Alexander Engelhard|Counsel


Güterplatz 1
60327 Frankfurt am Main

+49 69 979885-451

+49 162 2147325


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  • Admitted to the bar in 2013, joined ARNECKE SIBETH DABELSTEIN in 2017
  • Specialised in dispute resolution and sports law, party representative in litigation and arbitration proceedings, supports clients in the drafting of statutes, regulations and contracts
  • Awards: JUVE Handbook 2018/2019 – highly recommended lawyer for dispute resolution; Law Review Expert Panel (since 2016)
  • Professional Experience: Attorney at Martens Lawyers, Munich (2013-2017)
  • Memberships: DIS40 – German Initiative of Young Arbitrators, ASA Below 40 – Swiss Arbitration Association, Vice-President of the FIFA Master Alumni Association (FMA, 2013-2016)
  • Lecturer at the Goethe University Frankfurt a. M. for German and International Arbitration (since 2018)

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  • Studied at the Universities of Passau and Heidelberg (2003-2008)
  • Diploma in German and International Arbitration at the Goethe University Frankfurt a. M. (2010)
  • Legal clerkship in Frankfurt/Main and Berlin, including at the Federal Foreign Office (2010-2012)
  • M.A. in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport at De Montfort University, Leicester and SDA Bocconi School of Management, Milan, Université de Neuchâtel (2012-2013)

Track Record

  • Party representative/ad-hoc clerk in more than 75 national and international arbitration proceedings, including before the ICC (International Chamber of Commerce), CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport), DIS/DIS-Sport (German Institution of Arbitration), BAT (Basketball Arbitral Tribunal) as well as arbitral tribunals of ITU, FIVB and DEB
  • Advising national and international associations (including FIBA, FIVB, ISSF, IFAF, EWF, AFFA, BVMW) and clubs (including German Bundesliga, English Premier League, Italian Serie A, Turkish Süper Lig, Greek Super League) in regulatory, disciplinary and commercial matters
  • Party representative in proceedings before dispute resolution bodies of national and international sport federations, including FIFA DRC, FIFA PSC, FIFA Ethics Committee, UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body and UEFA Appeals Body
  • Comprehensive legal and strategic advice regarding the transfer of the right to organise a national club competition from a national sports governing body to an independent league entity
  • Legal advisor of the EuroLeague Players Association (ELPA)
  • Advising and negotiating player transfers in football and basketball (including NBA)
  • Representing athletes, coaches and agents (e.g. in employment and visa-related matters, anti-doping proceedings and damage compensation cases)
  • Comprehensive legal and strategic advice regarding the market launch of a new fan-engagement app