News archive 2014

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.