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


    Legal 500 2018

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


    Chambers Europe 2015

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


    Chambers Europe 2016

  • "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

  • "Well-established practice."


    Chambers Europe 2015

  • "Multi-lingual Switzerland-wide presence."


    Chambers Europe 2016

  • "True TMT specialists."


    Chambers Europe 2018

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


    Media Law International 2015

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


    Client in Chambers Europe 2016

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


    Legal 500 2018

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


    Client in Chambers Europe 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





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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

Standing to Appeal in Proceedings before CAS
Bernasconi Michele / Trunz Mirjam,

in: Bernasconi / Rigozzi (eds.), International Sport Arbitration, 6th Conference CAS & SAV / FSA Lausanne 2016

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

Diss., 2016

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Speaking Engagements

Workshop Arbitrale CAS/TAS
Bernasconi Michele,

Università degli Studi di Milano, Corso di perfezionamento Diritto dello Sport, 7 June 2018, Milano (Italy)

Resolution of sports-related disputes: needs, solutions and current challenges
Bernasconi Michele,

Centro Scientifico Diritto Sport & Sports Law Policy Center, Conference on International Arbitration in Sport, 8-9 June 2018, Milano (Italy)

Fair or Foul? Competition and Antitrust Issues in Sanctioning International Sporting Events
Bernasconi Michele,

(Speaker/Chair), Sports Lawyers Association, 44th Annual Conference, 18 May 2018, National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland (USA)

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