Wolfgang Büchner, since the mid-1980s, has developed a focus in information technology and digital media law. He advises on private equity, M&A, and capital markets transactions in these fields. With respect to his clients’ business operations, he advises primarily as to data protection, data security, and cybersecurity, specifically in the “cloud” environment; IT outsourcing; and contractual and regulatory issues of broadcasting, telemedia services, and telecommunications, with a link to sports law.
He advises Deutsche Telekom with respect to sports content for its IPTV and mobile TV platforms; SAP AG with respect to IT, commercial, and copyright law issues; and major e-business providers (salesforce.com) on their agreements for web-based services (“software as a service”). He is PTC, Inc.’s point of contact for their M&A activities in Germany and advises the telecom infrastructure provider ADVA Optical Networking SE in corporate and technology transactions.
Wolfgang has extensive experience with the convergence of internet and telecom services and the exploitation of media content via electronic media, including in the form of production, organization, cable re-transmission, feeding-in agreements, and merchandising and sponsorship (including for the FIFA World Cup).
Wolfgang practiced law as a foreign associate in the United States from 1982 to 1983. He is a certified attorney for information technology law and lectures as a honorary professor on telecommunication law at the Wilhelm Leibniz University Hanover. He has served in leading roles at professional associations, most recently until 2012 as president of the International Federation of Computer Law Associations (IFCLA).
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