FC Cologne and IMG Deutschland amicably ended their cooperation originally agreed until 30 June 2016 retroactively to 31 May 2014. IMG Deutschland had been commissioned with the complete marketing of FC Cologne since 2001. The mandate was prematurely extended in December 2011 until the middle of 2016. The agency contract with FC Cologne was IMG's first marketing mandate in German professional football.
IMG is the world's biggest sports marketer and a world-leading company in the sport, fashion and media sectors with almost 3,500 employees in 30 countries. IMG Deutschland, with offices in Cologne, Frankfurt, Mannheim and Berlin, is part of the WME/IMG Group. Among other things, in Germany, International Management Group GmbH acts as the organiser of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin, as a broker for domestic and international media rights and as a licensing agent for brands such as VW, Goodyear, Wimbledon and MLB. Most recently, IMG concluded a multi-year marketing contract with the German national league handball team and German championship runner-up 2013/2014, Rhein-Neckar Löwen.
Seitz supported IMG with legal matters in the termination of the marketing contract with FC Cologne.
Seitz Attorneys: Dr. Wolfgang Schüler (Corporate Law), Christian Achtmann (Industrial Property Rights, Media and Press Law, IT Law, Data Protection Law)