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Sebastian Schwiddessen LL.M.

Baker & McKenzie Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten und Steuerberatern mbB


Sebastian Schwiddessen is a senior associate and a member of Baker McKenzie's TMT Practice in Munich. At the age of 21, he set up his own online business focusing on entertainment media (games and movies). He continued to grow his business while focusing on his law studies. After finishing his law studies, Sebastian sold his business into trusted hands to fully focus on his profession as a lawyer in the area of media and IT law. Due to his previous work Sebastian was able to gain in-depth knowledge of the entertainment industry which now helps him to better understand his clients' needs and their business as well as to provide more business oriented advice.

Practice Focus

Sebastian's practice focuses on all matters of media and IT law, including media related youth protection and criminal laws, data protection law, gambling laws, eCommerce, app commerce, contract law, film taxes etc.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised several video gaming and film companies on blacklisting procedures to lift the ban of almost 20 video games and films.
  • Advised on a broad range of data protection matters including administrative proceedings initiated by a data protection authority in conjunction with a large M&A transaction.
  • Advised various video game companies on loot boxes, including land mark proceedings in the NL and Belgium.
  • Advised Sony on the rehabilitation of the banned movie “The Evil Dead” (Tanz der Teufel), including court and administrative proceedings.
  • Responsible for land mark proceedings for Apple/iTunes before the European General Court against the German film tax on foreign VoD providers.
  • Advised on and appealed several age-rating decisions in Australia and Germany.
  • Advised various video gaming companies on the localization of terms of use and other eCommerce matters.


  • Germany (2014)


  • Bond University (Master of Law) (2014)
  • High Regional Court of Berlin (Second State Exam) (2012)
  • Freie Universitaet of Berlin (First State Exam) (2010)


  • English
  • German


Interview, The Pod ( Verfassungswidrig – Eine Reportage über den Umgang mit Hakenkreuzen in Computerspielen


Author, "Loot Boxes in Japan: Legal Analysis and Kompu Gacha Explained", 3 August 2018

Author, "French gambling regulator releases its position on Loot Boxes", LinkedIn, 30 June 2018

Author, "We Happy Few: An example for appealing Australian classification decisions", 11 June 2018


Legal Expert (Sachverständiger), "Durchwirkungsregelung des neuen JMStV – Anmerkungen aus praktischer Sicht, rechtsmissbräuchliche Anträge und Zensurverbot", Gremien-Sitzung der Kommission für Jugendmedienschutz (KJM) zur Etablierung des Durchwirkungsverfahrens, Mai 2016