Awards proving our excellence.

For many years in a row, FREY Rechtsanwälte has been awarded by several media for its excellent, comprehensive advice and business expertise. These awards are usually based on recommendations from our clients or on confidential peer-view-processes in which leading lawyers from law firms and companies evaluate their colleagues from the competition.

Juve Awards 2019

JUVE Handbook– Commercial Law Firms

The annually published “JUVE Handbook – Commercial Law Firms” has recommended FREY Rechtsanwälte as one of Germany’s top commercial law firms in the field of “Media” for several years in a row, most recently in the 2022/2023 handbook. The JUVE editorial team particularly emphasized FREY Rechtsanwälte’s successful advisory work in sports law, licensing and contract drafting, as well as in disputes with collecting societies. In addition, the evaluation acknowledged FREY Rechtsanwälte’s growing reputation in advising on eSports issues. The research activities of the independent JUVE editorial team include around 8,600 interviews conducted with clients and lawyers in Germany and abroad. 

Since 1997, the renowned JUVE Manual has provided a comprehensive overview of more than 800 commercial law firms and evaluated their services by means of rankings and texts. The award is given to those law firms that are characterized by a particularly good reputation in business consulting.

FREY Rechtsanwälte was awarded the title of “Law Firm of the Year for Media” by JUVE-Verlag in 2019. The basis for the award decisions is the independent research conducted by the JUVE editorial team for the annual “JUVE Handbook of Commercial Law Firms”. In addition to legal expertise, our team was attested to have an “extensive understanding of business”. Our expertise in sports law was also decisive for the award and testifies to a comprehensive advisory capability at the interface of media and sports law, e.g., in the area of eSports.

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Best Lawyers Germany

Prof. Dr. Dieter Frey was also included in the list of “The Best Lawyers in Germany” by the U.S. publication Best Lawyers for the 13th time in a row and was recognized in the 16th edition for his special expertise and knowledge in the areas of “Entertainment Law”, “Information Technology Law”, “International Property Law,” “Media Law” and “Sports Law. In the ranking, which is also available in Germany under the name “Germany’s Best Lawyers,” Prof. Dr. Frey was named one of Germany’s best lawyers by Best Lawyers and the Handelsblatt newspaper. For the sixth time now, Dr. Matthias Rudolph was also recognized for his expertise in the areas of “Information Technology Law”, “International Property Law” and “Media Law”.

The Best Lawyers ranking is based on a confidential peer-view-process in which leading lawyers from law firms and companies evaluate their colleagues from the competition. It has been published in the U.S. for more than three decades and is held in particularly high regard by the industry, the media and the public for its credible and impartial recommendations.


FREY Rechtsanwälte has also been recommended for several years in the nationwide ranking of the German Association of Corporate Lawyers “ – recommendation is the best reference” in the legal field of media law. In the current “kanzleimonitor”, FREY Rechtsanwälte landed in the absolute top group in the area of media law. Partner Prof. Dr. Dieter Frey is one of the most recommended lawyers in this field of law in Germany. FREY Rechtsanwälte is also singled out in the areas of intellectual property law and IT law, where partners Prof. Dr. Dieter Frey and Dr. Matthias Rudolph are among the most recommended lawyers in this field. They are thus recognized for their outstanding expertise in the fields of telecommunications, TV, film, broadcasting, entertainment and music, as well as events.

The annually published “kanzleimonitor” of the German Institute for Legal Departments and Corporate Counsel GmbH lists the recommendations of syndicates in an empirical study and creates rankings of the most recommended law firms. For the benchmark of the current edition, 908 legal departments of companies in Germany were surveyed, which provided 8049 recommendations.

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The Legal 500

The Legal 500 Germany once again recognizes FREY Rechtsanwälte as a leading law firm in the practice area of Media – Entertainment in its current 2024 ranking. The Legal 500 Germany is a renowned international platform designed to assist in-house departments in selecting a suitable law firm. For the current edition, hundreds of interviews and surveys were conducted with lawyers and more than 23,000 clients. This research has been incorporated into a detailed analysis that allows for a comprehensive assessment of law firms’ strengths and capabilities in 23 practice areas with 90 rankings.

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Media Law International

Media Law International awards FREY Rechtsanwälte in succession in the international arena for its expertise and comprehensive advisory activities in media law:

„Multiple media segments, the entertainment industry and the digital transformation collectively form the focus of FREY. Leading the practice, founding partner Dieter Frey with German and European background education is widely recognized for advice in the media and sports sector. FREY’s clients range from online media services, broadcasting companies and a leading German advertising company to production companies, publishers and artists. Partner Matthias Rudolph is highly reputed for in depth knowledge of copyright law and collecting societies‘ regulation and handling as well as press law, freedom of speech, and personal rights law. Besides this, FREY is deeply experienced with media regulation and media concentration and they are appointed for all questions regarding the production and distribution (broadcast, online, cable-retransmission) of content (film, video, music, sports media productions), for example licensing of rights, end user relationships (including data protection law) and marketing (influencer marketing, content marketing, social media, celebrity endorsements, testimonials).“

Media Law International publishes as an independent specialist guide rankings, editorials and articles in over 50 jurisdictions and is an important international advisor in media law practice.

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Leaders League

In this year’s ranking of the Leaders League, FREY Rechtsanwälte is awarded in the area of Media, Entertainment & Sports. Our partner Prof. Dr. Dieter Frey is once again “highly recommended”  in the field of Media, Entertainment & Sports.

Leaders League is an international agency specialized in rankings.