International Sports Law and Arbitration

LKK Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler is a law firm specialized in international commercial arbitration, international investment law, and sports arbitration.

Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler has a strong reputation in international sports law with a number of dedicated sports specialists. It regularly advises a wide range of clients across all the main areas of sports including football, basketball, cycling, swimming, athletics and Formula 1. Its clients include prominent sports-governing bodies such as FIFA and the UCI, as well as elite-level athletes, clubs, teams and individual sport representatives. Specifically, our areas of expertise include:

  • Litigation and dispute resolution, including contract, financial, disciplinary and doping disputes (Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler has successfully defended antidoping cases), other disputes involving challenges of decisions of sports governing bodies, in particular before sports tribunals, CAS and the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal.
  • Governance and regulatory issues as well as the drafting of rules and regulations for sports bodies at all levels
  • Pre-and post- dispute matters, including attachment of assets and enforcement of decisions.

Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler has been ranked as Switzerland’s N. 1 sports law practice in the Bilanz/Le Temps survey of the best law firms in Switzerland (first and second editions, 2017-2018). The team is recognized by Chambers & Partners, Legal500 and Who’s Who Legal, where Antonio Rigozzi is noted as“one of the great thinkers”, Sébastien Besson as “sensational on sports disputes”, and Brianna Quinn as “an exceptional sports lawyer” (WWL Sports and Entertainment 2016; WWL Switzerland – Sports Law 2017). Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler has acted on some of the most high profile and complex international sports arbitrations, including Juventus v. Chelsea, US Olympic Committee v. IOC, WADA & UCI v. Contador, Adamu v. FIFA, Karpov Inc. v. FIDE, FIFA v. Platini, and FIFA v. Blatter.


With multi-lingual lawyers and a global network of contacts in the sports law industry, LKK’s sports specialists are well placed to assist any client in the field of sport.


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