Sports & eSports Industries: German Lawyer

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Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte PartG is a full-service law firm active all over Germany. We offer comprehensive legal advice from one source and provide tailored legal solutions for those in particular industries such as in sports and eSports. Contact our lawyers today to find out more.


Specialised Legal Solutions in the Sporting Arena

Sport lives by the highs and lows of what happens in the sporting arena, but the legal side of the sporting industry goes far beyond the field, hall or training ground. Sport is a major industry where specialist legal service must place the unique aspects of the industry at the forefront. From employment contracts and sponsorship contracts to media broadcasting rights and establishing the rules for different competitions, legal support is a requirement when organising a sporting event, a league or a sports club

At Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte we are a full-service law firm with offices in Cologne, Aachen and Düsseldorf as well as conference rooms around Germany. We offer specialist legal support for those within the sports industry and provide tailored solutions to their issues. Our legal experts provide exceptional support across many fields and this approach allows your club to consolidate all of your legal service under one roof. Contact us now for straightforward and comprehensive legal support.

Sports & eSports Industries and Specific Legal Areas

The sports and eSports industries intertwines with a great number of legal fields. From thorough contract reviews and the drafting of sponsorship agreements to bringing in the best athletes from abroad, our law firm provides full support to our private and corporate clients in these industries. Below listed we have provided some insight as to how the services we provide in different legal fields, greatly benefit those involved in the sports and eSports industries.

Immigration Law Aspects: Sports & eSports Industry
Contracts and Commercial Aspects of Sports & eSports
Employment Law and Sports & eSports
Intellectual Property and Sports & eSports
Corporate Law Support
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Tailored eSports Legal Solutions in Germany

Over the last decade, the world of eSports has become one of the fastest-growing industries in the world. The European market itself, which currently generates one third of revenue worldwide, is expected to grow to a volume of $400m by 2021. This phenomenon is accentuated further in Asia, where some of the best professional eSports players reside and compete. Some of the most popular eSports players there have public profiles as prominent as those of western celebrities.

Following its incredible success and popularity, the professionalization of the eSports industry was a logical step. However, the process of professionalization has also been accompanied with increased legal issues such as player employment contracts, sponsorship agreements and a professional approach to payments, social security and employment conditions in general.

Immigration Law Aspects of Sports / eSports Industries

One of the key areas of focus for our law firm is in the field of Business Immigration. In the field of Business Immigration we provide specialist guidance to companies looking to hire in professionals from outside of Germany. § 22 (4) Employment Regulation – BeschV – outlines the requirements which need to be fulfilled for an individual to be granted a residence permit for sporting purposes while § 22 (5) Employment Regulation – BeschV – provides those for eSports. The allowance for the so-called “eSports Visa” is a recent development in German law and the requirements are essentially identical. The eSports Visa in itself is a huge benefit to the industry in Germany, with greater recognition now given to eSport athletes and franchises. Furthermore, it ensures that franchises based in Germany have access to the best performers in the world. Our article on the topic of the eSports Visa outlines this development in greater detail.

Expect excellent support when looking to bring athletes from elsewhere into Germany. Our experience in the field and in-depth legal knowledge means that you can be reassured in the legal advice you receive. Our lawyers will support you throughout the complex interactions and negotiations which may take place, our team will oversee residence permit application requirements and provide you with in-depth advice regarding the possibilities available to you under German law. Whether you need advice on long-term resident permits or on short-term visas for sporting purposes, our immigration law team provides solutions tailored to the world of sports.

Contractual and Commercial Concerns

When drafting and reviewing contracts, in the world of sport, the unique elements of the industry must be considered. From employment contracts to sponsorship deals and league participation agreements to broadcasting rights, all of these contractual matters should be overseen by industry specialist lawyers. Our team of attorneys are experienced negotiators and have delivered suitable contractual agreements for clients in many fields. Thorough analysis and meticulous examination of contractual clauses will be carried out in any contractual review, while assertiveness in negotiations will ensure that your expectations and desires are at the forefront.

Employment Contracts and Other Legal Issues

Although those employed in the sports and eSports industries experience differences in their working environment compared to other industries, the employment relationship is still built on the fundamentals of employment law. The starting point for this is the employment contract. Allow our lawyers to draft or review your employment contracts and provide legal representation where needed. Insightful legal advice from certified specialists in employment law ensures that your desires are central to the negotiations. Furthermore, our lawyers advise on all areas of employment law, from unfair dismissal to disciplinary procedures.

Our employment law team consists of two certified specialists in the field, Dr. Thomas Bichat and Jens Schmidt. As certified specialists they have shown deep knowledge of the legal field as well as extensive practical experience. This level of understanding combined with tailored solutions for the sports & eSports industries ensures that our clients receive excellent legal support.

Trademarks, Intellectual Property and Data Protection

Work alongside our legal experts to protect your trademarks and other aspects of your intellectual property. Our lawyers advise clubs, franchises and companies on what can be protected by trademark or copyright and what cannot be. Having a protected logo helps to foster an identity for your club or franchise and ensuring it is protected once it has been created is crucial. If you are currently in a dispute over your club or franchise’s intellectual property, contact our lawyers in order for them to represent you. Should you have a situation where another group’s logo or crest is not distinct enough from your own team or franchise, it is worth contacting our lawyers to determine the options available to you.

Corporate Law Aspects for Sports & eSports

When establishing a new company in Germany, it is crucial to have the right legal advice. Our lawyers advise Start-Up companies on establishing themselves in Germany, paying particular attention to the form the company should take. In-depth advice from an expert in the field ensures that you are fully informed as to the best type of company applies in your situation. When seeking to establish an eSports Franchise or create a holding company for a sports club, legal advice and support is required to ensure the establishment can occur smoothly.

However, our support does not end following the establishment of the corporate body as our lawyers continue to provide on-going support to our clients. We advise CEOs and other other managers across Germany and provide thorough advice and comprehensive legal support in their endeavours. Should your group find themselves needing legal support in (or out of) court, our lawyers are widely experienced and provide excellent support. Our team consists of experienced negotiators who are ready to resolve any issues which may arise, allowing you to focus on the running of your company or franchise.

Contact a Sports & eSports Industry Specialist today

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