Matthias Goetz

Associate, London



Matthias is an associate in the Firm's Global Intellectual Property Practice, based in London. He advises UK based and international clients in the areas of data protection and privacy, information technology (IT), and intellectual property (IP), including on the IP and data protection aspects of corporate transactions and joint ventures. His practice also includes drafting and negotiating commercial agreements.

In the area of data protection and privacy, he advises on matters such as cross-border data transfers, data breach responses, implementing privacy policies and general data protection compliance issues. Matthias also advises numerous clients on the impact of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Before joining White & Case LLP, Matthias acquired IP and IT experience in leading law firms in Germany and India and worked as a clerk at the Higher Regional Court of Karlsruhe.

Matthias is committed to pro bono work, and frequently advises charities and non-profit organisations on data protection and IP issues.

Bars and Courts
Solicitor (England and Wales)
University of Cambridge
Second State Exam
Higher Regional Court of Karlsruhe
First State Exam
Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg
Academic Exchange Programme
National Law School of India University




Advised Nestlé on data protection compliance matters globally, including in relation to the GDPR.

Negotiated data processing agreements on behalf of major global banks.

Advised a major global bank on various software licensing, sourcing, and other commercial contracts.

Advised Toyota Industries Corporation on its acquisition of Vanderlande Industries Holding B.V., a global market leader for value-added logistics process automation.

Advised a Fintech company on contract negotiations in relation to the provision of specific software related financial services to financial institutions.

Speaking Engagements

"Why should US businesses care about EU data protection law?", February 6, 2018: Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, USA

"Data Protection from a Transatlantic Perspective: How Private are EU Citizens' Data?", February 6, 2018: Harvard Center for European Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

"Ensuring GDPR compliance", October 19, 2017: Computing's Cybersecurity Strategy Briefing (for the financial sector), London

"Introduction to IP law for science students", November 27, 2015: Blackett Society, Magdalene College, University of Cambridge


If you obtain personal data such as email addresses from the internet, in practical terms what are your obligations under the GDPR?, Practical Law, April 2018

Effect of Brexit on IP, Intellectual Property Magazine, March 2017

IP addresses and personal data: Did CJEU ask the right questions?, PrivacyLaw&Business International, February 2017