Dr. Jost Kotthoff | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Jost Kotthoff
Jost Kotthoff

Dr. Jost Kotthoff

Partner, Frankfurt

“Jost Kotthoff [is noted] for his outsourcing work in the financial services sector. Clients say he is ‘extremely well versed in the subject, hands-on and smart. He is a helpful, friendly and solution-oriented lawyer.’”

Chambers Europe 2014


Jost is a leading authority on all types of technology transactions.

In the field of sourcing, his experience spans complex and often multi-national deals, including IT infrastructure outsourcing, application management, business process outsourcing (BPO) and facility management. Numerous clients have benefitted from his deep understanding of the commercial underpinnings of these types of transactions, as well as the relevant processes and technology.

Jost also has broad experience in the area of systems integration and software licensing, with special knowledge of the products, services and license models of software vendors such as SAP, IBM, Microsoft or Oracle. He advises many clients on an ongoing basis, regarding the legal aspects of their relationship with these vendors.

Bars and Courts

  • Rechtsanwalt


  • First State Exam, Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg
  • Dr jur, Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg
  • Second State Exam, Berlin Court of Appeal


  • German
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish


Vattenfall Facility operations outsourcing, 2014

Advised Vattenfall in the outsourcing of its German facility operations to ISS Facility Services. The transaction involved the acquisition of the Vattenfall subsidiaries that have previously provided these services. The contract value of the service agreement is a multiple three-digit million euros figure.

Global manufacturer on Agile Software development project, 2014

Advised a global manufacturing company on a software implementation project covering all of its core processes. To support the Agile software development approach used by the project, correspondingly agile contracts with vendors needed to be developed and negotiated.

Global financial institution communications services, 2014

Advised a leading financial institution in contracting with a global telecommunications provider for the delivery and management of mobile voice and data, as well as fixed voice services in more than 25 countries.

Multi-national finance and accounting outsourcing, 2014

Advised a global insurance company in a BPO covering finance and accounting services in multiple jurisdictions.

German bank IT infrastructure and application Management Outsourcing, 2013

Advised a German bank in the outsourcing of its IT infrastructure and parts of its application management to a specialized service provider. The transaction involved the transfer of 260 employees and has a high three-digit million-euro contract value. The parties have agreed to a transformation program involving the implementation of a new core banking system.

Bank data center cloud transformation, 2013

Advised a German financial institution in a multinational outsourcing transaction, involving the transformation of the current operations to a cloud-based delivery model.

Deutsche Bank’s acquisition of Xchanging Transaction Bank GmbH, 2013

Advised Deutsche Bank AG in the dissolution of its joint venture with Transaction Bank Gmbh (Xchanging). As part of the dissolution, Deutsche Bank acquired Xchanging’s shares in Xchanging Transaction Bank GmbH. The joint venture provided securities processing services to Deutsche Bank and other financial institutions.

Global network services integration, 2011

Advised a leading global insurance company in contracting the responsibility for its global network and VoIP services to an integrator. The transaction also involved multiple contracts with telecom carriers.

SAP implementation of leading financial institution, 2010 – 2012

Advised a leading insurance company financial institution on the legal and contractual aspects of the implementation of an SAP-based core banking platform.

European data center outsourcing of leading financial institution, 2010, 2014

Advised a leading financial institution on the renewal of its continental European data center outsourcing. The transaction covers eight countries and has an annual contract value in excess of 100 million euros.


  • Legal Framework for Software Audits, MMR, Issue1, p. 3 et seq., 2014, (co-author with Mirko Wieczorek) (Rechtsrahmen von Softwarelizenzaudits – Zulässigkeit und Grenzen)
  • Commentary on the German Copyright Law , 3rd ed., Heidelberg, 2012, (co-editor with Gunda Dreyer and Astrid Meckel; author of chapters on contracts, computer programs, databases, enforcement and international copyright law) (Heidelberger Kommentar zum Urheberrecht)
  • Outsourcing (including transfer of undertakings), Munich, 2009, (co-author with Detlev Gabel) (Verträge mit Erläuterungen: Outsourcing (mit Betriebsübergang)
  • Outsourcing, Munich, 2008, (Outsourcing. Beck'sche Musterverträge) (co-author with Detlev Gabel).

Awards & Recognition

Highly Recommended Lawyer, Best Lawyers/Handelsblatt, 2015

Information Technology Law, Outsourcing, and Technology Law

Highly Recommended Lawyer, Best Lawyers/Handelsblatt, 2015

Intellectual Property Law

Leading Individual, JUVE 2015/2016


Leading Individual, The Legal 500 Germany 2016


Leading Lawyer, The Legal 500 Germany 2014

Information Technology (including contracts)

Highly recommended lawyer, Chambers Europe 2015

Information Technology

Lawyer of the Year 2014, Best Lawyers/Handelsblatt

Technology Law

Lawyer of the Year 2013, Best Lawyers/Handelsblatt

Information Technology and Outsourcing