Firms To Watch: Entertainment

Led by Markus Ruttig, who specialises in copyright and gaming law, CBH Rechtsanwälte advises clients from the gaming industry on regulatory issues as well as betting and advertising disputes.
FECHNER Rechtsanwälte is well versed in advertising and copyright law and supports large advertising agencies and industry clients in major advertising campaigns. The team also advises on copyright issues arising from the use of generative AI models.

Entertainment in Germany


CMS fields a large and diverse media team, which comprehensively supports major projects in the film, sports and broadcasting industries and also advises platforms and gaming companies on digital matters. Among the mainstays are film funding, digital media regulation and copyright dispute resolution, whereas current topics include the advice on NFTs and AI models. Three partners took over the management of the practice in 2023: IP expert Winfried Bullinger focuses on digital content, Pietro Graf Fringuelli regularly supports the launch of new digital streaming, NFT and e-commerce platforms and Martin Gerecke is well versed in licensing and contract issues pertaining to social media and gaming. Former practice head Sebastian Cording continues to be a key contact for sports and gaming law, while counsel Patrick Ehinger routinely handles film funding and marketing issues. Cross-border matters are also covered thanks to the cooperation with other locations.

Practice head(s):

Winfried Bullinger; Pietro Graf Fringuelli; Martin Gerecke

Other key lawyers:

Ole Jani; Patrick Ehinger; Sebastian Cording; Tobis Nasr; Martin Landmann


‘The special thing about the law firm is its personalities. Consultants who can adapt to the needs of their clients and support the company in the interests of the company are rarer than one might think. The people we work with do this perfectly. We particularly appreciate that the professional exchange between consultants and members of the legal department always allows us to achieve the best results.’

‘The team is extremely professional. Always delivers accurately and promptly. Very pleasant and professional. The advice always reaches a depth that cannot be found elsewhere. Cross-functional topics in particular are handled excellently.’

‘The team around Dr. Gerecke and Dr. Nasr is very well positioned.’

Key clients





Getty Images

Deutscher Fußball Bund

Deutsche Fußball Liga

ESL Faceit Group

FC Bayern München

FC St. Pauli





Sportainment Medien GmbH



WOA Festival

World Esports Association

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice to Sky on the introduction of the new digital platform Sky Glass.

  • Comprehensive advice to Paramount+ on the roll-out and implementation of the Paramount+ service in Germany on all media law, e-commerce and competition law issues, in particular on questions of order flow, user terms and conditions and the admissibility of advertising material.

  • Ongoing advice to the ESL Faceit Group, the world’s largest e-sports organizer, in all legal areas, particularly in the structuring of e-sports leagues (including ESL ProLeague).

SKW Schwarz

SKW Schwarz‘s entertainment and music team consists of various task forces, which cover traditional film and televison matters as well as gaming and digital issues. Further mainstays include the growth area e-sports, as well as the advice to streaming platforms at the interface between film and music law. Practice head Johann Heyde primarily assists with copyright dispute resolution in connection with large film and television productions, while Norbert Klingner advises producers and distributors on film and series productions and Andreas Peschel-Mehner offers expertise in film financing; Martin Diesbach frequently supports digital business models. Alexandra Streichfuss made partner in January 2023 and advises on film and television productions in the streaming sector, while counsel Moritz Mehner comprehensively covers matters pertaining to the e-sports sector.

Practice head(s):

Johann Heyde

Other key lawyers:

Norbert Klingner; Andreas Peschel-Mehner; Martin Diesbach; Alexandra Streichfuss; Moritz Mehner


‘High level of expertise and a broad team that can help with technical questions.’

‘Norbert Klingner is a top media lawyer. Very precise, very good demeanor, also business-oriented in a positive sense.’

Key clients

Studio Hamburg Enterprises GmbH

Microsoft Corporation





Krautpack Entertainment GmbH & Co. KG

G Esports Holding GmbH

Freaks 4U Gaming GmbH

Astralis Esport ApS

Bigleet GmbH

ENCE Esports Oy

FaZe Clan Inc

Fnatic Ltd.


G Esports Holding GmbH

Liquid Enterprises, B.V.

mousesports ltd.


NextGen Tech, LCC

Ninjas in Pyjamas Gaming AB

Team Vitality SAS

The Evil Geniuses (EG) LCC

Red Bull Media House GmbH

Syrreal Entertainment GmbH

The Match Factory GmbH

Sky Deutschland

Scott Free Productions

The Walt Disney Company (Germany (GmbH)

Work highlights

  • Conducting arbitration proceedings before the DPMA arbitration board for Microsoft Corporation against the collecting society Corint Media to determine the appropriate tariff for the newly introduced EU press ancillary copyright law.

  • Leading several bestseller trials and copyright infringement trials for ARD.

  • Comprehensive copyright advice to Birkenstock on taking action against Birkenstock copies; Out-of-court and in-court assertion of copyright claims against a large number of manufacturers/retailers due to various shoe models that copy Birkenstock’s classic sandals, including injunction and main proceedings proceedings as well as settlement negotiations.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper is well versed in the advice to major TV and online broadcasters on copyright and contract law issues and complements this with experience in the gaming and gambling industries. Practice head Stefan Engels routinely supports large broadcasters as well as publishing and media companies in advertising and e-commerce issues as well as copyright proceedings; media regulation expert Michael Stulz-Herrnstadt is regularly instructed by gambling providers and media marketing companies on compliance issues. Kai Tumbrägel, whose focus is on the IP sector, is a key contact for project-related advice in the games and sports areas.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Engels

Other key lawyers:

Michael Stulz-Herrnstadt; Kai Tumbrägel


‘Stefan Engels and his IP team are active in media law both in an advisory and forensic manner for all matters for our company. The reason for the ongoing cooperation is, in particular, the excellent broad coverage and therefore good integration in the areas of intellectual property rights and media law, so that advice and support is guaranteed “from a single source”.’

