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Valerian is an experienced communications and data protection lawyer

Valerian is Counsel in the Regulatory practice group based in our Frankfurt office. His work focuses on the communications sector and other regulated industries.

He has extensive experience advising clients in all areas of communications law and the communications industry. This includes network deployment, licensing, radio spectrum administration, numbering, data privacy, public safety obligations, network access, corporate and commercial transactions. In addition, he is experienced in advising on public law questions arising in M&A transactions as well as on restructurings.

In the field of data protection, Valerian has led several projects involving questions of international data transfers and compliance. Most notably, he represented a provider of financial service information and trading systems in the controversial introduction of biometric user identification. This included presenting this system to the data protection regulator and obtaining the regulator’s approval. Other notable engagements in this field include an ongoing compliance review for an international network operator and advice on the launch of systems to track the movement of shopping center visitors via their mobile devices.

Valerian has written several articles and commentaries on the law in the fields of communications and data protection. In particular, he wrote the chapters on radio spectrum regulation and numbering in the compendium on Telecommunications law edited by Sven-Erik Heun (Heun (ed.): “Handbuch Telekommunikationsrecht”, 2ed. 2007). Further publications include commentary on the German Telecommunications Act’s provisions on communications secrecy and data privacy (Sec. 88 to 115 TKG in Kai-Uwe Plath (ed.): “BDSG”, 2012) as well as articles on spectrum administration, rate regulation, data protection and merger control in the media sector.

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