Germany: Sports & Entertainment 2018

This year 19 leading practitioners are highlighted for their exceptional skills in the sports and entertainment industries. The lawyers featured are experts in a wide range of areas, including contract and competition law, intellectual property considerations and transactional, merchandising and licensing work.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Christian Keidel Martens Rechtsanwälte, Munich
2. Wulf Hambach Hambach & Hambach, Munich
3. Martin Schimke Bird & Bird, Düsseldorf
4. Claus Hambach Hambach & Hambach, Munich

SKW SCHWARZ is an independent German law firm with a strong entertainment law practice. This year three leading lawyers are included.
Mathias Schwarz is a prominent name in the entertainment sector, who regularly advises financial institutions, private investors and TV and film producers on a range of areas including licensing, media financing and TV and film productions.
Andreas Bareiss is a leading media and entertainment lawyer who focuses his exceptional practice on the legal issues surrounding international film and TV productions.
Martin Diesbach is a pre-eminent practitioner in the entertainment law sector. He is internationally recognised as one of the principal experts in movie financing matters.

At boutique firm MARTENS RECHTSANWÄLTE two leading practitioners are listed for their outstanding expertise in the field of sports law.
Top-tier sports lawyer Christian Keidel is a favourite among clients who praise him for being “a solution-oriented individual who is always able to convey his advice clearly and professionally.”
Dirk-Reiner Martens “stands out” in the international sports law arena for “always producing work of an excellent quality”. He is well known for his exceptional international arbitration practice in the sports law sector.

HAMBACH & HAMBACH is a leading German firm that specialises in telecommunication, internet, media and entertainment law. The founding partners of the firm are highlighted in this year’s research.
Wulf Hambach is a “really well known” practitioner who is internationally recognised as a leading expert in gaming and gambling law.
Claus Hambach is “a top name for gambling law matters” who is widely respected for his extensive expertise in gaming tax law.

Leading international law firm BIRD & BIRD is home to two pre-eminent practitioners recognised in this year’s research.
Martin Schimke is a recognised authority in the sports law sector, who is internationally praised for his “exceptional work as a CAS arbitrator”.
Markus Körner has “a very good reputation in the market” and is described by one source as “a highly skilled lawyer who has deep knowledge and experience in the sport and media sector”.

Boutique sport and entertainment law firm SCHICKHARDT RECHTSANWÄLTE also sees two practitioners listed.
Founding partner Christoph Schickhardt is “a big name in Germany in sports law” according to one source. He is also recognised as a strong negotiator and a leading expert in the field.
Joachim Rain is a prominent figure in football, representing some of the most well-known clubs and players in proceedings involving UEFA and FIFA. He is also particularly highly regarded for his work in the CAS.

The internationally well regarded Jörg Hofmann at MELCHERS is a longstanding fixture in the market with more than 22 years’ experience practicing gaming law.

Stefan Ventroni at STRAßER FEYOCK PARTNERSCHAFT RECHTSANWÄLTE is a distinguished practitioner with a wealth of experience in the fields of media and entertainment.

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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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