Kathrin Schürmann has been a partner at Schürmann Rosenthal Dreyer since 2007. She specializes in IT and data protection law as well as competition law. A special focus of her work is consulting companies in the areas of digital business, technology and media. In her role as a privacy expert, Kathrin Schürmann supervises both national and international clients in the implementation and development of new (digital) business models. Additionally, she advises on data protection and IT law, as well as competition law, e.g. in the development of Big Data concepts, cross-media communications, mobile / online marketing, business intelligence concepts and the legal support of new marketing concepts. In addition, Kathrin Schürmann provides companies with her expertise when it comes to classic themes such as: the structuring of international data flows, outsourcing, drafting and negotiating privacy and IT-law contracts and of group-wide data protection concepts, binding corporate rules or IT and data protection audits.

Kathrin Schürmann is a trusted and respected advisor due to long-standing and cooperative work with clients over the years. Her deep-seated knowledge of various industries benefits the practice as a whole. Kathrin Schürmann has extensive experience in the fields of internet/e-commerce, customer loyalty systems, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, publishing and the automotive industry. Kathrin Schürmann was named one of “Germany’s Best Lawyers” in the field of intellectual property law by the Handelsblatt’s rankings in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Kathrin Schürmann regularly lectures at events and conferences on various topics – ranging from data protection to competition law issues. She is also the author of several diverse publications. Kathrin Schürmann also volunteers as a mentor in a cross-cultural program at the Berlin School of Economics and Law (Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht) and gives lectures to promote media literacy for school projects through “Du bist smart e.V.” and has, together with Roman von der Heide and the Location Based Marketing Association (LBMA), developed the first industry-wide Code of Conduct for location-based marketing and services.


  • Lecturer for copyright and media law at die medienakademie (leading private university in the field of media)
  • Partner at Schürmann Wolschendorf Dreyer since 2007 (now Schürmann Rosenthal Dreyer)
  • Worked for Gleiss Lutz Berlin in the Department of Intellectual Property and provided legal counsel for Trade2B AG München (currently SynerTrade, software solutions)
  • Studied law at the University of Bielefeld with the second state examination at the Court of Appeals Berlin (Kammergericht Berlin) with work in Cape Town and Hong Kong


The Commission´s new Regulation on free Flow of non-personal data, Digital Business Lawyer, 09/2018

Location Based Advertising: Eine Analyse aus datenschutz- und wettbewerbsrechtlicher Sicht, RDV 04/2018

Das Recht auf Datenübertragbarkeit: Daten schützen oder Daten nutzen?, Datenschutzberater 2017, 11

The introduction of hate speech regulations in Germany, Digital Business Lawyer, 09/2017

Roundtable discussion: Germany looks to combat online hate speech and sets out a framework for digital platforms, 05/2017

Datenschutzgrundverordnung: Ein Grundstein für mehr Privacy by Design/Default? DSB 2017, 05

Werbung und (Online-) Marketing nach dem neuen EU-Datenschutzrecht, DSB 2017, 03

Nutzung von Transaktionsdaten bei Banken und Finanzdienstleistern, DSB 2017, 02

Big Data und Tracking, DSB 2017, 01

IT-Sicherheitsgesetz: Neue Anforderungen für Unternehmen im Bereich Web & App, DSB 2016, 32

Werbung über mobile Push-Dienste als unzumutbare Belästigung? – Wettbewerbsrechtliche Einordnung von Push-Nachrichten (together with Lucas Günther), MMR 2015, 419

Germany looks to provide clarity with new app guidelines (together with Roman von der Heide), E-Commerce Law & Policy, Oct. 2014, 11

(i)Beacons – Technischer Hintergrund und datenschutzrechtliche Anforderungen (together with Roman von der Heide), DSRITB 2014, 641

Klarheit bei Cookies: Browsereinstellungen sind bei hinreichender Information eine wirksame Einwilligung, DSB 2014, 10

Umsetzung der E-Privacy-Richtlinie in Europa: Wie geht es weiter mit dem Online-Marketing?, DSB 2013, 250

Online Marketing – in Zukunft ohne Cookies? Zur Umsetzung der E-Privacy-Richtlinie in Europa, DSRITB 2013, 797

The Steeling of Design: Copyright and Design Protection Law in Europe, DESIGN PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES: AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL, Vol. 3, Issue 5, 211


German Bar Association (Deutscher Anwaltverein)

Working Group Intellectual Property & Media in the German Bar Association (AGEM)

German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR)

Location-Based Marketing Association (LBMA e.V. )

Du bist smart e.V.

Kathrin Schürmann Lawyer, partner

Areas of expertise
Data protection and IT law, Competition law, Copyright and media law


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