Dr. Axel Spies has advised clients for many years on various international issues, including licensing, competition, corporate issues, and new technologies such as cloud computing. He counsels on international data protection (EU General Data Protection Regulation), international data transfers (Privacy Shield), healthcare, technology licensing, e-discovery, and equity purchases. A member of the Sedona Conference on Electronic Discovery, Dr. Spies is frequently quoted in the media for his telecommunications and privacy knowledge.
In addition to his telecommunications and international litigation work, Dr. Spies is co-author of two German desk books on the GDPR and data protection. He serves as the Washington correspondent and co-editor of the European telecoms journal MultiMedia und Recht (MMR) and the German Journal of Data Protection (ZD).
Dr. Spies has participated in various international transactions, including projects in Germany, France, Russia, the Netherlands, and Poland. He is a native speaker of German and also speaks English, French, Russian, Dutch, and Italian.
University of Bonn, 1991, German Doctor of Law
Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris, 1989, Postgraduate Diploma in Political Sciences
University of Bonn, 1988, German Law Degree
American University, 1986, Bachelor of Arts
District of Columbia (Special Legal Consultant)
Awards and Affiliations
Recognized, Data: Telecoms & Media, Who’s Who Legal (2017–2019)