Marco Valencak is an associate specialising in tech- and sports-related matters.
Marco studied law at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, specialising in Law and Finance. During his studies and subsequent traineeship with the State of Brandenburg, Germany, Marco gained his first practical experience as a legal trainee with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in Frankfurt am Main and Berlin, Germany. He assisted teams in international commercial, investment and sports-related arbitration proceedings.
Marco was a member of the team conducting an investigation into the bidding procedure by the German Football Association for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He also assisted the team of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP planning the coordination of workstreams within and outside of the firm in a global factfinding mandate related to the manipulation allegations in the automotive industry.
Pursuing his interest in sports law and international relations, Marco then joined the European Olympic Committee's EU Office in Brussels, Belgium, as an intern. Besides witnessing lobby-work at first hand, he assisted the team in monitoring legislative procedures and policy developments at the European level as well as analysing the impact of EU policies on sports.
To advance his interest in international relations, Marco spent three months of his judicial training with the German Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand.
Marco speaks German, English and Spanish.