Javier Ferrero Muñoz is held in high esteem thanks to his “professionalism and technical expertise”, coupled with his “deep knowledge of soccer regulations”.
Javier Ferrero graduated in law from Universidad de Navarra. He is the managing partner of Senn, Ferrero, Asociados and specialises in sports and entertainment law, enjoying extensive experience in matters related to the hiring of professional athletes and national and international transfers and in litigation process in civil matters, protection of honour and privacy, as well as assiduously intervening in proceedings before jurisdictional bodies and arbitration tribunals in the field of sports and entertainment.
Describe your career to date.
It has been an intense professional career. I started in a general law firm, where I spent four years. Later I was able to join in a big law firm like Garrigues Abogados, where I could be for more than 10 years and where I started working in this passionate industry for sport and entertainment and had the opportunity to work for Real Madrid CF for three years. From there, together with Julio Senn, I developed the sports and entertainment practice in Garrigues and since 2011, we have developed this firm.
What do you enjoy most about practising sports law?
It´s a sector which you can develop your work around the world, with different legal problems, all of them very interesting and with national and international regulations that intersect and in an activity that all the countries are concerned about and encourage.
How have client demands and priorities changed since you first began practising?
Clients demand a comprehensive service in which you are able to provide all the services they require and throughout the world. If you need to have specialist lawyers for matters or areas, you must provide it and you must be the person who coordinates customer service. On the other hand, one of the most significant evolutions since I started is immediacy. They require a very efficient, fast service which does not affect the geographical borders. This is another of the fascinating aspects of this sector.
What short and long-term impacts do you see covid-19 having on the sports and entertainment market?
In the short term, the end of official competitions to save the season in which the pandemic began, salary adjustments and uncertainty and these effects have already been detected. In the long term, and if the pandemic continues without medical solutions, it can be deadly for the sector since this kind of activity is based on physical contact, both between participants and attendees, and all businesses that surround the show require the massive participation of spectators and supporters. Not being able to limit the spectators who watch the shows on television from their home, it’s required that there be events, consumptions in the stadiums, sale of merchandising, etc.
What has been the most interesting case you have worked on to-date, and why?
It´s difficult to identify one but I can cite several, for example, the conflict in the final of the Copa Libertadores between River Plate and Boca Junior in relation to the incidents that occurred outside the stadium and the different disciplinary process. It was very interesting with an international repercussion and with a very high technical debate maintained throughout the procedure. On the other hand, I have had many cases where coaches have had different problems with the clubs or associations. I liked some of them especially since we have intervened in the entire procedure, in the negotiation and signing the contract, as well as in its development, in the termination of the contract and the complaint procedure in FIFA and in CAS-TAS in second instance as well as in the execution of the Award of CAS until the collection of the amounts to which they were sentenced. The truth is, that kind of process produces a lot of satisfaction when you have observed that the contract that you negotiated and prepared, thinking perhaps one day the club or the association would breach it, it was robust enough to be able to execute it successfully.
How does Senn Ferrero Asociados Sports&Entertainment SLP distinguish itself from the competition?
In my personal opinion, the big difference lies in the fact that: (i) we only dedicate ourselves to this sector, sports and entertainment; (ii) we have a team of incredible professionals that we have all known each other working with; and, (iii) that we have been able to provide comprehensive professional services in this industry, not only in legal and contractual aspects, but in matters of taxes, investments control, commercial matters, insurance, marketing, etc… In fact, half of Senn Ferrero Asociados professionals are economists.
What professional challenges are you expecting to encounter over the next few years, and how do you expect to navigate them?
Globally and apart from overcoming the effects of the pandemic, I think it will be important to adapt to new technologies and the digitisation of services, and understand the new business needs of our clients. In particular, regarding the development of our activity to be able to ensure that the growth we are experiencing does not harm quality and customer service, especially internationally where more and more advice is required for us and in countries where we have opened our own offices.
What advice would you give to someone starting out in sports law?
The first thing is that must enjoy the law and be passionate about what he does and does not limit himself. This sector, as I said at the beginning, has an advantage as it does not have borders and the activity can be carried out all over the world since everything revolves around competitions and organisations that operate worldwide.
Javier Ferrero is a law graduate of the Universidad de Navarra, and specializes in Sport and Entertainment Law. He began his career in the firm of Martínez-Echevarría in 1994 and in 1997 joined the litigation department of the law firm Garrigues. In 1999 he began to work on the organization of all the legal advisory areas for Real Madrid Football club.
In 2002 he began to work with Julio Senn to drive forward and develop the area of Sports & Entertainment at Garrigues, where they provided comprehensive advisory services to institutions in the world of sport and entertainment, as well as offering comprehensive advice to sportspeople, artists and professionals in these sectors.
Javier Ferrero often gives presentations at forums and Sport and Entertainment Law Masters courses. He has given various presentations at international conferences organized by the Royal Spanish Football Federation and UEFA and FIFA.
The 2020 and previous editions of the Chambers Europe Directory has named Javier Ferrero a Leading Lawyer in the area of Sports, while the magazine Best Lawyers has recognized him as Leading Lawyer in Spain in the area of Entertainment, in its 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 editions, and in the area of Sports in its 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 editions and he has been selected as Best Lawyer '2017 Madrid Sport Law "Lawyer of the Year” and Best Lawyer 2019 Madrid Entertainment Law “Lawyer of the Year”, and Best Lawyer 2021 Madrid Sport Law “Lawyer of the Year”.
Javier Ferrero is a member of Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Madrid (Madrid Bar Association).
He speaks Spanish and English.