‘Dr. Michael Stulz-Herrnstadt has excellent market expertise and is always quick, concise and reliable in his assessments. Communication with him is always uncomplicated, pleasant and enriching. He treats his colleagues and clients fairly.’

‘We particularly value Dr. Engels as an excellent lawyer and a very good strategist and tactician who is excellently networked and has very deep knowledge of the media industry and the media business. What should be emphasized is his commitment and ability to look “beyond the horizon” of the specific mandate and to work comprehensively on behalf of the client.’

‘We value the know-how of the company’s specifics, the industry, the regulations and the legal issues there combined with outstanding administrative law and administrative process law expertise.’

‘Dr. Stulz-Herrnstadt offers technical expertise, efficiency, accuracy when familiarizing yourself with company-specific issues, awareness of economic components and specific industry knowledge.’

‘Dr. Michael Stulz-Herrnstadt is extremely well positioned in terms of regulation and, in addition to his excellent legal knowledge, also impresses with his pragmatic approach. He never loses sight of the actual needs of his clients. Communication is always transparent and trusting. Procedurally very good and acts strategically well.’

Key clients


Axel Springer SE

BKOM Studios

Discovery Communications Deutschland

dpa Deutsche Presseagentur


Kindred (London) Limited

LEGO System

Plarium Global

Podimo Aps

Seven.One Entertainment Group GmbH

Sony interactive Entertainment Europe

The Football Association Premier League Limited

Twitch Interactive

Vindex LLC

ZeniMax Media

Work highlights

  • Advising Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe on the drafting of a contract for users of one of its well-known PlayStation games, where users can, among other things, create their own content.

  • Successful representation of the ProSiebenSat1 Group before the Berlin-Brandenburg Higher Administrative Court in a fundamental media/youth protection case regarding the TV show ‘Galileo’ as well as successful representation before the Berlin-Brandenburg Higher Administrative Court in a media/child protection law case regarding the TV show ‘Steven loves cinema’.

  • Representation of ProSieben/SevenOne Entertainment, RTL Television, WeltN24 and Discovery Communications Deutschland GmbH in standards control proceedings against the new advertising statutes of the state media authorities and the respective responsible standard setter before the higher administrative courts in Bavaria and Lower Saxony.

Greenberg Traurig Germany

Greenberg Traurig Germany  acts integrated into the global network and comprehensively advises on all aspects of film and television productions, where the team is renowned for its expertise in financing, production and distribution issues pertaining to the film sector. In addition to established German and international production studios, the team increasingly supports streaming platforms and also advises on regulatory issues in the context of on-demand content at the interface between media, communications and antitrust law. Practice head Stefan Lütje is well versed in transactions and contracts in the media sector as well as film funding, including the advice to funding bodies and financial institutions. Viola Bensinger and Laura Zentner are experienced in technology and IP and are regularly instructed by digital media companies.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Lütje

Other key lawyers:

Viola Bensinger, Laura Zentner; Christoph Enaux


‘The colleagues at the law firm always get in touch immediately and process cases very quickly and thoroughly.’

‘The Greenberg Traurig team around Stefan Lütje and Laura Zentner is, on the one hand, one of the most experienced in the industry and, at the same time, incredibly warm and approachable. We have a lot to thank the team for in terms of building our company. Also very uncomplicated internal communication when we need legal services that go beyond our core topics in the media sector.’

‘Stefan Lütje enjoys a very high reputation in the industry, because his experience combined with his talent for achieving strategic goals in negotiations is unique. He convinces with calm, patience and absolute substance.’

‘Laura Zentner’s friendly nature coupled with her ability to handle complex multinational issues are extremely valuable to us. Dr. Zentner is a joy to work with and at the same time she is extremely competent when it comes to external negotiations.

‘Greenberg Traurig’s reputation in the industry is unparalleled. In eight years of working together, I haven’t had a single negative experience and each person is of the same high standard in their areas – both professionally and personally.’

Key clients

Amazon Media EU S.à.r.l.

Amazon Studios


Ehrlich Entertainment GmbH & Co. KG

Focus Features

Leonine Studios

Malao Film GmbH

Paramount Pictures

Remow Co. Ltd.

Rise FX

Rise Filmproduktion GmbH

Rlaxx TV

Universal Studios

World of Wonder Productions

Yorck Kino GmbH

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice to the magician duo Ehrlich Brothers on all contractual, music, competition, broadcasting, personality, trademark and copyright issues.

  • Advising Focus Features on the structuring of co-productions to qualify for German film funding and associated negotiations with contractual partners, including for the films ‘Inside’ and ‘TAR’; In addition, ongoing production advice, in particular rights clearance and acquisition as well as legal disputes.

  • Comprehensive advice to Rise FX and Rise Filmproduktion GmbH in connection with numerous production service and co-production contracts, most recently on a large cinema/series project.

Lausen Rechtsanwälte

Lausen Rechtsanwälte fields a diverse team and regularly advises on issues at the interface between media law, data protection, IP, competition and corporate law. The practice is well versed in copyright and contract dispute resolution and frequently acts in related model procedings. In addition to project-related contract and advertising topics in the film, television and music industries, the team also focuses on matters pertaining to new technologies such as AI and NFTs; practice head and copyright expert Matthias Lausen is a key contact here. Kerstin Bäcker, whose expertise encompasses music and IT law, and the licensing law expert Ursula Feinor-Schmidt increasingly advise on the development of digital platforms. Associate  Marco Jung primarily focuses on the theater sector.

Practice head(s):

Matthias Lausen

Other key lawyers:

Kerstin Bäcker; Ursula Feindor-Schmidt; Richard Hahn; Marco Jung


‘Lausen is at the forefront of new technological developments and has enormous AI expertise that will determine the future for us.’

‘Kerstin Bäcker impresses with her extremely high level of professionalism and speed in which she presents the most complex issues in an understandable manner and with concrete recommendations for action.’

