Dr Christoph Ritzer is a technology lawyer based in Frankfurt. He focuses on information technology, outsourcing and data protection law.
Christoph advises clients on complex transactions in the technology area, including in relation to cooperation agreements, software licenses and distribution agreements. Christoph also regularly advises on recent technological developments, such as cloud computing, blockchain technology and other issues in the FinTec space. He also advises on e-commerce and IT issues in M&A transactions.
In addition to advising on technology transactions, Christoph specializes on data protection law. In particular, he has extensive experience in advising clients on the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Christoph advises clients regarding a broad range of privacy, information security and information management issues. He helps clients with information law issues that arise in the context of data-based products and services, big data programs, marketing, corporate transactions, investigations and cross-border data transfers. Further, Christoph has broad experience in advising clients on data security incidents and data breaches.
Christoph advises clients across a variety of sectors, ranging from start-ups to German DAX 30 groups and US companies. Alongside his focus on financial institutions and the technology sector, he has special expertise in advising the pharmaceutical sector, especially when it comes to handling patient data.
Christoph studied law and business at the University of Bayreuth. He then worked as scientific assistant at the University of Wurzburg in EU law, where he also earned his doctorate in law. Prior to joining the firm, Christoph worked for several years in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications department of another leading international law firm in Frankfurt.
He regularly publishes essays in professional journals and speaks on legal and industry events. He is author of the data protection chapter in "Recent Compliance" („Compliance aktuell", published by C.F. Müller). He regularly contributes to the practice's data protection blog, DataProtectionReport.com.
Christoph is also an active member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). He has spoken at IAPP privacy events in Germany and New York, and is an IAPP volunteer in Frankfurt.
Christoph is fluent in German and English, and is a member of the German Association of Law and Informatics (DGRI).