Olswang strengthens European data protection and sourcing practices with new partner hire

13 Jan, 2014

International law firm Olswang has strengthened its European offering with the arrival of Dr. Andreas Splittgerber, who joined the firm’s award-winning data protection and sourcing teams from 1 January 2014 as a technology partner in Munich.

Formerly the Head of the IT/IP practice at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, Andreas specialises in major sourcing projects, data protection law and IT security compliance. His expertise covers a wide range of technology and intellectual property related transactions, such as licensing, distribution, consultancy and outsourcing agreements. In addition, he advises clients on matters connected to the Internet and social media law. Educated and qualified in Germany, he has spent most of his career working at Baker & Mckenzie both in Germany and the USA. Recognised as one of the “Top 25 IT-Lawyers in Germany” by the influential business publication Wirtschaftswoche, Andreas will be supporting Olswang’s international team with his knowledge of European data protection law and experience advising on multinational IT and business process outsourcing contracts.

Partner Ross McKean, who heads the firm’s data protection practice, commented: “Germany is a key region for our data protection practice. It has some of the most advanced data protection laws in the world and many of the concepts in the draft General Data Protection Regulation mirror existing German data laws. Andreas brings extensive experience of data, sourcing, e-commerce and technology law and has a truly global perspective having worked for many years at US-headquartered law firms, including a stint in the Silicon Valley.”

Partner Viola Bensinger, head of the German Technology practice, added: “Our German team has been going from strength to strength, building on the capabilities of a very busy Tech practice. We can count on talented law professionals in two offices in the key technology hubs in Germany: one in Berlin, which was recently described as Germany’s Silicon Valley, and one in Munich, which also has a traditionally strong TMT presence, with many technology players choosing to locate their European head offices in the Bavarian capital.  We look forward to working with Andreas to expand our technology practice even further.”

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