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Switzerland: Sport & Entertainment Analysis 2016

Twenty-six lawyers are singled out for their expertise in sports law and entertainment law.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Xavier Favre-Bulle Lenz & Staehelin, Geneva
Antonio Rigozzi Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, Geneva
Michele Bernasconi Bär & Karrer, Zurich
Jorge Ibarrola Libra Law, Lausanne
Rolf Auf Der Maur Vischer, Zurich
Lucien Valloni Froriep, Zurich

At Lenz & Staehelin two individuals come highly recommended. Xavier Favre-Bulle in Geneva is the most highly regarded sports practitioner in our research. He heads the arbitration group and co-leads the sports practice and is “sensational” in matters before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Lukas Morscher heads the TMT and outsourcing practice in Zurich and is incredibly knowledgeable on entertainment law issues advising on regulatory, licensing, advertising and sponsoring matters, as well as content regulation.

Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler garners two listings in this edition. Antonio Rigozzi is a “stellar” sports lawyer who is “very well known” in the market, particularly for his work on sports arbitration matters. Sébastien Besson is noted for his work on sports-related disputes and is commended for his “top-notch negotiation skills”.

At Libra Law two individuals stand out. Jorge Ibarrola provides “great insight” into the workings of the CAS and clients appreciate his “sensible advice” and “dedicated practice”. Claude Ramoni is a “go-to” sports expert who is cited as a “talented negotiator” with an “impeccable work ethic”.

Two lawyers are recommended at Froriep. Lucien Valloni has experience in sports litigation, as well as sports arbitration at the CAS. He is “incredibly gifted” and “always at hand to help”. Alessandro Celli advises on both sports and entertainment law assisting clients with media and sponsoring matters. He shows “great enthusiasm for his work” and clients appreciate his “diligent manner”.

At the newly merged Kellerhals Carrard, François Carrard is “very active” in CAS proceedings and is a “standard bearer” for work in this field. François Kaiser frequently serves as counsel in sports-related arbitration before the CAS and is considered “first-rate”.

At Niederer Kraft & Frey, András Gurovits is a sports law “expert” who specialises in dispute resolution. At the same firm Daniel Eisele is also recommended with clients praising his “responsiveness” and “solutions-oriented manner”.

Two lawyers are recommended at Times Attorneys. Michael Noth acts on behalf of federations, clubs, athletes and marketers with experience in broadcasting and media rights, ambush marketing, image rights, sponsorship agreements, contract issues and representation before the CAS. Ulrich Haas is an arbitrator for the CAS and is “incredibly knowledgeable” on sports-related disputes.

Michele Bernasconi at Bär & Karrer in Zurich is “internationally renowned” in the field of sports law and he regularly advises on sponsorship agreements, regulatory matters, ambush marketing and doping matters, to name just a few. He is a “talented” litigator and arbitrator.

Bernhard Heusler at Walder Wyss in Basel is praised for his “analytical mind” and “vast experience” in sports law matters. He is an arbitrator at the CAS.

At Vischer in Zurich Rolf Auf der Maur represents leading media and entertainment companies and advises on a range of internet-related matters. His advice is “concise and clear” and “always timely”.  

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