Gianpaolo Monteneri (born 1970) is a highly regarded expert in the field of international sports and football law. Gianpaolo specialises in sport-related litigation, with a particular emphasis on the resolution of disputes relating to football. He also advises extensively in relation to contractual matters in transfers, employment, agency and sponsorship matters.
Gianpaolo has a long and successful track record of working with clients from a diverse range of sports sectors, including federations, clubs, athletes, footballers, coaches, agents and sponsors.
After graduating as a Swiss lawyer, Gianpaolo joined FIFA, the international governing body for football, in 1997 as head of the players' status department. For more than eight years, Gianpaolo headed a team of international lawyers at FIFA, in charge of investigating commercial and labour disputes.
He left FIFA in 2005 to establish Monteneri Sports Law, which under his leadership has developed into a renowned international firm widely recognised for its industry focus.
Gianpaolo lectures on the University of Zurich's master’s programme in international sports law and UEFA’s football law programme, among others.
From 2007 until 2014, Gianpaolo was the academic director of the Rex Sport-ISDE master’s degree in international sports law in Madrid.
Gianpaolo has represented clients in more than 100 procedures before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS/CAS), a large number of procedures before the FIFA and UEFA deciding bodies, and ad hoc arbitration procedures.
Gianpaolo speaks German, Italian, English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.
Gianpaolo is member of the Zurich Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association, the Madrid Bar Association, the Swiss Association of Sports Law and the Swiss Arbitration Association.