Dr. Detlev Gabel

Partner, Frankfurt


“Detlev Gabel is ‘smart and eloquent, and produces great written work, enthuse clients.’”
Chambers Europe 2014


Detlev is a partner in the Frankfurt office and head of the Firm's EMEA Data, Privacy & Cyber Security Practice. His practice focuses on the areas of data protection and technology law.

Detlev advises multinational clients on a broad range of data protection and data security matters, including European and German data protection law compliance, international data transfers and information governance 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 a treatise on German data protection law and lectures 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
First State Exam
University of Heidelberg
Second State Exam
Higher Regional Court of Stuttgart
Dr jur
University of Heidelberg


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.

Intra-group personal data transfer
Advised an international energy supplier on the intra-group transfer of personal data including related agreements with employee representatives.

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.

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



Update IT Contract Law (Update EDV-Vertragsrecht), Smart World - Smart Law?, Ed. Jürgen Taeger, Edewecht 2016, pp. 803-817, (co-author with Anna Bernzen)

Commentary on the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) (Kommentar zum Bundesdatenschutzgesetz (BDSG), Frankfurt am Main, 2nd Edition, 2013, (co-editor with Jürgen Taeger)

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

Lawyer of the Year (Frankfurt a.M., Hessen) – Data Protection Law (Best Lawyers/Handelsblatt 2020)

Lawyer of the Year (Frankfurt a.M., Hessen) – Technology (Best Lawyers/Handelsblatt 2017/2018)

Data Protection (Chambers Europe 2017/2018/2019, Germany; The Legal 500 Germany 2017/2018/2019; JUVE 2017/2018/2019)

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

Highly Recommended Lawyer

Information Technology Law (JUVE 2017/2018/2019; Best Lawyers/Handelsblatt 2016/2018); Technology Law (Best Lawyers/Handelsblatt 2015/2017/2018)