April 18, 2021

Volume XI, Number 108

Dr. Ralf Weisser

Dr. Ralf Weisser advises on mergers, acquisitions, outsourcing and licensing transactions, drafting and negotiation of commercial contracts, regulatory matters and litigation. He is co-head of the German Telecom, Media and Technology (TMT) and the Firm’s Licensing, Technology and Media practice groups.


With 25 years of experience, Ralf helps clients to manage large and challenging transactions of all types and litigating complex cases. In the technology and IT areas, these include IT outsourcing and business process outsourcing (BPO), software development and licensing, software- and platform-as-a-service (SaaS und PaaS), application service providing (ASP), internet of things, industry 4.0 und connectivity, cloud computing, online shops and conditional access systems, patent and technology licensing and standard setting as well as privacy and data protection. To meet the needs of company’s outsourcing challenges, Ralf and a team of outsourcing lawyers have designed downloadable master outsourcing service agreements (MOSA) for German law. Ralf also has a long track record in the telecoms and media industries and advises international and domestic players on their activities in the German TMT markets (including digital television, IPTV, VOD, mobile television, cable, fiber, mobile networks, Wi-Fi and machine-to-machine communication), and the building of platforms for the digital distribution of content via all types of broadband networks. Ralf also has extensive experience within cross-border matters in Europe and the USA.

Ralf has authored many law review articles and has served as a member of the legal committee of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce for Munich and Upper Bavaria for over 20 years. He is recommended for TMT in all major legal directories. According to Chambers, Ralf is described “‘a very capable, hands-on, solution-focused and business-oriented lawyer, who really understands the customer’s style of working,’ while clients commend his negotiating skills and ability to handle sizeable mandates.” During Ralf’s tenure, McDermott has been nominated several times for the prestigious award “Law Firm of the Year for Media and Technology” by Germany’s leading lawyers’ publication, JUVE, and won the award in 2005.

Previously, Ralf served as a teaching and research assistant at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, obtained his LLM from Duke University as a Fulbright scholar, and was a foreign associate with a US law firm in Washington, DC. Early in his career, he also worked for the Kirch Group in Munich and headed the legal department of DF 1 Digitales Fernsehen, the first digital television platform in Germany.


Articles in the National Law Review database by Dr. Ralf Weisser