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WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

Arbitration 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

Peers and clients say

"He is technically outstanding"
"He is the leader in sports arbitration"
"He has great case management skills"

Biography

 

Antonio Rigozzi is a founding partner at Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, a leading international arbitration firm based in Geneva, Switzerland.

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 connection with actions to set aside Swiss arbitral awards and to recognise or enforce foreign awards, including 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 Ranking: Recommended
Sports 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Antonio Rigozzi has a “wealth of experience” in representing high-profile clients in international sports disputes and is an “outstanding” lawyer in his field. 

Biography

Antonio Rigozzi is a founding partner at Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, a leading international arbitration firm based in Geneva, Switzerland.

As the head of Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler’s international sports law and arbitration practice, Antonio advises and represents athletes, agents, clubs and sports governing bodies before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT), other sports tribunals and the Swiss courts, including the Swiss Supreme Court.

His areas of expertise in sports dispute resolution include contract, financial, disciplinary and doping disputes, as well as post-dispute attachment of assets and enforcement matters. As a leading specialist in the field, he has acted on some of the most complex and high-profile sports disputes to date. 

Antonio also teaches international sports law and arbitration at the University of Neuchâtel, and lectures for several LLM programmes in Switzerland and abroad.

He is the author and co-author of numerous publications on international sports law and dispute resolution, including the first article-by-article commentary of the CAS Code, now in its second edition (Sports Arbitration Under the CAS Rules, in Arroyo, M (editor), Arbitration in Switzerland – The Practitioner's Guide, Alphen aan den Rijn, 2018) and a leading treatise on international sports arbitration (L’arbitrage international en matière de sport, Basel, 2005). He currently heads a team of researchers drafting the first comprehensive commentary of the World Anti-Doping Code (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

Antonio is admitted to the Geneva Bar, and has received his PhD, master’s of advanced studies degree and law degree from the University of Geneva.

National Leader

Switzerland - Arbitration 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Antonio Rigozzi is "one of the most sought after sports disputes lawyers in Switzerland" and is also commended as a "big name" in the arbitration market

Biography

Antonio Rigozzi is a founding partner at Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, a leading international arbitration firm based in Geneva, Switzerland.

He frequently 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 connection with actions to set aside Swiss arbitral awards and to recognise or enforce foreign awards, including 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 Ranking: Recommended
WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

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.  

Biography

Antonio Rigozzi is a founding partner at Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, a leading boutique firm specializing in international dispute resolution.

As the head of the sports law and disputes practice at LKK, Antonio has developed unique expertise in advising and representing a wide range of clients, including athletes, teams, clubs and federations, in commercial, regulatory and disciplinary sports disputes, at the domestic and international level. He acts as external counsel to major international sports governing bodies such as the IOC, FIFA, UCI and UEFA, and regularly advises sports organizations on a variety of contentious and non‐contentious contractual, regulatory, governance and anti‐doping matters.

Antonio also serves as an arbitrator (chairman, sole or party-appointed), acts as counsel or co-counsel in international and domestic commercial arbitrations, and represents clients in arbitration-related court proceedings in Switzerland, in particular in connection with actions to set aside, or recognize and enforce, arbitral awards, including the freezing of assets located in Switzerland.

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 the first article-by-article commentary of the CAS Code of Sports-related arbitration, now in its second edition (in Arroyo (Ed.), Arbitration in Switzerland, Kluwer Law International).

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.

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