Alexander Unverzagt (Of Counsel)

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Alexander Unverzagt is of counsel at UNVERZAGT as of April 1, 2022.

Copyright and publishing law

  • Regularly advising in the field of national and international copyright - both creatives and commercial exploiters - including drafting, negotiating and concluding contracts
  • Supporting publishers from production to exploitation as well as in the field of Merger & Acquisitions or legal succession as the case may be,  including in the context of drafting, negotiating and concluding agreements
  • Acting for creatives such as (bestselling) authors, illustrators, photographers, agents, translators and producers including drafting, negotiating and concluding contracts
  • Within the framework of music law, advising theatrical publishers, composers, arrangers, performers, producers of musicals, event and festival organisers, including in relation to collecting societies such as GEMA and GVL


Press and privacy law

  • Providing legal guidance to media companies as well as to individuals and companies adversely affected by the media, from advising in settlement discussions, in particular on agreeing the wording of publications, via mediation through to acting in all types of court proceedings


PR law

  • Advising and acting for PR and press agencies, press offices, and media companies in respect of contractual matters and all types of public relations activities
  • Devising comprehensive "litigation PR" strategies, amongst other things, with the involvement of teams with relevant skills including PR advisers, journalists, psychologists and online specialists
  • Crisis PR, involving a team of seven specialist practitioners from complementary professions


Learn more

  • 1975 -1977 studied history of art, University of Freiburg
  • 1979, after legal studies in Marburg, Regensburg und the USA, First State Examination in Law at the University of Freiburg
  • 1982 Second State Examination in law, Hanseatic Higher Regional Court
  • Since 1982, full time Attorney (Rechtsanwalt), additionally active in the following complementary areas:
  • 1982 -1983 Attorney-legal adviser to the Regional Section of the German Theatre and Orchestra Association
  • Since 1984, co-owner of the publishing house Kammerer & Unverzagt, Hamburg and Berlin
  • 1986 -1996 Chairman of the consumer organisation "Bund der Versicherten e.V." (Association of Insured persons)
  • 1990 Founder of the law firm which has operated since 2003 under the name of UNVERZAGT VON HAVE
  • Since 1997, co-owner of the music publisher Intrepid, Hamburg and shareholder in the rights clearance company CSA-Copyright Service Agency
  • From 1996 to 12/2001, shareholder and managing director of the media handbook publishing company Medienhandbuchpublikationsgesellschaft mbH, Hamburg



  • "Handbuch PR-Recht" (Handbook of PR Law), first edition 2010, editors: Presseakademie, publishers; Helios Media GmbH
  • "Wörterbuch der Musikwirtschaft. 1000 Fachbegriffe aus Musik, Wirtschaft und Recht", (Dictionary of the Music Industry.  A thousand specialist terms from music, business and law). First edition 2006, Musikmarkt GmbH & Co. KG
  • From 1998-2006 concept developer, (co)editor and author of the compilation "Kultur und Recht“ (Culture and Law) Raabe Verlag, Stuttgart
  • 1990-1995 co-editor of the loose leaf service "Handbuch Kultur-Management” (Handbook of Cultural Management), Raabe Verlag, Stuttgart
  • Editor of the series "Kultur, Medien und Recht” (Culture, Media and Law), published by Kammerer & Unverzagt, Hamburg/Berlin
  • 2004-2008 columnist for the PR-Report
  • Some 250 further publications on the subject of culture, media and law, for many years a columnist for "Fototechnik International” (International Photo technology), "Computerzeitschrift” (Computer Magazine) and for other media
  • 2010 and 2011, author of various contributions to the magazine "textintern"


Events, lectures and talks

  • Since 1996, lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Hamburg on copyright and publishing law
  • Some 300 talks given in the context of teaching and lecturing to various national and international bodies on copyright and publishing law
  • Legal Pitfalls in PR and Online Communications (depak, Presseakademie GmbH (the German Press Academy), Berlin)
  • Law and PR – Copyright, Privacy, Liability and Contractual Law"; Basic seminar "Methodical public relations work" Part 2 (G2) (DIPR German Institute for Public Relations, Hamburg)
  • "Media Law and Schools" (Landesinstitut für Lehrerbildung und Schulentwicklung (Regional Institute for Teacher Training and  Schools Development), Hamburg)
  • "Legal Risks in the Field of Social Media" (Verband Druck und Medien e. V. (Print and Media Association), Hamburg)
  • "Law made easy: from rights clearance in picture acquisition and the remuneration jungle via product liability to transparent contractual arrangements, e-books, digital archives and social media" (Börsenverein des deutschen Buchhandels, (the German Publishers and Booksellers Association))



  • Hamburg Bar Association
  • Advisory board of Hintz und Kunzt
  • Advisory board of the Literaturbrücke, Berlin
  • Chairman of the board of trustees of the Literaturwerkstatt (Literary  Workshop) Berlin