Christian Frodl strengthens sports media practice at Klinkert Rechtsanwälte with immediate effect

- Press Report

As of 15 September 2021, Christian Frodl will join Klinkert Rechtsanwälte as Counsel. Previously, Frodl worked for Sky Deutschland and Deutsche Fußball Liga (DFL).

Frodl began his career as a lawyer at Baker & McKenzie and worked at DFL from 2009 to 2016, most recently in the position of Senior Legal Counsel. During this time, Frodl focused on advising the DFL Group on their commercial activities. He played a leading role in the tender of the Bundesliga media rights in 2012 and 2016 as well as in the setup and implementation of the DFL's sports data business. In 2017, the Hanau native moved to Sky Deutschland, where he was responsible for the management of national and international sports rights as Director Sports Rights & Commercialization. In this role, in addition to managing the rights acquisition, his responsibilities included the exploitation of these media rights as well as the strategic development of new business and distribution models. Frodl is regarded as one of the leading experts at the interface of sports and media in the DACH region. He has an excellent network in the industry following his tenures at DFL and Sky.

With Frodl, Klinkert continues to grow its sports media practice.  Klinkert Rechtsanwälte regularly advises sports associations, soccer clubs, players and agencies on contract drafting and in legal disputes. In the person of Piet Bubenzer, the firm is known in particular for its advice to the DFL and the DFB on tenders for media rights and its copyright advice to FIFA. Another focus in the sports sector is representation before courts and in arbitration proceedings. Here, the firm is represented by partner Annett Rombach, who is also an arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

This portfolio is significantly expanded by Frodl's legal expertise and his project and management experience. Thus, Klinkert Rechtsanwälte recommends itself in an even stronger line-up for consultancy in the sports and media industries.


About Klinkert Rechtsanwälte:
Klinkert Rechtsanwälte is a law firm now with 20 professionals, six of whom work in the sports media practice group. Based in Frankfurt/Main, the firm advises on intellectual property (patents, trademarks, copyrights), antitrust and public procurement law, unfair competition law and the protection of secrets, as well as general business and commercial law. Klinkert has particular specializations in white-collar crime law and in the areas of sports, media and entertainment, where its outstanding professional expertise and market knowledge make it one of the leading consulting units in Germany. In addition to providing cross-industry advice in complex contract drafting, for example on high technology, digitalization, automotive, pharmaceuticals and medical technology, Klinkert Rechtsanwälte also represents its clients in disputes before courts and in the area of alternative dispute resolution. The firm is therefore regularly recommended in the professional journals of JUVE, Chambers, Who's Who Legal and Legal500, as well as in Handelsblatt.