Matthias Götz

Focus Areas

Implementing GDPR requirements

Drafting, reviewing and negotiating data protection related contracts

Providing guidance on strategies for transferring personal data internationally

Advising on data protection aspects of corporate transactions

Advising on automotive specific data protection issues

Advising on sport sector specific data protection issues

Matthias Goetz

Admitted to practise law in Germany (Rechtsanwalt) and England & Wales (Solicitor), Matthias Goetz advises national and international companies on German, English and European data protection law.

Matthias worked for several years in a leading international law firm in London providing strategic and practical advice on data protection and intellectual property law to his clients. His practice includes negotiating complex data protection agreements under German or English law and advising on the cross-border transfer of data.

In addition to German clients, Matthias also advises numerous multinational and international companies and organisations from various countries around the world, including from the United Kingdom, India and the United Arab Emirates. These companies and organisations include multinational automobile manufacturers, organisations from the professional sports sector, and various innovative start-ups based in London, Hamburg and Munich.

Bars and Courts

  • Rechtsanwalt (Germany)
  • Solicitor (England & Wales)

Work Experience and Education

  • Worked for several years as Rechtsanwalt and Solicitor (England & Wales) in the London office of White & Case LLP, a leading international law firm
  • During his legal clerkship, worked at the Higher Regional Court of Karlsruhe and in the Munich and London offices of Noerr LLP, a leading German law firm
  • LL.M., University of Cambridge (UK)
  • Legal studies at the University of Freiburg (Germany) and at National Law School of India University (Bangalore, India).
  • During his studies, worked numerous years as a research assistant at the Chair of Intellectual Property Law at the University of Freiburg (Prof. Dr. M. Haedicke, LL.M).

Representative Speaking Engagements

  • Lecturer at the Verwaltungs- und Wirtschafts-Akademie (VWA) Freiburg for the course “Betriebliche*r Datenschutzbeauftragte*r“ (transl. Company Data Protection Officer)
  • “From PDP Bill, 2019 to Data Protection Bill, 2021 and Beyond – A Roundtable Discussion”, Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, Delhi, India (January 19, 2022)
  • “Why should US businesses care about EU data protection law?” Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, USA (February 6, 2018)
  • “Data Protection from a Transatlantic Perspective: How Private are EU Citizens’ Data?”, Harvard Center for European Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA (February 6, 2018)
  • “Ensuring GDPR compliance, Computing’s Cybersecurity Strategy Briefing (for the financial sector), London (October 19, 2017)
  • “Introduction to IP law for science students”, Blackett Society, Magdalene College, University of Cambridge (November 27, 2015)

Representative Publications

  • Rechtsfragen bei der Benennung eines externen Datenschutzbeauftragten für mehrere Unternehmen (transl. Legal issues regarding the appointment of an external data protection officer for several companies), Datenschutz-Berater (May 2022)
  • „Bring your own device“ versus Datenschutz (transl. “Bring your own device” versus data protection), Platow Recht (October 2020)
  • Chapter 4 (Blockchain and Smart Contracts), Handbook of Blockchain Law: A Guide to Understanding and Resolving the Legal Challenges of Blockchain Technology, 1st edition (July 2020)
  • Jurisdiction Chapter United Kingdom, International Comparative Legal Guide (ICLG) to: Data Protection 2020, 7th edition, (Juli 2020)
  • Joint controllers under the GDPR – implications for transactional lawyers, LexisNexis PSL Information Law (June 2018)
  • If you obtain personal data such as email addresses from the internet, in practical terms what are your obligations under the GDPR?, Practical Law (April 2018)
  • Effect of Brexit on IP, Intellectual Property Magazine (March 2017)
  • IP addresses and personal data: Did CJEU ask the right questions?, PrivacyLaw&Business International (February 2017)
  • Data transfers after Schrems: discord in the EU, SC Magazine (January 2016)

Contact Details

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