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Viola Bensinger is Global Co-Chair of the firm's Intellectual Property Practice Group and also chairs the Technology Practice as well as the Litigation Practice in Germany. She advises clients from the technology, media, health care and other industries.

Within the technology sector, Viola advises international internet, technology and healthcare companies in the areas of digitisation projects, IT outsourcing, cloud computing, e-commerce, electronic payment, data protection, software licensing as well as digital media.

She has wide-ranging experience in advising media and entertainment clients such as distributors, producers, broadcasters, digital platforms, publishers and their contracting partners on licensing and distribution, as well as the legal set-up of digital platforms. Viola also advises clients on regulatory issues, especially with regard to broadcasting law and data protection law.

In her litigation practice, Viola represents clients at courts or arbitration panels in contract disputes, copyright and other litigation. For many years, Viola has also gained broad experience in the areas of insolvency and restructuring relating to IP assets and licensing agreements and has advised numerous clients in large-scale insolvency proceedings relating to their German business partners.

Prior to joining the firm, Viola was a partner at Olswang in Germany and spent more than 10 years working for Linklaters in London and Berlin.


  • IT and outsourcing
  • Litigation
  • Fintech
  • Cyber security
  • Media and technology


Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Legal 500 EMEA
    • Data Protection, Information Technology and Digitalisation, and IT Transactions and Outsourcing, 2022 - 2023
    • Fintech, 2023
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Media, Technology and Telecoms - Fintech, 2021
  • Listed, Euromoney's Expert Guides: "Women in Business Law," 2022
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Germany for Information Technology Law, 2020
  • Ranked Germany for TMT: Media by Chambers Europe, 2020 and 2022-2023
  • Notable Practitioner, Chambers and Partners FinTech Guide, 2019-2021
  • Recognized by Expert Guide as leading Woman in Business Law for Technology, Media and Telecommunications in 2018 and 2021
  • Business magazine WirtschaftsWoche listed Viola Bensinger among the best technology/data protection lawyers in Germany in 2018
  • “Viola Bensinger stands out with 'legal compentence, business mind and negotiating power'” - The Legal 500 2017
  • Viola Bensinger is acknowledged for Information Technology and Outsourcing (including contracts) by The Legal 500 2017
  • “Outstanding in film law’, competitor” - JUVE 2017
  • “Always sees the big picture” - The Legal 500 2016
  • “Bensinger has made a name for herself in the expanding field of fintech with high-level clients such as Paypal.” - JUVE 2016
  • “'Designated specialist', competitor” - JUVE 2016


  • Ph.D., Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster/Germany, 1998
  • Second Legal State Exam, Berlin/Germany, 1996
  • LL.M., University of Exeter/UK, 1994
  • First Legal State Exam, Universität zu Köln/Germany, 1993
  • Germany
  • England and Wales
  • German
  • English
  • Spanish