News archive 2017

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.
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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.