Prof. Dr. Mathias Schwarz
Rechtsanwalt, Appointed Public Accountant, Mediator
What was your most complex case?
Perhaps providing legal advice for the movie “The Name of the Rose,” for which I was retained as a very young lawyer by Bernd Eichinger (Constantin Film). At that time, the international production and financing business in Germany was hardly developed. We had to deal with experienced UK and US attorneys, Dutch banks, and French and Italian co-producers. This was exciting and instructive, but there was certainly some anxiety involved.
Mathias Schwarz advises on movie and TV productions, copyright and personality rights, licensing, and media financing. His clients are financial institutions, private investors, movie and TV producers, as well as broadcasting and publishing companies. He also represents a number of renowned individuals in the German media industry. In addition, he has been advising a number of family offices and private clients for a long time.



Copyright Law Inheritance and Family Litigation, Arbitration & Mediation Media & Entertainment Private Clients

Other activities  

Mathias Schwarz is also working as an auditor and mediator. In 2005, he founded MiMMA e.V. - mediation in the media, music & the arts e.V. He is a lecturer at Munich University of TV and Film and regularly publishes on media law topics. Mathias Schwarz heads the cinema and animation section of Allianz Deutscher Produzenten – Film & Fernsehen e.V., which he helped to establish in 2008.

Awards / Recommendations

JUVE Handbook German Commercial Law Firms

Frequently recommended lawyer in “Media, Technology and Communications” / leading name in Copyright Law
The “doyen” of movie production; quote by a competitor: “to the point, precise and excellent judgment” (JUVE Handbook German Commercial Law Firms 2017/2018)

Kanzleien in Deutschland

Eminent authority in movie law


One of Germany's best business lawyers

Handelsblatt in cooperation with Best Lawyers

Lawyer of the Year 2017 > Entertainment
“Prof. Dr. Mathias Schwarz”

Handelsblatt in cooperation with Best Lawyers

Germany’s best Lawyers 2017 > Entertainment and Media and Copyright Law
“Prof. Dr. Mathias Schwarz”

Who’s Who Legal Germany 2017

Recommended expert in the category “Sports & Entertainment”

Who’s Who Legal Germany 2018

Recommended expert in the category “Technology, Media & Telecommunications”
“an esteemed lawyer in the film and media space with a raft of high-profile clients from across Europe and the US. His world-class practice encompasses movie productions, licensing and broadcasting among other matters.”

Who’s Who Legal Germany 2018

Recommended expert in the category “Sports & Entertainment”
“a prominent name in the entertainment sector, who regularly advises financial institutions, private investors and TV and film productions.”