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).
- 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
- 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
Related areas of practice
PublicationsThe 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
NewsMatthias Scherer reelected to the Disciplinary Commission of the International Gymnastics Federation
27 February 2017
Press coverage: Marc Henzelin’s role in the Independent Review Panel of tennis mentioned in article on match fixing
05 January 2017
Marc Henzelin appointed to the Independent Review Panel of the Tennis Integrity Unit
29 April 2016
Sports law: Matthias Scherer appointed to the panel of outside lawyers for the Disciplinary Board of the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (May 2013)
01 May 2013