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Klinkert Rechtsanwälte PartGmbB
Senckenberganlage 16
60325 Frankfurt

Media > Entertainment Tier 4

Media and sports law are among Klinkert Rechtsanwälte PartGmbB‘s core specialisations, with copyright and licenses playing a particularly central role; here, co-head Piet Bubenzer assists with both contentious and non-contentious matters. Annett Rombach, who made partner at the end of 2020, took over co-practice lead from André Söldner, who joined Blue Port Legal; she is particularly renowned for her experience and ‘excellent legal knowledge‘ in the sports sector. David Müller, who also focuses on the sports industry, joined from Dentons.

Practice head(s):


‘Very good knowledge of the special mechanisms of a tender in the field of media rights, both with regard to the procedures to be used (auction) and the general framework conditions for the award of media rights (demarcation of territories, etc.).’

‘Partner Piet Bubenzer: Good knowledge of the legal framework, very high level of commitment and availability at all times, openness to the client’s ideas and suggestions and finding solutions.’

‘The strength of the team lies on the one hand in the combination of extensive expertise and experience in the forensic field and in the drafting of contracts. On the other hand, the legal areas that affect the sports business, e.g. IP, data protection, general civil law, association law, procedural law, are all covered. This means that legal advice from a single source is possible in all facets. ‘

‘Annett Rombach is characterized by excellent legal knowledge and a good feeling for the right negotiation tactics.’

‘The law firm is particularly recommended in the areas of sports law, media law and trademark law. All of the attorneys are extremely responsive, approachable and true experts in their fields.’

‘Annett Rombach: One of the best referees of her generation. Great lawyer, very pragmatic and with excellent judgment. Very experienced in sports law in particular, but also regularly involved in commercial arbitration proceedings.’

Nora Kessler: Outstanding trademark lawyer. Very fast and precise.

Key clients

1 & 1 Mail & Media GmbH

Nexplore Technology Holding GmbH & Co. KG / Hochtief AG

Deutscher Fachverlag GmbH

DFL – Deutsche Fußball Liga

Deutsche Grammophon

Napster (Rhapsody International/Napster Luxembourg)

documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH

Freenet AG

FIFA – Fédération Internationale de Football Association

Klöckner Pentaplast Europe GmbH & Co. KG

Athleten Deutschland e.V.

Work highlights

  • Representing FIFA in enforcing its rights to audiovisual recordings of matches from the last FIFA World Cup (men’s and women’s) against a leading travel & tourism company.
  • Many years of advice to the German Football League in the area of information technology and data protection, including the creation of templates for software license and other IT contracts and for data protection forms.
  • Advice to Museum Fridericianum GmbH in almost all legal areas, in particular copyright, trademark law, contract law and data protection law.

White-collar crime > Advice to individuals Tier 4

Klinkert Rechtsanwälte PartGmbB fields 'a strong, committed team with outstanding expertise across the entire spectrum of white-collar crime law and experience in very complex proceedings', which the group recently applied in numerous cum-ex, diesel and Wirecard proceedings . The team's multifaceted caseload, which often entails international aspects, also reflects its longstanding experience in corruption, embezzlement, fraud and criminal environmental cases across all procedural stages, while the practice has further expertise in assisting with matters pertaining to industrial accidents and tax evasion offences. Founding partner Marijon Kayßer leads the team, which also includes Stefan Kirsch, who is often commended for his international expertise.

Practice head(s):


‘Stefan Kirsch is particularly well connected thanks to his international contacts. His defense is very thoughtful and efficient. Ricarda Schelzke is increasingly managing to position herself alongside Stefan Kirsch.’

‘Excellent combination of criminal law background and understanding of economic and tax law contexts.’

‘Dr. Schelzke is an extremely versatile defense attorney with experience in forensic practice and commercial criminal law advice.’

‘The white collar crime team at Klinkert has an impressive quality from associate to senior partner. In the joint defence, these qualities are reflected in the careful preparation of the facts, the always forward-looking strategic planning of the defense and the legally first-class briefs.’

‘Marijon Kaysser convinces with her outstanding knowledge of the law as well as with her fine feeling for the aspects that can make the difference in a situation. Her demeanor towards colleagues is incredibly personable. Your presence vis-à-vis investigating authorities is impressive. In both cases, their behavior is always respectful and correct.’

‘Strong, dedicated team with outstanding expertise across the entire spectrum of commercial criminal law and experience with very complex proceedings (diesel, cum-ex).’

‘Prof. dr Stefan Kirsch: Outstanding lawyer and lawyer, very dedicated, internationally connected, speaks very good English, very experienced in the main criminal hearing.’

‘Dr. Marijon Kayßer is highly competent, very experienced and collegial in the cooperation. Prof. Dr. Kirsch is a renowned individual criminal defense attorney in Germany. dr Ricarda Schelzke is becoming increasingly visible on the market. Not only is she brilliant in her field, she is also characterized by her extraordinarily high level of commitment.’

