Dr. Martin Braun

Dr. Braun focuses his practice on outsourcing, information technology and data protection law. He has advised both customers and vendors in business process outsourcing and information technology projects. In the area of software licensing, Dr. Braun is well-known for his knowledge in open source software. His experience includes advising companies regarding their general strategy for the use of open source software, and providing advice regarding possible business cases based on open source licenses. Dr. Braun has also advised German and multinational companies on all aspects of data protection law and general compliance issues, including cross border flows of personal data, data security, electronic discovery and general document retention issues. Dr. Braun also has experience in electronic commerce, electronic signatures and internet domain law.

Professional Activities

Dr. Braun is a member of the German-American Lawyers' Association (DAJV), the German-Japanese Law Association, the German Lawyers' Association (DAV), the International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw), the European Outsourcing Association Germany e.V., the German Association for Data Protection and Data Security (GDD), the German Association for Law and Information Technology (DGRI), the International Association for Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM), the Frankfurter Juristische Gesellschaft and the Gesellschaft der Freunde Universität Heidelberg e.V.


  • Dr. Martin Braun is recognized by JUVE Handbook in the editions 2009/2010-2017/2018 in the area of media, technology and communication: information technology - contracts and litigation (2017/2018: "very deep understanding of data protection law", competitor).
  • Since its issue 2018/2019, Dr. Braun is recommended by JUVE Handbook in the area of technology and media: data protection and data protection compliance advice. (2020/2021: "considered approach", "professionally outstanding", competitors; "knows his way around", "thoughtful approach", competitors).
  • Legal 500 Deutschland 2014-2021 recommends the information technology and data protection practice of WilmerHale under the lead of Dr. Martin Braun. In addition, Dr. Martin Braun is honored as a "Leading Name" for information technology - data protection in 2020 and 2021. (“Excellent lawyer with outstanding know-how in data protection and exemplary service approach”, 2020).
  • Chambers Europe since2011 recommends Dr. Martin Braun in the category TMT: data protection.
  • Dr. Martin Braun is recommended by Handelsblatt Best Lawyers® List continuously since 2014 for the area of data protection and information technology.
  • Dr. Martin Braun is listed in 2019, 2020 and 2021 by WirtschaftsWoche as "Top Lawyer" for the area of data protection law.
  • Who’s Who Legal 2020 recommends Dr. Martin Braun in the fields of information technology, data protection and data security and lists him as an expert in the following categories: Global Leader: Global Leader: Data  Data Privacy and Protection 2020, Global Leader: Data  Information Technology 2020, National Leader – Germany – Data 2020.
  • Lawyer International’s Legal 100 – 2021 Awards recommends the firm’s Data Protection Practice under the direction of Dr. Martin Braun as “Law Firm of the Year – Germany”.
  • Recognized for his work in the area of data protection (2016/2017-2018/2019) and IT law (2017/2018-2018/2019) by
  • WilmerHale’s data protection practice, led by Dr. Braun, received the 2014 Global Award as „Data Protection Law Firm of the Year in Germany“ by British business magazine Corporate INTL.

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  • Education

    • PhD, Public International Law and Internet Regulation, University of Heidelberg, 2001

    • Postgraduate Studies, Japanese Law, Distance University of Hagen

    • Second State Exam, Heidelberg, 1998

    • First State Exam, Heidelberg, 1996

    • Maîtrise en droit, Aix-en-Provence, 1993

  • Admissions

    • Frankfurt am Main

    • Brussels

  • Languages

    • English

    • German

    • French