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


    Chambers Europe 2015

  • "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

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


    Legal 500 2018

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


    Chambers Europe 2016

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


    Client in Chambers Europe 2018

  • "True TMT specialists."


    Chambers Europe 2018

  • "Multi-lingual Switzerland-wide presence."


    Chambers Europe 2016

  • "Well-established practice."


    Chambers Europe 2015

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


    Legal 500 2018

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


    Client in Chambers Europe 2013




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

Yann Conti

Junior Associate

Annina Läubli


Vanessa Plavjanikova

Junior Associate

Tobias Rebmann


Nadia Smahi


Lukas Stocker


Luca Tarzia


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Deals & Cases

Bär & Karrer Advised the International Surfing Association (ISA) in a Landmark Decision before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) more »
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 »
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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

Criminal law and global sport
Julen Berthod Anne Valérie,

Conférence donnée le 28 mai 2020 dans le cadre du CAS Regulation of Global sport (CAS ReGS) organisé par l'Université de Lausanne (ISSUL, ED, ESC et IDHEAP)

LawinSport Digital Conference: Key changes to FIFA Regulations
Kleiner Jan,

Panel Discussion, 22 May 2020 (virtual)

COVID-19 and its impact on the Football Industry
Kleiner Jan,

Application of FIFA Guidelines to Address Legal Consequences of COVID-19, China Sports Law and Research Centre, 16 April 2020 (virtual)

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