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YearSubjectTypeContact Person
2008 - 2018Advising BNP Paribas in landlord and tenant matters

Since 2008, Lutz is advising BNP Paribas in landlord and tenant matters, including

  • leasing and moving into the new German headquarter located at Frankfurt am Main, Europa-Allee
  • moving out of the Westend Carree in Frankfurt am Main
  • leasing and optimizing of lease terms throughout Germany, e.g. in Hamburg, Hanover, Berlin, Bremen, Munich, Nuremberg and Cologne
ExperienceLutz Hülsdunk
2008 - 2018Advising Union Investment in real estate matters

Since 2008, Lutz advises Union Asset Management Holding AG and various subsidiaries of the Union Investment group in relation to real estate matters, including

  • leasing and moving into the MainTor Porta in Frankfurt am Main
  • moving out of an existing property at the Wiesenhüttenplatz in Frankfurt am Main
  • leasing of large parts of the WINX skyscraper in Frankfurt am Main
  • leasing advice in relation to the Union Investment skyscraper located at Wiesenhüttenstraße 10 in Frankfurt am Main as well as advice in relation to the sale of this building from DZ Bank to DIC Asset AG
  • sale of the property located at Westendstraße 1 in Frankfurt am Main to DZ Bank
  • proprietary use of the EMPORIO Tower in Hamburg by Union Investment Real Estate GmbH
ExperienceLutz Hülsdunk
1996 - 2018Legal Tech Projects

Since the beginning of his legal studies, during his career at Allen & Overy and Jones Day as well as in his current roles, Lutz has conceived and successfully implemented numerous legal tech projects, initially on his own but most recently leading teams of developers and designers, resulting in two decades of relevant experience. His projects include:

  • a Wiki-based local counsel data base covering more than 150 countries and more than 350 law firms, comprising an interactive map visualizing global reach, online evaluation and referral tracking systems as well as usage analytics, including set-up of content creation and ongoing management
  • a high volume case management system for a leading European airline for defending flight delay compensation cases in a standardized and consistent manner throughout Germany
  • a contract review data base for IT distribution agreements designed for a standardized high-speed, high-volume review on behalf of one of the leading global IT companies
  • a lease review data base with complex standardized forms, allowing for various levels, depth and responsibilities of review, quantitative analysis of legal issues as well as sophisticate import, export and file comparison features, used for various clients ("highly commended" by FT Innovative Lawyers Report in 2012 for in the Most innovative law firms in Value Resourcing category)
  • a contract review data base relating to key commercial and legal parameters of network level 3 and 4 network agreements of a German telecoms company in connection with the acquisition by a UK private equity company
  • a flashcard-based legal educational software with all content for the two German state examinations, comprising more than 5,000 cards with relevance and importance filters, output functions for printed cards and Leitner-style auto-learning algorithms (number 1 Google Rank for "legal educational software" in Germany until discontinuation in 2011)
  • a Wiki-based strategic client development platform to organize firm-wide client-facing initiatives, both client-focused and subject-matter-focused
  • various coded contract exhibits for automatically calculating contractual figures such as penalties, KPIs for risk-reward-compensations schemes and lease space administration for a global data center roll-out
  • software prototype for advanced corporate charts
  • software prototype to convert any file source into an electronic data rooms
  • software prototype for integrated document, task and time management systems on various platforms (including macOS)
ExperienceLutz Hülsdunk
2017Co-organizing the Data Science Open Space in Berlin
In March 2017, Christoph has co-organized the Data Science Open Space in Berlin. During the event Christoph has held several open spaces dealing with topics at the interface between data science and law. On the basis of his decades long affinity to IT and software development, he once again proved capable in the discussion with software developers and data scientists of successfully bringing together legal and technological rationalities.
EventsChristoph Giebel
2017Publication on cyberbullying

On the basis of his long term experience in combatting adult cyberbullying in court, Christoph has authored in early 2017 an article in a professional legal magazine to that effect. The article discusses typical legal issues of civil law legal action against cyberbullying in social networks and sets forth how such legal action can be applied effectively. The article was published in issue 14/2017 of the Neue Juristische Wochenschrift (NJW). It has the following title:

Civil law remedies against cyberbullying in social networks, NJW 2017, p. 977 et seq.

