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Dr. Jörg Hofmann
Rechtsanwalt (German attorney), Partner
Phone +49-(0)6221-1850-141
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German, English

Competences & fields of activity

Gaming and betting law, Building law

Dr. Joerg Hofmann is the group leader of the firm’s Gaming & Betting Law Practice and Immediate Past President of the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL), the pre-eminent global gambling law networking and educational organization shaping the future of gaming law.

A highly recognized expert in the field, Dr. Hofmann has been consistently ranked as a “Leading Individual” in Gaming & Gambling by Chambers Global since 2011 and is the only German Lawyer listed among “Germany’s Best Lawyers” in the category “Gaming Law” by Handelsblatt and BestLawyers in 2014 and 2015. In 2015, Dr. Hofmann received the award “Gaming Law – Lawyer of the Year in Germany – 2015” from Global Law Experts. He has also repeatedly been listed in Who'sWhoLegal for sport and entertainment in Germany.

Jörg Hofmann of Melchers has an “unrivalled reputation” and impresses clients with his “careful handling” and “sound advice” (Who’sWhoLegal Germany 2016)

"Heidelberg-based Jörg Hofmann of Melchers is a widely admired practitioner and the current president of the International Masters of Gaming Law. He has extensive experience in advising on regulatory compliance as well as licensing issues." (Chambers Global 2015)

High knowledge in regulation licensing and taxation as well as at the forefront of developments in social media gaming. Well connected to regulators(Chambers Global 2015)

"Jörg Hofmann is another influential player in the German market. He is rated for his balanced practice, which covers both online and terrestrial gaming. ‘I think the world of him’, said one peer" (Chambers Global 2011)

Dr. Hofmann regularly acts as speaker and moderator at renowned international gaming law conferences and serves as a member of the editorial board of “Gaming Law Review and Economics”.

He also serves as a member of the iGaming Industry Counsel for Clarion Events and publishes regularly in leading industry journals and publications including “The International Comparative Legal Guide to Gambling 2016 Edition – Germany”.

  • 1983 - 1989 Study of law at the University of Heidelberg
  • 1986 - 1992 Assistant lecturer with Prof. Dr. Paul Kirchhof at the Chair of Constitutional Law/Department of Financial and Tax Law at the University of Heidelberg
  • 1993 Doctorate with Prof Dr. Paul Kirchhof at the University of Heidelberg
  • 1992 Cooperation in the legal department of the German Chamber of Foreign Trade, Sydney
  • 1993 Admission to the bar
  • 1993 Associate at MELCHERS
  • 1999 Partner at MELCHERS
  • 2014 + 2015 President International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL)