‘The law firm is organized democratically in the best sense of the word, which means that problematic issues are discussed across the board. This also means that a partner brings in a younger colleague and involves them in the problem.’

Key clients

Constantin Film AG



Fraktion BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN im bayerischen Landtag

megaherz GmbH

Messner Mountain Heritage GmbH

MINT Digital

MyTeam TV


SESAC Rightsmanagement|New York

Stage Entertainment GmbH

SUISA Digital

Thinxpool TV GmbH


VIP Medienfonds Geschäftsführungs GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising Creatokia on the development and market entry of the NFT platform creatokia; also drafting cooperation and licensing agreements and drafting terms and conditions.

  • Successful representation of Elsevier, among others, on the plaintiff’s side in a case against Cyando before the Federal Court of Justice, which concerns whether platform operators who set up a system that provides incentives to upload attractive original content and thereby cause millions of legal violations for the commercial benefit of the centrally organizing platform, for which legal violations occur can be held directly liable.

  • Advising the VIP Medienfondsin a complex legal dispute with an English company in connection with a sale-and-leaseback transaction of an international cinema film.

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP offers regulatory and project-related advice to financial institutions, media and broadcasting operators, collecting societies and production companies on cooperation agreements, youth protection, advertising and data protection. A core focus is dispute resolution, where the team recently acted in model proceedings in connection with advertising and licensing disputes. Renowned litigator Wolfgang von Frentz regularly taked the lead here; he is the sole practice head since former co-head and licensing lawyer Ralf Weisser became self-employed in January 2023. Christian Masch is another experienced litigator and also advises on compliance issues pertaining to copyright and data protection law.

Practice head(s):

Wolfgang von Frentz

Other key lawyers:

Christian Masch

Key clients

Corint Media GmbH

IP Deutschland

ProSiebenSat1 Media SE


RTL Television

RTL interactive

Sport 1 Medien AG


Unister i.I.

Morrison Foerster

Morrison Foerster's media team offers strategic support in traditional film and television productions and also advises digital platforms on antitrust and data protection issues in close cooperation with the compliance practice. The team is regularly instructed by large production companies as well as music platforms and investors on transactions, licensing and funding issues; here, Christoph Wagner is a key contact for broadcasting clients, he jointly heads the practice with Christiane Stützle, who regularly acts on behalf of film production companies from the Middle East and increasingly advises on art-related matters. Andreas Grünwald is well versed in regulatory issues in the digital space pertaining to copyright and advertising law. Counsel  Christoph Nüßing is experienecd in platform matters as well as dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Wagner; Christiane Stützle

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Grünwald; Patricia Ernst; Christoph Nüßing


‘High level of competence, quick implementation of orders, pleasant communication.’

‘Christiane Stützle and her team advise us in the area of ​​art and copyright law and on the threshold of law, technology and digitalization. We are happy to have real experts at our side in the team who will move things forward and help us set the right course.’

‘In addition to providing project-related advice, Christiane Stützle proactively keeps us up to date on new developments and opportunities and navigates us through market developments at the interfaces between art, technology and law.’

‘Christoph Wagner is outstanding in his professional expertise and an outstanding litigator.’

Key clients

1&1 Onevision

Adviqo GmbH

Galerie Deschler

Indian Paintbrush


Legendary Entertainment

Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas

National Football League

Public.Resource.Org, Inc.

Radio B2

Radio NRJ

Sky Deutschland

Sony Music Entertainment


Tele Columbus

Twitch Interactive

Work highlights


Noerr's digital business team combines media law expertise with competencies in e-commerce, IT and corporate law and supports clients from the film industry in transactions and contract negotiations as well as digitisation projects. A particular strength is the support in film project-related  joint ventures and the launch of new digital NFT platforms. The key contacts here are Thorsten Kraul, who jointly leads the practice with digitisation expert Thomas Thalhofer, and Hans Radau, whose advisory focus is on the intersection between M&A and media law. The team is also frequently instructed by collecting societies in antitrust negotiations and proceedings, while Ulrich Michel is well versed in copyright matters.

Practice head(s):

Torsten Kraul; Thomas Thalhofer

Other key lawyers:

Ulrich Michel; Jan Weismantel; Hans Radau; Carsten Bringmann


‘In addition to the individual outstanding quality and speed of the partners, what is unique is the always appropriate, individual combination of relevant specialist experts for each individual legal issue. This means that all possible legal implications – including those that are not apparent to the client in advance – are adequately addressed, discussed and resolved right from the start. I have never experienced a more effective collaboration with a law firm!’

‘Carsten Bringmann is certainly one of the smartest, fastest and most effective German lawyers.’

‘Very satisfied. Professionalism, very good specialist knowledge.’

‘Mr Bringmann is very efficient, quick and always thorough in his work. Even in very time-demanding situations, he always radiates calm, composure and professionalism and thus conveys a feeling of security. This makes their support stand out very positively compared to other law firms.’

Key clients

Allianz Deutscher Produzenten – Film & Fernsehen e.V.

BMG Rights Management GmbH

Bavaria Fiction GmbH

Casino Royal GmbH

Constantin Medien AG

Corint Media

Hearst Corporation

Heinrich Bauer Media Group

Hertha BSC


LÖWEN Entertainment GmbH

Omnicon Group

Right Livelihood Foundation

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Thüringer Staatslotterie

Westdeutscher Rundfunk

Ziegler Film GmbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Advising the leading international media group Omnicom Group Inc on the establishment of a global joint venture with Mercedes-Benz to develop and market NFTs.

  • Representation of Corint Media in a complaint to the Federal Cartel Office due to Google’s violations of the antitrust law ban on abuse and Section 19a GWB through the news offering Google News Showcase.

  • Comprehensive media, funding, corporate and tax law advice to LionsGate on the establishment of a joint venture as well as on the drafting and negotiation of all transaction and production contracts for films.

