Use of cookies by
Norton Rose Fulbright
We use cookies to deliver our online services. Details and instructions on how to disable those cookies are set out at By continuing to use this website you agree to our use of our cookies unless you have disabled them.

Christoph Ritzer


Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Christoph Ritzer


T:+49 69 505096 241

Dr Christoph Ritzer is a technology lawyer based in Frankfurt. He focuses on information technology, outsourcing and data protection law. 

Christoph advises clients on complex transactions in the technology area, including in relation to cooperation agreements, software licenses and distribution agreements. Christoph also regularly advises on recent technological developments, such as cloud computing, blockchain technology and other issues in the FinTec space. He also advises on e-commerce and IT issues in M&A transactions.

In addition to advising on technology transactions, Christoph specializes on data protection law. In particular, he has extensive experience in advising clients on the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Christoph advises clients regarding a broad range of privacy, information security and information management issues. He helps clients with information law issues that arise in the context of data-based products and services, big data programs, marketing, corporate transactions, investigations and cross-border data transfers. Further, Christoph has broad experience in advising clients on data security incidents and data breaches.

Christoph advises clients across a variety of sectors, ranging from start-ups to German DAX 30 groups and US companies. Alongside his focus on financial institutions and the technology sector, he has special expertise in advising the pharmaceutical sector, especially when it comes to handling patient data.

Christoph studied law and business at the University of Bayreuth. He then worked as scientific assistant at the University of Wurzburg in EU law, where he also earned his doctorate in law. Prior to joining the firm, Christoph worked for several years in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications department of another leading international law firm in Frankfurt.

He regularly publishes essays in professional journals and speaks on legal and industry events. He is author of the data protection chapter in "Recent Compliance" („Compliance aktuell", published by C.F. Müller). He regularly contributes to the practice's data protection blog,

Christoph is also an active member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). He has spoken at IAPP privacy events in Germany and New York, and is an IAPP volunteer in Frankfurt.

Christoph is fluent in German and English, and is a member of the German Association of Law and Informatics (DGRI). 

[+Open all]
  • Events

    Blockchain for Supply Chain Finance Masterclass

    Dr. Christoph Ritzer, a technology partner at our Frankfurt office, will give a lecture on the latest Legal Regulatory developments in the upcoming Blockchain for SCF Masterclass..

    January 30, 2018

    Arbeiten 4.0

    "Arbeiten 4.0" oder die sogenannte "Arbeitswelt der Zukunft" umfasst vielfältige arbeitsrechtliche Aspekte, wie Arbeitszeit und mobiles Arbeiten..

    9. November 2017

  • Publications

    GDPR Checklist

    The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will apply directly in all EU Member States from 25 May 2018..

    April 07, 2018

  • News

    Norton Rose Fulbright advises AnaCap on acquisition of Hamburg based POS-payment specialist StarTec

    Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has advised AnaCap Financial Partners (AnaCap), Europe’s biggest specialised private equity investor firm in the financial services sector, on the acquisition of Hamburg-based StarTec Payment & Service GmbH (StarTec), a leading provider of solutions and services for cashless physical point-of-sale (POS) payment transactions. StarTec’s portfolio comprises high-tech POS terminals for payments by girocard, direct debit and credit cards as well as electronic voucher and loyalty reward systems for customers. With a market history of 12 years, StarTec serves more than 13,000 customers all over Germany..

    November 08, 2017