Germany: Sports & Entertainment 2019

In this chapter, we list 16 impressive lawyers who are identified for their excellence handling regulatory, transactional and advisory matters for clients across the sports and entertainment sectors.  

Most Highly Regarded
1. Jörg Hofmann Melchers, Heidelberg
2. Wulf Hambach Hambach & Hambach, Munich
3. Christian Keidel Martens Rechtsanwälte, Munich

SKW Schwartz Rechtsanwälte sees three lawyers nominated this year.
Mathias Schwarz is a top-tier practitioner who over 30 years of expertise advising on film and television productions, copyright matters and media financing.
Andreas Bareiss is a highly regarded practitioner among market commentators. His practice focuses on the legal structuring of international film and television productions, including copyright and privacy matters.
Martin Diesbach is a well-regarded name in the entertainment sector. He specialises in advising domestic and international media corporations on digital business models and all legal matters surrounding film financing.

Hambach & Hambach sees two of its practitioners listed for their excellence in the entertainment sector.
Wulf Hambach is a top name in entertainment law whose speciality lies in all aspects of gaming and gambling law and related regulatory matters.
Claus Hambach ranks highly in our research into the German market. He has considerable expertise in gambling law, most notably when it comes to related tax matters.  

International full-service firm Bird & Bird distinguishes itself in the German market with two lawyers listed this year.
Markus Körner is described by clients as “a problem solver” who is skilled at “providing efficient and practical solutions with strong results”. His specialty lies in IP law, with a particular focus on trademark, competition and contract law.
Martin Schimke is highly praised by peers and clients, with one respondent remarking that he is "an extremely smart and experienced CAS arbitrator". He has considerable expertise in advising athletes, sports associations and amateur sports unions at the national and international level.

Boutique dispute resolution firm Martens Rechtsanwälte sees two of its practitioners listed.
Christian Keidel ranks among the very elite sports practitioners in the German market this year. He is “an excellent, very professional and solution-oriented practitioner” whose practice focuses on commercial dispute resolution in the sports market.
Dirk-Reiner Martens draws praise from clients across Europe as “an excellent practitioner” who “always communicates the possibilities and best legal strategy” to clients.

Schickhardt Rechtsanwälte achieves two nominations in this chapter.
Christoph Schickhardt is a leading name in the German market for sports law. He commands over 30 years of experience representing high-profile sports businesses concerning a broad range of matters.
Joachim Rain receives praise from peers for his expertise in domestic and international football matters. He has considerable experience representing football clubs, trainers and players regarding contracts, transfers and disputes.  

Jörg Hofmann at Melchers is regarded by peers as “an outstanding lawyer” in the German entertainment market and offers over 15 years of experience in gaming and gambling law.

Stefan Ventroni with Straßer Feyock Partnerschaft Rechtsanwälte is a well-regarded practitioner in the entertainment market who is a noted expert on copyright and media law.

Hermann Schlindwein at Klinkert Rechtsanwälte is recognised by peers for his long-standing experience representing football clubs, individuals and marketing agencies across a broad range of sport law issues.

Christoph Wagner at Morrison & Foerster is recommended by peers in the market for his impressive work on transactional and regulatory matters for the media and communications industries.

Noerr’s Ulrich Michel is highlighted by market commentators for his practice in media and digital law. His practice focuses on copyright, IP, film and advertising matters.

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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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