Straßer Ventroni Freytag Rechtsanwälte

Straßer Ventroni Freytag Rechtsanwälte advises large companies in the sports, film and television sectors on music law, while the expertise in both the music and media segment encompasses the advice to production companies and publishers on contracts and licensing agreements as well as digital marketing issues pertaining to the development of new content and new platforms. A trio heads the team: Robert Straßer focuses on copyright and data protection law, while Stefan Ventroni is well versed in licensing and cooperation agreement, and Stefan Freytag advises on digital content matters. All three are also active in copyright and licensing disputes. Bassam Saleh primarily advises on e-commerce and advertising issues.

Practice head(s):

Robert Straßer; Stefan Ventroni; Stefan Freytag

Other key lawyers:

Bassam Saleh


‘Straßer Ventroni Freytag supports us according to our individual needs and as legal advisors at the highest professional level.’

‘Very high level of competence and reliability in communication.’

‘We have been working primarily with Stefan Ventroni for years and have great confidence in his decades of experience as a specialist lawyer for copyright and media law as well as his excellent knowledge of the industry.’

Key clients

Bavaria Media GmbH

Bilderfest GmbH

Condé Nast Germany

DFB-Stiftung Deutsches Fußballmuseum

Deutsche Telekom AG

FC Bayern München


TWF Treuhand-gesellschaft Werbefilm mbH

Wolters Kluwer Deutschland

Work highlights

  • Advising Deutsche Telekom AG on copyright, licensing and media law issues as well as on the drafting and negotiation of licensing and cooperation agreements with large corporations from the media industry, particularly in the areas of films/series, games, music and sports, among other things in connection with magenta TV.

  • Advising Leonine Holding GmbH on the design and licensing of films as well as data protection and e-commerce legal advice for the launch of streaming services.

  • Advising FC Bayern Munich on topics relating to copyright, personality, competition and trademark law as well as advertising marketing and data protection law.

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing fields a diverse TMT practice, which primarily supports large technology companies and platforms in the media sector. A key strength is the advice on the launch and expansion of digital tools and copyright-related products as well as data protection and competition law. Led by data protection lawyer Paul Voigt, the team is particularly well versed in supporting user-based platforms in matters pertaining to transparency and youth protection. Gregor Schmid is experienced in IT and e-commerce and routinely handles licensing agreements, terms and conditions and gaming-related matters. Jörg Wimmers regularly supports transactions and product launches in the digital space, while Malek Barudi, who made partner in April 2023, represents clients in copyright and personal rights proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Paul Voigt

Other key lawyers:

Gregor Schmid; Jörg Wimmers, Malek Barudi


‘Jörg Wimmers is committed, passionate, an industry expert and a successful litigator.’

The practice is very responsive and knowledgeable. We always feel that we are a very important customer.

Key clients

Condé Nast


Google YouTube

Infarm Indoor Urban Farming GmbH


Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board / Trade Republic

Reddit, Inc.

Riese & Müller

Work highlights


ADVANT Beiten's IP, IT and media practice advises major players from the gaming and e-sports sector on contract drafting as well as on the implementation of tournaments and new product launches; Andreas Lober is a key contact here. He also represents clients in copyright and trademark disputes and jointly heads the practice with Holger Weimann. Weimann is primarly active in the media, corporate and antitrust law advice to the radio sector. Other key topics are traditional broadcasting and television law as well as sports law; Wotjek Ropel handles IT and e-commerce matters.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Lober; Holger Weimann

Other key lawyers:

Wotjek Ropel; Peggy Müller


‘Holger Weimann is very easy to reach and offers very good recommendations on how to proceed. Excellent project planning, very polite, clear and quick in communication.’

We work with them regularly and particularly value their responsiveness, efficiency, industry knowledge and cost transparency.

Andreas Lober is responsive and efficient. We also often deal with Wojtek Ropel, who is also worth mentioning because of his efficiency and pragmatism.

Key clients


astragon Entertainment GmbH

BB Radio Länderwelle Berlin/Brandenburg GmbH & Co. KG und Radio TEDDY GmbH & Co. KG

Deutscher Fußball-Bund e. V.

Funk & Fernsehen Nordwestdeutschland GmbH & Co. KG (Radio ffn), Hannover

NRW Audio GmbH & Co. KG (NRW 1), Köln


Work highlights

  • Advising several founding partners, including Antenne NRW, radio NRW, ffn and ROCK ANTENNE, on the establishment of the first nationwide FM radio in North Rhine-Westphalia: NRW 1.

  • Legal support to the ANTENNE BAYERN Group in trademark disputes and personal rights violations of employees/moderators.

Brehm & v. Moers

Brehm & v. Moers advises clients in the film and television sector on transaction-related topics, compliance as well as content issues. Another mainstay is the advice to companies in the gaming sector as well as companies on blockchain and AI technologies. Founding partner Stefan von Moers is well versed at the interface between media and corporate law, while Guido Hettinger focuses on copyright and data protection; Kai Bodensiek handles matters in the growth area gaming as well as e-sports.

Other key lawyers:

Guido Hettinger; Kai-Florian Furch; Stefan von Moers; Kai Bodensiek


‘The team works in a committed manner, on time and always reliably. We can recommend!’

‘The collaboration with Kai-Florian Furch is particularly outstanding. He impresses with his profound specialist knowledge, confident demeanor and very good feeling for negotiations. We feel that we are in good hands in every matter!’

‘I mainly work with Guido Hettinger. The know-how is exceptionally high. The advice goes beyond exclusive legal advice. Great help in negotiations thanks to the immense wealth of experience. What also sets the law firm apart is its constant availability and the quick processing of cases.’

Work highlights

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller is experienced at the interface between media law, copyright, data protection and corporate law. The team advises clients such as Google and Vodafone on European media guidelines and product launches; this also includes related regulatory issues and the representation in copyright and licensing disputes with collecting societies. Albrecht Conrad acts from London and is well versed in transactions and contracts; he also regularly acts in copyright proceedings and jointly heads the practice with Wolfgang Spoerr, who advises on media law compliance. The two counsel Matthias Berberich and Tobias Schubert are specialise in copyright advice.

