team profile

Danielle Herrmann

Rechtsanwältin, Partner

P  +49 69 945 195 300
F  +49 69 945 195 399
E   danielle.herrmann@neuland.legal

Danielle Herrmann focuses on regulated markets, in particular the TMT sector. She has more than ten years of expericence in advising major German and international companies on complex legal issues in telecommunications and media law, administrative and European law and data protection/privacy laws. She is also intensively engaged in the field of the internet of things, M2M communication and connectivity, such as connected cars.

Danielle represents clients in administrative and court proceedings, in contract negotiations, and in M&A projects. She supports stand-alone matters as well as large international projects with competent legal advice. Danielle also has broad experience with cross-border matters and cooperations with other law firms around the world.

Her recent highlight matters include advising

  • an international telecommunications operator on numerous regulatory and commercial matters regarding mobile and fixed-line telephony as well as broadband, including representation before German and European courts;
  • a leading German car manufacturer on connected cars in more than 27 countries, in particular regarding regulatory requirements in the fields of telecommunication und IT security, data protection and contracts with mobile operators;
  • a leading provider of VoIP services and online meetings on regulatory requirements and data protection in several countries around the world; and
  • strategic and financial investors on numerous M&A projects in the telecommunications, media and IT sectors.

Until Neuland legal was founded in early 2017, Danielle worked as an attorney at the international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, and London from 2006 to 2016. She became Counsel in 2013. Prior to that, Danielle studied German literature, economics, and law at the Goethe University Frankfurt, where she worked as research assistant and lecturer in public law and European law for several years. Stages of her legal traineeship (Referendariat) were at the Administrative Court in Frankfurt and the German Embassy in Lomé, Togo, amongst others. Danielle advises in German and English language. She regularly publishes on telecommunications law and digital economy topics.

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Dr. Stefan Heilmann

Rechtsanwalt, Partner

P  +49 69 945 195 300
F  +49 69 945 195 399
E   stefan.heilmann@neuland.legal

Dr Stefan Heilmann’s practice focuses on regulatory issues especially in the media and telecommunications sectors. He also has extensive expertise in the fields of data protection and IT law. Finally, an emphasis of his work is on the setup and implementation of high-profile compliance investigations and related data analytics tasks.

His recent highlight matters include advising

  • several over-the-top communications service providers in conducting data protection and telecommunications law analyses for Germany and numerous other jurisdictions worldwide
  • an international telecommunications provider regarding, in particular, frequency allocation issues as well as access and fee regulation
  • a broadcasting transmission provider with regard to issues of access and fee regulation
  • major corporations in, inter alia, the financial, sports, and automotive sector, in the course of complex internal investigations, in ensuring data protection compliance and efficient review and data workflows
  • various strategic and private equity investors on the regulatory, media, IT, and data protection law questions of M&A transactions with targets such as internet hosting service providers, cable network operators, video-on-demand providers, and debt collection agencies

The basis for Stefan’s specialisation in information and communications law was already laid during his legal studies at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg and at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He broadened and strengthened his expertise during his years as a researcher at the Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research in Hamburg. In parallel and during his legal traineeship in Hamburg, Kiel, Sydney, and Kuala Lumpur, Stefan acted as a speaker in numerous workshops and conferences worldwide. In addition to his doctoral thesis on „Anonymity for user-generated content?“, he regularly publishes on issues of data protection, telecommunications, and media law.

Starting in 2012, Stefan worked as an attorney for the international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in the Corporate/M&A practice group in Hamburg and until his joining of Neuland legal in May 2017 in the IP/IT team in Frankfurt/Main. Stefan advises in German and English language.

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Dr. Christoffer Bortz

Rechtsanwalt, Partner

P  +49 69 945 195 300
F  +49 69 945 195 399
E   christoffer.bortz@neuland.legal

Dr. Christoffer Bortz is specialised in contract drafting and negotiation for digital business models and commercial contracts in general. He advises big and medium-sized companies in all phases of implementing digital change. Due to his experience in advising IT, telecommunications, and internet companies as well as companies in the financial, general industry, and services sectors, his advice is not only based on legal expertise, but also on operational and technical know how.

Futhermore, Christoffer advises his German and international clients in complex legal issues of IT and IP law as well as data protection and privacy law and contributes respective know-how to national and cross-border M&A transactions.

His highlight matters include advising

  • a well-known German manufacturer of sports equipment on drafting and negotiating contracts for the re-launch of its webshop as well as for the implementation of a worldwide supplier platform;
  • the operator of a popular German bonus program on the implementation of a mobile payment platform;
  • a leading German car manufacturer on contracts with mobile operators for connected cars;
  • a traditional German ship manufacturer on the implementation of SAP software; and
  • strategic and financial investors on several M&A transactions with a focus on issues of IP, IT and data protection law as well as commercial contracts and carve out related topics.

Before co-founding Neuland legal beginning of 2017, Christoffer worked at the international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in Frankfurt am Main and New York starting in 2011. Since 2013 he worked there as an attorney. Before that, Christoffer studied law at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz as well as economics at the distance university of Hagen. In 2012 he obtained his doctorate in law with a thesis on copyright licenses in national and international insolvency. Christoffer advises in German and English language.