DFL and Sportcast Create Joint Venture for Match Data
Baker & McKenzie advised DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH and its wholly owned subsidiary Sportcast GmbH on a joint venture with Deltatre AG. The new company named Sportec Solutions GmbH will be in charge of all official match data gathering and distribution.
As of 1 July 2017 Sportec Solutions will be responsible for the registration, administration and quality control as well as for the delivery of official match data relating to Bundesliga matches and the 2nd Bundesliga as well as the relegation and the Supercup. Sportcast GmbH is the main shareholder with a 75 percent stake, whilst Deltatre AG holds 25 percent of the new company, based in Cologne.
Baker & McKenzie advised DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH and Sportcast GmbH on all legal aspects of the joint venture and the associated shareholder agreement.
Sportcast GmbH is one of the largest coordinators of live sports in HD worldwide and as a subsidiary of DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH is host broadcaster of the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2. In addition, Sportcast creates all DFB cup matches and provides advice on productions in various media formats to further associations and leagues as a competent contact partner.
Deltatre is a global leader for the sport business:digital, mobile, social, broadcast, results, content and professional services.
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Baker & McKenzie advisors to Sportcast GmbH:
Corporate / M&A: Dr. Ingo Strauss (partner, Düsseldorf)
Corporate: Dr. Barbara Deilmann (partner, Düsseldorf), Gerald Schumann (partner, Munich), Jana Upschulte (associate, Düsseldorf)
Intellectual Property: Dr. Benjamin Koch (Partner, Munich)
DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH
Jürgen Paepke (Director Legal DFL), Christian Frodl (Senior Legal Counsel DFL)