PublicationsChristoph Giebel
2017Workshops on General Data Protection Regulation

Since 2017 Christoph has been holding workshops for several clients on issues of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), especially for software producers, IT and telecommunications service providers.

In doing so, Christoph not only conveys the key legal information as to GDPR that is essential for non-lawyers. He also creates added value by providing practical guidance for the implementation of the relevant legal requirements, tailored to the needs of each client. These use cases not only relate, in particular, to the implementation of privacy by design and privacy default requirements in software development and maintenance, but also to the optimization of internal data processing activities as well as managing contractual data protection requirements in relation to suppliers and customers.

EventsChristoph Giebel
2015 - 2017Software related disputes
In recent years, Christoph has been repeatedly involved in the assertion of and the defense against claims derived from software counterfeit allegations, thus representing software producers e.g. in the fields of business intelligence, integration solutions or HR administration programs. Thanks to his tech-driven interdisciplinary approach, Christoph was able to create additional value by working together with IT experts and accurately determining key technical facts.
ExperienceChristoph Giebel
2014 - 2017Large volume telecommunications and IT services contract
Since the end of 2014, Christoph has - as lead advisor - been representing an international provider of IT and telecommunications services as to the conclusion and implementation of a long-term telecommunications and IT services agreement for the group operations of a blue chip company. Christoph's activities included, inter alia, negotiations during the bid phase and ongoing advice during the transition/transformation phase. The volume of the transaction amounted to a multi three-digit million euro figure.
ExperienceChristoph Giebel
2013 - 2017Lutz Hülsdunk recognized in JUVE, Legal 500 und Chambers

For many years, Lutz has been recognized in all relevant legal publications for his real estate work:

  • JUVE-Handbuch: "high professionalism, intelligent, strategically thinking", "strong negotiator and achiever, always responsive, very practical advice"
  • Legal 500 Deutschland: "strong negotiator, service-oriented", "key player", "expertise in distressed assets and foreclosure proceedings"
  • Chambers & Partner: Noted practitioner
RecognitionsLutz Hülsdunk
2011 - 2017Assertion of claims in the fields of IT and telecommunications law
For many years, Christoph has been pursuing claims against providers of IT and telecommunications services for corporate clients, both before court and out of court. This relates to e.g. exiting failed software development projects, the assertion of damage claims due to system failures and network outages or the exercise of extraordinary termination rights in the event of a substantial breach of service levels (including underpinning the termination through declaratory action).
ExperienceChristoph Giebel
2011 - 2017Ongoing advice on contracts and standard T&Cs for software manufacturers
Christoph advises several software producers in the areas of business intelligence, unified communications software and seminar management solutions on all key issues of their procurement and sales contracts. This relates to e.g. underlying agreements with software developers, licensing conditions and terms of use, framework agreements with distribution partners and resellers, data protection notices etc. In this context, Christoph has a particular focus on ​​cloud-based software as a service models.
ExperienceChristoph Giebel
2010 - 2017Assertion of claims and litigation as to freedom of speech matters
Christoph has many years of experience in conducting legal action related to matters of freedom of speech. This applies in particular to combatting cyberbullying between adults in the social media sector, for example in the case of relevant confrontations between competitors or in the context of inheritance or family law disputes. Christoph covers the entire range of his clients' representation, ranging e.g. from extra-judicial assertion of claims and conducting civil law legal action and mediation proceedings, to parallel action against platform operators such as Facebook or Google. Several of the cases conducted by Christoph in recent years were dealt with in the appeal instance by Higher Regional Courts and in some instances even by the German Federal Supreme Court.
ExperienceChristoph Giebel
2010 - 2017Comprehensive legal steering of software development projects, including real estate applications
Christoph has been continuously supporting software development, app and website projects over the last years. His advisory services range from basic strategic issues (for example, clarification of copyrights and trademark protection) and the early taking into account of legal requirements during the coding phase to conceiving contracts and general terms and conditions as well as providing data protection and regulatory advice. In doing so, Christoph also has gained specific experience in the provision of such services to companies in the real estate sector. Over the past years, he has, in particular, been supporting providers of smart home applications as well as apps relating to self-storage services and the verification of architectural services (including ground plans).
ExperienceChristoph Giebel
2010 - 2017Ongoing copyright and media law advice
As a passionate guitar player, Christoph has a particular affinity to music and art. He is constantly involved in the provision of copyright and media law advice to artists, software developers, cultural workers, art collectors and companies in the advertising sector. This applies in particular to the areas of copyright claim management, conceiving license and co-author agreements as well as advising on publishing law issues and trademark, unfair competition and advertising law both as to conventional and modern advertising formats (such as YouTube channels).
ExperienceChristoph Giebel
2008 - 2017Ongoing advice on important IT and telecommunications services and outsourcing agreements
Since 2008 Christoph has been regularly representing an international provider of IT and telecommunications services in the negotiation and implementation of important services and outsourcing agreements with corporate customers, both at retail and wholesale level. Christoph has extensive experience in overseeing from a legal perspective RFP bidding procedures, NGN interconnection agreements, project-related co-operation and indirect sales agreements at an international scale, including the handling of all legal matters and practical requirements of legal project management in interdisciplinary teams. The volume of the transactions handled by Christoph in this respect usually amount to a high single-digit or double-digit million euro range.
ExperienceChristoph Giebel
2008 - 2017Ongoing data protection law advice
On an ongoing basis, Christoph advises companies in the fields of data protection law, particularly in the (judicial and extra-judicial) pursuit of and defense against data protection-related claims, the negotiation of data processing agreements and international data transfers as well as other issues of data protection compliance.
ExperienceChristoph Giebel
2006 - 2017Advising Hansteen on all essential activities in Germany

