Dr. Jan-Michael Grages

Dr. Jan-Michael Grages


Focus Areas

  • data protection law
  • copyright
  • IT law
  • licensing and distribution agreements
  • e-commerce
  • M&A transactions


The focus of Jan-Michael's work lies on legal implementation and strategic support of digital business models. This includes drafting complex contracts. He is experienced at providing legal advice on data protection issues in the corporate context, particularly regarding frameworks for internal/external data flows, as well as in compliance investigations. He regularly advises on M&A transactions and carve-outs from the perspective of an IP/IT specialist and has particular expertise in the areas of automotive/smart mobility, software licensing/OSS, e-/m-commerce, and technology transfer. Much of his work is international.

Business paper Handelsblatt refers to Jan-Michael as one of “Germany’s Best Lawyers” in the field of IT law. He regularly publishes and lectures on questions of IT and data protection law and is a member of the German Association for Law and Informatics as well as the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property. Fluent in German, English, and French, he studied law in Hamburg and Aix-en-Provence. At the Institute for Legal Informatics in Hanover, he received his doctoral degree on copyright and licensing issues (“Orphan Works”, faculty prize of Leibniz University). He completed his clerkship at the Hanseatic Higher Regional Court and worked for Google and a German broadcasting corporation. Furthermore, he worked for the German Mission to the United Nations in New York and for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

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