Axel Funk is a partner and head of the Technology team of CMS Hasche Sigle in Stuttgart (Germany). He specializes in technology transactions; Information Technology and Business Process Outsourcing projects as well as IT project agreements and distribution, license and maintenance agreements for hardware and software. He has special expertise in the legal aspects of electronic commerce and data protection. Chambers Global and JUVE rank him as one of the leading German lawyers in the field of information technology law. Mr. Funk is a frequent speaker at international technology conferences in Europe, the United States, and India. Mr. Funk is a member of the Board of the German Association for Law and Information Technology (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Recht und Informatik e.V.). Furthermore, he is a member of the Civil Law Committee of the German Bar Association, and chairs the review committee for information technology specialist lawyers in Stuttgart. Mr. Funk lectures at the Hochschule für Medien in Stuttgart in IT, Internet law, and media law.