LKK team succeeds before Swiss Supreme Court

LKK partners Antonio Rigozzi and Sébastien Besson represented FIFA in the annulment proceedings brought in October 2018 by Mr. Jérôme Valcke, the former Secretary General of FIFA, against a CAS award banning him from taking part in any football-related activity for a period of ten years and condemning him to pay a CHF 100,000 fine for multiple violations to the FIFA Code of Ethics (CAS 2017/A/5003).


In its decision dated 7 May 2019 (4A_540/2018), the Swiss Supreme Court dismissed the entirety of Mr. Valcke’s arguments, namely that his right to be heard had been violated by the Panel and that the CAS award contravened public policy. The Supreme Court also made a cost order in favor of FIFA. The decision, which will be published in the Supreme Court’s annual reports gathering important rulings, can be found here.