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Lothar Determann
Lothar Determann
Baker & McKenzie LLP
Palo Alto

+ 650 856 5533

Lothar Determann is a member of the Firm's International/Commercial Group in the San Francisco/Palo Alto office and member of the Global Privacy & Information Management Working Group. Dr. Determann is ranked as a leading lawyer in Chambers USA, Legal 500 USA and Super Lawyers, and was selected by the San Francisco and Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of the top ten copyright lawyers in California. He is versed in computer law, privacy law, Internet law and other subjects relating to technology and international law. Dr. Determann has taught law at University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) since 2004 and at Free University in Berlin since 1994 and has published four books and more than 100 articles and treatise contributions on international and technology law subjects.

Practice Focus

Dr. Determann's practice is focused on assisting and counseling multinational companies and start-ups regarding software licensing, electronic commerce, data protection and international commercial law related to technology transactions, product sourcing/distribution and services.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Counsels E-commerce and Internet companies on various international and domestic business and compliance matters.
  • Handles registration of numerous US-based multinational companies for the EU-US Data Privacy Safe Harbor and related data protection and security compliance matters.
  • Assists more than 100 US companies with the establishment and maintenance of electronic waste compliance schemes and product compliance regimes under new rules in Europe, China and other countries (WEEE, RoHS, CE marking, REACH, etc.).
  • Advises major technology companies, start-ups and non-profit organizations regarding the use and release of open source software products and related business model and compliance matters.
  • Provides strategic advice and contract localization assistance with respect to technology license and distribution contracts (formation, electronic contracting, termination, disputes, franchise laws, competition law matters) around the world.
  • Supports and guides technology companies, manufacturers and service companies with expanding their business globally, including guidance regarding business models, entity formation, strategic contracts and compliance matters.


California~United States (2000)
Frankfurt/M.~Germany (1998)


Free University of Berlin  (Habilitation) (1999)
State of Berlin  (Second State Exam) (1997)
Free University of Berlin  (Dr. iur.) (1996)
State of Berlin  (First State Exam) (1994)
State of Bavaria  (Publicly Certified Banker) (1990)

Baker & McKenzie LLP is a Limited Liability Partnership organized under the laws of the State of Illinois (USA) and is a member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Verein organized under the laws of Switzerland.
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