Dr. Thomas Thalhofer

Head of Digital Business

Thomas Thalhofer specialises in legal issues surrounding the digitalisation of the economy, contract drafting and legal project advice in complex national and international IT projects, cloud projects and IT outsourcing initiatives. He also focuses on corporate transactions in the fields of technology, IT dispute resolution and litigation, as well as software licensing and data protection law. Alongside his extensive practical work, Thomas regularly writes articles for publi-cation. He is co-chair of the Dispute Resolution Committee of ITechLaw Association, co-chair of the Outsourcing Committee of the German Association of Law and Informatics and a member of the German Lawyers’ Association (IT working group). Thomas also lectures on the programme for certified specialists in IT law and is a guest lecturer in IT law at the University of Padua, Italy.

Thomas is ranked 6th among German thought leaders in IT law by Who’s Who Legal and is recommended as a leading expert in IT law by JUVE Handbook, Chambers Europe, Legal 500 Deutschland, Who’s Who Legal TMT and Best Lawyers Germany.


  • Outsourcing
  • IT law
  • IT contract law
  • IT litigation
  • Software licensing law
  • Telecommunications law
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Data protection law
  • IT compliance


  • Legal studies at the University of Passau
  • Visiting attorney at one of the world’s largest software companies in the USA
  • At Noerr since 2006
  • Admitted to the Munich Chamber of Lawyers


  • Recommended as a leading expert in IT law by JUVE Handbook, Chambers Europe, Legal 500 Deutschland, Who’s Who Legal TMT and Best Lawyers Germany


  • Vice chair of the Dispute Resolution Committee of the ITechLaw Association
  • Co-leader of the outsourcing expert committee of the German Association of Law and Informatics (DGRI)
  • German Lawyers’ Association (DAV) (IT working group)

Selected Publications

  • The Legal 500: Technology Country Comparative Guide (with Prof. Dr. Peter Bräutigam), The In-House Lawyer, 2. Edition, 09/2018
  • Outsourcing, in: Auer-Reinsdorff/Conrad, Handbuch IT-und Datenschutzrecht, 3.condition, Munich 2018
  • Outsourcing, in: Thomson Reuters Practical Law Outsourcing Guide 2017/18 (with Prof. Dr. Peter Bräutigam, Yvonne Dietzel, Fabian Vilgertshofer), 02/2018
  • Recht an Daten in der Smart Factory, GRUR 10/2017, S. 225
  • BGH Urteilsbesprechung vom 16.05.2017 - VI ZR 135/13; Speichern von IP-Adressen (with Dr. Stefanie Hagemeier), DER BETRIEB, Handelsblatt Fachmedien GmbH, 09/2017
  • Rechtliche Aspekte der Blockchain (with Joachim Schrey), NJW 20/2017, S. 1431
  • Auswirkungenvon Solvency II auf das IT-Outsourcing bei Versicherungen (with Magdalena Beck), CR 2016, p.1
  • Suchmaschinen und Pluralitätsanforderungen (with Prof. Dr. Johannes Kreile), in: ZUM 2014, p. 620
  • Praktische Herausforderungen von AGB und Individualvertrag bei IT-Projekten (with Stefan Wilmer), in: CR 2014, p. 765
  • Lieferung eines kompletten EDV-Systems (with Prof. Dr. Peter Bräutigam), in: Redeker, Handbuch der IT-Verträge, Köln 2014
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