Dr. Philip Trillmich

Partner, London, Frankfurt


“An intellectual property lawyer with a particular focus on sourcing and technology transactions.”


A partner in the Firm's Global Intellectual Property Practice, Philip helps clients navigate complex and often cross-border technology transactions and outsourcings in industries as diverse as financial services, automotive, software, information technology and healthcare.

Clients regularly seek his advice on transactional IP and technology matters and agreements, both on a standalone basis and in connection with joint ventures, strategic collaborations, M&A transactions, restructurings, business separations, spin-offs, capital market transactions and financings. These agreements include agreements for the acquisition, development, transfer and licensing of software, digital content, patents, trademarks, other intellectual property and technology, know-how and data as well as research and development agreements, distribution, reseller, marketing agency, supply and manufacturing agreements, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) agreements and (transitional) services agreements.

Philip has a special focus on the digital transformation of industries and the resulting innovative services and business models, in particular in the areas of financial technology (fintech), digital health, mobility concepts, cybersecurity and the Internet of Things (IoT), including machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, Industry 4.0 and smart technologies.

Clients also benefit from Philip's extensive experience of advising on IT outsourcings, business process outsourcings, the implementation of IT systems and open source software issues.

Philip is qualified to practice in England and Wales, as well as in Germany. Previously in Frankfurt, he is now based in London, while remaining an active member of the German practice. His international credentials are further underlined by his experience working in the Firm's New York office in 2008 and 2012. Before joining the Firm, he also spent a number of years working as a legal advisor at the IPR Helpdesk of the European Commission in Alicante, Spain.

Bars and Courts
Solicitor (England and Wales)
Dr jur
University of Hamburg
Second State Exam
Hanseatic Higher Regional Court of Hamburg
First State Exam
Free University of Berlin


Delivery Hero, 2024
Advised Delivery Hero SE (Delivery Hero) on the US$950 million cash sale of its foodpanda business in Taiwan to Uber Technologies, Inc. (Uber), and on a separate US$300 million cash capital increase, fully subscribed by Uber, through its wholly-owned subsidiary SMB Holding Corporation.

SigmaRoc, 2023
Advised SigmaRoc pls on the acquisition of CRH plc's European lime businesses for a total deal value of approximately €1 billion.

Hertz Global Holdings, restructuring, 2021
Advised Hertz Global Holdings Inc. on its successful financial restructuring after the rental car company filed for chapter 11 protection in May 2020 in response to the disastrous impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its business, returning more than US$1 billion in value to shareholders.

Gopher Investments, acquisition, 2021
Advised Gopher Investments on Acquisition of Finalto from Playtech plc for US$250 million.

Saudi Aramco, IPO, 2021
Advised the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) on its SAR 96.0 billion/US$25.6 billion IPO—the world's largest IPO to date.

Zimmer, acquisition of Biomet, 2015
Advised Zimmer Holdings, Inc., a world leader in musculoskeletal health solutions, on the divesture of Zimmer's European and Japanese ZUK knee implant system and the European and Japanese Discovery total elbow implant business and Vanguard total knee implant business of Biomet, Inc., one of the world's leading medical device manufacturers, in connection with Zimmer's US$13.35 billion acquisition of Biomet.

Comverse, acquisition of the Acision group, 2015
Advised Comverse, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed global leader in digital services, on its acquisition of the Acision Group, a UK-based secure mobile messaging and engagement services business.

Russian PE firm, acquisition of a TV broadcasting business, 2015
Advised a Russian PE firm on the carve-out acquisition of a TV broadcasting business in Russia/CIS from a Swedish group.

Leading car manufacturer, outsourcings, 2010 – 2015
Advises a leading car manufacturer on a wide variety of outsourcing transactions, most recently the outsourcing of (i) global WAN services to five service providers, (ii) application maintenance and enhancement services, (iii) global private cloud-based e-collaboration services and systems, (iv) global telematics services for machine-to machine (M2M) communication, and (v) global finance and accounting services.

Global financial institution, FinTech software and services agreements, 2015
Advised a leading global financial institution on negotiating a software and services agreement with a digital business platform provider, (ii) a software evaluation agreement with a data analysis solutions provider, and (iii) a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) agreement with an e-trading platform provider.

Global financial institution, telecommunications outsourcing, 2014
Advised a leading global financial institution on contractual arrangements with a telecommunications provider regarding the delivery and management of mobile voice, data and fixed voice services in more than 25 countries.

Rhône Capital, acquisition of ASK Chemicals, 2014
Advised global private equity firm Rhône Capital LLC on the acquisition by its affiliates of ASK Chemicals GmbH from Ashland Inc. and Clariant.

Japanese machinery manufacturer, acquisition, 2014
Advised a Japanese producer of machinery on the acquisition of a German provider of know-how-based engineering services in the area of energy and environmental technology.

Deutsche Bank, dissolution of a joint venture, 2013
Advised Deutsche Bank AG on the dissolution of its securities processing services joint venture with Xchanging Transaction Bank GmbH.

Global financial institution, BIN sponsorship agreement, 2013
Advised a leading global financial institution as payment processor and BIN Sponsor in a BIN sponsorship agreement.


United Kingdom chapter, Getting the Deal Through – Lexology Technology M&A, 2024

United Kingdom chapter, Getting the Deal Through – Lexology Technology M&A, 2023

United Kingdom chapter, Getting the Deal Through – Lexology Technology M&A, 2022

United Kingdom chapter, Getting the Deal Through – Technology M&A, 2019

Monitoring Contract Terms under Spanish Law in Comparison with the European Council Directive 93/13/EEC (Klauselkontrolle nach spanischem Recht im Vergleich mit der Klauselrichtlinie 93/13/EWG), Dissertation, Tubingen, 2009