Christian Keidel is a leading sports practitioner in Germany who draws praise for “his excellent work” as well as his “consciousness of the needs of an international organisation”.
Christian Keidel is a partner at Martens Lawyers in Munich, Germany.
He was part of the initial spin-off team from the international commercial law practice Beiten Burkhardt, which established with Martens Lawyers one of Europe's preeminent firms for dispute resolution and sport.
Christian has specialised in sports dispute resolution, representing sports federations, football clubs and high-level athletes as counsel before association dispute resolution bodies, the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne and state courts. His sports arbitration experience gathered since 2007 includes inter alia association law (challenges of elections, membership disputes etc), financial disputes (related to transfers and contracts of professional football players), disciplinary cases (ethics and anti-doping), and eligibility matters (relating to participation in UEFA club competitions and the Olympic Games). Further, he has sat as arbitrator himself in sports-related disputes.
Christian also acts as legal adviser for national and international sport stakeholders with respect to intellectual property rights management, player transfers, commercial contracts and data protection.
He is a member amongst others of the LawInSport editorial board, Rex Sport and the German Sports Law Association. Christian holds a legal degree from the University of Munich and Seville. He teaches sports law at the University of Munich.
Christian is fluent in German and English and has a good knowledge of Spanish and French.