In the world of sports, associations, clubs and athletes are facing numerous challenges due to the increasing economic impact and ongoing inter-nationalisation of the sports industry. International tax and legal regulations are part of these. We firmly believe that the establishment of an international network offering tailormade services for the sports industry will significantly support our clients, and that this differentiates ETL from other competitors.


ETL Global Sportdesk is an internationally operating law and tax consulting firm for professional athletes which is headquartered in Essen, Germany.

We support our clients economic success based on our broad service portfolio including tax, legal and financial consulting; e.g. considering cross border sports activities, advertisement contracts, transfers, capital investments and the purchase or rent of real estate.

ETL Global Sportdesk is part of the ETL Group, which covers more than 40 different countries and is headquartered in Berlin, Germany.

Increasing importance of compliance
Legal regulations vary from country to country
Top athletes change between global top leagues
Avoidance of multiple taxation
Increasing importance of international sports competitions

High earnings of top athletes drive their international investment activities
Differences with respect to right of publicity matters
Facing the increasing internationalisation of sports
Tax regulations with respect to VIP boxes
Cross border contracts


  • Acquisition and rent/lease of real estate
  • Business seats & VIP boxes
  • Estate planning
  • Income relating to international sports events
  • International sponsorship contracts
  • Local country and oversea applications
  • National team applications
  • Player transfers
  • Assessment of withholding taxes resulting from sponsorships


  • Contractual negotiations/issues
  • Corporate issues
  • Domestic relations representation
  • Estate planning
  • General litigation
  • Immigration matters
  • Legal counsel to act in any national international jurisdiction endorsements
  • Marketing opportunities
  • Real Estate
  • Right of publicity matters

ETL stands for European Tax and Law. Our group of companies offers a comprehensive portfolio of accounting, tax, legal and auditing services in all business sectors. With more than 1000 service firms in more than 50 countries, we are represented in all major European countries and other strategically important countries.

Day after day, our people use their local expertise and global insights to help clients thorugh the complexity of international issues and regulations. Every client, whether they are a sole propietor or a multinational company, receives the highest level of pesonalised service and individual attention. Our concept is simple: We want to fulfil our clients’ business needs.

Company formation to business succession, regardless of location. It is our approach to provide integrated services from a single source and we have established a number of different affiliates for services such as leasing, factoring and insurances. In particular, ETL offers clients high-level integrated services through an inter-disciplinary network, which allows local expertise and global reach in many countries around the globe.

ETL has consolidated its sports industry know-how within ETL Global Sportdesk to offer its clients sophisticated solutions through an experienced network of experts.

For further details please visit ETL GLOBAL


  • Over 1000 professional service firms
  • About 8,000 people at ETL
  • In more than 50 countries


  • Tax consulting – We take great care that you never pay more than you really have to
  • Legal advice – We help you avoid unnecessary risks
  • Auditing – We provide you with the necessary tools to do so


  • More than 200,000 clients:
    private indivituals, self-employed professionals
    and owner-managed companies

Johannes Struckmeier

Managing Director ETL Global Sportdesk
MBA Sportmanagement, Chartered Tax Consultant
+49 201 2404 348

Dr. Christian Gorny

Managing Director ETL Global Sportdesk
Certified Public Auditor
Member of the Executive Boards of the ETL
AG and ETL International AG



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