Dr. Axel Spies advises domestic and international clients on various international issues, including licensing, competition, corporate issues, and new technologies such as cloud computing in the European markets. He counsels on international data protection, international data transfers, privacy, technology licensing, e-discovery, and equity purchases. A member of the Sedona Conference on Electronic Discovery with a focus on German and international data protection, Axel is frequently quoted in the media for his telecommunications and privacy knowledge.
In addition to his telecommunications and international litigation work, Axel provides assistance to companies and industry associations on matters before US federal agencies and to investors on European mergers. 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).
Axel previously worked in telecommunications in Germany, Russia, and France for a German utility. He also practiced law in Russia and was a lawyer for the German Embassy in India. He 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, Who’s Who Legal Data: Telecoms & Media (2017, 2018)