Dirk Spacek is the partner in charge of the technology, media and communications (TMC) and IP practice groups. He primarily deals with new business models arising in the media, internet and technology sectors, data protection and intellectual property law. He mainly advises clients from the media, technology, industrial and financial services sectors on technology-related legal matters, in particular IT contract law, outsourcing, data protection, the internet of things, patent research cooperation and traditional intellectual property law. Dirk specialised early with a dissertation in intellectual property law entitled ‘Protection of TV Formats’, and was admitted to the Swiss Bar in 2009. He then gained many years of experience in large, prestigious law firms and as an in-house lawyer during multiple in-house secondments. Dirk regularly publishes on current issues in the TMC and IP fields. He is co-chair of the Interactive Media and Entertainment Law Committee of the International Technology Law Association, where he is regularly present on an international level. Owing to his earlier experience as a musician in various music groups, he is also familiar with contracts from the entertainment industry and occasionally works on a pro bono basis.