Practice head(s):

Albrecht Conrad; Wolfgang Spoerr

Other key lawyers:

Matthias Berberich; Tobias Schubert

Work highlights

K&L Gates LLP

K&L Gates LLP's TMT practice focuses on copyright and licensing matters and advises platforms, broadcasting companies as well as collecting societies in the music, film and television industries. A key strength is the copyright advice in connection with large digital projects and contract negotiations, whereas the team also acts in large disputes and landmark proceedings. The art segment is another core focus, where Friederike Gräfin von Brühl is regularly in the lead; in early 2023, she replaced former practice head Martin von Albrecht (licensing of music rights), who became self-employed. Von Brühl is also active in dispute proceedings and supports blockchain and NFT-related projects. Counsel Olaf Fiss is a key contact for contract negotiations.

Practice head(s):

Friedrike Gräfin von Brühl

Other key lawyers:

Olaf Fiss


‘Olaf Fiss is appreciative, always works in a solution-oriented and practical manner.’

Key clients

Corint Media GmbH

Nachlass von Martin Kippenberger


Jeppe Hein GmbH

Klassik Radio AG

RTL Interactive GmbH

Seven.One Entertainment Group GmbH

Silverline Television AG


exocad GmbH

Work highlights

  • Copyright advice to RTL Interactive GmbH on the use of music online, in particular on the licensing of the new RTL+ broadcasting platform (formerly TV NOW) with GEMA.

  • Representation of the defendant Corint Media before the European Court of Justice in fundamental proceedings regarding the broadcaster’s participation in the empty media levy.

  • Accompanying the estate of the artist Martin Kippenberger in a legal dispute before the Munich Regional Court with the poster painter Götz Valien, who is seeking recognition as co-author for his contribution to the painting ‘Paris Bar’.

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP focuses on copyright and contract law and advises broadcasting and streaming companies as well as major players from the sports sector. Practice head Joseph Fesenmair is well versed in trademark and competition law. Markus Körner is another key contact and assists with contract-related and media regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Fesenmair

Other key lawyers:

Markus Körner; Niels Lutzhöft

Work highlights

FREY Rechtsanwälte

FREY Rechtsanwälte focuses on project support in the media and sports law segment. Among the client roster are professional sports organisers, including e-sports, as well as television and broadcasting companies from within and outside the sports sector. Dieter Frey is experienced in sports law; he jointly heads the team with copyright expert Matthias Rudolph. Other key topics include content design and related contract drafting as well as clients' representation in licensing and copyright proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Dieter Frey; Matthias Rudolph


‘The collaboration runs the way you want as a client: highly qualified, efficient and combined with the necessary transparency and always open communication. Always clear and understandable communication, even to non-specialist departments that need to be involved in projects and processes.’

‘Matthias Rudolph and the entire team are at our side as sparring partners at all times with the expertise, qualifications and availability we require. Legal expertise combined with the industry-specific pragmatism has particularly impressed us for years; It’s not just the objective assessment and assessment that counts at all times, but also the success-oriented approach that we believe is necessary.’

‘Dr. Matthias Rudolph is very level-headed, a good negotiator, always friendly but direct.’

Key clients

1. FC Köln GmbH

ALSO Deutschland GmbH

Deutsche Bahn AG

Deutsche Telekom AG

ESBD eSport-Bund Deutschland e.V.

Ekz.bibliotheksservice GmbH

Ja zum Nürburgring e.V.

Mount Devil UG

Splendid Medien AG

Sporttotal AG

Ströer SE & Co. KGaA

VLN Sport GmbH u. Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Representation of Telekom Deutschland GmbH in copyright litigation regarding the management of rights by a collecting society.

  • Advising GmbH on the establishment and implementation of a media company in the form of a general contractor for production and marketing services, particularly audiovisual content.

  • Advising Splendid Medien AG on several high-volume factoring contracts in the international film licensing business as well as preparing extensive contract drafts and supporting contract negotiations.

Hausfeld Rechtsanwälte LLP

Hausfeld Rechtsanwälte LLP advises radio and television broadcasters as well as collecting societies on copyright and media antitrust issues and impresses with experience in dispute resolution. Led by antitrust and media lawyer Thomas Höppner, the team regularly acts in fundamental proceedings before the Federal Antitrust Authority in connection with large tech companies and anti-competitive and data protection matters. The advice on generative AI models is a recent growth area and also includes the support in litigation. Ann-Christin Richter is a key contact for IP matters, which she also handles at the interface with antitrust law.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Höppner

Other key lawyers:

Ann-Christin Richter


‘The team at Hausfeld Rechtsanwälte LLP offers its clients a high quality and accessible service.’

‘The team’s expertise is unique and includes experts in all areas relevant to media companies.’

‘Hausfeld is characterized by his ability to recognize digital trends at an early stage, assess their impact on the media industry and understand complex issues.’

Key clients



Antenne Bayern

Arbeitsgemeinschaft Onlineforschung

Bundesverband Digitalpublisher und Zeitungsverleger

Corint Media

European Magazine Media Association

Global Savings Group

Informationsgemeinschaft zur Feststellung der Verbreitung von Werbeträgern

Initiative Urheberrecht



Medienverband der freien Presse

OC&C Strategy Consultants

Organisation der Mediaagenturen



RTL Radio Deutschland

Titan Beta


VAUNET – Verband Privater Medien

Verband Schweizer Medien

Zentralverband der deutschen Werbewirtschaft

Work highlights

  • Advising the Swiss Media Association in connection with the introduction of ancillary copyright for press publishers in Switzerland as well as on questions of rights exploitation and management in the age of AI.

  • Representation of the German press publishers’ associations (BDZV and MVFP) and the internet search engine Qwant in the Google Android procedural complex, including before the EU Commission, the European Court of Justice and now the European Court of Justice.

