Michael Abels

IT Law and Data ProtectionAerospace and Defence

Michael Abels


Michael Abels is specialised in advising high-technology enterprises and governments in the areas of acquisitions, restructurings, strategic alliances, joint ventures and commercial contracts. He also advises clients wishing to implement projects in these areas. He originally concentrated on information technology (system agreements, distribution structuring and IT / BPO Outsourcing) but has extended his area of special expertise to aerospace and defence technology.

Best Lawyers list him as one of the best lawyers for IT law in Germany.


Michael is a founding partner of Oppenhoff. He was a partner at Oppenhoff & Rädler / Linklaters LLP from 1983 to 2007. He studied law at the University of Cologne. Prior to becoming a lawyer he was a television journalist and served for many years as an officer in the German Army Reserve (Lieutenant Colonel German Army Reserve). He is a member of the German Law Association (DAV), the German Intellectual Property Rights Association (GRUR), the American Bar Association (ABA) and the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). He is the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of OneVision AG. Michael is also a member of the German Association for Defence Technology (DWT) and the Association of the German Army (FKH). He represents Oppenhoff in the Federation of German Security & Defence Industries (BDSV).

Michael Abels


German, English

Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 23
50668 Cologne
T +49 221 2091 600
M +49 172 2905 362