Dr. Detlev Gabel

Partner, Frankfurt


“Detlev Gabel is a top-rated data protection lawyer who advises clients from a range of industries.”
Chambers 2019


Detlev is a partner in the Frankfurt office. His practice focuses on the areas of data protection and technology law.

Detlev advises multinational clients on a broad range of data protection and cyber security matters, including European and German data protection law compliance, international data transfers and data breach issues.

In the technology area, he counsels clients on large information technology and business process outsourcing arrangements, cloud-based contracts, software license and development agreements, and digitization initiatives.

He frequently publishes and speaks on topics relating to the aforementioned areas. Notably, he is the co-editor and co-author of highly regarded treatises on data protection law and cyber security law, and used to lecture for almost 10 years on data protection law at the University of Oldenburg, Germany, in a course leading to a Master of IT Law.

Bars and Courts
Fachanwalt für Informationstechnologierecht
Dr jur
University of Heidelberg
Second State Exam
Higher Regional Court of Stuttgart
First State Exam
University of Heidelberg


Pollen Street Capital
Advising Pollen Street Capital (PSC) on the acquisition and integration of niiio finance groupAG (niiio), fundsaccess AG (fundaccess), FundHero SA (FundHero), FinTecc (FinTecc) and MiFID-Recorder GmbH (MiFID-Recorder).

Daimler Financial Services AG
Advised Daimler Financial Services AG (Daimler) on its strategic investment in the used-car platform heycar.

EU General Data Protection Regulation
Advised numerous clients on the potential impact and the implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation.

HR management system
Reviewed the proposed introduction of a group-wide HR management system by a leading manufacturer of wires and cables under the data protection laws of more than 30 countries.

Shared services centers
Advised a leading international consumer goods manufacturer on its establishment of intra-group shared services centers with respect to data protection and employment law-related matters in 25 countries.

Information security policy
Reviewed the information security policies of an international banking group under the legal and regulatory framework of various jurisdictions.

Information technology outsourcing
Represented various clients in connection with the outsourcing of data center and other infrastructure services as well as application management services.

Business process outsourcing
Represented various clients in connection with the outsourcing of business processes such as payment and credit card processing services.

Core banking applications
Represented various German banks in connection with the licensing, implementation and maintenance of core banking applications.

Software license and maintenance agreements
Represented various clients on enterprise license and maintenance agreements with leading software vendors.


Trends in German commercial litigation, The Legal 500, In-House Lawyer, Autumn 2021 (co-author with Markus Langen, Sonja Hoffmann, Alexandra Diehl, Alissa Arms, Swantje Behm)

Cyber-Security Legal Handbook (Rechtshandbuch Cyber-Security), Gabel/Heinrich/Kiefner (Eds.), Frankfurt am Main, 2019

Commentary on the EU General Data Protection Regulation and the German Federal Data Protection Act (Kommentar zur DSGVO und zum BDSG), Taeger/Gabel (Eds.), 3rd Edition, Frankfurt am Main, 2019

Update IT Contract Law (Update EDV-Vertragsrecht), in: Taeger (Ed.), Legal Aspects of Digital Transformation (Rechtsfragen Digitaler Transformationen), Edewecht, 2018, p. 681-695 (co-author with Antonia Kapahnke)

Outsourcing (including transfer of undertakings) (Verträge mit Erläuterungen: Outsourcing (mit Betriebsübergang), Munich, 2009, (co-author with Jost Kotthoff)

Outsourcing (Beck'sche Musterverträge: Outsourcing), Munich, 2008, (co-author with Jost Kotthoff)

Awards and Recognition

Leading Individual for Data Protection Chambers Europe 2023, Germany

Leading Individual for Data Protection

Legal 500 Germany 2023

"Top Lawyer 2022" in Data Protection Law, Wirtschaftswoche 2022

Lawyer of the Year (Frankfurt a.M., Hessen), Data Security and Privacy Law (Best Lawyers/Handelsblatt 2020)

Lawyer of the Year (Frankfurt a.M., Hessen), Information Technology Law (Best Lawyers/Handelsblatt 2012/2016/2019)

Lawyer of the Year (Frankfurt a.M., Hessen) - Technology (Best Lawyers/Handelsblatt 2017)