Dr. Ralf Weisser - McDermott Will & Emery


Dr. Ralf Weisser advises on outsourcing and licensing transactions, digitalization, mergers, acquisitions and other large projects, regulatory matters, and litigation.

With 30 years of experience, Ralf helps clients to manage large and challenging transactions of all types and litigating complex cases. In the technology and IT areas, these include IT outsourcing and business process outsourcing (BPO), software development and licensing, software- and platform-as-a-service (SaaS und PaaS), application service providing (ASP), internet of things, industry 4.0 und connectivity, cloud computing, online shops and conditional access systems, patent and technology licensing and standard setting as well as privacy and data protection. To meet the needs of company’s outsourcing challenges, Ralf and a team of outsourcing lawyers have designed downloadable master outsourcing service agreements (MOSA) for German law.

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  • Advising the shareholders of Team! Licensing GmbH, a German licensing agency in the entertainment sector (Peanuts, Pippi Longstocking, Hello Kitty), on the complete sale of their shares in the company to Copyright Promotions Licensing Group (CPLG)
  • Advising one of Europe’s leaders in the savory snack industry, Intersnack Group, on the outsourcing of its IT infrastructure and negotiating the master outsourcing and WAN services agreements as well as all ancillary documents with the two chosen service providers, Getronics and GTT
  • Drafting and negotiating a software development and maintenance agreement for the creation of an app for the networking of various types of smart kitchen devices (Smart Kitchen, Internet of Things) of a leading German cutlery and kitchenware manufacturer

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  • Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers™ 2023 Germany: ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in Media Law
  • Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers™ 2009 – 2023 Germany: Leading Lawyer for Media, Copyright and Telecommunications Law
  • Chambers Europe 2020/2021: One client highlights that “Ralf Weisser is very competent and easy to reach. He is also able to provide very good support for time-critical topics.
  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2020, Technology and Outsourcing: Ralf Weisser, who has “excellent industry and legal expertise”, (…) is “recommended without reservation due to his engagement”.
  • Chambers Europe 2018-2020, Germany: clients value his “high expertise” and further describe him as “effective, cost-sensitive, hands-on and service-oriented“.

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  • Chamber of Industry and Commerce for Munich and Upper Bavaria, member of the Legal Committee
  • Chamber of Industry and Commerce for Munich and Upper Bavaria, Medal of Honor


University of Constance, Dr. jur. (PhD), 1993
Duke University School of Law, LLM, (Fulbright Scholarship), 1991
University of Constance, State Exam, 1988

New York

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