• "Always anticipates problems."


    Legal 500 2018

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


    Who's Who Legal 2018

  • "Outstanding."


    Client in Who's Who Legal 2015

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


    Legal 500 2018

  • "Described as one of the region’s most prominent practitioners, visible on a range of cases."


    Media Law International 2015

  • "Has a strong understanding of the issues and extensive knowledge."


    Client in Chambers Global 2014

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


    Legal 500 2018

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


    Chambers Europe 2018

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


    Client in Chambers Europe 2017

  • "Notable experience of cross-border matters."


    Chambers Global 2015

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


    Who's Who Legal 2016

  • "Lauded for his strong judgement and sophisticated understanding of sports regulation and politics."


    Chambers Global 2012

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


    Chambers Europe 2018

  • "Has a unique background in media issues."


    Legal 500 2018

  • "A very important name in sports law."


    Who's Who Legal 2018

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


    Chambers Europe 2018

  • "Stands out in the IT space."


    Who's Who Legal 2018

  • "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

  • "Leading Swiss sports lawyer, fluent in five languages."


    BBC article published on 12th May 2012

  • "Clever, pragmatic and technically impeccable."


    Legal 500 2018

  • "A skilled litigation and arbitration practitioner."


    Chambers Global 2015




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 Zurich. He regularly speaks and publishes articles on topics within his practice areas. He is Co-director of the UEFA Football Law Programme.

Who's Who Legal Sports & Entertainment 2016 ranks Michele Bernasconi among the nine "Most Highly Regarded Individuals" worldwide and further recognized him as "Thought Leader for Sports in 2017". Who's Who Legal Telecommunications Media & Technology 2016 also lists him as one of the globally leading lawyers. Michele Bernasconi is recognised as a leading lawyer in The Legal 500 Hall of Fame. 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". The 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.


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
  • American Bar Association (ABA), Chair of the Subcommittee Sports-related Disputes of the Committee Business and Corporate Litigation, 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-8027 Zurich

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


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Deals & Cases

Bär & Karrer Successfully Assisted the Peruvian Football Federation in a CAS Proceeding more »
Bär & Karrer Partner Sole Arbitrator in Real Madrid Case more »
Bär & Karrer Partner Among the CAS Arbitrators Recognizing Two World Records by British Swimmers more »
Bernasconi Michele - more deals & cases


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
Betrügerische Machenschaften rund um Sportveranstaltungen: Eine Einführung, Anwaltsrevue 2013, p. 335-338
Bernasconi Michele - more publications

Speaking Engagements

Fair or Foul? Competition and Antitrust Issues in Sanctioning International Sporting Events (Speaker/Chair), Sports Lawyers Association, 44th Annual Conference, 18 May 2018 … more »
Sports arbitration - is it fit for purpose? (Speaker/Participant Roundtable), GAR Live Zurich, 26 April 2018, Zurich … more »
Other football rules and regulations UEFA Football Law Programme (Organizer: UEFA (Michele Bernasconi, Co-Director &a … more »
Bernasconi Michele - more speaking engagements