  • Representation of the German online advertising industry in a fundamental complaint against Apple before the Federal Cartel Office due to anti-competitive behavior by Apple in connection with the so-called App Tracking Transparency (ATT) Framework.

Klinkert Rechtsanwälte PartGmbB

Klinkert Rechtsanwälte PartGmbB offers expertise at the interface between sports and media law and advises professional sports associations, broadcasting companies and streaming platforms on broadcasting rights. Other clients from the music, gaming and art industries are also supported in event management, transactions as well as IP strategies; here, Piet Bubenzer is increasingly instructed by new clients. He jointly heads the practice with sports lawyer Annett Rombach. Both also regularly lead in court and arbitration proceedings. At counsel level, David Jahn is an expert for IT and data protection issues, while Christian Frodl advises on broadcasting rights in the sports sector.

Practice head(s):

Piet Bubenzer; Annett Rombach

Other key lawyers:

David Jahn; Christian Frodl


‘Overall a very friendly team. All are real professionals in their field.’

‘David Jahn is a real expert in the areas of copyright, media and press law. He is very reliable and the personal contact is always very pleasant.’

‘The law firm has what I believe to be unique expertise in Germany at the interface between sports law and media law, particularly copyright law. It also offers very high quality in other areas, especially sports arbitration.’

Key clients

Deutsche Grammophon

DFB Deutscher Fußball Bund

dfv Mediengruppe/Deutscher Fachverlag GmbH

documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH

Dyn Media GmbH

Hochtief AG


Nexplore Technology Holding GmbH & Co. KG

Tales of Tomorrow (ToT) GmbH

Universal Music Group

Work highlights

  • Advising the DFB and DFL on the tendering of TV rights, including for the DFB Cup.

  • Copyright advice to the world art exhibition documenta fifteen.


NORDEMANN is instructed by large companies from the sports, gaming, music, art and film sectors on strategic copyright matters as well as related diputes. The team regularly advises on anti-piracy measures and offers IP support for events and product launches. This is complemented by experience in representing studios and collecting societies in copyright litigation; these competencies correspond with the focus of renowned practice head Jan Bernd Nordemann, while Christian Czychowski is experienced in digital copyright issues. Julian Waiblinger handles copyright contract law matters and Thomas Boddien as well as Stanislaus Jaworski frequently advise on copyright law in the gaming sector.

Practice head(s):

Jan Bernd Nordemann

Other key lawyers:

Christian Czychowski; Stanislaus Jaworski; Julian Waiblinger; Thomas Boddien


‘The lawyers and employees are extremely competent and provide us with comprehensive and successful advice at all times. Our trademark rights have been in good hands for years.’

‘Dr. Thomas Boddien has been our lawyer for many years and guides us safely and conscientiously through the world of trademark and copyright law. He is always available for us, even at short notice, and solves any problems or inquiries that arise competently and understandably even for non-lawyers. We can definitely recommend Dr. Boddien.’

Key clients

Avenso GmbH (LUMAS)


Clearingstelle Urheberrecht im Internet (CUII)

DFL – Deutsche Fußballliga e. V. (Fußball Bundesliga)

Deutsche Kinemathek

Elsevier Inc., Springer Nature

Eurovision Song Contest


Hollywood-Studio: NBC Universal


Motion Picture Association (MPA) – Verband der Hollywood Studios

NINTENDO Co., Ltd. (Japan)


Nomos Verlag

Re:sources Germany GmbH = Rechtsabteilung der weltweiten Publicis Werbeagenturgruppe

VG Bild-Kunst

Wiener Philharmoniker

game – Verband der deutschen Games-Branche e.V.

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke's technology, media and communications practice is particularly active in digital regulation and the gaming sector. The team advises large platforms on copyright law in connection with consumer and data protection and also assists with licensing and distribution issues; here, e-commerce expert and practice head Konstantin Ewald is a key contact. Other mainstays include the support in product launches, including NFTs, where the practice routinely cooperates with the commercial and banking experts. Martin Soppe is another key contact for copyright law.

Practice head(s):

Konstantin Ewald

Other key lawyers:

Martin Soppe

Key clients

Beiersdorf AG

Thunderful Group / Headup Games

Twelve by Twelve GmbH

Vorwerk International

Work highlights

  • Media, copyright, competition and product liability law advice to Vorwerk International on the recipe sharing function of the Cookidoo platform for the well-known Thermomix.

  • Advising Twelve by Twelve GmbH on the conception of NFT in the music sector.

  • Media and copyright advice to Beiersdorf AG.


Raue's copyright expertise is regularly requested in the art and music sectors, where the team acts in copyright landmark proceedings; the support in copyright-related projects based on new technologies such as AI and NFTs is another key topic. The practice is led by copyright experts Felix Stang and Robert Heine, who also assist with contract negotiations and disputes. Regulatory and public law matters are handled in cooperation with the respective teams, here, the practice is experienced in proceedings before administrative courts pertaining to remuneration and transparency matters.

Practice head(s):

Robert Heine; Felix Stang


‘Robert Heine offers excellent quality in private media law.’

‘Dr. Felix Stang and Dr. Robert Heine: Interest in the technical nature of client business and the careful integration of perspectives into strategies. Good internal coordination.’

‘Very good professional orientation, even in specialist areas. Very good service orientation.’

‘Very straightforward, extremely competent team with a very high reputation.’

Key clients

Axel Springer SE




Global Media Registry

Medienanstalt Berlin-Brandenburg (mabb)

Medienanstalt Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein (MA HSH)

Parfümerie Douglas

Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH


Wingding AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH in and out of court on various copyright matters, particularly in connection with the legal dispute with Warner Music (Atlantic Records).

  • Legal representation of eBay against the German Book Trade Association in a dispute over fixed book prices.

  • Representation of the Berlin-Brandenburg media authority (mabb) in five administrative court proceedings in connection with the ban on the broadcast and distribution of the Russian propaganda channel RT DE.

