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Sports

Striving For The Victory Alongside You

Schellenberg Wittmer's Sports Law Group is composed of specialists skilled at providing advice and representation to sports federations, sports officials, athletes, as well as state entities and corporations involved in sports.

„Our lawyers have worked perfectly!“

Russian Olympic Skiier 2017

Contact

Philippe Bärtsch
Partner Geneva
Dr. Christopher Boog
Partner Zurich / Singapore
Partners
Philippe Bärtsch
Partner Geneva
Dr. Christopher Boog
Partner Zurich / Singapore
Louis Burrus
Partner Geneva
Dr. Stefan Leimgruber
Partner Zurich
Full Team
Philippe Bärtsch
Partner Geneva
Dr. Christopher Boog
Partner Zurich / Singapore
Louis Burrus
Partner Geneva
Dr. Stefan Leimgruber
Partner Zurich
Julie Raneda
Partner Singapore
Katherine Bell
Associate Zurich
Damien Clivaz
Associate Geneva
Bryan Fok
Associate Geneva
Luka Groselj
Associate Geneva
Dr. Anna Kozmenko
Partner Zurich
Dr. Annabelle Möckesch
Associate Zurich
Sebastiano Nessi
Associate Geneva
Dr. Elza Reymond
Associate Geneva
Dr. Philip Wimalasena
Associate Zurich / Geneva
Derric Yeoh
Associate Singapore

Expertise

We have extensive experience representing clients in arbitral proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and other arbitral institutions, as well as in proceedings before the bodies of numerous sports federations, including the IOC, FIFA, FIS, IAAF, IBSF, IBU, ISU, IIHF, etc. These disputes concern doping matters, unfair competition and dismissal claims, violation of the WADA code, transfer rights, media rights, sponsorship agreements, corruption, employment, bans and suspensions, breaches of contract, and other commercial matters, including the hosting of major sports events. We also regularly assist clients in obtaining urgent interim relief.


Our team further advises sports federations, sports officials, athletes and states on non-contentious sports matters, including sponsoring and marketing agreements, broadcasting rights, major events, infrastructure, etc.


Our experience includes:

  • Successful representation of multiple Russian athletes before the CAS who were investigated amidst allegations of a systematic doping scheme around the Winter Olympic Games. This is the most high profile case in sports in recent history. 28 of the 39 athletes represented were cleared of any wrongdoing with the CAS decisions reducing the bans for the other 11 athletes;
  • Successful defence, alongside a major US-based law firm, of the Vice President of the Qatar Football Association - in a high-profile sports-related dispute regarding his wrongful suspension by the FIFA Ethics Committee on the premises of alleged FIFA Ethics code violations;
  • Counsel to four prominent Russian athletes and members of the Russian National Ski Team in four separate disputes before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) regarding the athletes' provisional suspension from all competitions amid the allegation contained in the McLaren report on alleged institutionalized doping manipulations around the Sochi Games;
  • Representation of a state-owned entity in a very high-stake commercial dispute governed by Swiss law over one of the largest sports events in the world;
  • Successful representation of an Asian athlete in a dispute with a sports federation over an imminent ban leading up to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The athlete was ultimately permitted to participate in the Games and went on to become an Olympic Champion.

Deals & Cases

Court of Arbitration for Sport clears 28 Russian Athletes of Anti-Doping Rule Violations

Awards and Recognitions

Our Sports Group has been involved in some of the highest profile sports matters in recent years. Leading practitioners are ranked across international legal directories such as:

  • Chambers & Partners
  • Who's Who Legal
  • GAR
  • Expert Guides
  • Legal 500