Alexander Engelhard is a lawyer at ARNECKE SIBETH DABELSTEIN, a German full service law firm with a team of dedicated, highly specialized lawyers who provide comprehensive legal advice to the sports, media and entertainment industry. Alexander focuses on dispute resolution, especially in sports-related cases. He also advises clients on the drafting of rules and contracts.
Alexander’s track record includes more than 75 domestic and international arbitration proceedings (e.g. before the International Court of Arbitration (ICC), the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS/DIS-Sport), the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT), and the arbitral tribunals of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), International Triathlon Union (ITU) and the German Ice Hockey Federation (DEB)). He has acted as counsel in disciplinary proceedings and financial disputes before UEFA and FIFA bodies, including representing football officials before the FIFA Ethics Committee. He has provided legal advice to international federations and national sport associations (including FIBA, FIVB, ISSF, IFAF, EWF, AFFA and DEB) as well as clubs (e.g. from the Bundesliga, Premier League, Serie A, Turkish Süper Lig and Greek Super League) on regulatory, disciplinary and commercial issues. Other recent matters include:
- ·Advising the transfer of a national club competition from a sports governing body to an independent league entity
- ·Setting-up and advising the EuroLeague Players Association (ELPA)
- ·Negotiating player transfers in football and basketball (including EuroLeague and NBA)
- ·Representing athletes, coaches and agents in employment and visa-related matters, anti-doping proceedings and damage compensation cases
- ·Providing comprehensive legal and strategic advice on the market launch of a new fan-engagement app.
- An overview of the dispute between FIBA & EuroLeague – Is there an end in sight?
- How the Bundesliga’s new “no single buyer” rule has increased the broadcasting revenue for German football
- Key CAS Ad Hoc Division cases handed down at the Olympic Games
- The legal framework of the CAS Ad Hoc Division at the Rio Olympic Games
- The funding and employment status of elite athletes – A comparison of the UK, USA and Germany
- Should doping in sport be criminalised? A review of Germany's new Anti-Doping Act
- Football club ownership in Germany – less romantic than you might think
- Whom to sue before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)?