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Daniel Spitze

Rechtsanwalt (attorney-at-law), admitted 2012


CV


As of 2014

  • Associate at a leading German law firm, Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions and Litigation/Arbitration
  • Postgraduate Studies, Law & Management, Universität St. Gallen

2013

  • Research Assistant, London School of Economics and Political Science, Prof. Kershaw

2012-2013

  • LL.M. (Master of Laws), International Business Law, London School of Economics and Political Science

2007-2013

  • PhD, Geschäftsführung in der Personengesellschaft (Management of Business Partnerships), Philipps-Universität Marburg

2012

  • Junior Associate at a leading German law firm, Litigation/Arbitration

2009-2011

  • Legal Clerkship, Higher Regional Court Frankfurt am Main

2007-2009

  • Legal Assistant, Sachse Rechtsanwälte, Labour and Corporate Law
  • Editor-in-Chief, Marburg Law Review
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors, Marburg Law Review e.V.

MEMBERSHIPS


  • Young Arbitrators Forum of the International Chamber of Commerce
  • DIS40 – German Initiative of Young Arbitrators
  • German-American Lawyers Association e.V.
  • Bar Association Frankfurt am Main
  • LSE Alumni Network
  • Marburg Legal Society e.V.

Playing against friends at our private LANs was my first step into esports but ultimately we were only a bunch of kids having fun. It became more serious once we discovered Counter-Strike (“CS”) in 1999. Initially we were reluctant towards clans and even went on record with this in a c’t magazin article about our LANs. A hasty statement because soon after we formed a team and played CS competitively for several years. Simultaneously we evolved our LANs into events for up to 400 gamers and established the registered association Marburg-LAN e.V. Since I already reviewed games and movies for the local newspaper, I also started to write about the CS community. One of my articles was even chosen to open the speakers’ corner at SoGamed.com.

After law school I started my PhD studies and became editor-in-chief of the student law journal. At the same time I worked in a law firm specialized in employee/executive representation. After my legal clerkship I was admitted to the bar in 2012 and moved to London for postgraduate studies at London School of Economics and Political Science. Since January 2014 I work at Germany’s leading business law firm and mainly focus on international transactions.

Nowadays, I only play casually but I never stopped to follow esports closely and, wherever I could, I provided advice and support to further esports’ growth. By doing so I became more and more engaged on the business side of esports. My professional expertise allows me to provide guidance to players and organizations on handling the emerging challenges.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS


“You don’t have to be a lawyer to read your contracts”
eSports Observer, 2 November 2015

“Sports can’t handle drug tests, how can esports?”
eSports Observer, 18 September 2015

“Geschäftsführung in der Personengesellschaft”
Management of Business Partnerships, PhD thesis, Duncker & Humblot 2014

“Das Beweisantragsrecht nach §§ 244 ff. StPO”
The Right to Present Evidence pursuant to Sec. 244 et seqq. Code of Criminal Procedure, Marburg Law Review 2/2010, pages 96 et seqq.

“Das Schicksal des ursprünglichen Arbeitsvertrages bei der Berufung eines Arbeitnehmers zum Geschäftsführer einer GmbH”
The Fate of the Employment Agreement when an Employee Is Appointed as Managing Director of  a Limited Liability Company, co-author Jan-Michael Sachse, LL.M. (Fordham), Marburg Law Review 1/2009, pages 6 et seqq.

“Grundlagen und Grundbegriffe von Private Equity Transaktionen”
Fundamentals of Private Equity Transactions, co-author Karsten Löw, Marburg Law Review 1/2008, pages 7 et seqq.