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.


  • Since its 2009/2010 edition, Dr. Martin Braun has been consistently recommended by JUVE Handbook in the area of Media, Technology and Communication: Information Technology - Contracts and Processes (2017/2018: “very deep understanding of data protection law,” competitor) and has for years been considered a “leading name in data protection.” 
  • In the 2018/2019 edition, JUVE Handbook recommends Dr. Braun in the area of data protection (2018/2019: “extremely competent”, competitors and “data protection advice in compliance matters”), (2018/2019: “very high expertise, very high service attitude, very high pragmatism,” client).
  • Legal 500 Deutschland 2014-2019 recognizes the information technology and data protection practice of WilmerHale under the lead of the highly recommended Dr. Braun. He is again named a “leading lawyer” and recommended for his work in information technology - data protection for 2019. 
  • Dr. Braun is recognized in the 2011-2019 editions of Chambers Europe for his work in Germany in the field of technology, media and telecommunications: data protection and well known for his knowledge in this area, where he advises on litigation and software matters.
  • Who’s Who Legal 2019 recommends Dr. Martin Braun for his experience in the fields of information technology, data protection and data security and lists him as an expert in the following legal analyses: Who’s Who Legal Data: Data Privacy and Protection, Who’s Who Legal Data: Information Technology, Who’s Who Legal Germany - Data, Who’s Who Legal Thought Leaders - Data.
  • Dr. Braun is recommended by Best Lawyers in the field of information technology law and data security and privacy law as a top business lawyer in Germany (Best Lawyers in cooperation with Handelsblatt 2014-2019).
  • WirtschaftsWoche recommends Dr. Martin Braun as a “Top Lawyer 2019” for Data Protection law.
  • 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