Services

IT Procurement
  • Drafting and negotiating software and hardware licence agreements
  • Application Service Providing (ASP), Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) agreements
  • Maintenance and support agreements, Service Level Agreements (SLAs)
  • Project and service agreements concerning the development, implementation and customisation of software, including drafting “sale and lease backs”
  • Escrow and deposit agreements
  • Operating data processing centres and shared service centres
  • Distributing hardware and software (e.g. OEM agreements, end-user licence agreements, reseller agreements)
  • Application/use of open-source software and “used” software
  • Advising and drafting agreements relating to agile software development projects
Awarding IT Contracts
  • Needs analysis and determining needs taking into account legal issues (e.g. data protection or e-government)
  • Proof of economic efficiency before and during procurement measures
  • Invitations to tender for IT contracts
  • Choosing and applying the appropriate Supplementary Terms of Contract for the Procurement of IT Supplies/Services (EVB-IT)
  • Reviewing service descriptions
  • Advising on how to deal with hardware or software defects
IT Outsourcing
  • IT and business process outsourcing as well as project agreements in connection with complex IT systems
  • Needs analysis and determining needs taking into account legal issues (e.g. data protection)
  • Advising on cloud computing including Application Service Providing (ASP), Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), nearshoring and offshoring
  • Reviewing and drafting agreements
  • Data protection
  • Liability issues
  • Licence management
  • Implementing strategies to protect trade secrets
  • Exit management
  • Advising on the spin-off of individual IT divisions into subsidiaries and related issues (e.g. rights and obligations in the event of a transfer of business)
  • Financial regulatory requirements
Management Consultancy regarding IT Security and IT Compliance
  • Legal requirements regarding IT security and IT compliance
  • IT risk management
  • Advising on implementing the German IT Security Act (e.g. critical infrastructure requirements for the energy, information technology and telecommunications, transport and traffic, health, water supply, nutrition, and finance and insurance sectors)
  • Carrying out and accompanying audits
  • IT security in the employment relationship, e.g. drafting works agreements and company policies regarding the use of email systems and the internet within the scope of the employment relationship
  • Legal support for cyber security incidents
Advising on E-commerce/Mobile Commerce and E-procurement
  • Drafting general terms and conditions or general terms of use and data privacy policies for shops, portals and electronic platforms/market places
  • Advising on how to structure customer journeys
  • Drafting terms and conditions and data privacy policies for apps
  • Reviewing the permissibility of business models
  • Advising on identification and authentication services (video-ident, e-ident, Second Payment Services Directive)
  • Advising on payment services
  • Advising on the use of retargeting advertising measures
OpenSource
  • Advising on licence models, licence compatibility, liability and warranty in the use of open source software, public domain software, freeware, shareware
  • Drafting licensing conditions
  • Asserting and defending against licence infringement claims
  • Advising on introducing open source project management
FinTech
  • Smart contracts/block chain-based services
  • Drafting general terms and conditions or general terms of use and cooperation and distribution agreements for electronic platforms/market places
  • Advising on payment services/e-money/voucher services
  • Investment products (including robo-advice)
  • Big Data applications
Advising on Supervisory Requirements on IT (German Banking Supervisory Requirements on IT (BAIT)/European Banking Authority (EBA) Guidelines)
  • Drafting contracts for the outsourcing of essential and non-essential functions
  • Pre-outsourcing analysis, due diligence
  • Internal documentation
Legally Compliant Design of Electronic Archiving
  • Identifying retention periods and deadlines for deletion relevant to the sector, including advice on the permissibility of storing in digital form
  • Advising on the application of relevant limitation periods
  • Advising on the implementation of the requirements for audit-proof archiving (in accordance with the German Principles for the Proper Management and Storage of Books, Records and Documents in Electronic Form, as well as Data Access (GoBD))
Licence Audits/Managed Licence Compliance Service
  • Asserting or defending against the assertion of claims for subsequent licensing
  • Advising on questions of indirect or automated licence use
Media
  • Advising on how classic business models can be transformed for use in the area of digital media
  • Advising on the licensing and acquisition of content (e.g. rights in respect of photographs or films)
  • Advising on the licensing of TV stations
  • Advising on media antitrust law
  • Advising on the distribution and marketing of content through diverse platforms, including pay television and on-demand services
  • Advising on feed-in agreements with cable companies
  • Drafting the contracts needed for the creation and implementation of digital platforms and for access to such platforms
  • Advising on the purchase and marketing of advertising capacities, including drafting advertising agreement
  • Acting as litigators upon infringement of rights on the internet (legal online reputation management, theft of content)
  • Advising on how to use social media for corporate communications
  • Providing copyright and ancillary copyright law advice in connection with new forms of exploitation
  • Designing legally compliant online gambling services
  • Advising on all aspects of press law and the law of statements
  • Advising on the development of a concept for and the implementation of marketing campaigns (commercials, posters, influencer campaigns, competitions, customer loyalty programmes)
  • Assisting with enforcing and defending against claims for unlawful advertising
  • Drafting the contracts needed for reality television shows
  • Advising on how to draft agency agreements
Telecommunication
  • Advising on regulatory issues (e.g. obligation to register, use and allocation of frequencies)
  • Drafting and negotiating contracts for WAN, managed network services, mobile services
  • Drafting end-user agreements
  • Providing telecommunication and public procurement law advice with regard to broadband expansion
  • Providing advice and drafting contracts for the creation of infrastructure facilities (e.g. lines, networks, transmission stations)
  • Advising on regulatory, data protection and contract law issues regarding the Internet of Things (IoT), smart devices and connected cars
  • Advising on over-the-top services
  • Advising on data protection in the area of telecommunication and secrecy of telecommunications