  • The International Comparative Legal Guide to Gambling 2019, 5th Edition, Global Legal Group, "Germany" (p. 80 - 86) by Dr. Joerg Hofmann and Matthias Spitz
  • The International Comparative Legal Guide to Gambling 2018, 4th Edition, Global Legal Group, "Germany" (p. 65 - 70) by Dr. Joerg Hofmann and Matthias Spitz
  • Gaming Law Review", September 2017, "Try to fix you - a critical analysis of Germany's attempt at ensuring a better protection of sports integrity by introducing new criminel laws" by Dr. Joerg Hofmann, Jan Axtmann and Jessica Maier
  • "Gazing into the crystal ball: 2018 regulatory outlook for Germany", European Gaming Lawyer, Autumn Edition 2017, by Dr. Joerg Hofmann, Jessica Maier and Matthias Spitz
  • Gambling Law Review, 2nd Edition 2017, Law Business Research, "Germany" (p. 109 - 118) by Dr. Joerg Hofmann, Jessica Maier and Matthias Spitz
  • The International Comparative Legal Guide to Gambling 2017, 3rd Edition, Global Legal Group, "Germany" (p. 57 - 62) by Dr. Joerg Hofmann and Matthias Spitz
  • Gaming - A Global Guide From Practical Law" 3rd Edition 2016, Thomson Reuters, "Germany" (p. 197 - 216) by Dr. Joerg Hofmann, Jessica Maier and Matthias Spitz
  • EGR Compliance Database (Germany section), eGaming Review, Oktober 2014 by Dr. Joerg Hofmann, Jessica Maier and Matthias Spitz
  • “Food for thought – German regulation on online gambling under the scrutiny of market data”, European Gaming Lawyer, Autumn 2014, by Dr. Joerg Hofmann, Jessica Maier and Matthias Spitz
  • Germany's Interstate Treaty and social gambling, in: World Online Gambling Law Report, February 2013, p. 14-15, by Dr. Joerg Hofmann and Matthias Spitz
  • The European Lawyer Reference Series, Gaming Law, Germany chapter, p. 107-119, by Dr. Joerg Hofmann and Matthias Spitz
  • Practical Guide to Licensing - Germany, published on GamblingCompliance, July 2012, 8 pages, by Dr. Joerg Hofmann and Matthias Spitz
  • Schleswig-Holstein - A Practical Guide To Licensing, published on GamblingCompliance, February 2012, 12 pages, by Dr. Joerg Hofmann and Matthias Spitz
  • Gambling regulation of federal states runs into heavy seas, in: European Gaming Lawyer, Spring 2012, p. 21-23, by Dr. Joerg Hofmann and Matthias Spitz
  • Gaming Law - Jurisdictional Comparisons, 1st Edition 2012, published by Thomson Reuters, "Germany", co-author Matthias Spitz
  • A play on German gambling regulation in several acts, in: European Gaming Lawyer, Summer issue 2011, p. 14, by Dr. Joerg Hofmann and Matthias Spitz
  • What kind of future for German gambling regulation, in: world online gambling law report, Vol. 10, issue 4, April 2011, p. 12, by Dr. Joerg Hofmann and Matthias Spitz 
  • Is German policy catching up ?, in: EUROPEAN Gaming Lawyer, winter issue 2011, p. 06, by Dr. Joerg Hofmann and Matthias Spitz 
  • Legislation Feature Germany, in: iNTERGAMINGi, issue 1, 2011, p. 24, by Dr. Joerg Hofmann and Matthias Spitz 
  • Looking back on 2010 and forward to 2011, in: Inter Game 2011 Yearbook, p. 58, by Dr. Joerg Hofmann  
  • Crossing the Rubicon of gambling law in Germany,in: iGaming Business European Legal Outlook, 2010, p. 24-26, by Dr. Joerg Hofmann and Matthias Spitz  
  • The politics of inter-state gambling laws in Germany, in: world online gambling law report, Vol. 9, December 2010, p. 12-13, by Dr. Joerg Hofmann and Matthias Spitz 
  • Current Issues in European Gaming Law, in: Gaming Law Review and Economics, Vol. 14, No. 9, 2010, p. 659-667, by Tony Coles, Justin Franssen, Joerg Hofmann, Nick Nocton and Steve Zweig
  • 2012 - dawning of a new era of prosperity or stagnation for the German online gambling market? in : European Gaming Lawyer, Autumn 2009 issue, S. 12-14
  • Der Deutsche als Tatbestand von Grundrechten und Grundpflichten, Heidelberg 1993
  • Schleswig-Holstein: new liberal gambling legislation, in: World Online Gambling Law Report, January 2012, p. 14-16, by Dr. Jörg Hofmann and Matthias Spitz
  • The current state of play in the European iGaming Market, Germany, in: iGaming Business European Legal Outlook; Winter 2011, p. 12-14, by Dr. Joerg Hofmann and Matthias Spitz
  • Lectures, conferences:

