Dr. Christian Schröder heads Orrick's IP/IT & Data Privacy Practice Group in Germany in Orrick’s Düsseldorf Office. Christian advises medium sized (Mittelstand) companies to large multinationals on IP, Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices, E-Commerce, IT and Data Privacy/Data Protection.
He is listed in Germany's leading lawyer ranking magazine JUVE as frequently recommended data privacy expert and clients recommend him to JUVE for his "reliable and actionable advice". Christian and his practice are also ranked by The Legal 500 Germany and The Legal 500 EMEA as well as Germany’s business journals WiWo and Handelsblatt for being among the leading German and European IT and data privacy practices (2019 and 2020), clients referred to him and his team as "Top data privacy expert", "extremely knowledgeable", and "able to explain complex legal issues in an easily understandable way so that both legal and economic decisions can be made". Christian Schröder is recommended for his "data protection expertise and quick comprehension as well as his entrepreneurial acumen."
Christian provides IP/IT advice in M&A transactions and advises on IP focused joint ventures. He supports companies on the set-up of webshops, outsourcings, license agreements, in cases of trademark or unfair and deceptive trade practice issues as well as on hard and software license and IT project agreements.
As a core member of Orrick's global Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation practice, Christian has a special focus on data privacy/data protection matters. In particular, Christian advises on privacy compliance programs, a risk-based approach to privacy, on implementing databases and new software applications, in particular, cloud based solutions. He advises on IT and data privacy contracts, internal data privacy policies, binding corporate rules, user agreements on BYOD, whistleblowing schemes, e-discovery, security breaches, and intra-group data sharing on a national and international basis. Christian regularly represents market leading clients in IT and data privacy contract negotiations and regularly defends companies against unfair access to their know-how by competitors and against unfair poaching of customers and employees.
Christian is a contributing author to several data privacy books. The Kühling/Buchner: DS-GVO, 2. ed. published March 2018, is considered one of the leading comprehensive EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) commentaries drafted by renowned German academics, former and current chairmen of German data protection supervisory authorities, and other leading private practice practitioners specializing in this area. Christian drafted the fifth chapter on international data transfers.
He also contributed to Forgó/Helfrich/Schneider: Betrieblicher Datenschutz, 3. Auflage/ 3. ed., released in March 2019. This is a handbook on Corporate Data Privacy, which contains comprehensive and practical advice on data privacy compliance for medium to larger companies, in particular, multinationals. Christian authored the chapters on Data Privacy in M&A Transactions and Whistleblowing and Compliance and, in his PhD-thesis authored a comparison between U.S. and German data privacy laws.
Christian writes frequently for Orrick's Trust Anchor blog and publishes articles in Germany's leading data privacy journal ZD. He provides litigious and non-litigious advice and represents clients before supervisory authorities and patent and trademark offices.
Prior to working in private practice, Christian interned with the German Federal Data Protection Commissioner and www.epic.org.
Data Privacy / Cybersecurity
Unfair Trade and IP
M&A Technology/Joint Venture Transactions