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Key Contact

Dr Michael Rath

Partner

T +49 221 9937 25795

Team Information Tech & Telecommunications

Dr Jörg Alshut
Partner
Berlin

Silvia C. Bauer
Partner
Cologne

Dr Stephan Bausch, D.U.
Partner
Cologne

Philipp Dietz, LL.M. (Edinburgh)
Partner
Cologne

Dr Maximilian Dorndorf
Partner
Essen

Daniel Donhauser
Senior Associate
Munich

Stephan Gittermann
Partner
Frankfurt a.M.

Steffen Häberer
Partner
Leipzig

Dietmar Heise
Partner
Stuttgart

Dr Stefanie Hellmich, LL.M.
Partner
Frankfurt a.M.

Dr Christian Horn, LL.M. (Tulane)
Partner
Berlin

Dr Silvia Hartmann
Senior Associate
Berlin

Laura Hoffmann, LL.M.
Associate
Frankfurt a.M.

Dr Sebastian Felix Janka, LL.M. (Stellenbosch)
Partner
Munich

Dr Helmut Janssen, LL.M. (King's College London)
Partner
Brussels, Dusseldorf

Dr Andreas Kloyer
Partner
Frankfurt a.M., London

Dr Rolf Kobabe
Partner
Hamburg

Karsten Köhler
Partner
Leipzig

Christian Kuß, LL.M.
Partner
Cologne

Sarah Komets
Senior Associate
Berlin

Christiane Kühn, LL.M. (Hong Kong)
Senior Associate
Munich

Stefanie Kandzia, LL.M.
Associate
Hamburg

Dr Detlef Mäder
Partner
Cologne, Dusseldorf

Dr Cédric Müller, LL.M. (Bristol)
Partner
Essen

Dominik Menhaj
Senior Associate
Hamburg

Dr Kay Oelschlägel
Partner
Hamburg

Michelle Petruzzelli
Senior Associate
Cologne

Dr Michael Rath
Partner
Cologne

Dr. Stephan Rippert LL.M.
Partner
Munich

Christina Rygula, LL.M.
Senior Associate
Hamburg

Dr Markus Sengpiel
Managing Partner
Cologne

Dr Wulff-Axel Schmidt
Partner
Frankfurt a.M.

Dr. Björn Simon
Partner
Frankfurt a.M.

Anton Spinty
Associate
Berlin

Dr Jörgen Tielmann, LL.M.
Partner
Hamburg

Andreas Tüxen, LL.M. (American University / WCL)
Partner
Berlin

Dr Gregor Wecker
Partner
Cologne

Thomas Weidlich, LL.M. (Hull)
Partner
Cologne

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