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Kellerhals Carrard is one of the world’s leading international sports law firms. Its practice covers all areas of sports law, including disputes and commercial matters.

The firm 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 (CAS), particularly in football and doping-related disputes. The firm 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, Portuguese, Russian and Mandarin) and its lawyers’ licences to practise in numerous jurisdictions.  

Kellerhals Carrard 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, teams and individuals with respect to their commercial programs (hosting, sponsorship, media, merchandising, licensing, image rights etc.), as well as regulatory and governance issues.

The firm’s Sports Law Group includes several Partners and attorneys whose practice is exclusively or primarily focused on sports law. Much of the firm’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 CAS;
  • Four CAS Arbitrators;
  • Two CAS Mediators;
  • CAS Legal Counsel;
  • Head of CAS Mediation;
  • Chairman of the International Cycling Union (UCI) Disciplinary Commission;
  • UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector;
  • In-house lawyer of a national football association;
  • FIFA Players’ Status Department Legal Counsel;
  • Disciplinary Judge of the Swiss Football League;
  • Vice-Chairman of the disciplinary chamber of the Swiss Olympic Association in charge of doping cases;
  • Vice-Chairman of the Irish Sport Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel;
  • Legal and deputy director of a sport marketing agency active in skiing, tennis, golf and cycling;
  • Secretary General of an association of sports equipment manufacturers;
  • Vice-President of the Swiss Skiing Federation;
  • In-house counsel to a luxury brand sponsor of golf, tennis and horse racing events and athletes;
  • General Counsel and Member of the Management Committee of Ferrari SpA;
  • In-house counsel to Scuderia Ferrari Formula One Team;
  • Chairman of the America's Cup Arbitration Panel;
  • Member of the Appeal Panel of Euroleague Basketball;

  • Member of the Ethics Committee of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA)

  • Manager of Legal Affairs at a major international Sports Marketing Agency;

  • President of a leading professional ice hockey club.

The firm’s 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 members of the board of the Swiss Arbitration Association.

The firm has a wide spectrum of clients, including multisport bodies (such as the International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency), International Federations, National Anti-Doping Agencies, automotive teams and drivers and a host of football federations, clubs, players, agents and investment funds.

In its 2017 and 2018 editions, "Who’s Who Legal" named Kellerhals Carrard as the leading Sports & Entertainment firm in Switzerland: article


Football Law Congress


On 18 & 19 September 2018, Kellerhals Carrard hosted the largest ever AIAF Congress on Football Law in Lausanne.

The Congress, which focused on the formation and termination of footballers’ contracts, was entitled: Footballers' contracts - Making them and Breaking them


The programme (in English, Spanish and Portuguese) can be found below, as well as a video and photos of the event.


Photographs of the event available here

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Arbitral Awards

CAS 2018-A-5570 Denislav Dimitrov Ivanov v. International Judo Federation

CAS 2017/A/4627/4628/5283 WADA v. Indian NADA & Geeta Rani

CAS 2017/A/5016 & CAS 2017/A/5036 Ihab Abdelrahman v. WADA & Egyptian Anti-Doping Agency

CAS 2017/A/5295 WADA v. Anti Doping Agency of Kenya & Athletics Kenya & Sally Kipyego

CAS 2017/O/5268 IAAF v. ARAF & Svetlana Karamasheva

CAS 2017/A/5248 WADA v. Africa Zone V RADO & ADAK & Ayiro

CAS 2017/A/5127 BWF v IWF

CAS 2017/A/5139 WADA v. CFB & Olivio Aparecido Da Costa

TAS 2017/A/5038 Yassine Bensghir c. FRMA & IAAF

TAS 2017/A/4996 IAAF c. FFA & Mr Riad Guerfi

CAS 2017/A/5157 WADA v. Sharon Ndinda Muli

CAS 2017/A/5105 WADA v. NADO & Shalika Dias

CAS 2017/A/5066 WADA v. RADO & LNOC & Mothebe

CAS 2017/A/5021 IAAF v. Athletics Federation & Bethlem Desalegn

CAS 2017/A/4962 WADA v. Comitato Permanente Antidoping San Marino NADO & Mr Karim Gharbi

CAS 2017/A/4954 WADA v. BTF & Mr Arman-Marshall Silla

CAS 2017/A/4950 & CAS 2017/A/4951 Sport Club Internacional v. Esporte Clube Vitoria da Bahia & CBF & STJD & STJD General Prosecutor

CAS 2017/A/4949 Ms Tatyana Chernova v. IAAF

CAS 2017/A/4944 Ms Yulia Naumova v. CISM

CAS 2016/O/4883 IAAF v. RUSAF & Mr Petr Trofimov

CAS 2016/O/4853 IAAF v. ARAF & Ms Albina Mayorova

CAS 2016/O/4683 IAAF v. ARAF & Mr Andrey Krivov

CAS 2016/O/4682 IAAF v. ARAF & Ms Natalya Evdokimova

CAS 2016/O/4575 IAAF v. ARAF & Dr Sergei Nikolaevich Portugalov

CAS 2016/A/4919 WADA v. World Squash Federation

CAS 2016/A/4817 Tetiana Gamera v. IAAF & UAF

CAS 2016/A/4700 WADA v. Lyudmila Vladimiryna Fedoriva

CAS 2016/A/4642 Phnom Penh Crown Football Club v. Asian Football Confederation