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Dr. Stephan Appt, LL.M.

Rechtsanwalt, Partner

About Stephan Appt

Stephan advises German and international companies in commercial, intellectual property and information technology law matters, with a particular focus on the automotive and IT sectors. His practice includes advising on the negotiation and implementation of all types of IT related agreements (including software development, licensing, maintenance services, software distribution and software-as-a-service) and outsourcing transactions, as well as providing strategic advice to clients concerning IT law matters (e.g. open source software, cloud computing and e-commerce) and related regulatory issues (including data protection and data security matters). Stephan assists clients in IT and IP disputes before regular courts and in arbitration proceedings. Stephan regularly publishes articles and speaks at conferences.


Partner at Pinsent Masons, since 2015

Legal Director at Pinsent Masons, 2013

Associate at a major UK law firm, Munich, 2010

Associate at a law firm which specialised in advising technology businesses, Munich, 2007

Doctorate in law, Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg, 2008

Associate at a U.S. law firm, Munich, 2006

Master of Laws (LL.M.), University of Edinburgh, UK, 2005

Associate at a Belgian law firm, Brussels, 2005

Admission as Rechtsanwalt, 2004

Studied law at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg and the Université de Lausanne (Switzerland)


  • Advising a hightech company on all legal aspects related to autonomous last mile delivery robots
  • Advising a Tier 1 automotive supplier on data related aspects regarding analytics of CAN bus data
  • Advising a major German insurance company on data protection law aspects regarding its pay as you drive offering
  • Advising a major business in the chemical industry regarding various legal aspects related to their 3D printing offering
  • Ongoing advice to an automotive OEM regarding data protection law and matters related to telematics and connectivity projects
  • Advising an automotive OEM in respect of an outsourcing project for 'Storage on Demand' services
  • Advising an automotive OEM in respect of a managed services agreement  (mainframe services and network services)

Publications/Speaking Engagements

  • “Mapping the legal framework for autonomous vehicles” In: Automotive Industries 2016 – (Interview)
  • "Unternehmen Unternehmen ,App‘ – Datenschutz- und vertragsrechtliche Herausforderungen rund um die App-Entwicklung und den App-Vertrieb aus der Inhouse-Perspektive". In: 14. Herbstakademie 2013, Law as a Service - Recht im Internet- und Cloud-Zeitalter, Tagungsband DSRI-Herbstakademie, Taeger (ed.). Edewecht: OIWIR, 2013. (Co-author)
  • Der Buy-out-Vertrag im Urheberrecht: Urhebervertragsrechtliche Aspekte nach deutscher und britischer Rechtslage. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2008.
  • Hannover Messe 2016: „Industry 4.0: Data & the Law – Requiring more, less or just „smarter“ Regulation?!“ & "Smart Mittelstand? Rechtliche Herausforderungen der Industrie 4.0 an den deutschen Mittelstand!", Hannover, 2016.
  • “Connected Fleets Europe 2016”, Amsterdam, 2016.
  • “Future of the Connected Car”, ITU, Genf, 2016.
  • “FT Future of Car Summit”, Financial Times, London, 2016.