Thomas Wassenhoven


Thomas Wassenhoven is a commercial lawyer mainly active in intellectual property and competition law with a special focus on legal issues in sport. He represents and advises clients, amongst others the Bundesliga (DFL) and different Bundesliga clubs and Players on different contentious and non-contentious issues, in contract negotiations and before state courts as well as arbitral tribunals.

Thomas joined Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein in 2019. Before becoming a lawyer, Thomas was a trainee lawyer in a sports law firm in Karlsruhe and a major international law firm in Frankfurt. He holds a law degree from the University of Heidelberg.

Track Record

  • Bundesliga (DFL) – Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH, Bundesliga International GmbH – Continuous comprehensive advice and successful judicial and extra-judicial proceedings against numerous German and foreign games providers, merchandising companies, domain holders and sports betting providers on account of trademark and unfair competition infringements as well as on infringement of the players rights of personality
  • Advising the Bundesliga in numerous NFT matters
  • Representation of the Bundesliga and the Bundesliga Clubs in criminal proceedings due to product piracy  
  • Advising a Bundesliga Club in all legal matters
  • Representation of a leading sports goods manufacturer in trademark matters
  • Advising on player transfers in football and basketball
  • Representation of Paralympic Athletes in Classification Matters in judicial and extra-judicial proceedings


  • Telephone: +49 69 979885-0
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Thomas Wassenhoven


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