News archive 2015

Martens Rechtsanwälte advise Vidal for his transfer to FC Bayern

Andreas Zagklis and Dr Heiner Kahlert of Martens Rechtsanwälte have been advising the Chilean national player Arturo Vidal in connection with his transfer from Juventus Turin to FC Bayern Munich. Martens Rechtsanwälte collaborated in this matter with Rodrigo Garcia and José Lasa of Laffer Abogados in Madrid. The transfer fee, which is reported to be between EUR 37 million and EUR 40 million, makes the transfer one of the most expensive in the history of the German Bundesliga. According to media reports, Mr. Vidal signed a four-year contract in Munich with the option for an extension for a fifth year. The annual salary is reported to be around EUR 10 million.
Martens Rechtsanwälte, likewise in cooperation with Spanish colleagues, had already advised Javi Martínez (in 2012, to date the most expensive transfer into the German Bundesliga) and Xabi Alonso (in 2014) in relation to their transfers to FC Bayern Munich.  

Christian Keidel and Alexander Engelhard publish Article about Football Club Ownership in Germany

In an article for LawInSport Christian Keidel and Alexander Engelhard give an overview of the factual and regulatory evolution of club ownership in Germany, explaining in detail the 50+1 rule and its application in practice by looking at the examples of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, TSV 1860 Munich and RasenBallsport Leipzig. For the article "Football club ownership in Germany - less romantic than you might think", please click here.

FIBA launches new 3×3 Platform

Supported by Martens Rechtsanwälte, the International Basketball Federation FIBA launched a new version of the online platform This platform combines characteristics of a social network with mechanisms to administrate the basketball discipline "3 on 3".
Martens Rechtsanwälte developed the entire legal framework of the platform and the discipline and was responsible also for the revision of the legal framework triggered by the launch of the new version. In particular, this required an innovative interlocking between IT law and sports law regulations.

Andreas Zagklis appointed as independent reviewer by ISLJ

The International Sports Law Journal (ISLJ) has established itself as one of the leading periodicals in the area of sports law, both national as international.
Published twice yearly, it encourages scholarship and writing on sports law matters from academics and writers from around the globe. The success of the journal has been predicated on a strict, blind and independent peer review system. In this, Andreas Zagklis was asked by the ISLJ to join the distinguished panel of occasional peer reviewers.

700th proceeding before the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT)

The Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT) is again celebrating: case 700 was initiated!
The BAT was developed by Martens Rechtsanwälte in 2007 and is since administered by us. It is an independent and highly efficient arbitration procedure for resolving disputes in basketball between professional players, agents and clubs. Since the first proceeding was initiated on 29 May 2011, the number of incoming requests for arbitration has dramatically increased year by year. For additional information on this taylor-made dispute resolution system, please click here.

Andreas Zagklis appointed as Judge at the UCI Anti-Doping Tribunal

The International Cycling Federation (UCI – Union Cycliste Internationale) appointed Andreas Zagklis as one of the four members of the UCI Anti-Doping Tribunal. Mr Zagklis can be appointed as Single Judge for proceedings in Anti-Doping rule violations by the secretariat of the tribunal.
For further information, please click here.

Andreas Zagklis gives Presentations at Seminar of the Josoor Institute

On 18/19 November 2014, the Josoor Institute in Doha, Qatar held a two-day course entitled "Law and its Implications on Sports and Event Practitioners" which aimed at discussing contemporary legal issues in sport as well as raising awareness among local sports and events practitioners for the legal implications of hosting, sponsoring and working in global sports events.
Andreas Zagklis delivered presentations on Governance of Sporting Organisations and contributed in the discussion regarding corruption, doping and future challenges for event organisers. He participated in a panel interview with Ben Bye, Senior Commercial Lawyer, International Cricket Council (ICC), Prof. Richard McLaren from McLaren Global Sport Solution and Ahmad Anani from Latham Watkins. Further information on the seminar and the Josoor Institute can be found under the following links: Josoor Institute to Host Networking Event on Contemporary Legal Practice and Issues in Sport ( Understanding Legal Landscape that Surrounds Sporting Event is Essential (Gulf Times)

Christian Keidel Interview with Sport1

Christian Keidel gave an interview for the Sport 1 TV programme "Ukrainische Klubs entwurzelt" regarding the participation of football clubs from Crimea in the third Russian division. For the (German) video of the the Sport1 broadcast, click here.

Martens Rechtsanwälte advise Xabi Alonso

In cooperation with the Spanish law firm Zaldua Garcia & Asociados, Andreas Zagklis and Heiner Kahlert of Martens Rechtsanwälte advised Spain's World Cup Winner and European Champion Xabi Alonso in connection with his transfer from Real Madrid to Bayern Munich. Xabi Alonso played his first match in the German Bundesliga only a few days after the transfer, which was celebrated by German media as one of the most spectacular transfers in the history of the Bundesliga.

Christian Keidel Interview with Sport1

Christian Keidel comments on the draft anti-doping law presented by the German government in an interview with Sport1. For the complete German article, click here.

Dirk-Reiner Martens selected by “Best Lawyers”

Dr. Dirk-Reiner Martens has been selected by the US-Publisher "Best Lawyers" on the basis of recommendations by his peers to be included in the Sixth Edition of "Best Lawyers in Germany" in the practice area of Arbitration and Mediation. The survey was conducted under exclusive partnership with the Handelsblatt. For the respective (German) article, please click here.

Andreas Zagklis contributes to EU study on sports organizers’ rights

On Friday 25 April 2014 the European Commission published its report of the Study on Sports Organisers’ Rights in the EU. The study was launched in January 2013 and was carried out by a consortium composed of TMC ASSER Instituut and IVIR (University of Amsterdam).
The specific objectives of the study were:
  • To map the legal framework applicable to the origin and ownership of sports organisers' rights in the 28 Member States;
  • To analyse the nature and scope of sports organisers' rights with regard to licensing practices in the field of the media, taking into account relevant EU law provisions;
  • To examine the possibility of establishing licensing practices beyond the media field, notably in the area of gambling and betting;
  • To provide recommendations on the opportunity of EU action to address any problem that may be identified in the above mentioned areas of analysis.
For an executive summary and the complete text of the study please access

Martens Rechtsanwälte advises FIBA in connection with changes in their Governance Structure

The Extraordinary Congress of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), convened in Istanbul on Sunday 16 March, unanimously adopted new General Statutes that will bring changes to the governance structure of FIBA. Dr. Dirk-Reiner Martens and Andreas Zagklis advised in the development of the new structure and the drafting of the respective modifications, which include the creation of an Executive Committee and the appointment of an NBA representative on the FIBA Central Board. The new governance structure will strengthen the organisation in view of future challenges and strategic growth opportunities and is believed to be unique in the world of international sports federations.
For the full text of FIBA's press release, please click here.