Dr. Kai-Uwe Plath

Dr. Kai-Uwe Plath

LL.M. (New York)


Focus Areas

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


Kai-Uwe Plath specializes in supervising complex transactions and projects, including those in the areas of outsourcing, information technology, research and development, GDPR compliance, and internal investigations. He also holds responsibility for the transactions group at KNPZ Rechtsanwälte. In recent years he has worked on a number of prominent transactions in these areas, such as M&A, private equity, and venture capital, as well as in the telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, media, and retailing industries. His clients include groups of companies, private equity and venture capital funds, tech start-ups, and mid-sized companies.

Mr. Plath has been a member of the Hamburg Bar since 2000. Prior to the founding of KNPZ Rechtsanwälte, he worked for the law firm of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for many years. He studied law at the University of Hamburg, where he also completed his doctoral work. In addition, as part of a master’s program at Columbia University, New York, Mr. Plath earned a Master of Laws (LL.M.), with an emphasis in the area of international transactions and IP, and worked there as a research assistant. He rounded out his professional legal training with time spent in London and Los Angeles.

Kai-Uwe Plath is a member of the expert IT law committee of the Hamburg Bar Association (Hanseatische Rechtsanwaltskammer Hamburg) as well as of the German Association for Law and Informatics (DGRI). He regularly appears as a speaker at seminar events and publishes in specialized legal journals, particularly as the author of the commentary he publishes (known as “Plath”) on the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): http://www.otto-schmidt.de/bdsg-dsgvo.html. In 2016/17, JUVE ranked Kai-Uwe Plath among the “leading names in data protection.” In 2018, the industry journal Wirtschaftswoche ranked Mr. Plath among Germany’s “top attorneys in the IT area.” FOCUS has cited KNPZ Rechtsanwälte on its list of the “top commercial law firms 2018” in the area of IT & telecommunications.

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