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    Digital, Media & Technology

    Are you looking to implement a complex IT project, do you need clarification on the legal issues of eCommerce, or do you have questions about compliance with data protection law when using artificial intelligence?

    We support your digitalisation project – from planning through to implementation - regardless of whether you are implementing the project yourself, working in cooperation with others, or seeking to acquire a target in the digital sector.

    And where you encounter difficulties during implementation, we’re here for you: we help with ADR and out-of-court settlement and represent you in court, for example, when IT projects fail or copyright is infringed.

    Our experienced team of specialists are at home not only in the relevant areas of law but also in your sector: many of our lawyers are “digital natives” and know the media sector intimately.

    We provide you with comprehensive advice on topics such as compliance, data protection, and IT and cybersecurity. Our field-tested team can assist with your transactions, contractual negotiations, and licencing issues.

    We’re here to help you with all your media law questions with our deep knowledge of the broadcasting, print, and digital media sectors gained over many years.

    Focus

    Media

    We’re recognised as the “leading firm” for media law and provide comprehensive advice on all issues specific to the media sector, from free speech and media supervisory law to special issues arising under employment and antitrust law.

    Games

    Our games team provides outstanding advice on the whole spectrum of issues facing the games industry. We assist you, for example, with intellectual property (IP) and consumer protection issues, draft contracts (including general terms and conditions), advise on compliance (including the protection of minors and data protection), represent you in litigation, and support you throughout your projects and transactions.

    Artificial intelligence

    Artificial intelligence is quickly gaining significance. We help you assess and master the legal requirements of AI: from the data protection law limits of using AI to the specific liability pitfalls when licencing it, or questions of who owns the “intellectual property” when the work is created by AI.

    FinTech, NFTs, Tokens, Blockchain

    NFTs, tokens and blockchains raise many new legal questions. Banking regulations, copyright, licencing conditions, and smart contracts are just a few aspects you must consider when using them. But we are also at home in the FinTech world, building multidisciplinary teams of banking and IT law specialists to assist and advise you.

    New Mobility, Shared Mobility

    Mobility is in flux – user behaviour and the demands on mobility and services are changing rapidly. We are well-versed in the concept of “mobility as a service” and help the mobility sector adapt. Our team advises on the consumer, data protection, and IT law issues that arise when developing sharing infrastructure. Naturally, AI is increasingly on board: cars are becoming rolling computers. Our digital specialists are at home in this area, too.

    Art Law

    The art market is evolving rapidly and extremely successfully. Increasing digitalisation has advanced the access to new distribution channels and buyer groups. Because of this development you have to face new and complex challenges. Advant Beiten  is your ideal partner; supporting and accompanying you in every situation. Our experts advise internationally-renown artists, collectors, foundations, galleries, auction houses, museums and fine art dealers. With the utmost discretion and experience, we assert your interests and provide you with in-depth support.

    Our primary practice areas are:

    • Import and export of cultural assets 
    • Protection of cultural property 
    • Digital art (NFT) 
    • Collection management and assistance with the purchase and sale of works of art 
    • Drafting contracts for fine art dealers and galleries 
    • Auction law
    • Organisational and legal support for permanent loans 
    • Restitution law 
    • Advice on forgeries 
    • Copyright law 
    • Foundation, tax and inheritance law 
    • The legal management of artists' estates
    Med Tech

    The medical sector is constantly changing with doctors and politicians demanding digitalisation. We help you navigate the jungle of data protection and medical law issues, regardless of whether you are developing MedTech solutions or are a hospital wishing to use them.

    Cybersecurity

    To protect our clients and their IT systems, data, and reputations, we provide preventative and responsive advice and coordinate with external forensic experts and PR agencies for crisis management, as requested. We help you make the necessary notifications, for example, to law enforcement or data protection authorities and assist with internal investigations.

    Data Protection and Data Economy

    Data protection and the “ownership” of data are central to digital business models. We help you ensure compliance with data protection law requirements and advise you on how to use these requirements to your advantage.

    eCommerce und mCommerce

    Electronic and mobile commerce are constantly changing and are subject to new regulations (e.g., at EU level) and a relentless stream of jurisprudence, especially on consumer protection issues and liability for (third-party) content. We help you develop a secure framework for your business.

    Software Development, Licencing, Outsourcing and Open Source

    Software development and licencing must take account of the rights and claims of customers, the limits of what is technically and logistically possible, and any copyright for software that is already on the market (including open source). Our many years of practical experience allow us to assist you with contractual negotiations to ensure a successful partnership – regardless of whether you are using cloud, SaaS, APS or on premise software, or a waterfall or agile development model. When outsourcing internal IT, clear procedures need to be defined and the duties and tasks of all parties must be stipulated. Our well-founded practical knowledge is an asset when dealing with these steps.

    Technology Transactions

    Our expertise in technology transactions is of note. With experienced M&A lawyers and experts for the digital, technology, and media sectors, our team regularly advises investors and target companies. Our sound practical knowledge ensures you set the right priorities, from the due diligence assessment to the negotiation of contracts.

