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 Formula1. 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’s sports team has been recognized by Who’s Who Legal, where Antonio Rigozzi is noted for his “strong expertise”, as a “widely acclaimed” specialist and “the guru” and “one of the great thinkers” in sports law and arbitration (Who’s Who Legal – Sports and Entertainment, 2014, 2015 and 2016). Over the past years the team has acted on 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.