The members of our ASD SPORTS Team are market-leading legal advisors in the field of professional and amateur sports. Our experts have exceptional practical experience and know-how in all aspects of sports law, and their network stretches across all relevant national and international decision-makers both in sports business and in sports policy-making.


The ASD SPORTS Team consists of highly specialized experts for sports law. We pride ourselves on working with leading international and national federations and leagues, prominent clubs and famous athletes. We further count agents, sponsors, sport marketing agencies, investors and municipalities to our distinguished clients.

As a law firm with over 150 professionals, we do have a very broad range of profound expertise. We provide full-service legal advice through lean powerful teams assembled specifically for individual cases and projects according to our clients’ needs.

Our strong sports network both nationally and internationally is one of the hallmarks of our practice. We also take pride in our longstanding and successful cooperation with our international partner law firms, who themselves are market-leaders in their respective countries. For these reasons, we are fully equipped to take on large international sports projects, as well.

The SPORTS competence area is part of the commercial law firm ARNECKE SIBETH DABELSTEIN. Link








The ASD SPORTS Team has specific knowledge and longstanding experience, in particular in the following sports legal fields:


We take pride in our longstanding, trustful and successful work with and on behalf i.a. of the following clients and partners:

Longstanding legal advisors and representatives of DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga e.V., DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH, and Bundesliga International GmbH, in particular in matters relating to trademarks, infringements of design and/or personality rights.

Representing DFL e.V. and over 20 Bundesliga/Bundesliga 2 clubs in proceedings against an online provider of counterfeit products; conclusion of a cease and desist agreement.

Advisors of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and national federations on stadium security matters.

Advising on the foundation of the EuroLeague Players’ Association (ELPA, the union of professional basketball players playing in Euroleague) and rendering continuous legal advice, e.g. in collective bargaining negotiations with Euroleague.

Representing and advising numerous federations, leagues, clubs, athletes, managers and agents in sports related disputes before state courts, arbitral tribunals and dispute resolution bodies of associations (in particular CAS, BAT, DIS-Court of Arbitration for Sport, and dispute resolution bodies of FIFA, UEFA and DFB).

Longstanding experience as arbitrators in national and international proceedings, i.a. DIS Court of Arbitration for Sport, Sport Resolutions, Permanent Court of Arbitration of League 3 (“Ständiges Schiedsgericht der 3. Liga”).

Legal advisors and representatives of players and athletes in labor law matters, in particular in transfers of professional football players (i.a. Mario Mandzukic, Omar Richards) and basketball players (Axel Toupane, Quincy Acy, Julyan Ray Stone, Naz Mitrou-Long, Jalen Reynolds).

Longstanding legal advisors and representatives of Karlsruher Sport-Club Mühlburg-Phönix e. V. and Karlsruher SC GmbH & Co. KGaA in all commercial and federation related matters; comprehensive legal advice in particular on the handling of all COVID related matters.

Advising and representing the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) in labor law related matters in the context of the dissolution of a professional sports team.

Deutscher Handballbund e.V.: Drafting the employment contract of the coach of the German national team.

Fanciety: Comprehensive legal advice on the launch of a new sports gaming app, i.a. representing Fanciety in license contract negotiations with sports rights holders.

Advising a sports rights holder on graphic identification issues and corresponding regulatory requirements.


The ASD SPORTS Team consists of:


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As a commercial law firm with more than 150 lawyers, notaries and tax consultants and with over 90 years of tradition, ARNECKE SIBETH DABELSTEIN offers legal advice in all relevant business locations.

We feature among the top 100 legal advice firms in Germany with offices in Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg, Berlin, Leer and Dresden and we are an internationally recognised market leader in the areas of Real Estate, Transport and Logistics and the Maritime Industry. We are also growing constantly in the sectors of Energy, Insurance and Sports, Media & Entertainment.

Our Practice Areas include Employment Law, Corporate, Finance, M&A, IP, IT, Commercial, Public Law and Anti-trust Law. We also have a tax law team and a notary office.

Due to our memberships in global legal networks (e.g. Interlaw, Meritas) and our world-wide contacts with specialised law firms, we are also a reliable partner for our international clients.



From internship to traineeship, from associate to partner: with us, every team member has the chance to go far on the career path. Apply and we will be delighted to convince each other. We look forward to hearing from you.