    Dispute Settlement

    We’re here for you if your digital project is not going to plan. We assist with de-escalation discussions and put you in the best possible position for any court proceedings. Naturally, we represent your interests zealously in court and before arbitration committees. We have excellent experts on call and a proven network of foreign law firms that can assist in cross-border disputes.

    Antitrust Law in the Digital Sector, Digital Markets Act

    Specific antitrust law issues arise in the digital sector: companies with a strong market position are often accused of abusing their dominant position or using exclusivity clauses to restrict competition. The European Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office aggressively pursue infringements in this area. The Digital Markets Act helps put digital “gatekeepers” in their place and reduce the reliance of businesses on them. Does your company have a strong market position? We advise and represent you before antitrust authorities and when drafting agreements to prevent disputes from arising. Or are you dependent on another company? We show you how you can use competition law to your advantage.

    Digital Services Act & the Digital Internal Market

    The European Commission is dedicated to completing the digital internal market and has adopted various legislation designed to advance this goal, such as the omnibus and digital content directives, which have been transposed into German law. In Germany, the “Gesetz über digitale Dienste” or Digital Services Act applies directly and introduces numerous new obligations, especially for online platforms. We help companies understand and fulfil the requirements of this changing legal landscape.

    Professionals

    Dr. Holger Weimann
    Munich
    Dr. Holger Weimann
    Rechtsanwalt
    Partner
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    Dr. Andreas Lober
    Frankfurt/Main
    Dr. Andreas Lober
    Rechtsanwalt
    Partner
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    Dr. Thomas Barthel
    Berlin
    Dr. Thomas Barthel
    Rechtsanwalt, Licensed Specialist for Labour Law
    Partner
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    Fabian Eckstein
    Frankfurt/Main
    Fabian Eckstein
    Rechtsanwalt, LL.M. (Melit.)
    Senior Associate
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    Christoph Heinrich
    Munich
    Christoph Heinrich
    Rechtsanwalt
    Partner
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    Uwe Wellmann
    Berlin
    Uwe Wellmann
    Rechtsanwalt, LL.B. DLS (London), Licensed Specialist for Intellectual Property Law
    Partner
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    Daniel Trunk
    Frankfurt/Main
    Daniel Trunk
    Rechtsanwalt
    Senior Associate
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    Simon Bauer
    Hamburg
    Simon Bauer
    Rechtsanwalt, Steuerberater
    Senior Associate
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    Simon Schuler
    Freiburg
    Simon Schuler
    Rechtsanwalt
    Senior Associate
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    Katharina Mayerbacher
    Munich
    Katharina Mayerbacher
    Rechtsanwältin, Licensed Specialist for Information Technology Law, external data protection officer (certified by TÜV Rheinland)
    Partner
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    Christian Frederik Döpke
    Dusseldorf
    Christian Frederik Döpke
    Rechtsanwalt, LL.M., LL.M.
    Senior Associate
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    Dr. Christina Hackbarth
    Munich
    Dr. Christina Hackbarth
    Rechtsanwältin
    Partner
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    Andrey Slepov
    Moscow
    Andrey Slepov
    Diplom-Jurist
    Partner
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    Dr. Gerald Peter Müller-Machwirth
    Frankfurt/Main
    Dr. Gerald Peter Müller-Machwirth
    Rechtsanwalt, Licensed Specialist for Labour Law
    Partner
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    Insa Cornelia Müller-Trucksaess
    Munich
    Insa Cornelia Müller-Trucksaess
    Rechtsanwältin
    Partner
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    Tassilo Klesen
    Berlin
    Tassilo Klesen
    Rechtsanwalt
    Partner
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    Dr. Roman Parafianowicz
    Berlin
    Dr. Roman Parafianowicz
    Rechtsanwalt, Licensed Specialist for Labour Law
    Partner
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    Dr. Jürgen Burkhardt
    Munich
    Dr. Jürgen Burkhardt
    Rechtsanwalt
    Partner
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    Jason Komninos
    Frankfurt/Main
    Jason Komninos
    Rechtsanwalt, LL.M., Licensed Specialist for Information Technology Law
    Senior Associate
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    Tanja Hogh Holub
    Munich
    Tanja Hogh Holub
    Rechtsanwältin, Licensed Specialist for Intellectual Property Law
    Partner
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    Dr. Dietmar O. Reich
    Brussels - Hamburg
    Dr. Dietmar O. Reich
    Rechtsanwalt
    Partner
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    Fabienne Wolf
    Frankfurt/Main
    Fabienne Wolf
    Rechtsanwältin
    Partner
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    Hamburg
    Kirstin Müller-Nedebock
    Steuerberaterin
    Partner
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    Dr. Florian Böhm
    Berlin
    Dr. Florian Böhm
    Rechtsanwalt
    Senior Associate
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    Christian Burmeister
    Berlin - Freiburg
    Christian Burmeister
    Rechtsanwalt
    Partner
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    Roy Naor
    Frankfurt/Main
