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.

Recognition

  • Recommended by Germany's JUVE Handbook since its 2018/2019 edition, Dr. Martin Braun has been consistently recommended for Technology and Media: Data Protection and Data Protection Compliance Advice. Peers praise Dr. Braun for competence, “(for having) outstanding knowledge and (for being) well-connected”, and for being an “extremely well-versed expert” (2021/2022 edition).
  • Dr. Martin Braun is consistently recognized by JUVE Handbook from 2009 to 2018 in its Media, Technology and Communication: Information technology—Contracts and Litigation categories. Peers recognize that Dr. Braun has “very deep understanding of data protection law” (2017/2018 edition).
  • Germany’s Legal 500 recommended WilmerHale’s Information Technology and Data Protection practice group, led by Dr. Braun since 2014. In addition, Dr. Braun is consistently recognized as a “Leading Name” in information technology - data protection since 2020. “Excellent Lawyer with outstanding know-how in data protection and exemplary approach to service” (2020).
  • Recommended by Chambers Europe since 2011 in the category of Technology, Media and Telecommunications - Data Protection.
  • Listed by Handelsblatt as one of the Best Lawyers® since 2014 for data protection and information technology.
  • Named in 2019, 2020 and 2021 by Germany's WirtschaftsWoche as a “Top Lawyer” in data protection law.
  • Recommended in the 2020 - 2022 editions of Who’s Who Legal for Information technology, Data protection and Data security. Dr. Braun is also named as a Global Leader in the Data – Data privacy and protection and Data – Information technology categories, and as a National Leader in the Germany – Data category.
  • WilmerHale’s Data Protection practice, led by Dr. Braun, was recognized as “Law Firm of the Year – Germany” in Lawyer International’s Legal 100 Awards, consecutively in 2021 and 2022.
  • Recognized by kanzleimonitor.de in Germany for Data Protection in the 2016 / 2017 – 2018 / 2019 editions and IT Law in the 2017 / 2018 and 2018 / 2019 editions.
  • WilmerHale’s Data Protection practice, led by Dr. Braun, received the 2014 Global Award as "Data Protection Law Firm of the Year in Germany" from British business magazine Corporate INTL.

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Credentials

  • Education

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

    • Postgraduate Studies, Japanese Law, Distance University of Hagen

      1997-1999
    • Second State Exam, Heidelberg, 1998

    • First State Exam, Heidelberg, 1996

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

  • Admissions

    • Frankfurt

    • Brussels

  • Languages

    • English

    • German

    • French

Credentials