Dr. Ralf Weisser advises on mergers, acquisitions, outsourcing and licensing transactions, drafting and negotiation of commercial contracts, regulatory matters and litigation. He is co-head of the German Telecom, Media and Technology (TMT) and the Firm’s Licensing, Technology and Media practice groups.
With 25 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. Ralf also has a long track record in the telecoms and media industries and advises international and domestic players on their activities in the German TMT markets (including digital television, IPTV, VOD, mobile television, cable, fiber, mobile networks, Wi-Fi and machine-to-machine communication), and the building of platforms for the digital distribution of content via all types of broadband networks. Ralf also has extensive experience within cross-border matters in Europe and the USA.
Ralf has authored many law review articles and has served as a member of the legal committee of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce for Munich and Upper Bavaria for over 20 years. He is recommended for TMT in all major legal directories. According to Chambers, Ralf is described “‘a very capable, hands-on, solution-focused and business-oriented lawyer, who really understands the customer’s style of working,’ while clients commend his negotiating skills and ability to handle sizeable mandates.” During Ralf’s tenure, McDermott has been nominated several times for the prestigious award “Law Firm of the Year for Media and Technology” by Germany’s leading lawyers’ publication, JUVE, and won the award in 2005.
Previously, Ralf served as a teaching and research assistant at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, obtained his LLM from Duke University as a Fulbright scholar, and was a foreign associate with a US law firm in Washington, DC. Early in his career, he also worked for the Kirch Group in Munich and headed the legal department of DF 1 Digitales Fernsehen, the first digital television platform in Germany.
Advising a telecoms operator on BPO and IT outsourcing transactions, a call center services agreement, a network outsourcing agreement, as well as agreements for the purchase of mobile network equipment and services
Negotiating an ASP agreement on the licensing of a leading software solution for the sale of television ads with an international pay TV operator on behalf of a German software company
Drafting the framework and the cloud services agreement between a leading telecoms operator and Germany’s leading physical book distributors on the establishment of the first German ecosystem for the digital distribution of e-books
Representing a leading German public radio broadcaster in a multi-party litigation in a number of courts against the claim of German cable operators for the payment of cable distribution fees
Obtaining injunctive relief on behalf of a cable operator against a large housing society
Advising a leading internet service provider (ISP) on the adaptation of its European invoicing and payment processes to the new European Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) direct debit banking rules
Negotiating the framework agreement on the development of a shared Wi-Fi network in Germany and Eastern Europe between a leading German telecommunications company and a global consumer-based Wi-Fi network
Representing a German teleshopping operator against a state media authority in injunctive proceedings in relation to the allocation of analogue cable capacity before the administrative courts
Advising an ISP provider on ISP agreements with airlines for the provision of in-flight internet access services on airplanes
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