Boehmert & Boehmert

Boehmert & Boehmert's copyright group supports clients from the music and film industries as well as software companies in copyright and data protection issues, including interfacing IT and trademark matters. Practice head Martin Schaefer primarily assists with anti-piracy and IP protection and regularly acts in copyright proceedings. Sebastian Engels and Eckhard Ratjen are key contacts for IT and e-commerce issues, while Silke Freund focuses on trademark portfolio management.

Practice head(s):

Martin Schaefer

Other key lawyers:

Sebastian Engels; Silke Freund; Eckhard Ratjen


‘Dr. Martin Schaefer is an ace in music law.’

‘Boehmert & Boehmert are highly efficient, fast and excellent at working together in every respect.’

‘Martin Schaefer is the go-to person for precise legal and business analyzes paired with clever and practical solutions.’

Key clients

Ise Individuelle Software und Elektronik GmbH


Olympiastadion Berlin

SHP Anlagemanagement Aktiengesellschaft

Work highlights

  • Advising the e-commerce company mySWOOP GmbH on the development of IT framework agreements.


Heuking's media & entertainment team acts integrated into the IP, media & technology practice and primarily advises on transactions in the entertainment sector. Other key topics include the advice on copyright and broadcasting law. Contract negotiations and portfolio management are regularly handled by Michael Schmittmann, who jointly heads the practice with press and advertising lawyer Verena Hoene. Astrid Luedtke focuses on project work for TV productions, while Marcel Maybaum, who made partner in January 2023, advises on copyright issues.

Practice head(s):

Verena Hoehne; Michael Schmittmann

Other key lawyers:

Marcel Maybaum; Astrid Luedtke

Work highlights

Heussen Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Heussen Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH's combined media, IP and IT expertise is regularly requested by TV broadcasters and producers as well as new media service providers such as streaming services, which the team advises on copyright contracts, e-commerce, digital advertising campaigns and data protection compliance. Practice head Hermann Waldhauser advises digital media companies on copyright matters, including disputes, while Marcus Hotze is particularly experienced in IT compliance and digital marketing.

Practice head(s):

Hermann Waldhauser

Other key lawyers:

Marcus Hotze

Key clients

Anixe GmbH & Co. KG

Asam Beauty Gruppe

Augustinum gGmbH

BBU Verband Berlin-Brandenburger Wohnungsunternehmen e.V.

Braindogs Entertainment GmbH

Brandarena GmbH & Co. KG

CMPro Content Media Production GmbH

Cyando AG

Deutsche Werbefilmakademie e.V.

Dreifive digital marketing GmbH

Finya GmbH & Co. KG

Frank Otto Medienbeteiligungs GmbH

GWI Media Technologies GmbH

GdW Bundesverband deutscher Wohnungs- und Immobilienunternehmen mbH

Jüdische Gemeinde zu Berlin

KG Hamburg 1 Fernsehen

RRP Media UG

RTL2 Fernsehen GmbH & Co. KG

Schalk & friends GmbH



nicko cruises

vikyrader GmbH

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to the WEKA MEDIA Group and its affiliated company The DIGITALE on issues of publishing, copyright, IT and media law.

  • Advising WARSTEINER Brewery Haus Cramer KG on copyright and sponsorship law.

Lentze Stopper

Sports law boutique Lentze Stopper advises clubs, sports parks, leagues and associations on media law, licensing and sponsorship agreements, marketing strategies and association rights and also covers related disputes. Founding partners Gregor Lentze, who is well versed in contract drafting for major events, and Martin Stopper, who focuses on sports ethics issues and covers the antitrust law intersection, jointly lead the practice. Felix Holzhäuser is frequently instructed on ticketing issues, while Tim Bagger von Grafenstein is experienced in IT and assists with e-commerce issues as well as NFT-related project work; Grafenstein made partner in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Gregor Lentze; Martin Stopper

Other key lawyers:

Felix Holzhäuser; Christian Keidel; Tim Bagger von Grafenstein; Jörn Schulze Hesselmann


‘The team is characterized by a high level of expertise and very fast processing. Thanks to the different specialists in the team, even complex questions and ad hoc challenges can be processed very quickly and precisely.’

‘In particular, the many years of expertise/experience and the existing network guarantee very professional advice/support. This is particularly helpful in contractual discussions in terms of desired and viable compromises.’

‘Gregor Lentze: Many years of expertise, excellent communication skills and fast processing and response times.’

Key clients

1. FC Köln

Athletia Sports

Basketball Bundesliga (BBL)

Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Bayerischer Fußball-Verband (BFV)

DFB Euro GmbH

DFB-Reisebüro GmbB

Deutsche Fußball Liga (DFL)

Deutsche Sport Marketing (DSM)

Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB)

Deutscher Golf-Verband (DGV)

Deutscher Ringer-Bund (DRB)

Deutscher Ski-Verband (DSV)

Eintracht Braunschweig

FC Bayern München

FC Bayern München Basketball

Federation Inernational de Volleyball (FIVB)

Fenerbahce Istanbul

International Shooting Federation (ISSF)


Olympiapark München

On target Football Consultants

Sportec Solutions

VfL Wolfsburg


Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice to the DFB, DFB EURO GmbH and EURO 2024 GmbH on the planning, organization and organization of the UEFA EURO 2024 in Germany.

  • Comprehensive advice to Deutsche Sport Marketing GmbH on the creation of partner, licensing and other contracts, on the organization of the German House for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris, as well as on issues relating to athletes and other stakeholders.

  • Advising several Bundesliga and 2nd Bundesliga clubs as well as other event organizers and license rights holders on ticketing and rights enforcement issues.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH supports large production and broadcasting companies at the interface between media and corporate law in transactions, company formations, joint ventures and contract negotiations. In addition to media law, Stephan Rippert is also experienced in content-related contract drafting and jointly heads the practice with IT compliance and IP expert Wulff-Axel Schmidt and Michael Rath, who is well versed in joint ventures in the IT and entertainment sectors.

