Prof. Dr. Michael Schmidl LL.M.

Baker & McKenzie Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten und Steuerberatern mbB


Prof. Dr. Michael Schmidl is co-head of the German Information Technology Group and is based in Baker McKenzie's Munich office. He is an honorary professor at the University of Augsburg and specialist lawyer for information technology law (Fachanwalt für IT-Recht). He advises in all areas of contentious and non-contentious information technology law, including internet, computer/software, data privacy and media law. Michael also has a general commercial law background and has profound experience in the drafting and negotiation of outsourcing contracts and in carrying out compliance projects.

Practice Focus

Michael advises in all areas of contentious and non-contentious information technology law, including Internet, computer/software, data privacy and media law. He also advises on matters relating to intellectual property, unfair competition, compliance and general contract law. Michael is experienced in general commercial law, and is likewise seasoned in drafting and negotiating outsourcing contracts, as well as in carrying out compliance projects.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advising on several outsourcing projects in the banking and insurance sector.
  • Representing some of the largest global insurance companies and their affiliates with respect to global IT outsourcing projects.
  • Representing global pharmaceutical companies in developing wearable devices and health apps.
  • Drafting and negotiating license and provider agreements for companies in the banking sector.
  • Established network of intra-group and shared services agreements at a Global Tech company.
  • Advised on privacy structure of health cloud solutions in over 70 countries and privacy compliance of global roll-out of wearables.
  • Advised a global pharma company on a global privacy compliance project.

Professional Honors

  • TMT: Data Protection, TMT: Information Technology, Chambers Europe 2021 
  • Leading individual in IT & outsourcing, digitalization, Legal 500 Europe, 2021
  • Leading individual in IT & outsourcing data protection, Legal 500 Europe, 2021
  • Top IT-lawyers 2019, Wirtschaftswoche
  • Best Lawyers in Germany 2019 for date protection law, information technology and outsourcing, Handelsblatt in cooperation with Best Lawyers, 2019


  • Germany (2000)


  • Fachanwalt für IT-Recht (Attorney Specializing in Information Technology Law)
  • University of Munich (LL.M. Europe) (2004)
  • State of Bavaria (Assessor Exam) (2000)
  • University of Munich (Referendar Exam) (1998)
  • University of Bayreuth (Doctorate) (1997)
  • Chambre de Commerce et d Industrie de Paris (Diploma Supéerieur) (1996)
  • University of Bordeaux (Maîtrise en droit) (1995)
  • University of Bayreuth (Diploma Economics) (1995)


  • English
  • French
  • German

Previous Offices

  • Frankfurt