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|2017||Co-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.
|2017||Publication 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.
|2017||Workshops 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.
|2015 - 2017||Software 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.
|2014 - 2017||Large 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.
|2013 - 2017||Lutz 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:
|2011 - 2017||Assertion 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).
|2011 - 2017||Ongoing advice on contracts and standard T&Cs for software manufacturers|
|2010 - 2017||Assertion 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.
|2010 - 2017||Comprehensive 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).
|2010 - 2017||Ongoing 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).
|2008 - 2017||Advising BNP Paribas in landlord and tenant matters|
Since 2008, Lutz is advising BNP Paribas in landlord and tenant matters, including
|2008 - 2017||Advising 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
|2008 - 2017||Ongoing 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.
|2008 - 2017||Ongoing 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.
|2006 - 2017||Advising 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.
|2005 - 2017||Ongoing 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).
|2002 - 2017||Technology 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:
|Publications||Christoph Giebel, Lutz Hülsdunk|
|1996 - 2017||Legal 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:
|2012 - 2016||Ongoing 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:
|2010 - 2016||Advising 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:
|2005 - 2016||Litigation 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.
|2005 - 2016||Sports 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:
|2015||Advising 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.
|2013||Data 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:
|2013||Large 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.
|2012||Highly 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."
|2009 - 2011||European 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).
|2001 - 2010||Development 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
|2007 - 2009||Real estate law publications|
Lutz has authored, inter alia, the following real estate law publications:
|2005||Virtual 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.