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Dr. Matthias Spitz
Rechtsanwalt (German Attorney), Partner
Heidelberg
Phone +49-(0)-6221-1850-141
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Languages

German, English

Competences & fields of activity

Gaming & betting law, European law, Administrative law, Planning law

Dr. Matthias Spitz is a partner with MELCHERS and specialized in gaming law and administrative law with a focus on European law. Since 2013, he is a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law. Experienced in communication with regulators and administrative procedures, Dr. Matthias Spitz not only offers traditional legal services such as litigation but also lobby services.

He advises clients on the legal developments in online gambling and sports betting in Germany and, specifically, on the implementation of new gambling products on the German market and the development of advertising strategies for operators of online gaming. He is also experienced in all aspects of European law. His areas of practice further cover administrative proceedings against regulatory measures and counselling of casino operators.

Prior to joining the law firm’s head office in Heidelberg, he graduated at the University of Mannheim in 2006 and studied at the German University for Administrative Sciences in Speyer. He is now a frequent writer for leading magazines of the gambling industry.

  • 2001-2006 Study of law at the University of Mannheim
  • 2007 Study of administrative sciences at the German College for Administrative Science in Speyer
  • 2006-2008 Internships in Rhineland-Palatinate and with the law firm DLA Piper Cliffe Dekker in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2009 Admission to bar
  • Since 2009 Attorney (Rechtsanwalt) at MELCHERS
  • Since 2015 Partner at MELCHERS
  • 2016 Doctorate on “The Planning of Sites for Wind Power Plants” at the University of Administrative Science Speyer

Publications and speaking engagements
 

  • VAT and Gaming – Changes in 2015, speech at GAMEplaces Business & Legal, November 2015
  • Hesse ruling quashes licensing process of Interstate Treaty, World Online Gambling Law Report, Oktober 2015, by Matthias Spitz and Jessica Maier
  • Tracing the money – an overview of payment blocking efforts in Europe, European Gaming Lawyer, Spring 2015, by Matthias Spitz and Jessica Maier
  • The regulatory challenges facing Germany in 2015, World Online Gambling Law Report, Februar 2015, by Matthias Spitz and Jessica Maier
  • Food for thought – German regulation on online gambling under the scrutiny of market data, European Gaming Lawyer, Autumn 2014, by Matthias Spitz ,  Dr. Joerg Hofmann and Jessica Maier
  • EGR Compliance Database (Germany section), eGaming Review, Oktober 2014, by Matthias Spitz,  Dr. Joerg Hofmann and Jessica Maier
  • Schleswig Holstein could play part in shaping AML regulation, World Online Gambling Law Report, August 2014, by Matthias Spitz and Jessica Maier
  •      Court strengthens operators rights in sportsbook licensing, in: World Online Gambling Law Report, May 2013, p. 03, by Matthias Spitz
  •     Germany's Interstate Treaty and social gambling, in: World Online Gambling Law Report, February 2013, p. 14-15, by Matthias Spitz and Dr. Joerg Hofmann
  •    Harmonising technical standards across Europe, in: World Online Gambling Law Report, October 2012, p. 3-4, by Matthias Spitz and Martin Jarrett
  •    The European Lawyer Reference Series, Gaming Law, Germany chapter, p. 107-119, by Matthias Spitz and Dr Joerg Hofmann
        Practical Guide to Licensing – Germany, published on GamblingCompliance, July 2012, 8 pages, by Matthias Spitz and Dr Joerg Hofmann
  •     Practical Guide to Licensing – Germany, published on GamblingCompliance, July 2012, 8 pages, mit Dr. Jörg Hofmann
  •     EU Online gambling regulation: active and reactive approaches, in: World Online Gambling Law Report, February 2012, p. 3-5, by Matthias Spitz
  •     Schleswig-Holstein – A Practical Guide To Licensing, published on GamblingCompliance, February 2012, 12 pages, by Matthias Spitz and Dr Joerg Hofmann
  •     Gambling regulation of federal states runs into heavy seas, in: European Gaming Lawyer, Spring 2012, p. 21-23, by Matthias Spitz and Dr Joerg Hofmann
  •     Schleswig-Holstein: new liberal gambling legislation, in: World Online Gambling Law Report, January 2012, p. 14-16, by Matthias Spitz and Dr. Jörg Hofmann
  •    A European Union in online gambling?, in: Gambling Insider; Ausgabe 08, 2011, p. 44-47, by 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 Matthias Spitz and Dr. Joerg Hofmann
  •     A play on German gambling regulation in several acts, in: European Gaming Lawyer, Summer issue 2011, p. 14, by Matthias Spitz and Dr. Joerg Hofmann
  •     What kind of future for German gambling regulation, in: world online gambling law report, Vol. 10, issue 4, April 2011, p. 12, by Matthias Spitz and Dr. Joerg Hofmann
  •     Is German policy catching up ?, in: EUROPEAN Gaming Lawyer, winter issue 2011, p. 06, by Matthias Spitz and Dr. Joerg Hofmann
  •     Legislation Feature Germany, in: iNTERGAMINGi, issue 1, 2011, p. 24, by Matthias Spitz and Dr. Joerg Hofmann
  •    Crossing the Rubicon of gambling law in Germany,in: iGaming Business European Legal Outlook, 2010, p. 24-26, by Matthias Spitz and Dr. Joerg Hofmann
  •     The politics of inter-state gambling laws in Germany, in: world online gambling law report, Vol. 9, December 2010, p. 12-13, by Matthias Spitz and Dr. Joerg Hofmann    
  •     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
     
  • Anwaltverein Heidelberg e.V.
  • International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL)
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