Digitization, virtual reality, AI, agility, big data, blockchain, deep learning, metaverse, cloud, platform services, IoT - among others, these developments are shaping and influencing our economy and our social interaction today. Comparable to the effects of the industrial revolution, we are in the midst of disrupting traditional ways of working, economic concepts and products. To remain fit for the future, companies must use digital solutions and services to optimize their capacities and develop innovative and sustainable products.

The promise of data as the gold of the 21st century leads to diversetechnical and economic opportunities, but also legal challenges. We ensure legally compliant frameworks in the areas relevant to providers of digital products and services,, such as IP, cybersecurity, data protection and regulatory requirements. We also draft and negotiate all necessary contracts with end customers, resellers, service providers or other market participants. If necessary, we defend your intellectual property against violations.

Which digital or virtual projects can we support you with? Read more about our consulting services in selected industries:

Automotive Industry

The automotive industry is undergoing a transformation. Not only e-mobility and autonomous driving, but also new requirements for environmental compatibility and changing mobility needs require the adaptation of existing products and business models. We can assist clients with our extensive expertise in this area. Together with our clients we develop practical solutions along the production, supply and distribution chains for all players in the automotive industry. Regardless of whether our client is an OEM, Tier 1/Tier 2 supplier or other market participant in this segment. We advise in daily business as well as in transactions and in disputes.

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Aviation

The aviation industry is not only a key player in the Hamburg metropolitan region, but also an important driving force on a global scale. It literally not only connects continents, but also acts as a multiplier for numerous sectors of the economy. It is a highly complex and global system with numerous players: aircraft industry, airlines, airport operators, air traffic control, security companies, etc. Not to forget the ground services such as ground handling or non-aviation services such as parking management, travel value businesses, etc., which are becoming increasingly important.

However, the industry is facing enormous challenges. Recent and possible future disruptions and the increasing requirements for sustainability and climate neutrality demand structural changes. We support you in achieving your goals with customized legal solutions.

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Digital Business

The amount of digital business models in the global economy is constantly rising. The rapid development of new technologies enables companies to introduce a wide range of scalable products to the market. Whether platform services, artificial intelligence or the use of blockchain technology for secure and transparent transaction processing, we help to develop and implement new business models in a legally secure manner. Our experts have extensive experience concerning the legal framework and requirements in the field of digitalization and can help you to exploit the potential of new technologies in compliance with the law.

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Energy

In the traditional energy sector, we have been advising companies for many years on the structuring of distribution chains, the drafting and negotiation of distribution and supply contracts (including contracts with non-European suppliers) but also on energy-related transactions, e.g. corporate structuring, plant construction contracts or the purchase and sale of energy producing companies (partly also through participation in foreign public tenders).

Our practice touches on various areas of law, including contract law, antitrust law, commercial and corporate law, employment law, insurance law, copyright law, IT, public tenders, private international law, comparative law, arbitration and procedural law.

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IT

There are few industries as innovative and agile as the digital economy. With new technologies and business models, it is the decisive driver for transformation in all areas of global economic life, but also for each of us in our everyday lives. Yet, this development is just the beginning. Once initiated, digitization is an ongoing development process. Not only does it require constant technical updates and upgrades, but the legislator is also constantly defining new regulatory requirements.

Software, Platform Services, AI, Cloud Computing, SaaS, Crypto, Blockchain, Big Data, Virtual Reality - Where is your company active? We support you in your daily decisions and in the realization of your strategic business goals, so that you will be legally compliant when operating in the market.

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Logistics

For us, logistics means not only transport and traffic but the entire value chain from planning, management and control of the flow of materials and associated information from procurement through production and distribution to disposal. Of course, contracts alone are not enough to ensure the smooth handling of services and goods, especially in production and procurement logistics. Nevertheless, a good contract provides a solid basis that the necessary interfaces are defined and being complied with through KPIs and it serves as a financial safeguard in case of disruptions in the logistics cycle. We advise individual general and special service providers, forwarders, manufacturers, warehousing companies, as well as system integrators and software providers in all legal matters, from corporate law advice, the structuring of distribution channels, IT outsourcing and subsequent IT insourcing to the contractual design for daily business. We cover national but also cross-border situations. In view of the enormous challenges and opportunities in this industry due to digitalization, 3D printing, robotics and autonomous driving, it is just as important to take into account how the requirements for sustainability and diversification are changing, not only due to our information society.

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Mobility Concepts

Mobility plays a big part in our daily life, which has undergone a major change in recent years. Our goal is to offer our clients comprehensive legal advice and support them in developing and operating sustainable and future-oriented mobility solutions. Whether it is about legal requirements for car sharing or taxi apps or about the drafting of contracts in the field of e-mobility - we are at your disposal with our many years of experience and know-how and look forward to supporting you in the implementation of your mobility projects.

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Retail and E-Commerce

We offer comprehensive advice on all legal aspects of retail and e-commerce. We support in drafting general terms and conditions and privacy notices for retail and online stores or in complying with consumer protection and competition law in digital marketing campaigns. We advise on issues of trademark law and copyright and support in implementing business strategies. Should things not work out as planned, we can also assist you in enforcing your rights in the event of disputes with customers or business partners.

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Software

Software is the heart of the digital economy. Without it, the technical developments of the past decades would not have been possible. Therefore, it is not surprising that a diverse legal situation and jurisdiction has developed in connection with software, which can vary greatly, especially from an international perspective. We offer you comprehensive advice on all legal issues relating to software. We support you in the preparation of software license agreements and the enforcement of copyrights, but also in maintenance and support agreements with complex service levels. Another focus of our consulting services is license optimization, where license and maintenance costs can be significantly reduced through contract drafting and negotiation.

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Your key contacts

Partner

Eckard von Bodenhausen

Partner

Johannes Struck

Partner

Sibylle Weuster

Senior Associate

Phillip Hofmann

Partner

Christoph Oertel

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