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Germany: Sports & Entertainment 2017

In this chapter, 13 leading sports and entertainment specialists are recognised who cover a wide area of practice, including labour, contract and intellectual property law, as well as merchandising and licensing work.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Wulf Hambach Hambach & Hambach, Munich
Jörg Hofmann Melchers, Heidelberg
Martin Diesbach SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte, Munich

 Hambach & Hambach’s founding partners stand out in this year’s research. The “outstanding” Wulf Hamback heads the firm’s regulatory and licence affairs group and is recognised as one of the most highly regarded practitioners in our research. He is singled out for his “strong practice in the gambling space”. Claus Hambach is also highly regarded for his gambling law practice; he is very well known in the industry, with an excellent reputation.

Grub Frank Bahmann Schickhardt Englert garners two listings. Name partner Christoph Schickhardt is a well-known sports lawyer with an impressive practice relating to the Germany’s professional football league. According to sources, “He is the man the clubs turn to for any disciplinary-related issues.” The “fantastic” Joachim Rain is also commended for his deep understanding of German sports law.

Two practitioners represent Noerr. In Munich, Alexander Liegl is a prominent figure with a well-established practice advising sponsors on major international sporting events such as the Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup. According to sources, he possesses “excellent business judgement”. Berlin-based Ulrich Michel is recommended for his broad practice focusing on media law issues and is particularly adept advising clients on copyright and IP issues as well as issues related to the film, TV and music industries.

Melchers’ Jörg Hofmann heads the firm’s gaming and betting law practice and is an internationally renowned practitioner with a reputation for possessing “an extensive knowledge of regulations”.

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte is home to the “terrific” Martin Diesbach. He is particularly well known for film financing; however, he also advises clients in the publishing, broadcasting and gaming industries.

At Bird & Bird in Munich, Markus Körner’s practice covers both media and sports law. He is highlighted by respondents for advising on licensing and sponsorship agreements.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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