For more than a decade, Lutz has advised the listed UK REIT Hansteen Holdings plc in relation to all of its real estate acquisitions in Germany (more than 100 assets with a total value of more than one billion Euros).

In this period of time, Lutz has, among other things, advised on the real estate aspects of various complex financings and assisted with the creation of Hansteen's overall asset management platform in Germany (including the implementation of a digital platform for collaboration between property and asset managers as well as the set-up of a legal department).

In the year 2017, Lutz was involved in the sale of the complete Hansteen portfolio to a joint-venture of Blackstone and M7, acting in a non-legal capacity as a board-level consultant.

ExperienceLutz Hülsdunk
2005 - 2017Ongoing sports law advice
As a passionate sportsman, Christoph has also been advising since 2005 on sports law on an ongoing basis. He advises and represents athletes, sports clubs and organizations in court and extra-judicially, e.g. with regard to the handling of transfer contracts, the assertion of sports liability claims and nomination claims to important sporting events. In doing so, he has a particular focus on football and cycling. On the basis of his expertise in sports law, Christoph is being interviewed by the press on current sporting events (most recently by the Munich based newspaper TZ in December 2016).
ExperienceChristoph Giebel
2002 - 2017Technology law publications

Both founding partners of JURICITY have published on technology law matters.

Since the start of his career, Christoph has been working intensively on matters of IT law, telecommunications law and data protection law, including the respective competition law implications. As from 2003, he has authored a large number of publications in professional legal magazines in these areas, with a particular emphasis on contractual and infrastructure related issues in the fields of telecommunications:

  • Objections of the subscriber arising out of or in connection with Section 45i para. 4 of the German Telecommunications Act: legal particularities in the intercarrier relationship, CR 2016, p. 263 et seq. (co-author)
  • Damage claims in case of telecommunications network outages – Liability of the service provider towards corporate customers, MMR 2014, p. 302 et seq. (co-author)
  • Securitisation of loans to telecommunications companies, MMR 2005, 217 et seq. (co-author)
  • Private rights of way in the new German Telecommunications Act, ZfIR 2004, p. 661 et seq. (co-author)
  • Commentary regarding the decision of the Federal Supreme Court, dated 24 June 2004 (III ZR 104/03), EWiR 2004, p. 1151 et seq. (co-author)
  • Commentary regarding the decision of the Federal Supreme Court, dated 14 May 2004 (V ZR 292/03), EWiR 2004, p. 991 et seq. (co-author)
  • Commentary regarding the decision of the Federal Supreme Court, dated 10 February 2004 (KZR 7/02), EWiR 2004, p. 725 et seq. (co-author)
  • The interpretation of Sec. 57 of the German Telecommunications Act by the new case law, ZfIR 2003, p. 49 et seq. (co-author)
  • Commentary regarding the decision of the Federal Supreme Court, dated 27 February 2003 (V ZR 229/02), EWiR 2003, p. 725 et seq. (co-author)
  • Commentary regarding the decision of the Higher Regional Court of Naumburg, dated 23 January 2003 (7 U (Hs) 18/02), ZfIR 2003, p. 818 et seq. (co-author)
Lutz has authored the following technology law publications:
  • Comment on the Decision of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany, dated 2 March 2006 (2 BvR 2099/04), concerning the scope and applicability of the constitutional right to the secrecy of telecommunications, EWiR 2006 p. 305
  • Outsourcing in the insurance and health care sector without consent of the data subject? co-author, MMR 2004, p. 788-792 (co-author)
  • Integrated advice for convergent technologies, ZfR 2004, p. 70
  • Service components and contractual relationships of commercial music download platforms on the Internet, MMR 2004, p. 59-66 (co-author)
  • Comment on the Decision of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany dated 15 July 2003 (2 BvF 6/98), EWiR 2003 p. 1053 (co-author)
  • Comment on the Decision of the Federal Supreme Court of Germany, dated 24 October 2002 (BGH I ZR 100/00 "discount prefix"), EWiR 2003, p. 389 (co-author)
  • Designing Distance Selling Platforms under the new German legislation on E-Commerce, MMR 2002, p. 414-419 and p. 516-520 (co-author)
PublicationsChristoph Giebel, Lutz Hülsdunk
2012 - 2016Ongoing lectures on up-to-date legal issues
Christoph regularly lectures on up-to-date legal issues. Over the last years, he has, inter alia, held the following public presentations:
  • Law and ethics in software development, Workshop held in the framework of the Developer Open Space on 14th October 2016 in Leipzig
  • Recent developments in IT and data protection law, Lecture to the Lions Club Munich, 15th April 2015, Künstlerhaus/Munich
  • Sports law in Germany and France, Lecture within the framework of the Annual Conference of the German-French Lawyers Association, 7th September 2012, Federal Employment Court/Erfurt (co-speaker)
EventsChristoph Giebel
2010 - 2016Advising Signature Capital on significant real estate transactions in Germany
Lutz has advised Signature Capital in connection with various key real estate transactions, including the following:

  • Acquisition of the Neumarkt Galerie shopping centre in Cologne out of insolvency, subsequent redevelopment and sale to Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH with a total transaction volume of app. EUR 450 m
  • Acquisition of a portfolio of landmark protected former Deutsche Post properties in Berlin and subsequent sale of the property companies with simultaneous closing of the asset and share deal (transaction volume is confidential)
  • Acquisition of the Nibelungen-Center in Passau, Germany, at a statutory auction for EUR 21.5 m
ExperienceLutz Hülsdunk
2005 - 2016Litigation in industrial property and unfair competition law
Since 2005 Christoph has gained extensive experience in litigation on industrial property rights and unfair competition law – including as to the particularly important interim injunction proceedings. Whilst in previous activities for another law firm between 2005 and 2008 Christoph primarily conducted legal action in the fields of unfair competition, trademark and patent law for companies of the chemical industry, he has since then concentrated on unfair competition law aspects in his key focal area of ​​information technology. Therefore, in the years 2010 to 2016, Christoph was involved in many litigation cases pursuing unfair competition law infringements for companies of the IT training and consulting sector, especially before the Frankfurt and Munich competition courts.
ExperienceChristoph Giebel
2005 - 2016Sports law and sports media law publications
On the basis of his long term experience as advisor in the fields of sports law and sports media law, Christoph has authored in these areas since 2005, inter alia, the following publications in professional legal magazines:
  • Promising Start for the no “single buyer” rule in Germany, World Sports Law Report 2016, Vol. 14, Issue 6, p. 11 et seq.
  • The UEFA Club Monitoring – a tiger with incomplete dentition?, SpuRt 2011, p. 188 et seq.
  • Criminal law protection for the integrity of sport in Germany, Causa Sport 2011, p. 254 et seq.
  • The release of national players under the FIFA regulations in conflict with competition law, WRP 2006, p. 857 et seq.
  • The prohibition to go public in French professional sport – An infringement of the free movement of capital?, Causa Sport 2006, p. 13 et seq.
  • Early warning systems in sports betting under the perspective of data protection law, SpuRt 2006, p. 7 et seq.
  • The betting scandal and its legal consequences, Causa Sport 2005, p. 293 et seq. (co-author)
PublicationsChristoph Giebel
2015Advising Blackstone on pan-European portfolio acquisition

