On 1 April, Prof. Dr. Peter Duvinage has joined Klinkert Partners as Of Counsel. The Frankfurt-based law firm continues the expansion of its renowned sports-media and commercial legal practice led by Piet Bubenzer, Annett Rombach and Christian Frodl.
Preeminent Prof. Dr. Peter Duvinage has complemented the Frankfurt law firm Klinkert’s sports-media and commercial law practice on1 April 2023. Prof. Dr. Duvinage brings decades of experience as a lawyer in these practice areas to the table. He teaches as a professor at various renowned universities in Germany. As Of Counsel at Klinkert Partners, Prof. Dr. Duvinage will continue to advising his impressive client base together with the Klinkert team.
Prof. Dr. Duvinage’s practice focuses on the legal and commercial aspects of professional sports (including federations, leagues, clubs and individual athletes) and media (including marketing, media rights, social media, sponsoring, and other advertising contracts). He also advises financial institutions in the area of sports financing (e.g. regarding transfer and license proceeds), but also companies in other industries on corporate law issues. His clients benefit from his decades of experience and the multi-faceted network he has established over many years as trusted advisor in Germany and abroad.
His clients include national and international sports associations and leagues. In the run-up to the “new” handball CL, numerous European handball clubs relied on his expertise. He also advised various Bundesliga football clubs on advertising rights. Numerous prominent athletes (e.g. Mario Götze, Sven Hannawald, Toni Kroos, Holger Badstuber) also belong to his clientele.
The hiring of Prof. Dr. Duvinage means continuance of grow for Klinkert Partners’ highly renowned sports and sports media law practice. The firm continues to path it started with the addition of media law expert Christian Frodl (formerly Sky and DFL) in 2021. Experienced sports law expert and partner Annett Rombach has been handling well over 200 proceedings to date as an arbitrator at the International Court of Arbitration (CAS) in Lausanne and the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT) in Geneva. Highly renowned Annett Rombach also represents clients from the sports industry as counsel before arbitral tribunals and state courts. Partner Piet Bubenzer is widely recognized as an expert in copy right and media law. He advises, inter alia, the Deutsche Fußball Liga (DFL) and the Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB).
Annett Rombach, Klinkert Partners: “The cooperation with Prof. Dr. Duvinage is a perfect match for both sides. Our existing and future clients will benefit greatly from his experience and his valuable network.”
Prof. Dr. Duvinage: “With Klinkert Partners, I have found the perfect partner to provide high-quality advice to my clients not only in sports law, but in all areas of civil law, such as commercial, IP, corporate and antitrust law. I am pleased that I will be offering my clients high-quality services within a broadened spectrum of legal advice, but also to connect them to highly competent, reliable and empathic advisors.”
Existing clients of Klinkert Partners include the German Football League (DFL), the German Football Association (DFB), Infront and Dyn (formerly “S Nation”). The joint venture of Christian Seifert and Axel Springer SE was most recently concluded with legal assistance of Christian Frodl on the acquisition of various media rights for the new streaming platform "Dyn". Furthermore, the World Football Association FIFA mandates Klinkert Rechtsanwälte for copyright/media law issues.