  • 20.11.2019, Eastern European Gaming Summit, topic tba (Moderator)
  • 08.11.2019; European Gaming Congress, Milan, Italy, topic tba (Moderator)
  • 07.10.2019, 2nd Responsible Gaming Awareness week (RGAW) Conference, Nicosia, Cyprus, "Regulation of Advertising for Gambling" (Moderator)
  • 01.10.2019, International Association of Gabling Regulators (IAGR) Conference, Montego Bay, Jamaica, "No advertising please - Will the acceptance of promoting gambling activities soon be as restricted as tobacco advertising?" (Moderator)
  • 12.09.2019, IMGL Autumn Conference Munich, Germany, Moderator. "Outloock 2021 - The Executive Vision" (Moderator)
  • 17.05.2019, iGBLive Amsterdam, The Netherlands, IMGL Masterclass sessions: “Regulatory Developments in the Netherlands”, “Advertising Restrictions: A View from Across the Member States” and “Reflecting on the European Commission’s Recent Report on Enforcement and Online Gambling”, (Chair and Moderator of all sessions)
  • 09.05.2019, Mare Balticum Summit, Vilnius, Lithuania, “D-A-CH – Panel”, (Moderator)
  • 01.05.2019, GamblingCompliance Global Regulatory Awards 2019, London, UK, (Member of the Jury)
  • 27.-29.03.2019, IMGL Spring Conference, New Orleans, USA, The advertising of gamer of chance in Europe”, Moderator
  • 12.03.2019. Glücksspielsymposium Hohenheim, Germany,"Vollzug und Vollzugsdefizite: Vorgehen gegen illegales Glücksspielangebot - Überprüfung und Zertifizierung von Online-Glücksspiel", (Moderator)
  • 05.03.2019, Conference on Gambling, Bucharest, Romania, “Convergence in Gambling across the EU”
  • 01.03.2019, iGaming Briefing, Malta, Update and outlook on future regulation in Germany, (Moderator)
  • 30.11.2018, Malta, SiGMA, IMGL Masterclass on regulation - "Update Germany"
  • 19-20.11.2018, Sofia, Bulgaria, EEGS Eastern European Gaming Summit, Regulatory Panel "Update on Germany"
  • 05.11.2018, Bucharest, Romania, "Marketing in Gambling Forum in Central and Eastern Europe", Keynote
  • 16.10.2018, Ljubljana, Slovenia, "D A CH Regional Update (Austria, Germany, Switzerland)", (Moderator) and IMGL MasterClass: "Advertising for gambling – a new minefield for operators", (Moderator)
  • 25.09.2018, Budapest, Hungary, Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference, IMGL Masterclass: "US Market - Gold Rush or Opposite for European Operations"(Moderator)
  • 11.-14.09.2018. Copenhagen, Denmark, IAGR (International Association of Gamning Regulators) Conference, The importance of dialogue - what’s in it for regulators and the industry (Moderator) and The Gaming Industry in 2018 - Where to Now? (Moderator);  Pre-Conference Workshop 1 - Regulation (Moderator) and IMGL Masterclass The impact on Blockchain on Gaming and what the Gaming Industry also expects in the future (Moderator)
  • 07.09.2018, Prague, IMGL Conference: The Gaming Industry in 2018 - Where to now?
  • 06.06.2018; Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Euromat Gaming Summit: "Legal horizon scan" l
  • 01.06.2018, London, Ally Meeting: details will follow
  • 14.-16.05.2018, Macao, China, IAGR Conference
  • 08.05.2018. Riga, Latvia, Mare Balticum Summit, (Moderator), details will follow
  • 29.03.2018, Prague, Prague Gaming Summit: " Focus on Slovakia, Slovenia, Austria" (Moderator) and " Focus on Czech Republic" (Moderator)
  • 07. 09.2018, Las Vegas, NV, IMGL Conference
  • 07.02.2018, London, UK, IMGL Masterclass at ICE: "Important developments - events, new jurisdictions, significant regulatory changes, covering Brazil, Latin and South America, Cyprus, Germany, Sweden and The Netherlands" (Moderator and Speaker)
  • 11.12.2017, Malta, Melchers/SSW iGaming breakfast Briefing, "Tax investigators about to enforce"
  • 24.11.2017, Malta, SIGMA Summit of iGaming Malta, IMGL Masterclass:"New developments in various jurisdictions"
  • 07.11.2017, Bucharest, Romania, Marketing and Gaming Summit, "Marketing Solutions fo ra new Gaming Market"
  • 01.11.2017, Tallinn, Estonia, Totally Gaming Summit, "Land Based and Online Regulatory Update – Panel Discussion"
  • 19.09.2017, Budapest, Hungary,  Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference, IMGL Masterclass: "The devil is in the details - regulators apply stricter rules", (Moderator)
  • 15.09.2017, London, UK, Gambling Compliance Regulatory Briefing, "Germany In Focus- Sports Betting Licensing & Tax", (Moderator)
