Antonio Rigozzi is a founding partner at Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, a leading international arbitration firm based in Geneva.
He serves as an arbitrator (chairman, sole or party-appointed arbitrator) and acts as counsel or co-counsel in international and domestic commercial arbitrations. Antonio’s areas of specialisation include international agreements such as joint ventures, distribution, sales, and licensing contracts in a number of fields, including machinery, energy and fashion. He also represents clients in arbitration-related court proceedings in Switzerland, in particular in actions to set aside Swiss arbitral awards and to recognise or enforce foreign awards, including proceedings for the freezing of assets located in Switzerland.
As the head of the sports arbitration practice at Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, Antonio has developed a unique experience in advising athletes, teams, sports-governing bodies and commercial partners before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and other arbitral tribunals. His expertise includes disciplinary and governance disputes as well as contractual disputes, ranging from players’ contracts and transfers to sponsorship and other financing agreements.
In addition to his practice as a lawyer and arbitrator, Antonio teaches international arbitration and sports law at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, and regularly lectures for several LLM programmes, including the Geneva master’s in international dispute settlement (MIDS).
He has published extensively on international arbitration and sports law, having authored and co-authored leading works in both fields, including International Arbitration – Law and Practice in Switzerland (OUP, 2015), with Professor Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler.
Antonio is admitted to the Geneva bar and has received his PhD and his master’s of advanced studies and law degree from the University of Geneva.
WWL says: Antonio Rigozzi is “a top lawyer” who is described as “one of the key players” in the arbitration field in Switzerland.
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