Switzerland: Sports & Entertainment 2018

In this chapter we feature 31 individuals who are highlighted for their exceptional work in the sports and entertainment industries including related competition, contract, IP, disputes and transactional matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Antonio Rigozzi Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, Geneva
2. Michele Bernasconi Bär & Karrer, Zurich
3. Jorge Ibarrola Libra Law, Vaud
4. François Carrard Kellerhals Carrard, Vaud

KELLERHALS CARRARD boasts the foremost sports and entertainment law practice in the country with five standout individuals recognised in this edition.
François Carrard is “a very well-known figure in the worlds of sports law” according to sources who praise his excellent work advising “major clients” on related disputes, particularly in arbitration proceedings.
Jean-Pierre Morand is “an excellent advocate with a substantial international practice” who comes “highly recommended” for his work on doping cases.  
François Kaiser wins widespread praise from peers for his first-class representation of clients in sports law matters, most notably before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Ross Wenzel continues to impress market commentators who consider him “in a league of his own in anti-doping matters”, an area in which he boasts “great knowledge” of the law.
Philippe Frésard is recognised for his first-rate sports law practice where he stands out for the effective advice he provides to both individual and corporate clients.

LÉVY KAUFMANN-KOHLER sees four leading practitioners featured in this chapter.
Antonio Rigozzi is a prominent sports lawyer who is "undoubtedly the number one for sports arbitration in the country”, according to effusive sources. He boasts vast experience handling CAS-related disputes.
Sébastien Besson is “great on procedural matters” according to sources and is recognised for his strong expertise in sports arbitration disputes.

Jorge Ibarrola at LIBRA LAW is “a top lawyer” highlighted for his excellent experience representing clients including sports federations, athletes and football clubs, in both arbitration and litigation proceedings.
Claude Ramoni is well versed in advising sports federations and athletes on a wide array of sports-related issues, and is considered particularly impressive when it comes to doping matters.

TIMES ATTORNEYS receives two nominations this year.
Stephan Netzle enjoys a strong reputation in the Swiss market for his top-tier commercial practice which encompasses a wide range of sports law matters, most notably related arbitration disputes.
Ulrich Haas receives plaudits from respondents as “an authority in the field of sports law” where he is considered “great as arbitrator” in related proceedings.

KLEINER & CAVALIERO’s Jan Kleiner draws high praise as “a really strong lawyer in the sports space” and focuses his practice on sports, media and entertainment matters on both a national and international level.
Marc Cavaliero is recognised for his extensive experience and deep knowledge of the sports regulatory space having previously led the FIFA disciplinary team.

At BÄR & KARRER, Michele Bernasconi stands out as “one of the most famous CAS arbitrators in the country” and “a very important name in sports law”. Sources consider him “top of the market” not only in sports law but also when it comes to media, licensing and broadcasting matters.

Hans Nater at NATER DALLAFIOR RECHTSANWÄLTE is a prominent name in the arbitration space and is highly commended for his outstanding work as arbitrator in CAS proceedings.

LENZ & STAEHELIN’s Xavier Favre-Bulle leads the firm’s arbitration and sports practices in Geneva and focuses his world-class practice on industry-related disputes before CAS, sports federations and other tribunals.

At NIEDERER KRAFT & FREY, András Gurovits is “certainly a top name for sports law”. He draws praise as “a market leader” when it comes to handling sports, regulatory and data-related matters.  

Lucien Valloni at FRORIEP LEGAL receives high praise for his invaluable experience in the sports arena, particularly relating to arbitration and litigation proceedings.

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