• "Multi-lingual Switzerland-wide presence."


    Chambers Europe 2016

  • "True TMT specialists."


    Chambers Europe 2018

  • "A strong player in this market."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2015

  • "Well-established practice."


    Chambers Europe 2015

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


    Media Law International 2015

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


    Chambers Europe 2015

  • "I would highlight the strong technical quality of its lawyers and the meticulousness in the work they do."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2018

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


    Chambers Europe 2016

  • "Quick understanding, great experience in international matters and unique arbitration and litigation expertise."


    Legal 500 2018

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


    Client in Chambers Europe 2013

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


    Client in Chambers Europe 2016

  • "High-quality advice in a very prompt manner."


    Legal 500 2018




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





Key Contact


Team Leaders


Team Members

Annina Läubli


Francisco Rapp

Junior Associate

Tobias Rebmann


Nadia Smahi


Lukas Stocker


Luca Tarzia


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Deals & Cases

Bär & Karrer Has Advised Cellnex on the Acquisition of 2'800 Telecom Tower Sites from Salt more »
Bär & Karrer Successfully Assisted UEFA Before the Court of Arbitration for Sport more »
Bär & Karrer Successfully Assisted the Peruvian Football Federation in a CAS Proceeding more »
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Recent Jurisprudence of the Swiss Federal Tribunal on Football Matters
Kleiner Jan / Rapp Francisco,

International - Swiss Federal Tribunal, Football Legal

The scope of application of the recently introduced Federal Act on the Surveillance of Post and Telecommunications in Switzerland
Stocker Lukas / Kleiner Jan,

Euromoney's Expert Guide Rising Stars 2019

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Implementing the GDPR in Switzerland: legal issues and challenges for international sports bodies
Kleiner Jan / Etter Carol,

Law in Sport, 30 May 2019

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Speaking Engagements

International Sports Law / The Limits set by European Law, Lecture held at the Universidad Europea / Real Madrid Sports Law Master
Kleiner Jan,

Madrid, 20 November 2019

FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players: new developments
Bernasconi Michele,

CAS Seminar, 15-24 October 2019, Budapest

CAS Jurisprudence on Football Law (2017-2019)
Bernasconi Michele,

8th International Congress on Football Law (Organizer: Real Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF)), 27 - 28 September 2019, Madrid

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