Global Data Review has launched the 2021 edition of GDR 40 under 40. This profiles the 40 individuals who represent the best and the brightest young talent working in data law around the world today.

Congratulations to Osborne Clarke's Jens Schefzig who has been included in the list, one of only two lawyers in Germany. Jens is a partner specialising in IT and data protection law.

We've included some highlights from Jens' profile below, but you can view the full list here.

I am an optimist and believe that a proper and compliant innovative use of data will help to improve everybody’s life

Why data? Because I am excited about digital transformation and the opportunities for humankind. I am an optimist and believe that a proper and compliant innovative use of data will help to improve everybody’s life. I like to imagine that I can be a (small) part of this.

What’s keeping you busy? I advise several clients on smart data and/or AI projects. I also manage several projects around the access to data contained in wind turbine generators. One particularly interesting project involves advising one of the leading telecommunications companies, where we help to incorporate its global data strategy into its contractual framework.

What do you do to relax? On weekends I try to take my family for little excursions into nature. During the week I like to work out and I read fiction every night – usually science fiction. Always good to think about the future when data is part of your professional life.

To compile the list, Global Data Review looked at track record, market reputation, and what made them stand out, while also ensuring a good spread of people around the world.

Global Data Review is a leading news and intelligence resource covering the law and regulation of all types of data all around the world.

In January this year, Osborne Clarke was also named as one of only 20 elite firms in the list of the world’s best data law firms researched and compiled by Global Data Review for its GDR 100 2021. Osborne Clarke was also ranked as one of only five data litigation “standout firms” in the global ranking.

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