  • 13.09.2017, London, UK, Betting on Sports 2017, IMGL Masterclass: “Regulation – Liability Management: Why the buck doesn’t stop with operators” (Moderator)
  • 12.09.2017, Copenhagen, Denmark, IMGL Autumn Conference, “Europe Update” panel, (Moderator)
  • 06.09.2017, Isle of Man, Pre-Summit Regulator Panel, KPMG eGaming Summit“The Evolution of Gambling Regulation” (Moderator)
  • 13.07.2017, Amsterdam, Netherlands, iGaming Supershow, IMGL Masterclass: "Liability of operators, suppliers and affiliates" (Moderator)
  • 04.07.2017, Barcelona, Spain, World Gaming Executive Summit, "How to survive in evolving jurisdictions - stragies and best practice examples for the industry"
  • 08.06.2017, Prague, Czech Republic, Prague Gaming Summit, "Focus on Czech Republic" (Moderator) and "Benefits of the European Gambling Laws"
  • 22.05.2017, Malta, Melchers iGaming Breakfast, "The German AML Act" (Moderator)
  • 11.05.2017, Miami, USA, IMGL Springconference, "The evolution of gaming policy and taxation in Europe" (Moderator)
  • 06.04.2017, Stockholm, Sweden, Nordic Affiliate Conference, "Advertising and affiliate standards storming the nordic industry"
  • 05.04.2017, Stockholm, Sweden, i-Gaming Forum, be “Liabilities for operators, providers and affiliates” (Moderator)
  • 20.03.2017, Vienna, Austria, VIGE Vienna Internatioonal Gaming Expo, IMGL Masterclass: "Risks and challenges for affiliates, operators and platforms working in regulated markets" (Moderator)
  • 24.02.2017, Malta, MGA Conference, "Regulatory Wish List - let's hear it from the organisations" (Moderator)
  • 16.02.2017, London, UK, Healy's iGaming Breakfast, "Cyber-Crime in i-Gaming- how it happens- means to prevent it"
  • 08.02.2017, London, UK, ICE International Casino Exhibition, IMGL Masterclass"Anti-Money Laundering" (Moderator)
  • 08.12.2016, Tel Aviv, Israel, GO Gaming TLV International Summit, Opening Keynote: "International state of iGaming and financial trading" and "Legal Challenges for operators, software and platform providers as well as affilliates when working together in regulated markets" (Moderator)
  • 22.11.2016, Sofia, Bulgaria, Eastern European Gaming Summit, IMGL Masterclass: "Offshore jurisdictions vs. regulated markets - review of taxation issues in markets with different regulatory frameworks"
  • 20.10.2016, Berlin, Germany, EiG, "Update on regulation in Germany" (Moderator)
  • 15.09.2016, Lisbon, Portugal, "European Cooperation and Standardization: Data Protection and Problem Gambling / Responsible Gaming. Differences and similarities within the EU and how to deal with it?" (Moderator)
  • 08.09.2016, Isle of Man, KPMG eGaming Summit, "Data Protection and AML" (Moderator)
  • 09.06.2016, Amsterdam, Netherlands, iGaming Supershow, IMGL Masterclass "Liabilities for operators and affiliates" (Moderator)
  • 18.05.2016, Macao, GLI/IMGL Reception, Keynote,
  • 21.04.2016, San Francisco, USA, IMGL Spring Conference, "New Developments in Global Gaming" (Moderator)
  • 03.02.2016, London, UK, IMGL Masterclass at International Casino Exhibition (ICE), The Liability Panel
  • 22.01.2016, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Annual Industry Gaming Event, Keynote.
  • 23.11.-25.11.2015 Eastern European Gaming Summit, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 17.11.-19.11.2015 MiGS Maltese iGaming Summit, Malta
  • 10.11.-11.11.2015 KPMG eGaming Summit, Isle of Man
  • 20.10-22.10.2015 EiG, Berlin, Germany, und “World Regulatory Briefing”
  • 14.-16.10.2015, IMGL Autumn Conference Lima, Peru, Welcome Address and Opening Remarks; “Joint Cooperation between Authorities and Industry”
  • 28.09.2015 G2E Las Vegas, USA, “Anti Money Laundering /Anti-Terrorism Panel (including payment processing, KYC)
  • 25.-26.06.2015 “iGaming Super Show” and “Gaming in Holland Conference”, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Masterclass (Moderator)
  • 02.06.-04.06.2015, IAGA Gaming Summit, Vancouver, Canada (Attendence)
  • 22.05.2015 G2E Asia, Macau, Welcome Address at the IMGL/GLI Reception, Venetian Hotel
  • 23. - 24.04 2015  KPMG Gaming eSummit, Gibraltar, “The European Legal Viewpoint’ (Moderartor, Speaker); “Evolution of eGaming - The Regulator's View” (Moderator)
  • 29. – 31.03.2015 IMGL Spring Conferenc St- Thomas, US Virgin Islands, USA, Welcome address and introduction of the panels
  • 04.02.2015 IMGL Masterclass, International Casino Exhibition, Excel, London, UK: Welcome address and moderator of the whole conference
