Dr. Johannes Ranke

Lawyer | Founding Partner

Dr. Johannes Ranke is a founding partner of our  law firm. He primarily advises in the areas of sports, media, licensing, and contract law.

He was Managing Director, Sports Data & Licensing at SPORTRADAR AG as well as Head of Licensing & Member of the Strategic Board at SPORT1/DSF Deutsches SportFernsehen GmbH.

At the beginning of his professional career, he worked as a lawyer at DUVINAGE Rechtsanwälte. Dr. Ranke publishes on issues of sports and media law.

Dr. Johannes von Eggelkraut-Gottanka

Lawyer | Founding Partner

Dr. Johannes von Eggelkraut-Gottanka is a founding partner of our firm. He primarily advises in the areas of litigation & dispute resolution, employment and business law. He represents small, medium-sized and listed companies from various industries in and out of court in the enforcement of claims and the defense against disputed claims as well as in complex liability disputes. He has in-depth experience in mass action proceedings (e.g. “Diesel” complex on the side of a participating company).

Prior to founding the firm, he worked as a lawyer in the area of white-collar criminal law at Ufer Knauer Rechtsanwälte as well as at a business law-oriented law firm, primarily in the area of litigation. He is a business mediator (MuCDR). Dr. von Eggelkraut-Gottanka publishes, among other things, on issues of art law, e.g. in the Handelsblatt, and is co-author of the practice guide on copyright contract law “Urhebervertragsrecht”, Berger/Wündisch, Nomos Verlag.

Max Aschenbrenner

Lawyer | Of-Counsel

Max Aschenbrenner is Of-Counsel of the law firm. As certified specialist lawyer for employment law and business mediator (CVM), he has more than 30 years of experience as a lawyer, primarily in the area of civil and especially employment law.

Among other experiences, he gained know-how as an in-house lawyer during eight years as head of the legal department of Stahlgruber GmbH. From 2001, he was a partner in several internationally oriented medium-sized business law firms in Munich.

In addition, Mr. Aschenbrenner is the Norwegian Honorary Consul in the Free State of Bavaria.

Julia Mergen

Lawyer | Associate

Julia Mergen joined the law firm as an associate in 2021. She advises on business and employment law as well as in the areas of litigation & dispute resolution. Another focus of her work is the structuring of agency, licensing and sponsorship agreements as well as the handling of trademarks within the scope of our sports law mandates.