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PRACTICE AREAS

A FULL RANGE OF LEGAL SERVICES

Our core practice areas include:

SPORTS LAW

Our team is dedicated to assisting clients with all legal matters in this industry, both contentious and non-contentious.

Notable representations include countless high-profile doping, employment and disciplinary cases. Dr. Lucien W. Valloni is one of the most experienced litigators in Switzerland, representing clients before the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) and other special judiciary bodies, such as the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber.

Besides a vast litigation practice, we also have long-standing experience in non-contentious sports related represesentations. We assist and represent various sports clubs, franchises and federations in contractual matters, service and image right agreements, transfers of players, and contract negotiations. In addition, Dr. Lucien W. Valloni has been retained in the context of one of  Europe’s biggest match fixing scandals of recent times.

ARBITRATION

We have a well-developed practice and extensive experience in international arbitration. Besides our special emphasis on high profile sports arbitration cases, our attorneys have regularly acted in the context of international business law arbitrations under the rules of all major arbitration institutions. Notable representations included disputes in the field of joint ventures, shareholder agreements, manufacturing, ship construction, licensing/intellectual property rights, international sales, agency and distribution agreements, and media broadcasting.

We also have considerable experience in appealing arbitration decisions and specifically CAS decisions to the Swiss Federal Supreme Court. Our Partner Dr. Lucien W. Valloni was one of the few lawyers to obtain a favourable overturn of a CAS decision before the Swiss Federal Supreme Court.

Furthermore, our team has been retained to replace existing counsel to appeal cases before the Swiss Federal Supreme Court. In addition, Dr. Lucien W. Valloni just recently obtained an important victory before the Court of Human Rights in the field of sport arbitration.

REAL ESTATE

Our clients are real estate companies, banks and individuals. Dr. Lucien W. Valloni also acts as President of the board of a real estate company.

We provide legal advice with respect to acquisition, management and sale of real estate property (in particular drafting and negotiating of lease, ground lease, purchase, sale and lease back, mortgage agreements and due diligence audit), as well as legal advice with respect to regulatory requirements (Lex Koller, and legislation on secondary homes).

We have broad expertise and represent clients in contractual disputes, in particular in connection with tenancy, regulatory and construction matters, both in state courts and arbitration proceedings.

We assist our clients in all phases of project development and preparation of the respective contractual documentation.

LITIGATION

We take care of both civil and criminal cases and we are equally experienced in acting in an offensive or a defensive capacity.

Our attorneys have acted as counsel in more than 60 commercial court, district court and appeallate proceedings in Switzerland, mostly in complex cross-borderd litigations. Besides first instance litigation, cases tried by our attorneys include multiple annulment proceedings against arbitral awards before the Swiss Federal Supreme Court. We also regularly act in the context of court proceedings relating to the enforcement of arbitral awards and foreign judgments in Switzerland as well as asset attachment proceedings. Finally, our attorneys have been retained as counsel in various high profile withe-collar cases representing the interests of the damaged parties.

EMPLOYMENT

Our employment practice includes any area of employment law, including employment litigation. Our team regularly advises on cross border employment issues.

We are experienced in drafting and negotiating employment contracts in the sports field, predominantly in the area of football, including a full understanding of applicable FIFA rules.

We also assist clients in internal investigations and handle complex dispute negotiations, terminations, unfair and wrongful dismissals, and any kind of litigation whether it is related to civil, criminal or public law.

TMT & DATA PROTECTION, MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT

We act in contentious and non-contentious cases for clients in the technology, media, entertainment and telecom industry. As a result of our experience and understanding of the sports and media landscape, we are well versed to assist clients in relation to broadcasting, sponsorship and marketing agreements.