Sports law

Kellerhals Carrard is an international market leader for sports law and the firm’s Sports Law Group includes several Partners and a number of other attorneys whose practice is primarily or exclusively focused on sports law.

Kellerhals Carrard has unparalleled experience in the resolution of sports disputes and is one of the most active firms appearing before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, particularly in football and doping-related disputes. The Sports Law Group is uniquely equipped to act before the CAS, as it combines expertise in the procedural law of the CAS (Swiss law) with experienced advocates who are native speakers of the CAS’ official languages (English and French). This is in addition to the firm’s comprehensive linguistic capacity (including German, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin) and its lawyers’ licences to practise in numerous jurisdictions.  

The Sports Law Group also has a unique and unparalleled insight into the administration and business of sport, and provides ongoing advice to some of the world’s leading sports organisations with respect to their commercial programs (hosting, sponsorship, media etc), regulations and governance issues.

Much of the Sports Law Group’s expertise and experience has been gained through the various positions that have been held by its members, including: Director General of the IOC; Chairman of the FIFA Reform Committee; Secretary General of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS); CAS Arbitrators; CAS Legal Counsel and Head of CAS Mediation; Chairman of the UCI Disciplinary Commission; UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector; FIFA Players’ Status Department Legal Counsel; Disciplinary Judge of the Swiss Football League.

The Sports Law Group also includes renowned commercial arbitration specialists with experience acting as both arbitrators and counsel under the rules of all the major commercial arbitral institutions. This includes the authors of one of the leading practitioners’ textbooks in Switzerland and two members of the board of the Swiss Arbitration Association.

The firm’s clients include multisport bodies (such as the IOC and WADA), International Federations, National Anti-Doping Agencies as well as a host of Football Federations and clubs, in addition to investment funds and agents.