    Roy Naor
    Rechtsanwalt, LL.M. (New York), LL.B.
    Partner
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    Gerhard Manz
    Freiburg
    Gerhard Manz
    Rechtsanwalt
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    Danah El-Ismail
    Berlin
    Danah El-Ismail
    Rechtsanwältin
    Senior Associate
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    Simon Litterst
    Dusseldorf
    Simon Litterst
    Rechtsanwalt
    Senior Associate
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    Mathias Zimmer-Goertz
    Dusseldorf
    Mathias Zimmer-Goertz
    Rechtsanwalt
    Partner
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    Dr. Fedor Seifert
    Berlin
    Dr. Fedor Seifert
    Rechtsanwalt, Notar a.D., Licensed Specialist for Intellectual Property Law
    Of Counsel
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    Dr. Eva Kreibohm
    Berlin
    Dr. Eva Kreibohm
    Rechtsanwältin, Notarin- registered office Berlin
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    Christian Hipp
    Brussels - Berlin
    Christian Hipp
    Rechtsanwalt
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    Wojtek Ropel
    Frankfurt/Main
    Wojtek Ropel
    Rechtsanwalt
    Partner
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    Maren Dedert
    Hamburg
    Maren Dedert
    Rechtsanwältin
    Senior Associate
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    Markus Schönherr
    Dusseldorf
    Markus Schönherr
    Rechtsanwalt
    Senior Associate
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    Dr. Mark Zimmer
    Munich
    Dr. Mark Zimmer
    Rechtsanwalt, Licensed Specialist for Labour Law
    Partner
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    Dr. Thomas Drosdeck
    Frankfurt/Main
    Dr. Thomas Drosdeck
    Rechtsanwalt
    Partner
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    Dr. Marc-Oliver Srocke
    Hamburg
    Dr. Marc-Oliver Srocke
    Rechtsanwalt, Licensed Specialist for Copyright and Media Law
    Partner
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    Mike Schwichtenberg
    Berlin
    Mike Schwichtenberg
    Rechtsanwalt
    Partner
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    Stefan Bräunig
    Berlin
    Stefan Bräunig
    Rehtsanwalt, LL.M.
    Partner
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    Munich
    Dr. Mario Weichel
    Rechtsanwalt
    Partner
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    Sabrina Miersen
    Berlin
    Sabrina Miersen
    Rechtsanwältin
    Senior Associate
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    Dr. Christian von Wistinghausen
    Berlin
    Dr. Christian von Wistinghausen
    Rechtsanwalt, LL.M.
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    Dr. Markus Ley
    Munich
    Dr. Markus Ley
    Rechtsanwalt
    Partner
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    Dr. Peggy Müller
    Frankfurt/Main
    Dr. Peggy Müller
    Rechtsanwältin
    Partner
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    Dr. Michael Späthe
    Berlin
    Dr. Michael Späthe
    Rechtsanwalt, LL.M.
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    Lennart Kriebel
    Frankfurt/Main
    Lennart Kriebel
    Rechtsanwalt
    Senior Associate
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    Dr. David Moll
    Munich
    Dr. David Moll
    Rechtsanwalt, LL.M. University College London
    Partner
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    Dr. Birgit Münchbach
    Munich
    Dr. Birgit Münchbach
    Rechtsanwältin, Licensed Specialist for International Commercial Law, Commercial and Corporate Law and Information Technology Law
    Partner
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    Susanne Klein
    Frankfurt/Main
    Susanne Klein
    Rechtsanwältin, LL.M., Licensed Specialist for Information Technology Law, external data protection officer (certified by TÜV Nord)
    Partner
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    Michael Brückner
    Munich
    Michael Brückner
    Rechtsanwalt
    Partner
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    Dr. Barbara Mayer
    Freiburg
    Dr. Barbara Mayer
    Rechtsanwältin, Licensed Specialist for Commercial and Corporate Law
    Partner
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    Dr. Jack Schiffer
    Munich
    Dr. Jack Schiffer
    Rechtsanwalt, Steuerberater
    Of Counsel
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    Dr. Corinne Klapper
    Munich
    Dr. Corinne Klapper
    Rechtsanwältin, Licensed Specialist for Labour Law
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    Dr. Andreas Hipke
    Berlin
    Dr. Andreas Hipke
    Rechtsanwalt, Licensed Specialist for Agricultural Law
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    Dr. Sebastian Weller
    Dusseldorf
    Dr. Sebastian Weller
    Rechtsanwalt
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    Dr. Philipp Sahm
    Frankfurt/Main
    Dr. Philipp Sahm
    Rechtsanwalt, LL.M. EUI Florenz
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    Christian Hess
    Munich
    Christian Hess
    Rechtsanwalt, LL.M. (Stellenbosch University), Licensed Specialist for Intellectual Property Law
    Partner
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    Christopher Theis
    Frankfurt/Main - Munich
    Christopher Theis
    Rechtsanwalt, Licensed Specialist for Procurement Law
    Partner
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    Sascha Nowottny
    Dusseldorf
    Sascha Nowottny
    Wirtschaftsprüfer, M.Sc.
    Partner
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    Prof. Dr. Rainer Bierwagen
    Brussels - Hamburg
    Prof. Dr. Rainer Bierwagen
    Rechtsanwalt
    Partner
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