Christoph Wagner

Christoph Wagner

Education

Freie Universität Berlin (First State Exam, 1986)
Freie Universität Berlin (Dr. iur., 1990)
Berlin (Second State Exam, 1991)

Bar Admissions

Germany


Deutsche Version

Christoph has more than 25 years of experience as an M&A and regulatory lawyer in the telecommunications, media, and technology industries. He particularly focuses on complex transactions and strategic regulatory advice to media and communications companies. Christoph has handled the acquisition of TV providers (ProSiebenSat.1, Sky Deutschland, N24, Das Vierte), large TV-rights packages (UEFA Champions League, Bundesliga, and film and TV-series packages), and cable network operators (Unitymedia, Tele Columbus, Primacom, pepcom).

Christoph lectures on European media law and digital platforms at the University of Potsdam. He is a frequent speaker on media and communications issues, and has published numerous articles and monographies on digitization, anti-piracy, cable consolidation, and net neutrality, among other topics.

Christoph heads the firm’s Global Media Group. In addition, he has been a notary with official residence in Berlin since 2000.

  • Chambers 2006: “The person who first comes to mind if one thinks about media deals in Germany”
  • Best Lawyers 2019: Lawyer of the Year Berlin for Telecommunications, recommended for Competition/ Antitrust, Corporate, Entertainment, Media, M&A, Private Equity, and Regulatory Practice
  • Chambers Global 2019: Leading individual in Corporate/ M&A: Mid-Market Germany and Competition/ European Law-Germany, client says: “He is very much able to pick up on what is relevant for the clients and where the client wants to end up.”
  • Chambers Germany 2018: Leading individual in TMT: Media, praised as “one of Germany’s leading figures in media regulation and transactions”; Corporate/ M&A: Mid-Market; and Competition/ European Law, clients say “he is highly experienced and a great competition and business lawyer”
  • Legal 500 Germany 2018 Leading Individual for Media: Entertainment
  • Best Lawyers Germany 2018: Recommended for Corporate, Entertainment, Media, M&A, Regulatory Practice and Telecommunications
  • Chambers Europe 2017 Leading Individual in TMT: Media, described as “highly qualified”, Corporate/ M&A: Mid-Market; and Competition/ European Law
  • The Legal 500 Germany 2017: Leading Individual for Media: Entertainment; recommended for Antitrust, Telecommunications, and Regulatory Practice
  • JUVE 2017 Recommended for Media (“ahead of the pack”, competitor) and M&A
  • Best Lawyers Germany 2016 & 2017: Lawyer of the Year Berlin for Media, recommended for Corporate, Entertainment, Media, M&A, Regulatory Practice and Telecommunications
  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2016: Leading Individual for Media: Entertainment
  • Chambers Global 2016: Leading Individual for Corporate/ M&A: Mid-Market, recommended for TMT
  • Chambers Europe 2016: Leading Individual for Corporate/ M&A: Mid-Market, recommended for TMT: Media, described as “leading figure in media M&A”, and Competition/ European Law
  • The Legal 500 Germany 2016: Leading Individual for Media: Entertainment; recommended for Telecommunications, Regulatory Practice, Antitrust, Corporate, and M&A: international major deals (€500m+)
  • JUVE 2015/2016: Frequently recommended in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications section, praised as “the highly regarded partner Dr. Christoph Wagner”, “visible focus of the TMT-team”, and “stands for the media practice like no other”
  • Best Lawyers Germany 2015: Lawyer of the Year Berlin for Regulatory Practice, recommended for Corporate, Media, M&A, Regulatory Practice and Telecommunications
  • Chambers Europe 2015: Leading Individual for Competition/ European Law, Corporate/ M&A: Mid-Market and TMT: Media, praised for “wide-ranging experience and broad network” and “People know that he is not a weak lawyer. He is very loyal to his clients.”
  • Chambers Global 2015: Leading Individual for Corporate/ M&A: Mid-Market, clients say “He has a wide range of experience, is very well connected and knows everything.”
  • The Legal 500 Germany 2015: Leading Individual for Media: Entertainment
  • JUVE 2014/ 2015: Frequently recommended in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications section, clients say: “One of the best media lawyers, also good at the interface with corporate” and "Top notch, more like a strategic advisor than a lawyer”
  • Best Lawyers Germany 2014: Lawyer of the Year Berlin for Media, recommended for Corporate, Media, M&A, Regulatory Practice and Telecommunications
  • The Legal 500 Germany 2014: “the first class lawyer and premium networker Christoph Wagner”
  • Best Lawyers Germany 2013: Lawyer of the Year Berlin for Telecommunications
  • Chambers Europe 2012: He wins plaudits for his negotiation style, with one source saying “he is very calm, considerate and solution-oriented. He does not look for conflict but tries to reach the best solution for everyone.” “Strong media industry knowledge and solid understanding of the regulatory environment.”

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