Multidisciplinary approach

Areas of practice


LALIVE provides a broad range of advisory and dispute resolution services to national and international sports federations, professional clubs, amateurs and professional athletes and professional agents on a worldwide basis. LALIVE’s expertise and experience covers all sports including collaborative sports such as football, basketball, hockey, and cycling, individual sports such as horseback riding, tennis, ice skating, gymnastics, or outdoor sports such as skiing, kayaking and diving.

The firm’s Sports practice focuses on a range of issues including sporting penalties, contractual relations between clubs and players and between international and domestic sports bodies.  The firm also has particular experience in sports-related investigations (including for doping and match fixing), defamation claims, bankruptcy, injuries from sporting accidents and intellectual property matters. 

The firm provides advice relating to all the legal aspects of the organisation and the commercial exploitation of large sporting events, including media relations, international sponsorships and licensing agreements, and contracts for international coaches, athletes and players.

Building on LALIVE's reputation as a global leader in arbitration, the firm's lawyers have developed strong expertise as arbitrators and counsel before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS/TAS) as well as representation before Swiss courts including attachment of assets and challenge or enforcement of decisions.

Key positions held by LALIVE’s partners in this area include: co-editor of the Swiss International Sports Arbitration Reports (SISAR), member of the Disciplinary Board of the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) and member of the Independent Review Panel of the Tennis Integrity Unit (IRP).

Selected Assignments

  • Advising and representing a national sport federation before CAS in a case against the international federation on recognition and registration issues

  • Undertaking an exhaustive review and report of the appropriateness and effectiveness of the tennis practice and rules related to match-fixing, with the purpose of elaborating a list of binding recommendations for the sport’s governing bodies (Independent Review Panel of the Tennis Integrity Unit, IRP)

  • Counsel to a professional cycling team on doping issues, contractual and financial relations, employment and social security laws
  • Advising and representing football clubs in sizing match bonuses to be distributed at UEFA
  • Representation of sportsmen or institutions following accidents resulting in serious injuries or death (skiing, diving, parachuting, horse riding)
  • Advising a leading European football club in relation to financial authority investigations, defamation against the club and court proceedings related to a put and call option agreement
  • Advising football players before CAS on financial and transfer issues with their club
  • Advising Swiss football players in the framework of the bankruptcy of their club and the ensuing criminal investigations
  • Representing the football association of an Eastern European country before the Swiss Supreme Court in a dispute with a former coach over an award rendered by the Court of Arbitration for Sport
  • Representing a FIFA official in extradition proceedings in the USA



TAS: aún en vilo tras la saga PechsteinGiulio Palermo, Ignacio Guaia, 2016

Revista del Club Español del Arbitraje, Wolters Kluwer, Volume 27, 2016, pp. 159-165

The Court of Arbitration for SportBernd Ehle, Guillaume Tattevin, 2012

In:G Wegen and S Wilske (Eds.), Getting the Deal Through - Arbitration 2012, Law Business Research Ltd, London, 2012, pp. 6-9

The Court of Arbitration for SportBernd Ehle, Guillaume Tattevin, 2010

In: G Wegen and S Wilske (Eds.), Getting the Deal Through - Arbitration 2010, Law Business Research Ltd, London, 2010, pp. 10-13

Nationalité étatique : un état des lieux juridiqueEleanor Cashin Ritaine, 2006

In: La nationalité dans le sport - enjeux et problèmes, Editions du CIES, Université de Neuchâtel 2006, pp. 15-30