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Digital transformation of the legal market: Ebner Stolz supports the development of "DIKE - Digital Ecosystem Law"

  • The goal is to drive the di­gi­tal trans­for­ma­tion of the le­gal mar­ket using in­no­va­tive IT tech­no­logy
  • De­mand for an on­line plat­form par­ti­cu­larly among start-ups and SMEs wi­thout their own le­gal de­part­ment
  • Eb­ner Stolz is contri­bu­ting its le­gal ex­per­tise to the pro­ject as a con­sor­tium part­ner
Stutt­gart, July 8, 2021 - The au­diting and con­sul­ting firm Eb­ner Stolz is sup­por­ting the crea­tion of the "Di­gi­tal Ecosys­tem Law" plat­form (DIKE) as a part­ner in a con­sor­tium led by the Li­quid Le­gal In­sti­tute e.V. (LLI) in or­der to pro­mote the di­gi­tal trans­for­ma­tion of the le­gal mar­ket ac­cor­ding to Eu­ro­pean data pro­tec­tion stan­dards.

The con­sor­tium was selec­ted from over 130 sub­mis­si­ons as part of the GAIA-X fun­ding com­pe­ti­tion and is sche­du­led to launch DIKE in 2022 - sub­ject to avail­able bud­ge­tary funds from the Ger­man Fe­deral Mi­nis­try for Eco­no­mic Af­fairs and En­ergy (BMWi).

The back­ground to Eb­ner Stolz’s com­mit­ment is the mar­ket trend whe­reby stan­dard check­lists, tem­pla­tes, and work­flows are be­com­ing in­cre­asin­gly im­port­ant as they al­low users to “do-it-them­sel­ves”. This can si­gni­fi­cantly re­duce costs and pro­ces­sing ti­mes, al­lo­wing con­sul­tants to con­cen­trate on com­pli­ca­ted ca­ses that re­quire in­ten­sive con­sul­ting.

Es­pe­cially for start-ups and SMEs wi­thout their own le­gal de­part­ment, le­gal tran­sac­tions of­ten in­volve very high tran­sac­tion costs be­cause there is no di­gi­tal mar­ket­place with uni­form and open stan­dards for col­la­bo­ra­tion bet­ween law firms, le­gal tech ser­vice pro­vi­ders, the pu­blic sec­tor and the courts.

A plat­form such as DIKE can re­medy this si­tua­tion, e.g., by hel­ping com­pa­nies re­cruit em­ployees across the EU and meet the re­sul­ting com­pli­ance ob­li­ga­ti­ons. This si­tua­tion af­fects both Ger­man em­ploy­ers with em­ployees in other EU coun­tries and for­eign em­ploy­ers with Ger­man em­ployees, and the le­gal and tax com­pli­ance ob­li­ga­ti­ons re­sult in dis­pro­por­tio­na­tely high costs for "clas­sic" con­sul­ting, es­pe­cially for smal­ler com­pa­nies.

Eb­ner Stolz contri­bu­tes its ex­per­tise from ad­vi­sing nu­me­rous start-ups and SMEs to the con­sor­tium, which also con­sists of the fol­lo­wing part­ners: ESCRIBA AG, FZI For­schungs­zen­trum In­for­ma­tik, Ge­sell­schaft für In­for­ma­tik e.V., Join GmbH, NAIX Tech­no­logy GmbH, STP In­for­ma­ti­ons­tech­no­lo­gie GmbH and Un­ter­schied & Ma­cher GmbH.

For more in­for­ma­tion on pro­ject "DIKE - Di­gi­tal Ecosys­tem Law", please vi­sit the web­site of the con­sor­tium lea­der LLI:­quid-le­gal-in­sti­

Press contact

Hen­ning Mar­bur­ger
Eb­ner Stolz
Holz­markt 1
50676 Köln
Tel.  +49 221 20643-628

Firm contact

Sten Günsel
Eb­ner Stolz
Kro­nen­straße 30
70174 Stutt­gart
Tel.  +49 711 2049-1258

About Ebner Stolz

Eb­ner Stolz is one of the lar­gest in­de­pen­dent mid-mar­ket au­diting and con­sul­ting firms in Ger­many and ranks among the top ten in the in­dus­try. The firm has de­ca­des of in-depth ex­pe­ri­ence in au­diting, tax con­sul­ting, le­gal con­sul­ting and ma­nage­ment con­sul­ting. This broad range of ser­vices is of­fe­red by 1,800 em­ployees in the ty­pi­cal mul­ti­di­sci­pli­nary ap­proach in all ma­jor Ger­man ci­ties and busi­ness cen­ters. As a mar­ket lea­der in the SME sec­tor, the firm pri­ma­rily ser­ves mid-si­zed in­dus­trial, com­mer­cial and ser­vice com­pa­nies of all si­zes in every sec­tor.

Eb­ner Stolz car­ries out cross-bor­der au­diting and con­sul­ting en­ga­ge­ments to­ge­ther with part­ners from Ne­xia In­ter­na­tio­nal, one of the world’s ten lar­gest net­works of con­sul­ting and au­diting firms. Th­rough Ne­xia, Eb­ner Stolz is re­pre­sen­ted in over 120 coun­tries with more than 720 of­fices.

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