Lutz was one of the key lawyers who advised real estate funds managed by The Blackstone Group in connection with their acquisition of a pan-European real estate portfolio comprising twelve properties with approximately 168,700 square meters (approximately 1.8 million square feet) of office, retail, and logistics space located in Germany, France, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands.

ExperienceLutz Hülsdunk
2013Data protection in the social web

Lutz was invited by leading IT companies to talk as co-speaker about data protection issues in the social web:

  • Is privacy ruining the game? "Dos and Don'ts" for banks in the social web. Lecture held at the event "Bank & Future" organized by IBM Deutschland GmbH on 17 September 2013 in Frankfurt am Main
  • Data Protection in the social web: Are business opportunities impaired by data protection laws? Workshop held at the event "PASS Business Talk" organized by PASS Consulting Group on 27 June 2013 in Frankfurt am Main
EventsLutz Hülsdunk
2013Large volume rental agreement on data center capacities
During 2013 Christoph has represented an international provider of IT and telecommunications services in connection with the long-term leasing of capacities in several high-availability data centers. The transaction volume amounted to a three-digit million euro figure.
ExperienceChristoph Giebel
2012Highly commended in FT Innovative Lawyers Report
Lutz created a due diligence platform for his client Hansteen Holdings plc that was "highly commended" by the Financial Times in their FT Innovative Lawyers 2012 Report for reinventing "the due diligence process ... through the design of smart systems."
RecognitionsLutz Hülsdunk
2009 - 2011European civil procedure law publications
Since 2005, Christoph has gained extensive experience in the areas of litigation and enforcement, especially with regard to competition and trademark law on the one hand and copyright law and freedom of speech issues on the other hand. In particular, Christoph intensively deals with legal issues under European civil procedure and enforcement law. In the years 2009 to 2011, he has transformed these experiences into publications in professional legal magazines set out below. Christoph has thus contributed to the creation of important case law (see, in particular, BGHZ 185, 124).
  • Commentary regarding the decision of the European Court of Justice (Grand Chamber), dated 18 October 2011 - C-406/09 (Realchemie Nederland BV/Bayer CropScience AG), NJW 2011, 3570
  • Five years of European Enforcement Order in German court practice – Interim results and persisting need for clarification, IPRax 2011, p. 529 et seq.
  • The enforcement of contempt fines according to Section 890 of the German Act on Civil Procedure in other EU Member States, IPRax 2009, p. 324 et seq.
PublicationsChristoph Giebel
2001 - 2010Development and publishing of legal educational software

As early as 2001, Lutz published a legal educational software with learning content for both German state examinations, which he had previously developed and which – until its discontinuation in 2010 – had top Google rankings for legal educational software in Germany and hundreds of downloads each month.

Reference: LernSystem Pro (Legal Educational Software for Civil and Civil Procedural Law, Criminal and Criminal Procedural Law, Administrative and Constitutional Law), EDWORKS Hamburg, 2 CD-ROMs, 2nd Edition 2001

PublicationsLutz Hülsdunk
2007 - 2009Real estate law publications

Lutz has authored, inter alia, the following real estate law publications:

  • Old Indexation Clause - New Legal Issues (Alte Wertsicherungsklausel - Neue Rechtsprobleme), ZfIR 2007, p. 337-342 (co-author)
  • LoI, MoU, bidding procedure and then? – Pre-contractual arrangements and liability in connection with formal agreements, ZfIR 2009, pp 456-461 (co-author)
PublicationsLutz Hülsdunk
2005Virtual Private Networks
With his Ph.D. thesis "Virtual Private Networks – Selected Issues under Telecommunication and Contract Laws with a Special Focus on the New Legal Framework for Electronic Communication Networks and Services", Lutz has provided in 2005 an in-depth analysis of this type of networks.
PublicationsLutz Hülsdunk