News archive 2018

Christian Keidel new Member of Rex Sport

Christian Keidel is very honored to have been accepted as member of the prestigious Rex Sport Association.
Rex Sport is an international association of sport law practitioners, founded in February 2002 and located in Barcelona, Spain. The Association gathers sport lawyers at present from 19 different countries, including CAS arbitrators as well as Attorneys specialized in the field of sports law with a considerable and proven expertise in providing assistance to the global sports community. For further information on the association, please click here.

Martens Lawyers successfully represent 1. FC Köln in disciplinary proceedings before the UEFA Appeals Body

Christian Keidel and David Menz successfully assisted 1. FC Köln in an appeal proceedings against a decision of the UEFA Control Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) following the UEFA Europa League match against FC Crvena in December 2017. The appealed decision had revoked the probation for a ban on selling tickets for the next away match in any UEFA competition and a monetary fine which had been previously imposed following Köln’s match against Arsenal London FC earlier in the 2017/18 season. The UEFA Appeals Body accepted the appeal and set aside the revocation of the sanctions’ probation. For further information in German, please click here.

Christian Keidel will attend as a Moderator at GAR Live (Zurich)

Christian Keidel will moderate Session Three: “Sports Arbitration – Is it fit for Purpose?” at GAR Live, Zurich on 26 April 2018. Participants in this panel are: Michele Bernasconi (Bär & Karrer), Xavier Favre-Bulle (Lenz & Staehelin), Emilio Garcia (Managing Director Integrity, UEFA) and Brendan Schwab (World Players Association, UNI Global Union). For the entire programme, please click here.

Chapter in the Yearbook of International Sports Arbitration

Christian Keidel and Paul Fischer published a chapter in the Yearbook of International Sports Arbitration on "Standing to Appeal of Third Parties in Front of CAS". For more detailed information on the publication, please click here.

Martens Rechtsanwälte in the JUVE Handbook 2017/2018

Translation (Original: German): "Thanks to their extensive experience in dealing with rules and regulations, the Munich firm excels in its work for federations and clubs, inter alia in litigation and arbitration. In addition to Dirk-Reiner Martens, who is considered as an outstanding expert throughout Germany, competitors also highlight Christian Keidel as "competent and exact"."
The annual JUVE Handbook features an analysis of the market position of over 800 commercial law firms in Germany. The book (in German) is published in November and can also be found online. Please click here.

Paul Fischer published in World Sports Advocate

Paul Fischer and Dr Tim Bagger von Grafenstein (Lentze Stopper) give insight into the contractual situation for fans purchasing away tickets and an away club’s ability to claim damages for imposed sanctions as a result of prohibited behaviour by its fans. The article, please click here.

Christian Keidel listed by “Who’s Who Legal” as one of the world’s leading practitioners in Sports and Entertainment

On the basis of a research conducted by Law Business Research ltd. among environment experts and law firm clients in the field of Sport Christian Keidel has been selected by “Who’s Who Legal” as being among the world’s leading sports and entertainment lawyers.

Christian Keidel Interview with Sport1

Following the most expensive transfer in the history of Football, namely the transfer of player Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior from FC Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for allegedly EUR 222 Millionen, Christian Keidel explains the principle of exit clauses in an interview with Sport1. For the Sport1 interview (in German), please click here.

Martens Rechtsanwälte advise 1. FC Cologne in the complex record transfer of Anthony Modeste to Tianjin Quanijan

Christian Keidel has been advising the Bundesliga club 1. FC Cologne in connection with the transfer of Anthony Modeste to Tianjin Quanijan. After four weeks of complex negotiations the parties agreed on the last day of the Chinese Football Association’s transfer window on a loan with a following option for a permanent transfer. With a fee of more than EUR 30 million the transfer of Modeste is the most valuable in FC Cologne’s history.
For further information, please click here.

The Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT) is celebrating its 10th anniversary and case 1000!

The Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT), which was developed by Martens Rechtsanwälte, received its first case on 29 May 2007. Since then, the number of requests for arbitration submitted to the BAT has constantly increased: from 2 cases in 2007 to 158 cases in 2016. After a little less than 10 years, the BAT has now received its 1000th case.
Since its creation, the BAT has grown from an innovative mechanism to resolve contractual disputes quickly and cost-effectively into a well-established international sports tribunal. The arbitrators decide ex aequo et bono and their awards have gradually built a jurisprudence creating equitable principles in relation to recurrent issues in the context of basketball contracts. For additional information on the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal, please click here. For additional information on BAT’s jurisprudence, please click here.

Comment on the Pechstein Case in Business Law International

Dr Dirk-Reiner Martens and Alexander Engelhard have published an article on the Pechstein case in the current issue of Business Law International. The article titled "Is the Pechstein Saga Coming to an End?" summarises the proceeding, its background, and explains its importance for the sports world. For the article, please click here.

Martens Rechtsanwälte also featured in the 2nd edition of the Sports Law Review

Dr Dirk-Reiner Martens and Alexander Engelhard have contributed the chapter on German sports law also to the 2nd edition of the Sports Law Review; a practical, business-focused legal guide for all relevant stakeholder groups in the area of sports, including sports business entities, sports federations, sports clubs, and athletes.
The 2nd edition of the Sports Law Review covers 20 jurisdictions (e.g. Switzerland, England, USA). For a copy of the chapter on German sports law published in the Sports Law Review please click here. For more information on the Sports Law Review please visit the publisher's website.

Christian Keidel listed by “Who’s Who Legal” as one of the world’s leading practitioners in Sports and Entertainment

On the basis of a research conducted by Law Business Research ltd. among environment experts and law firm clients in the field of Sport Christian Keidel has been selected by “Who’s Who Legal” as being among the world’s leading sports and entertainment lawyers.

Article on BAT: “The Basketball Arbitral Tribunal—An Overview of its Process and Decisions”

In a chapter for the Yearbook of International Sports Arbitration 2015 (Antoine Duval, Antonio Rigozzi) Erika Hasler, Associate at the law firm Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler in Geneva, gives an overview of the process of the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT) and its decisions. For the article, please click here.
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