Christoph Engelmann

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Name: Christoph Engelmann
Date registered: December 9, 2015


Christoph Engelmann advises national and international corporations on (media) regulatory matters.

Latest posts

  1. Renewal of online casino licences in Schleswig-Holstein — March 15, 2019
  2. New sports betting licences in Germany — March 11, 2019
  3. New AML guidelines for gambling in Germany — February 20, 2019
  4. Gaming Team ranked tier 1 in Legal 500 Germany — January 29, 2019
  5. Getting The Deal Through – Gaming: Gambling regulation in Germany — August 24, 2018

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Renewal of online casino licences in Schleswig-Holstein

The governing coalition of Schleswig-Holstein has signed a draft law that is intended to renew the online casino licences that have recently expired.

This draft law is one step further than the draft of an amendment to the German State Treaty on Gambling that will only allow new sports betting licences but sticks to the ban on online casinos.

The new law of Schleswig-Holstein is expected to be passed in May and the new online casino licences are to be valid until 30 June 2021. For the period after June 2021, it is intended to develop a new regulatory framework which, according to the wishes of Schleswig-Holstein, will also allow issuing online casino licences in the other German states.

New sports betting licences in Germany

By Dr. Michael Stulz-Herrnstadt and Christoph Engelmann

The draft of an amendment to the German State Treaty on Gambling has been published. The amendment is intended to allow issuing new (online and offline) sports betting licences. This includes:

  • Extending the so-called experimental phase for sports betting from 30 June 2019 to 30 June 2021 with the possibility to extend up to 30 June 2024.
  • Removing the quota system for sports betting licences to allow issuing more than just 20 licences.
  • Entry into force on 1 January 2020 if all participating German states ratify the treaty until 31 December 2019.

With these amendments the German states want to provide clarity for sports betting operators and involved third parties, including payment service providers, the media and sports clubs. The gambling authority of Hesse is expected to start the licensing procedure as soon as possible in order to ensure issuing the licenses in January 2020. At the same time with issuing new licences, the gambling authorities will be instructed to prohibit unlicensed sports betting nationwide. This includes revoking a licence if the operator offers any unlicensed gambling next to the licensed sports betting.

The prime ministers of the 16 German states will discuss the draft on their conference on 21 March 2019 and are expected to sign the new State Treaty afterwards. The State Treaty will then have to be ratified by all participating states until the end of the year.

The draft is a welcome development for sports betting operators that want to be licensed in Germany. Unfortunately, the draft does not mention online casinos. But the prime ministers are discussing an option for Schleswig-Holstein to extend previous online casino licences until 30 June 2021 for their territory. A further amendment of the State Treaty is envisaged for the period after 30 June 2021.

New AML guidelines for gambling in Germany

The highest gambling supervisory authorities of the German states have recently published new guidelines on the interpretation and implementation of the German Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Act. Gambling operators and intermediaries have been waiting for an update of the guidelines since the new AML Act that transposes the 4th AML Directive came into force in June 2017. Although the guidelines are not binding for German courts of law, they give valuable insight into how the German gambling authorities would like the AML Act to be applied by gambling operators and intermediaries that are offering their services in Germany. One particular focus of the guidelines is on recommendations for sports betting operators on how to comply with their regulatory anti-money laundering obligations.

Gaming Team ranked tier 1 in Legal 500 Germany

By Dr. Michael Stulz-HerrnstadtDr. Kai Tumbrägel and Christoph Engelmann

DLA Piper’s gaming team is ranked tier 1 by Legal 500 in Germany 2019. Partners Dr. Michael Stulz-Herrnstadt and Dr. Kai Tumbrägel as well as Senior Associate Christoph Engelmann among others are highlighted by name.

The just recently published handbook outlines the following in the “Media” section: “The team at DLA Piper, comprising four partners, is ‘excessively competent and creative, thinks out of the box and can also go off the beaten track’.”

Legal 500 further mentions that the firm “together with Michael Stulz-Herrnstadt and Senior Associate Christoph Engelmann, is ‘one of the top addresses for gaming law in Germany'”.

This ranking is a great success – not only for the German gaming team but also for the international gaming group as well as the lawyers of the German IPT group, led by Prof. Dr. Stefan Engels. Without their collaboration this success would not have been possible. Counselling in the gaming and betting industries requires a complete expert knowledge of both national and international law in several areas, such as regulatory law, IP/IT law, media law, corporate law, tax law and administrative and civil litigation, which we offer through our global offices. Equally important are our national and international clients who reward the organization and quality of our practice by placing their commissions with us. Many thanks for this!

Getting The Deal Through – Gaming: Gambling regulation in Germany

Dr. Michael Stulz-Herrnstadt and Christoph Engelmann published the chapter on gambling regulation in Germany in the first edition of Gaming in the Getting The Deal Through series.

This chapter provides an overview of the laws and regulations that apply to gaming companies in Germany. Topics include: licensed and unlicensed gambling, licensing requirements for land-based and remote gambling, advertising restrictions and current developments affecting gaming operators.

You may download the complete chapter here.

Presentation on German AML Act at Gambling Symposium

Dr. Michael Stulz-Herrnstadt and Christoph Engelmann will give a presentation on the new German Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Act at the 15th University of Hohenheim Gambling Symposium on 22 March 2018. Christoph Engelmann will speak about new regulatory AML requirements for online gambling operators. Dr. Michael Stulz-Herrnstadt will cover potential legal consequences due to the new provisions on administrative fine proceedings gambling providers face in the case of non-compliance.

Following their presentations, Dr. Michael Stulz-Herrnstadt and Christoph Engelmann will discuss the new legal framework with Johannes Güldner, doctoral researcher at the chair of public law, especially administrative law, Ruhr-University Bochum and Prof. Dr. Ihno Gebhardt, professor at the university of applied sciences for the police in Brandenburg.

The University of Hohenheim Gambling Symposium is one of the best-known German gambling events. During the course of the two-days symposium, speakers and panellists from the scientific community, authorities and consulting industry will take up current topics, scientific insights and the latest legislative and regulatory developments.