FPS is a reliable partner in all legal matters relating to digitalisation. From IT outsourcing, cybersecurity and AI to the Internet of Things, data law, the metaverse and NFTs – the specialists at FPS provide pragmatic and expert advice. 

When it comes to waterfall models and agile programming, Industry 4.0, complex ERP systems, smart apps and gamification, FPS advises software manufacturers on development and sales matters. Furthermore, we support contracting parties and contractors in IT projects, including assistance with any procurement procedures. Our knowledge covers the implementation of classic on-premise solutions as well as cloud migration (XaaS) or services such as the IoT or digital twins.

If required, we can also help our clients to efficiently satisfy compliance requirements such as data protection management and cybersecurity systems.

Awards from JUVE, WirtschaftsWoche, brand eins and Focus Spezial underline the knowledge possessed by FPS and attest to the fact that FPS is the right choice when needing to navigate through the digital world in a legally compliant manner.

Specialisation

  • IT contract law / outsourcing

    FPS advises in all areas of IT contract law. Whether clients need support in drafting and negotiating IT project contracts, designing and running outsourcing projects or making use of cloud services – we are on hand to help with our experts. In addition to many years of experience in advising a wide range of industries and companies of all sizes, our team has a real technical affinity and a special degree of creativity. This gives us a good technical understanding of our clients’ concerns and business models and enables us to find the best solution for them. Our services include drafting and negotiating IT project contracts (agile, classic, managed services, new business models), outsourcing contracts, service descriptions, service level agreements and pricing plans, and helping clients to prepare for due diligence processes, vendor conferences and on-site visits. We also oversee project and system integration measures as well as hardware and software maintenance and draft licensing, escrow and distribution agreements.

  • IT tenders

    When it comes to IT tenders, we help contracting authorities to choose the right procedure (known in Germany as VOL/A and VOB/A) and implement it. For example, we sit down with our client to work out the desired performance target, taking into account the usual legal and regulatory frameworks, translate the technical requirements into legal language and help to draft the contract documents (in line with EVB-IT, for example, the supplementary contractual conditions for the procurement of IT services). We are familiar with both sides of the coin, not least because in addition to advising public contracting authorities, we also have many years of expertise in advising national and international bidders in the context of public IT tenders.

  • IT litigation / mediation

    In many cases, carefully drawn-up project contracts protect the parties from disputes. Due to the content and complexity of IT projects, however, disputes cannot be completely ruled out. We help our clients to get troubled projects back on track by finding sensible solutions. If necessary, we also support them when asserting their rights (judicially) or defending against claims.

  • Data (protection) law

    Digitalisation unlocks new opportunities for companies and creates space for future-oriented and scalable business models. Data has become the most valuable currency in the digital world. Data protection law – or now data law – is a separate advisory field at FPS rather than a mere annex to other areas of law. FPS helps companies to devise future-proof and legally compliant data usage concepts so that they can achieve their goals when using new technologies: innovation and data protection – when understood correctly – needn’t contradict one another. The GDPR with its drastic fines has significantly increased the risks for companies. FPS establishes what a company is permitted to do with the data and ensures compliance with data protection requirements in a pragmatic way by setting up a data protection management system, which, among other things, includes records of processing activities, data protection policies, data protection information, deletion and authorisation concepts, data protection impact assessments, processes for dealing with information and deletion requests from data subjects and much more besides. And if penalty proceedings are initiated, we defend our clients’ rights against the supervisory authorities. We also provide external data protection officers for our clients – for data protection from one single source.

  • IT security / cybersecurity

    While IT security has long been considered a ‘technical’ matter handled solely by a company’s IT department, its legal relevance can no longer be disputed. Alongside buzzwords such as ‘trade secret’, ‘data protection’ or ‘record fine’, the implications of any liability for executives must be taken into account, for example. In order to fully protect a company and its management, a legal assessment of the risks should always be carried out in addition to examining the matter from a technical perspective. FPS devises cybersecurity strategies to protect government agencies as well as business owners and businesses. In the event of an attack, our experts coordinate the immediate action that needs to be taken, getting in touch with their IT security forensic experts, crisis communication agencies, investigative authorities and insurance companies. And we help our clients to defend themselves against claims for damages and administrative fines.

  • Artificial intelligence

    Artificial intelligence (AI) is influencing more and more areas of life and the economy. AI has been a ‘hot topic’ since the advent of ChatGPT. The potential is huge – so the time has come to get to grips with the legal parameters of AI. This includes, for example, protecting AI-generated works and avoiding copyright infringements by texts, images and software created by AI, not to mention any liability issues, data protection implications and the need to find a sensible approach to handling training and production data. FPS ensures that AI applications are legally compliant. We draft contracts, protect intellectual property and help to uphold ethical standards. In the event of any conflicts, we are our clients’ first line of defence. We also hold training courses on the subject of AI for our clients and their employees, together with leading AI consultants on request.

  • Metaverse

    The metaverse covers 3D virtual environments where people and businesses interact and move around the virtual world with avatars. It unlocks new business opportunities, but lacks a consistent legal framework. FPS helps its clients to overcome these legal challenges. We find legally robust solutions, offer advice on risk prevention and successfully support metaverse projects.

Awards

brand eins Top Law Firm for IT and Telecommunications
2023 | 2022 | 2021 | 2020
FOCUS Recommended for IT and Telecommunications
since 2014
FOCUS Recommended for Data Security and Privacy Law
2023
2023
JUVE Handbuch Recommended for IT Law and Data Protection
since 2010
The Legal 500 Recommended for IT and Digitalisation
since 2016
WirtschaftsWoche Top Law Firm for IT Law
2023 | 2022 | 2018
WirtschaftsWoche Top Law Firm for Data Security and Privacy Law
2023 | 2022 | 2021 | 2020

Publications on this topic

Dr. Patrick Grosmann Dr. Hauke Hansen
Neues zur Haftung von Auftragsverarbeitern und Verantwortlichen
Kommunikation & Recht, 27. Jahrgang, , S. 102 - 104
Dr. Patrick Grosmann
Immaterieller Schaden durch Hackerangriff
IT-Rechtsberater (ITRB), Heft 02, , S. 32