Sports law in Germany

Sport Law is our passion and we have the pleasure to offer secure legal solutions for athletes, clubs, promoters, associations and other institutions. We evaluate your questions both form an economic and tactic point of you, trying to do our best in order to achieve great results, together.

Sport has to be clear and transparent. For this reason, compulsory and enforceable regulations are so important. This is what we stand for!

From a legal point of you, there is no other field of law, that describes clearly and distinctly the sector of sport law. Various sports have different regulations (national and international) and they are not equally applicable in each case to all parties. In addition the regulation of every sport, we also need to deal with the respective state´s law. Sport Law includes also cases of alleged manipulation and doping.

We are expert in sports law, especially in the following key points:

  • legal counseling and representation of athletes, sports organizers, sports federations and league providers, as well as the corresponding formation of all related sport agreements;
  • legal advice and representation in the context of sponsorship agreements, authorization assignment, league statutes, association and society agreements, etc.;
  • Development and testing of sport club’s articles of association, sport association charter and statutes, sponsorship agreements, marketing agreements (all media), sports rights agreements, sports license agreements, sports agency agreements, sports events agreements, sports organizers contracts, sports equipment contracts, horse contracts etc.;
  • Legal consultation and representation of gamer managers, sports managers, sports company consultants, sports marketers, and sports sponsors;
  • legal advice and representation before national and international sporting courts, as well as national courts and association or association courts;
  • legal advice and representation in doping procedures, cross-disciplinary proceedings as well as in cases of competition barriers, transfers etc.;
  • In the light of personal commitment, we also advise in the area of ​​animal rights, in particular, equestrian clubs, horse sport associations, horse breeders and horse owners, as well as private and professional riders and veterinarians (including horses and horse doping);
  • sports law advice in connection with the associations ‘creations, the drafting and alteration of statutes, the divestment of economic business operations, sponsoring contracts and business agreements (including TV rights);
  • prosecution of product piracy, infringements of sports law, trademark infringements, copyright infringements, violations of the right of self-determination with regards to public information, legal infringements in connection with verbal and image journalism.

German event law

We advise and represent concert and tour event managers and organizers, guest theatre directories, art management agencies, event agencies, artists, entertainers, tour operators, security companies, individuals and media companies in all those legal aspects concerning events and entertainments. This also includes the following topics:

  • Artist social tax liability from agencies, guest performances and concert directorates;
  • Fee conflicts with the GEMA, GVL and other collecting societies;
  • Contractual design for organizers and participants (organizers, event facilities, event technologies such as sound, light, stage etc., artists, guest performance agencies, restaurateurs, hoteliers etc.);
  • Official permits and licenses for performances of foreign artists in Germany;
  • VAT exemption acc. § 4 No. 20a and b UStG, application of the standard and reduced VAT rate, taxability for cross-border services, limited tax liabilities etc.;
  • Labour Law issues;
  • Trademark, title protection and competition law issues in the context of event law;
  • Copyright issues;
  • Customer protection and conceptual protection in the agency business;
  • Liability of event organizers.

 

For the organization and realization of even smaller events, it is fundamental to regulate every action with related contracts; medium and large events need to be regulated by a variety of legal relationships. At a live-event it is really important to have a strong organizational structure able to react as quickly as possible (and in a legal manner!) in the most unpredictable situations.

We do not only accompany you throughout all your legal issues that may have to be clarified before an event, but we can also be present on the occasion of your event to solve unpredictable problems immediately.

Our lawyers are specialized in copyright and media law, and we all are fluent in English. This allows us to follow you even throughout international events legal aspects.

Please feel free to contact us for further information and queries.