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Jan Kleiner

Jan Kleiner

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Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Jan Kleiner is “a leader in sports law” who “knows Swiss law as applied to sports in an incredible way”. Peers say, “If you are looking for an exception to the rule he probably knows it or he can find it.”

Biography

Dr Jan Kleiner is a founding partner at Kleiner & Cavaliero, a Swiss law firm specialising in sports, media and entertainment law.

Jan Kleiner represents sports federations, high-level athletes, players and clubs before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), decision-making bodies of international sports federations and before state courts, including the Swiss Federal Supreme Court. He regularly advises national and international clients in matters of media, entertainment and data protection law, with a particular focus on data protection in sports. He also acts as arbitrator at the German Institute for Arbitration and specialist panel member at Sports Resolutions UK.

Jan Kleiner holds a law degree and a doctorate in law (PhD) from the University of Zurich. He also graduated with a global executive master’s degree in international sports law from the Higher Institute of Law and Economics (ISDE) in Madrid, Spain. Jan Kleiner is also the founder and president of the ISDE sports law alumni.

Jan Kleiner is a lecturer in international sports law at the University of Zurich and in various other master’s programmes. He is a regular speaker at international conferences and he regularly publishes on national and international sports law, media and data protection law. Jan Kleiner is also an editorial board member of Football Legal and LawInSport.

For his doctoral thesis, Jan received the ASDS Prize for the best sports law thesis in Switzerland (2013–2014). The thesis provides a comprehensive legal analysis of the contractual relationship between a professional football player and a club, including all the relevant case law rendered by CAS, FIFA and Swiss state courts.

National Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Jan Kleiner is one of the most prominent figures in Swiss sports law with a “profound knowledge of all Swiss law aspects”. He is highly praised by sources who commend him for his “detail, great understanding, and excellent presentation skills”.

Biography

Dr Jan Kleiner is a founding Partner at Kleiner & Cavaliero, a Swiss law firm specialising in sports, media and entertainment law.

Jan Kleiner represents sports federations, high-level athletes, players and clubs before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), decision-making bodies of international sports federations, and state courts, including the Swiss Federal Supreme Court. He regularly advises national and international clients in matters of media, entertainment and data protection law, with a particular focus on data protection in sports. He also acts as arbitrator at the German Institute for Arbitration and specialist panel member at Sports Resolutions UK.

Jan Kleiner holds a law degree and a doctorate in law (PhD) from the University of Zurich. He also graduated with a global executive master’s degree in international sports law from the Higher Institute of Law and Economics (ISDE) in Madrid, Spain. Jan Kleiner is also the founder and president of the ISDE Sports Law Alumni Association.

Jan Kleiner is a lecturer in international sports law at the University of Zurich and on various other master programmes. He is a regular speaker at international conferences and he regularly publishes on national and international sports law, media and data protection law. Jan Kleiner is also an editorial board member of Football Legal and LawInSport.

For his doctoral thesis, Jan received the 2013-2014 Swiss Sports Law Association (ASDS) Prize for the country’s best sports law thesis. This thesis provides a comprehensive legal analysis of the contractual relationship between a professional football player and a club, including all the relevant case law rendered by CAS, FIFA and Swiss state courts.

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