Mr. Christoph Wagner is a partner at Morrison & Foerster's German office in Berlin and co-chair of the firm’s global media group.
Mr. Wagner is a leading TMT, M&A and regulatory lawyer, with a particular focus on transactions and on strategic regulatory advice in the media and communications industries. He has handled prominent media transactions, such as Axel Springer’s acquisition of the leading German News Channel N24; News Corporation’s/21st Century Fox’s acquisition, restructuring and sale of Premiere/Sky Deutschland; Haim Saban’s acquisition and sale of ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG; and the acquisition of Champions League and Bundesliga soccer rights packages. He has advised on high-profile telecom and cable transactions, including the 3G and 4G license auctions, and the sale of Unitymedia and various acquisitions by Tele Columbus.
Mr. Wagner is consistently recognized by Chambers and Legal 500 as a leading individual. Chambers Germany 2018 recognized him as leading individual in Corporate/ M&A; in Competition/ European Law; and in TMT: Media and praised him as “one of Germany’s leading figures in media regulation and transactions”. Best Lawyers named him five times in succession Lawyer of the Year (M&A, 2012; Telecommunications, 2013; Media, 2014/2015; Regulatory Practice, 2015; and Media, 2016/2017). Chambers referred to Mr. Wagner as “the person who first comes to mind if one thinks about media deals in Germany.” JUVE Handbook 2017 recommended Mr. Wagner in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications section and referred to him as “ahead of the pack” and "right at the forefront of media law". Legal 500 Germany 2018 recognized him as a leading individual for Media – Entertainment.
Prior to practicing as an attorney, Mr. Wagner worked for the Berlin Media Authority, the European Commission and the European Parliament. From 2003 to 2007, he was alternate member of the German Media Ownership Commission (KEK). Since 2009 he has lectured on European Media Law at the University of Potsdam. He has authored numerous essays and articles on topics relevant to the media and communications industries such as net neutrality, digitization, anti-piracy and cable consolidation.
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