News archive 2019

Martens Lawyers assisted Anthony Modeste before FIFA

Christian Keidel and Dr Paul Fischer have assisted Anthony Modeste in his request for the issuance of the International Transfer Certificate (ITC) before FIFA. The ITC was issued today. Hence, Anthony is eligible for the important match of Cologne FC against SC Paderborn 07 this coming Friday. For further information, please click here.

Dr Heiner Kahlert listed as “Future Leader“ by Who’s Who Legal

The renowned international legal directory Who’s Who Legal has listed Dr Heiner Kahlert as a “Future Leader” in arbitration (Germany). The directory is based on independent research consisting in particular of surveys amongst clients and competitors. Reproducing the comments it received from the market in relation to Dr Kahlert, Who’s Who Legal writes as follows: “Heiner Kahlert is ‘a very thorough and hard-working advocate’ who boasts ‘outstanding organisational skills’. One source says, ‚He is one of the brightest minds I have ever worked with.’ “

Dr Dirk-Reiner Martens attended as a speaker the workshop on evidence taking of the International and Comparative Law Research Center (ICLRC) in Moscow

On 9 November, 2018, the International and Comparative Law Research Center with the support of the Russian Arbitration Center at the Russian Institute of Modern Arbitration held a workshop on "Evidence before international courts and tribunals: distinct fora, similar approaches?". The workshop was held in the format of consecutive panel discussions. Dr Martens, other judges and participants in proceedings before international courts, professors of Russian and foreign universities took part in the event. They presented reports and answered questions from other speakers and the audience. Dr Martens gave a presentation on “Evidence Taking in Sports Arbitration”. Over 100 participants attended the event, including representatives of business and state authorities as well as an international internet audience.

Martens Lawyers advise the Drone Racing League (“DRL”)

Christian Keidel and David Menz advised the DRL during the organization and implementation of the semi-final of the DRL Allianz World Championship 2018 in the BMW Welt in Munich on 28 July 2018 (“Level 6: BMW Welt”). For further information about this trend sport and the event in the BMW Welt, please visit DRL’s homepage and click here.

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.