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

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 for the media and communications industries. He handled the acquisition of TV providers (VOX, TM3, Das Vierte, N24, Sky Deutschland, ProSiebenSat.1); the acquisition of TV rights packages (UEFA Champions League, Bundesliga, movie and series packages); and cable network operators (Unitymedia,Tele Columbus, PrimaCom, pepcom). He advised on telecommunications access and fee regulation, on frequency auctions (3G and 4G mobile frequencies) and the setting up of TV and VOD platforms (AdvancedTV, 1&1 TV), as well as in connection with a data platform/ single sign-on initiative (EnID) and a participation in a joint venture for autonomous driving (HERE).

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.

Representative Matters

  • 1&1/ United Internet on its initiative of funding a European Net ID foundation together with ProSiebenSat.1 and RTL.
  • 2016 tender process for broadcasting rights for German football Bundesliga.
  • 21st Century Fox on the sale of its stake in Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia to BSkyB.
  • Viacom on the TV and video ad sales marketing joint venture Visoon with Axel Springer.
  • Axel Springer SE, the leading German publishing company, on the acquisition of N24 Media GmbH, Germany’s largest independent news-TV channel.
  • Representation in a number of large media and telecom transactions, including Haim Saban’s acquisition of ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG; News Corporation’s acquisition and re-financing of Premiere AG/Sky Deutschland; News Corporation’s acquisition of the TV stations Vox and Tm3, as well as the TV rights to the UEFA Champions League; further, STUDIOCANAL's acquisition of Kinowelt and Tandem; the privatization of the Babelsberg Film Studios; NBCU’s disposition of TV channel “Das Vierte” and the subsequent sale to Disney.
  • Advice to Telefónica in the 3G/UMTS spectrum auction and the acquisition of a license for 16bn DM; advice on the merger of Telefonica and E-Plus; advice on several large cable transactions, including Tele Columbus’ acquisition of the competitors Primacom and pepcom, as well as pre-IPO advice; and the sale of Unity Media to LGI
  • Best Lawyers Germany 2019: Lawyer of the Year Berlin for Telecommunications Law, recommended for Competiton/ Antitrust, Corporate, Entertainment, Media, M&A, Private Equity and Regulatory Practice
  • 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 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: recommended for Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market, recommended for TMT: Media, described as “leading figure in media M&A”, and Competition/ European Law
  • JUVE Handbook 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
  • Best Lawyers Germany 2015: 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.”
  • Legal 500 Germany 2015: Leading Individual for Media - Entertainment
  • JUVE Handbook 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
  • Best Lawyers Germany 2014: recommended for Corporate, Media, M&A, Regulatory Practice and Telecommunications
  • 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."
  • Chambers Europe 2012: "strong media industry knowledge and solid understanding of the regulatory environment."
    “Strong media industry knowledge and solid understanding of the regulatory environment.”
  • Best Lawyers Germany 2012: Lawyer of the Year Berlin for M&A
  • Chambers 2006: "The person who first comes to mind if one thinks about media deals in Germany"

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