• "Multi-lingual Switzerland-wide presence."


    Chambers Europe 2016

  • "We had a very good impression of the team."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2016

  • "The team regularly advises on broadcasting agreements and licence distribution agreements representing individual athletes, sports clubs and federations."


    Media Law International 2015

  • "A strong player in this market."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2015

  • "A firm I can recommend to business partners anytime."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2013

  • "Acclaimed media and sports law practice, also offering expertise in the telecoms sector."


    Chambers Europe 2016

  • "Well-established practice."


    Chambers Europe 2015

  • "Notable expertise in sports law issues, representing athletes, sporting events and sports federations."


    Chambers Europe 2015




Media, Entertainment & Sports


Our media, entertainment, and sports team is dedicated to assisting clients with all legal matters in these industries. We advise broadcasters and operators of satellite and cable television services on a broad range of regulatory and contractual issues. Our team also has an established practice of advising producers, publishers, composers, conductors, musicians, authors, and other artists. We assist them with commercial and intellectual property rights issues as well as tax and estate planning.


We have one of the leading sports law departments in Switzerland. Our sports law specialists provide comprehensive advice and legal services to clients in the sports industry, in particular to athletes, clubs, national and international federations and event organizers. We represent our clients before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, CAS. We assist them in negotiating transfer agreements. We also regularly negotiate and draft marketing, sponsorship and merchandising agreements.


Media Law International, Specialist Guide to the Global Leaders in Media Law Practice, ranks Bär & Karrer in tier 1 for media law in Switzerland.


  • Assisting and representing individual athletes, sport clubs, and federations
  • Acting as arbitrator or party-counsel in sport-related arbitration (CAS)
  • Advising on marketing, sponsorship and merchandising issues
  • Litigating advertising-related disputes
  • Advising and representing broadcasters and cable television service providers
  • Advising and representing artists





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Deals & Cases

Bär & Karrer Successfully Assisted the Peruvian Football Federation in a CAS Proceeding more »
Bär & Karrer Successfully Assisted FC Viitorul in a CAS Proceeding more »
Bär & Karrer Advises Sky Deutschland on the Acquisition of Homedia more »
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Stolpersteine für Kunstleihgaben
Liatowitsch David,

Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 29. Juni 2017, www.nzz.ch

Ein globaler Lösungsansatz zur Bekämpfung der Spiel- und Wettspielmanipulation im Sport
Trunz Mirjam,

Diss., 2016

Zulässigkeit polygraphischer Untersuchungen in Straf-, Zivil- und sportrechtlichen Schiedsverfahren
Trunz Mirjam / Haas Ulrich, in: Götz SChulze (eds.), Aktielle Rechtsfragen im Profifussball, 2016, p. 89 ff.
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Speaking Engagements

The principles of independence and non-interference in CAS jurisprudence
Bernasconi Michele,

(Organizer: Qatar Olympic Academy), 24 January, Doha, Qatar

Arbitration in Sport Matters
Bernasconi Michele,

(Organizer: University of Lucerne, Faculty of Law), 9 November 2016, Lucerne, Switzerland

Los mecanismos de compensación de clubes por transferencias internacionales: la indemnización por formación y la contribución de solidaridad
Bernasconi Michele,

Seminario Internacional Sobre el Derecho del Fútbol (Organizer: Federación Colombiana de Fùtbol, Dimayor Colombia Fùtbol Liga y Real Federación Española de Fùtbol), 21 - 22 October 2016, Cartegena de Indias, Colombia

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