• "Has a unique background in media issues."


    Legal 500 2018

  • "A real problem solver with excellent settlement and mediation skills."


    Legal 500 2018

  • "His experience can bring the added value that is sometimes needed to solve a very complicated matter."


    Who's Who Legal 2019

  • "One of the best CAS arbitrators ever."


    Who's Who Legal 2018

  • "Highlighted for his extensive experience advising on regulatory and antitrust matters in the telecoms and sports sectors."


    Who's Who Legal 2018

  • "Collaborative, supportive and a great part of our team. "


    Client in Chambers Europe 2019

  • "Noted for his high profile and track record in sports arbitration."


    Chambers Europe 2018

  • "He is very straightforward in the research of solutions."


    Chambers Europe 2018

  • "Always anticipates problems."


    Legal 500 2018

  • "A very important name in sports law."


    Who's Who Legal 2018

  • "The best of the best."


    Who's Who Legal 2019

  • "His greatest strengh is his ability to find the right outcome and help parties settle their differences."


    Client in Who's Who Legal 2019

  • "Top of the arbitrators in sports law."


    Chambers Europe 2019

  • "The number-one lawyer for regulatory, commercial and arbitration matters. "


    Who's Who Legal 2019

  • "He has a formidable reputation in the TMT field. "


    Who's Who Legal 2018

  • "One of the most important arbitrators at the CAS."


    Interviewee in Who's Who Legal 2019

  • "He is a leader at the CAS and in the sports law field, which is something that gives you a lot of comfort."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2017

  • "Outstanding."


    Client in Who's Who Legal 2015

  • "Stands out in the IT space."


    Who's Who Legal 2018

  • "Gets to the key issues immediately and delivers expert judgements every time."


    Client in Who's Who Legal 2019

  • "One of the best in the world."


    Source in Who's Who Legal 2019

  • "A leader at the CAS and in the sports law field."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2017

  • "Rare talent Michele Bernasconi is one of the best CAS arbitrators."


    Legal 500 2018

  • "His "brilliant practice" encompasses doping matters and international player transfers, as well as sponsorship deals and broadcasting agreements. "


    Who's Who Legal 2016

  • "An expert in international soccer."


    Who's Who Legal 2018

  • "Is really the godfather of sports law in Switzerland."


    Source in Who's Who Legal 2019

  • "Clever, pragmatic and technically impeccable."


    Legal 500 2018

  • "Number one for sports law in Switzerland. "


    Interviewee in Chambers Europe 2019

  • "He is an experienced guy who knows his stuff."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2019

  • "A skilled litigation and arbitration practitioner."


    Chambers Global 2015

  • "Top-class arbitrator."


    Who's Who Legal 2018

  • "Michele Bernasconi impresses market sources with his top-notch handling of media-related matters pertaining to the sports industry."


    Who's Who Legal 2019

  • "He is technically impeccable, proactive and brilliant in terms of strategy."


    Chambers Europe 2018




Michele Bernasconi


Michele Bernasconi advises on a broad range of sports, media, energy, telecom and IT matters, acting for both domestic and international clients. He has particular expertise in international litigation and arbitration as well as in commercial and transactional work relating to such industries.

His recent experience includes advice on outsourcing and joint venture projects, broadcasting and sponsorship agreements, ambush marketing, regulatory and antitrust work in both the telecom and sport sector, software licensing, electricity transmission and distribution, doping matters as well as international transfers of football players.

Michele Bernasconi lectures on international sports law at the University of Lucerne. He regularly speaks and publishes articles on topics within his practice areas. He is Co-director of the UEFA Football Law Programme.

Michele Bernasconi is recognized as a leading lawyer in Chambers and Legal 500 further lists him in the Hall of Fame for his excellent work. Legal 500 and Who's Who Legal have listed him among the leading lawyers in Switzerland in the sports as well as in the technology, media and telecommunications sector for years. In 2018 and 2019 Who's Who Legal recognized Michele Bernasconi with the Global Award "Sports Lawyer of the Year" as well as "Thought Leader" for the Sports Law. In 2016 Who's Who Legal ranks him among the nine "Most Highly Regarded Individuals" for Sports & Entertainment worldwide. In its 2013 edition, the International Who's Who of regulatory communication lawyers described Michele Bernasconi as one of the "10 Most Highly Regarded Individuals Worldwide".


English, French, German, Italian


  • Partner of Bär & Karrer (since 2001)
  • Harvard Law School: LL.M. (1996)
  • Associate at Bär & Karrer (1995)
  • Admitted to the Zurich Bar (1992)
  • Teaching Assistant at the University of Zurich (1991-1994)
  • Trainee in a Swiss law firm (1990-1991)
  • Clerk and Secretary to the Zurich District Court (1989-1990)
  • University of Zurich: lic. iur. (1989)

Memberships and Public Offices

  • Arbitrator at the CAS - Court of Arbitration for Sport
  • Lecturer at the University of Lucerne, Faculty of Law
  • American Bar Association (ABA), Chair of the Sports Law Committee of the Business Law Section
  • International Bar Association (IBA), Former Chair of the Committee Cm Telecommunications
  • Chairman of the Sports Law Committee of the Swiss Bar Association (SAV/FSA)
  • President of the Association Suisse de Droit du Sport (ASDS)
  • Panelist at the WIPO for Domain Name disputes
  • Member of the ASA, Swiss Arbitration Association
  • Member of the Zurich Bar Association (ZAV)
  • Co-delegate for the Organisation of and Lecturer at the Master in International Sports Law, Zurich University
  • Member of the Executive Board of Swiss Tennis
  • Member of the Disciplinary Chamber of Swiss Basketball
  • Vice President of the Council of "Fondazione Patrimonio Culturale" (the foundation of the Swiss Italian Radio and TV for the protection and the valorization of the cultural treasures)
  • Member of the Board of SV Group
  • Co-Director of the UEFA Football Law Programme
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the Executive Master in Sports Law of the University of Neuchâtel
  • Member of the Saudi Arabian Sport Arbitration Center
  • Member of SGOA, the Association for the Settlement of Automation Disputes / SGOA - Verein für ICT Konflikt Management
  • Member of the SCIA, Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration, as well as of the SCIA High Technology and Intellectual Property Arbitration Centre
  • Lecturer and Member of the Advisory Committee of the Executive Master in Sports Law Program of Qatar Olympic Academy

Contact Details

Michele Bernasconi
Bär & Karrer AG
Brandschenkestrasse 90
CH-8002 Zurich

T: +41 58 261 50 00
F: +41 58 261 50 01


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Deals & Cases

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Standing to Appeal in Proceedings before CAS, in: Bernasconi / Rigozzi (eds.), International Sport Arbitration, 6th Conference …
HIV infection and contracts with football players, World Sports Law Report 2015 Download »
International Sports Law and Jurisprudence of the CAS, in: Bernasconi Michele (eds.), 4th CAS & SAV/FSA Conference Lausanne 2012, Berne 2014
Bernasconi Michele - more publications

Speaking Engagements

FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players: new developments CAS Seminar, 15-24 October 2019, Budapest … more »
CAS Jurisprudence on Football Law (2017-2019) 8th International Congress on Football Law (Organizer: Real Federación Española … more »
CAS Jurisprudence on Football Agents 2nd Edinburgh Sports Conference,  5 - 6 September 2019, Edinburgh … more »
Bernasconi Michele - more speaking engagements