Klinkert Rechtsanwälte is a litigation and IP law firm. Besides, some of our partners advise selected industries, especially in the fields of sports, media & entertainment as well as pharmaceuticals and medical technology. We contribute our many years of litigation experience to the consulting practice because we know what requirements the advice given must meet in court. Conversely, our litigators benefit from the structuring options and negotiation tactics that result from our consulting practice.

We represent and advise our clients in disputes concerning industrial property rights and intellectual property (patents, trademarks, copyrights), in unfair competition law and for the protection of trade secrets.

In the field of commercial criminal law, we have extensive expertise and successful practice in advising and defending individuals and companies. Especially in the area of protection of secrets, our expertise and the integration of our civil and criminal law know-how is unique.

In the area of sports, we are counselling international transfers and sponsorship agreements and regularly advise the German Football League (DFL) on all aspects of the allocation of audiovisual rights for the German Bundesliga.

Most of our lawyers have worked in major international law firms for many years. As an independent law firm, we select patent attorneys, colleagues from other fields of expertise and foreign law firms freely and only on the basis of quality, expertise and personal trust. Thanks to our many years of experience in coordinating and managing multi-territorial disputes, we know first-hand which colleagues to recommend and involve for the specific task at hand for our clients.

Antitrust/Competition and Procurement Johannes Zindel
Trade marks, domain, design Johannes Zindel
Unfair competition and trade secrets Dr Friedrich Klinkert
Intellectual Property Rights Dr Friedrich Klinkert, Nora Keßler
Dispute resolution Dr Marijon Kayßer, Prof. Dr Stefan Kirsch
Compliance Dr Marijon Kayßer, Prof. Dr Stefan Kirsch
Media, entertainment, copyright Piet Bubenzer
Commercial Contracts, Product Liability Piet Bubenzer
Pharma, life sciences, IP Nora Keßler
Arbitration, Dispute Resolution, Sports Law Annett Rombach
Simon Becker photoDr Simon BeckerDr Simon Becker, Counsel, advises and defends companies and individuals in all…
Franziska Bergemann photo Franziska BergemannFranziska Bergemann specializes in white-collar crime. An additional focus of her work…
Piet Bubenzer photo Piet BubenzerPiet Bubenzer, Partner, is active as counsel and as litigator in matters…
Philipp Ess photo Philipp EssPhilipp Ess is a specialist solicitor regarding all areas of intellectual property…
Christian Frodl photo Christian FrodlChristian Frodl, LL.M. (University of Melbourne), Counsel, specializes in advising the sports…
David Jahn photoDr David JahnDr David Jahn, Counsel, is specialized on Copyright and Media Law. Further…
Marijon Kayßer photoDr Marijon KayßerDr Marijon Kayßer, Partner, is a proven expert in white-collar cases. Her…
Nora Keßler photo Nora KeßlerNora Keßler advises companies in the fields of pharmaceuticals, medical technology, cosmetics…
Stefan Kirsch photoProf Dr Stefan KirschProf Dr Stefan Kirsch enjoys an excellent reputation in advising and defending…
Friedrich Klinkert photoDr Friedrich KlinkertDr Friedrich Klinkert, Partner, specializes in litigation matters mostly relating to patents…
Jonas Kronen photo Jonas KronenJonas Kronen, Associate, advises our clients in arbitration and state court proceedings…
Cilia Krutz photo Cilia KrutzCilia Krutz, Associate, is specialized in intellectual property law, in particular copyright…
David Müller photo David MüllerDavid Müller, Associate, advises on all aspects of sports law, antitrust law…
Peggy Müller photoDr Peggy MüllerDr Peggy Müller, Counsel, specializes in intellectual property  and unfair competition law.…
Christoph Palzer photo Christoph PalzerChristoph Palzer, Associate, is specialized in Antitrust Law, Intellectual Property Law and…
Annett Rombach photo Annett RombachAnnett Rombach, LL.M. (University of Miami), Partner, advises in the multifaceted areas…
Ricarda Christine Schelzke photoDr Ricarda Christine SchelzkeDr Ricarda Schelzke focuses her practice on advising and defending clients in…
Larissa Siegel photo Larissa SiegelLarissa Siegel, Associate, is active in intellectual property law, especially in the…
Maren Wahler photo Maren WahlerMaren Wahler, Associate, specializes in patent law and unfair competition law. She…
Johannes Zindel photo Johannes ZindelJohannes Zindel, Partner, is perceived for his experience as counsel and litigator…
Number of lawyers : 21
Society for IP-law (GRUR)
International IP Associations (AIPPI
Wirtschaftsstrafrechtliche Vereinigung (WisteV)
Deutscher Juristentag e.V.
Vereinigung von Fachleuten des Gewerblichen Rechtsschutzes (VVP)
International Sport Lawyers Association
International Trademark Association
Deutsche Strafverteidiger e.V.
German-Israeli Lawyers Association
Licensing Executives Society (LES)
International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL)
House of Pharma Association
Internationalen Vereinigung für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie e.V. (IVR)
Contact : Dr Friedrich Klinkert