  • 10.11.2014 KPMG Conference, IMGL Masterclass, Isle of Man, UK, moderator: Cross-border Cooperation by Regulators
  • 05.11.2014 IMGL Autumn Conference Florence, Italy, Welcome address, moderator and speaker: New developments in point of consumption taxation.
  • 30.10.2014 IAGA Conference, Philadelphia, USA
  • 21.10.2014 Eastern European Gaming Summit, Sofia, Bulgaria, The EU approach to gaming regulation:  a roadmap or a deterrence to common standards?
  • 01.10.2014 G2E Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, Regulator of the Year Awards presentation
  • 24.06.2014 Gaming in Holland Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Keynote speech and moderator of the Holland regulation panel
  • 24.05.2014 East meets West Regulators' Summit, Boracay, Philippines, moderator of the whole conference
  • 21.05.2014 G2E Macao, Welcome address
  • 23.04.2014 IMGL Spring Conference San Diego, California, USA: Keynote
  • 21.03.2014 ie Law School Executive Education, Madrid, Spain: A Gaming Sector: Advertising and sports sponsorships-international
  • 21.03.2014 ie Law School Executive Education, Madrid, Spain: A Gaming Sector: Introduction. Basic regulatory aspects for "non-lawyers"
  • 05.02.2014 IMGL Masterclass, International Casino Exhibition, Excel, London, UK: opening address and chairing the conference
  • 12.11.2013 MiGS Malta, Update on US & EU developments on gaming
  • East European Gaming Summit, Sofia, Bulgaria: Expert Panel - issues the gaming industry is facing
  • 02.10.2013: IMGL Fall Conference, Oslo, Norway: Sports Betting Panel
  • 21.05.2013: G2E Global Gaming Exhibition Asia, Macao:
  • 09.05.2013: IMGL Spring Conference, Montreal:
  • 28.02.2013: e-Gaming summit at Felix Conference Center in Oslo, Norway: "Panel discussion: operators vs. regulators"
  • 05.02.2013: World Regulatory Briefing at ICE International Casino Exhibition, ExCel London, United Kingdom: "Industry's take on the German market"
  • 10.10.2012; IMGL Fall Gaming Law Conference, London, "Online Gambling Regulation: How it has developed and what this means for our clients"
  • 09.05.2012: GLI Regulator Roundtable, Budapest, “Latest developments on Gaming Law in Germany” – speaker
  • 16.04.2012: IMGL Spring Conference, Scottsdale, Arizona, "World Market Update Series", moderator
  • 16.04.2012; IMGL Spring Conference, Scottsdale Arizona, “EU Gaming Deleopments, snapshot on Germany” Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch – moderator and speaker
  • 12.04.2012: World Regulatory Briefing (WrB), Clarion Conference, Frankfurt, Germany "Schleswig-Holstein: Understanding the licensing procedures and interpreting the implications for the other 15 States", Co-Chairman and speaker
  • 24.01.2012: First-to-Market-Summit, London: The licensing process and regulatory compliance in Schleswig Holstein and the German Intrastate Treaty – single panelist
  • 24.01.2012: World Gambling Briefing, Clarion Conference at ICE Totally Gaming, London - Chairman and Moderator •25.01.2012: Totally Business & Law Insights Conference, London, “Changing EU Markets”, Seminar Theatres at Earl’s Court – moderator and speaker
  • 23.01.2012: International Gaming Summit; Bulletbusiness gambling conference, London Millenium Hotel, “Extensive Analysis: experts discuss a formula for success” – moderator and speaker
  • 16.01.2012: Awedacity Conference “Online Gaming in Schleswig-Holstein”, Conference in Norderstedt (Schleswig-Holstein, Germany), moderator, speaker and co-organiser
  • 19.10.2011: GamblingCompliance Workshop Germany, London – Moderator and speaker
  • 01.10.2011: 2011 IAGA International Gaming Law Conference, Las Vegas; entitled “Going Full Tilt?  The Future for American and European Online Gaming” - speaker
  • 14.09.2011: IMGL Fall Gaming Law Conference Vienna, “CEO Roundtable” – moderator and head of conference organizing committee
  • 23.05.2011: IMGL Spring Gaming Law Conference, Napa Valley, California, “Update on legal developments in Europe” – moderator and speaker, member of the organizing committee
  • 2006 General Member of IMGL
  • 2009 Head of the Alliance Gaming Group
  • 2010 Mitglied des redaktionellen Beirats der Zeitschrift "Gaming Law Review and Economics", Mary Ann Liebert. Inc. Publishers
  • 2008 - 2011 Secretary of IMGL
  • 2012 - 2013 Vice-Präsident of IMGL
  • 2014 and 2015 Presidentof IMGL "International Masters of Gaming Law"