Braun, Martin

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.


  • Who's Who Legal Data: Information Technology and Data & Privacy Protection 2018 recommends Dr. Martin Braun for his experience in the areas of information technology, data protection and privacy. 
  • JUVE Handbook continuously recommends Dr. Braun in the area of data protection/compliance; media, technology and communications: information technology; and he is often recommended in the area of outsourcing since its 2009/2010 edition. In recent editions, he was awarded "Leading Name in the area of data protection." Clients and competitors describe Dr. Braun as "highly competent" and a "good negotiator."
  • Legal 500 Deutschland 2014-2018 recognizes the information technology and outsourcing practice of WilmerHale under the lead of the highly recommended Dr. Braun.
  • Recognized for his work in the area of data protection (2016/2017-2017/2018) and IT law (2017/2018) by
  • Who's Who Legal Germany 2013-2018 recommends Dr. Braun as a leading lawyer in internet, e-commerce and data protection law in Germany and praises him for his "consistently high-class performance." Sources say he is "renowned" for his knowledge in open source software.
  • Dr. Braun is recognized in the 2011-2018 editions of Chambers Europe for his work in Germany in the field of technology, media and telecommunications: information technology, especially in the area of data protection and software licensing.
  • 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 (Handelsblatt 2014-2018).
  • 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.
  • Dr. Braun is recommended in the area of information technology and outsourcing by Legal 500 EMEA 2008. He has been described as "tenacious and knowledgeable," with clients confessing "complete loyalty" and having "no apprehension about value for money."

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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