Kristina Ehle

Kristina Ehle

Education

University of Würzburg (First State Exam, 1996)
Appellate Court of Berlin (Second State Exam, 1998)

Bar Admissions

Germany


Deutsche Version

Kristina Ehle is managing partner of Morrison & Foerster’s German office in Berlin and a member of our Technology Transaction Group. She is a legal expert in advising German and international clients on the intersection of technology and law. Her legal practice focuses on matters regarding the development, licensing and use of software, cloud platforms and digital services (such as IPTV, music & film on demand, podcasts, games and software as a service), on intellectual property law (in particular copyright and trade secrets issues) as well as on consumer rights and commercial law matters.

Kristina Ehle regularly advises clients in the digital transformation of their business structures and processes, including the implementation of new technologies, such as cloud services, machine learning applications, internet-of-things set-ups, distributed ledger technology as well as open source matters (e.g., open source software compliance).

Her clients range from start-ups to large corporations. Ms. Ehle regularly drafts and negotiates a wide variety of complex transactions for her clients, including software, apps and skills development and licensing agreements, digital content licensing agreements, IT outsourcing agreements as well as contracts along the supply and distribution chain for goods and services. Clients appreciate her extensive experience in complex cross-border contract negotiations. In addition, she advises clients on questions regarding IT-security and liability for defects of soft and hardware products. Kristina Ehle routinely provides intellectual property and commercial law advice in corporate transactions.

Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Ms. Ehle worked as an in-house counsel at Bertelsmann Music Group, as head of the eBay Group’s contract department in Germany and as a lawyer at the Berlin office of a large international law firm.

Representative Matters

  • TDK and its subsidiary EPCOS on an IT carve-out for all IT infrastructure services and applications required for the establishment of a joint venture with Qualcomm.
  • Tele Columbus on agreements for the set-up and maintenance of a technical platform (including hard- and software supply) for Advanced TV services (linear TV and Video on Demand).
  • United Internet/ 1&1 on the development of its integrated IPTV and video-on-demand product “1&1 Digital TV” for the provision of TV and VoD contents of third-party providers.
  • DocuSign, Inc. on customer and reseller agreements for its eSignature cloud services in Germany (e.g., with Deutsche Telekom).
  • SoftBank Vision Fund on its approximately EUR 460m investment in online platform Auto1 Group – one of the largest venture capital transactions in German history.
  • QNX, a Blackberry subsidiary, on software licensing agreements of their operating system to Tier 1 Automotive suppliers.

The Legal 500 Germany 2017 & 2019:
Recommended for Media / Entertainment


Managing Director, Transportation: “Kristina Ehle is a result driven, creative and persistent contract drafter and negotiator who convinces with her excellent expertise and her engaging personality.”


Ms. Ehle is ranked as one of Germany’s leading lawyers in Media: Entertainment by The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East, and Africa (2017).


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