Kathrin Schuermann lawyer

Kathrin Schürmann

Lawyer, partner

Consulting Focus
Data protection and IT law, Competition law, copyright and media law

Kathrin Schürmann is a founding partner of the technology law firm Schürmann Rosenthal Dreyer Rechtsanwälte and specialises in IT, data protection and competition law.

She has particular expertise in advising companies in the areas of digital business, technology and media. In her capacity as a privacy expert, she mainly advises national and international clients on the introduction and development of new (digital) business models. She also advises companies on the development of big data concepts, AI-based technologies, mobile/online marketing, business intelligence concepts and legal support for new technologies. Having spent many years building up strong relationships with her clients, Kathrin Schürmann has in-depth industry knowledge in the areas of internet and e-commerce, pharmaceuticals and health, customer loyalty schemes, aviation, publishing and the automotive industry.

Kathrin Schürmann has been recommended several times by The Legal 500, Wirtschaftswoche and kanzleimonitor for her excellent legal and technical understanding in the areas of privacy and information technology law as well as industrial property rights.

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Digitalisation of trade
  • Setting up and developing loyalty programmes
  • Bots, voice assistants and messengers
  • Development of concepts for big data
  • Cross-media communication
  • Mobile/online marketing
  • Omni-channel projects
  • Business intelligence concepts
  • Structuring international data flows
  • Outsourcing
  • Drafting and negotiating contracts under data protection and IT law
  • Binding corporate rules
  • IT and data protection audits

Data protection law
IT law and digital business
Copyright and media law
Intellectual Property
Competition, marketing and distribution

  • Partner at the law firm Schürmann Rosenthal Dreyer since 2007
  • Previously: Department of Intellectual Property at Gleiss Lutz Berlin and legal counsel for Trade2B AG München (currently SynerTrade, eProcurement software solutions)
  • Studied law at the University of Bielefeld, second state examination at the Court of Appeals Berlin (Kammergericht Berlin), including work experience in Cape Town and Hong Kong

Other activities:

  • Managing Director of caralegal
  • Co-founder of lawpilots
  • Lecturer for copyright and media law at die medienakademie (leading private university in the field of media)
  • Mentor in the cross-cultural mentoring programme at the Berlin School of Economics and Law
  • Lecturer to promote media literacy among school pupils as part of projects organised by the organisation Du bist smart e. V.
  • Developer of the first cross-industry code of conduct for location-based marketing and services in cooperation with the Location Based Marketing Association
  • German Bar Association (Deutscher Anwaltverein e.V.)
  • 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.


  • Künstliche Intelligenz: Innovationsbremse DSGVO?! Wirklichkeitsferne Regelungen, Datenschutzberater, 06/2019
  • 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?, DSB 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 (zusammen mit Lucas Günther), MMR 2015, 419
  • Germany looks to provide clarity with new app guidelines (zusammen mit Roman von der Heide), E-Commerce Law & Policy, Okt. 2014, 11
  • (i)Beacons – Technischer Hintergrund und datenschutzrechtliche Anforderungen (zusammen mit 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

Law firm of the year technology and media
law firm of the year it and data protection
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Legal 500


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