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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

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Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Sources would not hesitate recommending David Wu thanks to his deep experience in assisting clubs and agents in the sports industry.


David Wu joined the Chinese firm Llinks Law Offices in January 2017 as leading partner of the sports law and entertainment department, after being founding partner of the firm Boss &Young Attorneys-at-law for 18 years. 

David is the pioneer in the area of sports law in China, with a prominent position in both national and international sports arbitration and dispute resolution. David is also one of the most active Chinese arbitrators of the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Lausanne (CAS/TAS) since his appointment in 2011, and he played an important role in the establishment of the CAS Shanghai Alternative Hearing Centre in 2012. David was appointed as arbitrator of the CAS ad hoc division for Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014, being the only Chinese arbitrator in those Winter Olympics and the second Chinese arbitrator in the history of Winter Olympics to date. 

With his team David also acts as legal counsel for different sports stakeholders such as sports institutions, private entities, clubs, coaches, athletes and intermediaries. David provides consultancy to inter alia major football clubs in China. To date, David has dealt with more than hundred cases at domestic and international level, among which we could highlight the dispute between the national team player LIU Jian and his former club, finally regarded as the Chinese “Bosman case” milestone.

David is also legal consultant of Riot Games and Alibaba Sports for the set-up and reform of the corresponding eSports federations and leagues, providing a wide variety of further legal services. David also holds different positions in the China Basketball Association League (CBA) as head of the League Disciplinary and Dispute Resolution Committee, and member of the CBA Disciplinary and Ethics/Arbitration Committee; he assists the league in inter alia its reform, daily consultancy and draft of different regulations.

In addition, David acted as member of the drafting group of the sports law in China in 2017 and participated in the amendment of the regulations for the protection of Olympic Symbols in China. Currently, David is member of Rexsport, Vice Chairman of the China Association for Sports Law, legal counsel for Olympic Committee Olympic Games Preparation Office, Director of Sports Arbitration and Mediation of the China Academy of Arbitration Law, head of the Shanghai Bar Association Sport Committee, and vice-director of Shanghai Law Society Sports Law Research Committee. Moreover, he is also arbitrator of SHIAC, head of Legal Committee of Chinese Yachting Association, among other positions.

David is listed in Shanghai International Arbitration Expert (First 40) by Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Justice, WWL: Sports & Entertainment, Asialaw Leading Lawyers in China and Legalband Top Chinese Lawyers.

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