- 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
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:
Tel. +49 221 20643-628
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.