Michael S. Rosenthal

Mike’s practice primarily involves the representation of franchise, professional franchise and service industry clients, providing both day-to-day business counseling and advice, as well as litigation services when necessary. He has represented numerous startup franchisors, sellers of business opportunities, and other sellers in licensing and distribution arrangements and counsels on ways to structure their business. Mike files necessary government registrations and disclosures, addresses regulatory problems and concerns and represents his clients in court to protect their interests. He particularly enjoys working with clients in the planning stages in order to avoid regulatory and other issues.

Before Fox Rothschild

Mike was a partner at Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, which merged with Fox Rothschild in 2018.

After graduating law school, Mike served four years as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia. Following his entry into private practice in 1984, Mike remained active in service to the State of Georgia, both in the Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs (as Coordinator of Special Projects) and as a Special Assistant Attorney General. Until its 2007 sale for $6.2 Billion, Mike served as an independent Director of Inland Retail Real Estate Trust, Inc. (IRRETI), a public real estate investment trust which was one of the largest owners of retail space in the Southeast. IRRETI managed over 300 retail shopping centers or single tenant properties, primarily east of the Mississippi River.

Christian Treumann

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Lawyer Christian Treumann studied law at the Ruprecht-Karls- Universität Heidelberg, in addition to German and Anglo-American law. He completed his legal clerkship in the Stuttgart Higher Regional Court district.

Initially working in a medium-sized business law firm in Australia (Dubbo, NSW), Treumann continued his practical work in two business law firms in southern Germany until he founded a law firm in Thuringia in the mid-1990s.

His clients include medium-sized companies as well as national and international corporations.

Treumann is an associated expert of the German Franchise Association and a member of the ethics committee and the legal committee of the DFV, a member of the working group of Protestant entrepreneurs (AEU) and a certified strategy consultant (IHK). He works with the bottleneck-focused strategy developed by Prof. Wolfgang Mewes.

In addition to his legal work, Treumann is also interested in the third sector. Treumann is a board member of two foundations (Town & Country Foundation and Kloster Volkenroda Foundation). Both foundations are committed to participation in society, but also to the promotion of art and culture and the strengthening of the education sector in a wide variety of areas.

Languages: German, English, Dutch, French, Afrikaans

Thomas Hertl

– admitted in 1991

– born 1963 in Frankfurt

– Equity Partner

– 1991 – 1995 Beiten Burkhardt Mittl und Wegener

– Universities of Gießen and Frankfurt/Main


– Attorney at Law (Germany)

– Certified Specialised Lawyer for Intellectual Property Rights

– Co-leader of the Sector Sports Media and Entertainment


– German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Rights (GRUR)

– International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)

– Institute for Copyright and Media Law

– Member of the „Right of Publicity Committee“ of the International Trademark Association


– Contribution to Plagarius Newsletter Summer 2010: Plagiat, und was nun? Welche Möglichkeiten stehen (auch ohne Schutzrechte) zur Verfügung?

– FASPO : Product Placement reloaded – Neuregelungen nach dem 13. Rundfunkänderungsstaatsvertrag; Thomas Hertl, Dr. Falk Becker

– Other publications: Sponsoring – rechtliche und steuerliche Grundlagen (Dr. Thomas Dehesselles, Thomas Hertl in Galli/Elter/Gömmel/Holzhäuser/Straub, Sportmanagement, Verlag Vahlen, 2. Auflage, 2012, München)


– Worldwide Financial Advisor Award Magazine: Golden Globe Award 2015

– Finance Global Awards 2014: Entertainment Law Firm of the Year: Germany

– Worldwide Financial Advisor Award 2014: Entertainment Law Firm of the Year: Germany

– Legal 500: Deutschland 2015: Regionale Kanzleien Wirtschaftsrecht: Im Medien-, Presse- und Sportrecht berät in erster Linie Thomas Hertl, zu seinen Kernmandanten zählt beispielsweise der DFB.

– Worldwide Financial Advisor Award 2015: Entertainment Law Firm of the Year: Germany


Bastien Mathieu

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Member of the Paris Bar

Doctor of Laws (private law)

Partner since January 2007

Practice Areas

Business law, distribution law, competition law, commercial contracts, advertising and product and service regulations, IT and network law, litigation and international arbitration


– C.A.P.A. (2000)

– Doctorate in private law, University of Versailles – Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (2000)

– D.E.A. in business law, University of Clermont (1996)

– Master of Laws in foreign law , University of Groningen, The Netherlands (1994)

– Master of Laws in business law, University of Poitiers (1994)


French, English


Various articles on marketing and competition law as applied to automobile sales and manufacturing.

Lecturer in competition law for FIEV (French Vehicle Equipment Industries).

Mediator for the Automotive Sector Mediation Centre.