In this chapter we recognise 42 market-leading lawyers for their work on contentious, transactional and regulatory matters in the sports and entertainment space.
Most highly regarded
Kellerhals Carrard performs well this year with six listings.
Ross Wenzel is a “precise and knowledgeable advocate” who “understands the anti-doping system better than most” and is “fantastic in court”. He “works around the clock and is always available for his clients”.
François Carrard is seasoned lawyer who is highlighted for the breadth of his experience representing high-profile clients in sports disputes.
David Casserly is a “very knowledgeable” practitioner who regularly appears before the CAS in complex football-related disputes.
Jean-Pierre Morand is an “extremely well-experienced” lawyer who has “been involved in sports law for a long while”.
Four practitioners from Bär & Karrer are highlighted here.
Michele Bernasconi is a “very important” name in the Swiss market according to peers, who describe him as a “top football judge” and a “fantastic” practitioner.
Jan Kleiner is a “well-known” sports lawyer who is “very active” in the sector and “does lots of work for FIFA and UEFA”.
Pierre-Yves Gunter is an arbitration specialist who has a wealth of experience in disputes arising from the sports sector.
The internationally renowned Saverio Lembo is widely regarded as a top-tier practitioner who excels at advising international sports organisations.
Times Attorneys enters three leading lawyers.
Ulrich Haas is a “very well-known sports arbitrator” who comes “highly recommended” for his significant experience in the field.
Stephan Netzle is a “very active and involved” sports lawyer who is “vastly knowledgeable and very highly regarded”.
Michael Noth is a “highly intelligent” individual who is “excellent at networked thinking” and “always has the answers” his clients need.
Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler sees three lawyers listed.
Antonio Rigozzi is “one of the most sought-after sports disputes lawyers in Switzerland” according to sources, who praise him as “a big name” in the market.
Brianna Quinn is “very well known” among peers thanks to her top-tier sports practice. She is described as a “strong, first-class player” in the market.
Sébastien Besson is an “absolutely outstanding” lawyer who is adept at handling sports-related disputes, both nationally and internationally.
Libra Law have a “well-known figure” in Jorge Ibarrola, who draws praise for his extensive experience in contractual disputes and anti-doping cases.
Claude Ramoni is a renowned international sports lawyer who is applauded by peers for his deep expertise in advising sports federations and clubs.
From Lafranchi Meyer, Patrick Lafranchi is an “excellent arbitrator” who is highlighted by peers for his expertise in sports law disputes.
Marc Cavaliero of Cavaliero & Associates is singled out by sources as a “brilliant individual” and a “true expert in the field” thanks to his “excellent football work”.
At Elite Law, Luca Tettamanti is touted for his first-rate advice to agents, clubs, athletes and associations across the full gamut of contentious and non-contentious sports law matters.
William Sternheimer of Morgan Sports Law maintains a strong reputation for his top-notch work on behalf of big-name clients in the sports industry.
Despina Mavromati at SportLegis stands out as an “extremely well-known name in the field” thanks to her in-depth expertise in sports arbitration.
At VISCHER, Rolf Auf der Maur is revered for his first-tier advice to clients from the media and entertainment industries on digital advertising matters.
From Froriep, Lucien Valloni is recognised for his “excellent reputation” and deep experience representing sports players in high-stakes disputes.
Fabrice Robert-Tissot from Bonnard Lawson is an “outstanding” practitioner who produces “excellent work” and is “very active” in sports disputes.
At CMS von Erlach Poncet, Olivier Carrard wins plaudits as a “very active and talented practitioner” who is considered to be “one of the most experienced sports lawyers in Switzerland”.