Practice areas

  • Technology, Media & Telecom;
  • Privacy & Data Protection

Languages

  • English
  • German
  • French
  • Romanian

Cristiana Fernbach, Head of our German Desk, specializes in practice areas that include Technology, Media and Telecoms including related Competition and Antitrust issues as well as Data Protection and Privacy Law, bringing to these fields over 14 years of experience and a talent for finding innovative legal solutions for those who design and promote these burgeoning technologies.

A couple of characteristics mark Cristiana: a strong aptitude for technology and a willingness to stand up for those in need of a powerful advocate. These traits have worked well for her as she has applied her technical skills and analytical thinking to her legal work as a specialist in TMT and Data Protection & Privacy law.

Before joining our firm, Cristiana assisted international clients with operations in Romania, advising on Data Privacy, Data Protection Compliance, Image Protection, Trademarks & Domain names, and other e-commerce related legal matters. She is a regular speaker at international seminars and conferences on IT, Data Protection and Privacy topics.

In addition to her technical and analytical skills, Cristiana speaks fluent English and German. After obtaining her LL.B. degree from Nicolae Titulescu University in Bucharest, she completed her LL.M. studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. Later she earned her MBA degree from Munich Business School. She has worked with a German law firm since 2005, both in its Bucharest and Berlin offices. In her Bucharest posting, she spent the last two years as the firm’s Coordinator of the Romanian IP & Technology practice.

She is a member of the AmCham ICT Committee, of the Netherlands Romanian Chamber of Commerce IT&C Committee and of the Entrepreneurship Committee of the Professional Women Network.

RECENT RELEVANT PROJECTS

  • Extensive advisory for an international retail chain on Cookies implementation, data privacy issues, general terms & conditions for the use of wireless local area network services (WLAN).
  • Assistance of an automotive spare parts producer on data protection compliance issues, including internal auditing from a national and EU data protection legal framework perspective, designing compliant structures and internal procedures.
  • Legal advisory for a forestry company regarding strategic advice on image protection, including asessment of the legal means to counteract public allegations in the online environment.
  • Assistance of an American software producer on drafting and structuring IP and confidentiality agreements for IT professionals.
  • Legal adivce for an online food delivery company on multiple license agreements, use of trademarks & domain names in a series of multi-acquisitions.
  • Legal advice for an international producer of agricultural machines regarding the establishment of an e-commerce platform for distributors including adaptation of the general terms and conditions of use to the Romanian legal framework.

Education

2011 – MBA in General Management, Munich Business School
2005 – Magistra legum (LL.M.) – Master in German and European Law at the Freie Universität Berlin
2002 – Legal studies at the NicolaeTitulescu University, Bucharest