Practice head(s):

Wulff-Axel Schmidt; Stephan Rippert; Michael Rath

Other key lawyers:

Juliane de Oliveira Hagel

Key clients

arvato systems GmbH


British Broadcasting Corporation

Gauselmann Spielbanken Beteiligungs GmbH

MGM International Television Productions (Germany) GmbH

Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR)

National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences – Emmy Awards


Riedel Communications GmbH & Co. KG

Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.

Stollfuß Medien GmbH & Co. KG

Unsere Grüne Glasfaser GmbH & Co. KG

Verlagsgesellschaft Madsack GmbH & Co. KG

Wolters Kluwer Deutschland Gmbh

Work highlights

  • Advising MGM International Television Productions (Germany) GmbH on corporate law and media law following the founding of the GmbH regarding obligations in connection with the GmbH and after the start of activity.

  • Advising Sony Pictures Entertainment Deutschland GmbH on the sale process of a TV production company to the Banijay Group, including international film rights, tax and pension law advice.

  • Advising Riedel Communications GmbH & Co. KG on the acquisition of all shares in Simplylive Ltd., a software provider for multi-camera production based in Hong Kong.

Pinsent Masons Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater Solicitors Partnerschaft mbB

Pinsent Masons Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater Solicitors Partnerschaft mbB focuses on digital and copyright matters, where the team advises large internet companies on the regulatory requirements under the Digital Services Act. Another core competency is the representation of media providers and product manufacturers in various copyright and trademark proceedings. The team also supports projects in connection with the launch of new NFT and AI products. Nils Rauer is experienced in digital marketing and advertising law and jointly heads the practice with the IT lawyer Stephan Appt.

Practice head(s):

Stephan Appt; Nils Rauer

Other key lawyers:

Ruth Maria Bousonville; Fabian Klein

Key clients

A.T. Kearney GmbH

Bumble plc

Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek

Great Wall Motor

Landeshauptstadt München

Pierre Fabre Dermo-Kosmetik GmbH

Schnabl Stecktechnik

SEAT Deutschland GmbH

Skoda Auto Deutschland GmbH

subito.Dokumente aus Bibliotheken e.V.

UniCaps GmbH

World Athletics

Work highlights

  • Advising World Athletics, the international athletics association, on the development of an NFT platform and the standard agreement for NFTs.

  • Advice and representation of the German Digital Library (DDB) in a test case against the collecting society Bild-Kunst (VG) regarding the question of whether the VG can demand from the DDB that licensed images on the DDB’s side are technically protected against linking via frames by third parties.

  • Advising a leading global internet company on the Digital Services Act, copyright issues and platform liability.

Schalast Law | Tax

Schalast Law | Tax supports music companies, broadcasters, cable operators, individual artists and influencers in copyright disputes, media antitrust proceedings and remuneration procedures. Counsel Florian Frisse replaced Ramón Glaßl as practice head in May 2023 (Glaßl moved to an in-house role) and regularly joins forces with Udo Kornmeier in copyright disputes. Other core strengths include the advice on social media advertising, where Joachim von Strobl-Albeg is a key contact, as well as the support in contract negotiations. Andreas Walter is experienced in project work pertaining to digital product developments.

Practice head(s):

Florian Frisse

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Walter, Joachim von Strobl-Albeg; Udo Kornmeier


‘Deadlines will be adhered to. Even short-term legal advice can usually be implemented.’

‘Silent, correct collaboration without any disturbing factors.’

‘Mr. Florian Frisse even gave us advice on Christmas Eve, which was exceptionally great.’

Key clients

12X12 UG

Infopro digital

Kassenärzliche Vereinigung Hessen

Lausitzer Kabelbetriebsgesellschaft mbH

Lokal-Radio Cottbus & Brandenburger Lokalradios

Musikproduzent Moses Pelham

Parviz Mir-Ali

Vanessa Lock

ZACOM GmbH & Fachverband für Rundfunk- und Breitbandkommunikation (FRK)

recordJet GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representation of Moses Pelham and his music label 3p before the Federal Court of Justice and the Hanseatic Higher Regional Court against Kraftwerk after the end of a referral procedure before the European Court of Justice on the subject of music sampling.

  • Advising recordJet GmbH on drafting contracts in connection with service offerings.

Vy - BRIX LANGE VERWEYEN Rechtsanwälte

Vy - BRIX LANGE VERWEYEN Rechtsanwälte emerged from the dissolution of KVLEGAL in December 2021 and, led by founding partner Urs Verweyen, handles copyright issues with a particular focus on device and storage media levies. The team also represents cloud service providers in landmark copyright proceedings and advises various influencers on competition and copyright issues pertaining to trademark protection. Since the merger with BrixLange, Malte Brix and Björn-Michael Lange joined the team in July 2023, which strengthened the capacities in media law at the interfaces with public and antitrust law.

Practice head(s):

Urs Verweyen

Other key lawyers:

Malte Brix; Björn-Michael Lange

Key clients

AGD – Allianz Deutscher Designer

Hörspielstudio XBerg GmbH

Next Level Interact

Product People GmbH


Strachwitz & Gerhard GmbH

VERE e.V. – Verband zur Rücknahme und Verwertung von Elektro- u. Elektronik-Altgeräten e.V.

Your Secure Cloud GmbH

ZItCo e.V. – Zentralverband Informationstechnik und Computer­industrie e.V.

electronic4you GmbH

nGbK – neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, Berlin

Work highlights

  • Representation of Your Secure Cloud GmbH, a provider of highly secure B2B cloud services such as storage and backup, in the first fundamental proceedings on copyright compensation for cloud services before the Munich Higher Regional Court.

  • Advising the STEIDL publishing house on all copyright and media law matters, rights clarification, publishing contracts and negotiations and exhibition contracts as well as in- and out-of-court representation.

  • Media and competition law advice as well as contract reviews for YouTubers/influencers Laser Luca and Dave and their artist management ‘Kulturfreunde Internet’.