Dr. André Soldner


Tel.: +49 (0) 69 972 65 60-65
Fax: +49 (0) 69 972 65 60-99
Languages: German, English

Legal Field

Dr. André Soldner, LL.M. (University of Nottingham), Partner, advises in the multifaceted fields of Sports law. He has extensive expertise in the legal guidance in relation to national and international player transfers, the conclusion and termination of employment agreements as well as the conception and realization of marketing and sponsoring agreements. Furthermore, Dr. Soldner advises on employment law as well as commercial law.

  •  Advice to clubs, players and agents in relation to national and international transfers of professional football players
  •  Advice on the conception, realization and marketing of events
  •  Advice on sponsoring and marketing activities of clubs, individual athletes and events
  •  Advice on national and international law of associations in football
  •  Advice on employment and other service agreements in the sports sector
  •  Advice regarding public tendering procedures in the sports sector
  •  Advice on auction procedures in the sports sector
  • DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH in the announcement of the national TV rights for the German Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga, the creation of a standard employment agreement for the licensed football players in the German Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga
  • DFL Sports Enterprises GmbH on the marketing of media clips and archive pictures of the German Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga and on the creation of a standard agreement regarding international marketing
  • International Management Group (IMG) on its marketing activities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (e.g. the marketing of 1. FC Köln, TSV 1860 München, Berliner Füchse, VfL Gummersbach, the Four Hills Tournament), the planning and realization of the Berlin Fashion Week, player transfers
  • FC Schalke 04 on player transfers as well as other legal matters for the Club's licensed players department
  • FSV Mainz 05 on player transfers, marketing and sponsoring as well as other legal matters of the Club
  • Karlsruher Sport-Club on numerous legal issues for the club, especially on the tendering procedure for overall marketing, sponsoring and player transfers
  • Advice on numerous national and international transfers and employment contracts of football players including Julian Draxler, Firmino, Kevin Kuranyi, Gonzaléz Blanco Raúl, Carlos Eduardo, Luiz Gustavo, Jurado, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Kevin Prince Boateng, Rafinha)
  • Stiftung Deutsche Sporthilfe in ongoing matters regarding marketing activities and labor law matters
  • Marketing für Deutschland GmbH on the project "German House 2010" for the FIFA WC 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Commercial Due Diligence in the context of various M&A transactions
  • “Die Auswirkungen des “Brexit” auf den Spielermarkt der Premier League”, together with Annett Rombach and Michael Gastell, Causa Sport 1/2019
  • “Law for Olympia protection on trial“ comment to OLG Düsseldorf I-20 U 109/12 and OLG Schleswig 6 U 31/12, together with Alexander Engelhard; K&R 2013, p. 633 et seq.
  • “Coexistence vs. Coherence – Online prohibition for games of chance (again) on trial of the EuGH“, together with David Jahn; K&R 2013, p. 301 et seq.
  • “Resale for football tickets - Over 1,000 Euro for Champions League final“, together with Amir Ali Mohebbi, Legal Tribune Online, 24.04.2013
  • “Change of course in the right of short reporting?“ comment to Opinion of general attorney of the EuGH to Rs C-283/11, together with Alexander Engelhard; K&R 2012, p. 488 et seq.; "Exclusive rights to sports events: Hartplatzhelden case”, together with Dr. Thomas C. Körber, worldsportslawreport, issue 06/2011, p. 12 et seq.
  • "Hartplatzhelden (Hard Court Heroes) vs. Monopolisation of Sports Event Rights”, together with Dr. Thomas C. Körber, www.lawinsport.com (May 31, 2011)
  • "Ambush marketing vs sponsorship values at the Olympic Games", IMR management report "Sports Sponsorship & the Law" (9/2010)

  • "FIFA vs. Ferrero – last round or only next stage in the dispute around the WC-trademarks?", comment on BGH-decision I ZR 183/07, K&R 2010, p. 389 et seq. (together with Willem Rottstegge)

  • "Hospitality and Compliance"; lecture at the sports business conference SpoBiS 2010, 23 February 2010 (held in German)

  • Comment on Horst Hilpert's book "criminal law in relation to the German Football Association (DFB)", K&R 11/2009

  • "Ambush Marketing and World Cup 2010", lecture at the 15th German Sponsoring Days, 10 November 2009 (held in German)

  • "Next round for defining legal framework for ticketing practice in the German Bundesliga", comment on LG Essen 4 O 69/09, together with Jan-Ulrich Friedrichson, K&R 2009, p. 421 et seq.

  • "Prohibition of commercial trade with tickets to German Bundesliga matches", comment on BGH-decision I ZR 74/06, together with Dr. Sebastian Janka, K&R 2009, p. 115 et seq.

  • "Club ownership: the 50+1 rule and European law", together with Jan Kupfer, World Sports Law Report 11/2008

  • "Innovative sponsoring concepts – strategy, planning, implementation; presentation of the sponsoring concept of the Dresdner Kleinwort triathlon team", lecture at the 14th German Sponsoring Days, 22 October 2008 (held in German)

  • Comment on CAS-decision: "mandatory release of U23 players", together with Jan Kupfer, World Sports Law Report 8/2008.

  • "Legitimacy of extraordinary contributions in the law of associations", comment on BGH-decision II ZR 289/07, together with Dr. Matthias Wiedenfels, jurisPR-HAGesR 7/2008

  • "Liberalisation of the rail sector: between competition and regulation", doctorial dissertation, Frankfurt 2008

  • "Placanica: limitation of betting or betting without limitation?", together with Karl Hamacher, SpuRt 2007, p. 89 et seq.

  • "Ambush marketing and the 2010 World Cup", German South African Lawyers Association newsletter (08/2006)

  • "Protection of event organisers against ambush marketing", together with Dr. Mirko Wittneben, WRP 2006, p. 1175 et seq.

  • "Organiser's obligations in relation to Public Viewing Events for the FIFA WC 2010", together with Dr. Mirko Wittneben, WRP 2006, p. 675 et seq

  • Associate at Klinkert (since May 2011)

  • Associate at Ashurst LLP, Frankfurt (2008 – 2011)

  • Admission to the bar (2008)

  • Doctorial dissertation (PhD in law) in the area of competition law with Prof Dr Dr Marian Paschke at the University of Hamburg (Title: "Liberalisation of the rail sector: between competition and regulation") (2008)

  • Legal clerkship at the Hanseatisches Oberlandesgericht Hamburg (Second State Exam 2008)

  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) studies at the University of Nottingham (UK) with focus on International Commercial Law (2003 – 2004)

  • Postgraduate studies in commercial law at the University of Hamburg (2003)

  • Legal study at the University of Hamburg (First State Exam 2002)

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