Esport and Sports Law

The firm has developed expertise in Sports Law, providing both advisory and litigation services to sports companies and groups, in the context of their economic, financial and strategic development, to professional sports unions, and professional football and rugby clubs.

Involved with independent federations and authorities, public authorities and international institutions, the firm has acquired proven expertise by working on all legal issues relating to the sports sector.

Recently, the firm specialised in esport to address this sector as legal framework is nascent in France.

Areas of expertise

  • Legal and financial structuring tailored to sports groups
  • Raising the awareness of public authorities
  • Financing, construction, renovation and operation of sports facilities, naming contracts
  • Protection of the intellectual property rights of sports companies and athletes, image rights
  • Sponsorship contracts and athletes’ advertising contracts
  • Audio-visual rights
  • Assistance to esport stakeholders (professional players contracts, team management, obtaining approvals, tournaments organization)
  • Defence before committees (especially disciplinary committees) of federations, national and international professional leagues of the French Olympic and Sporting Committee (CNOSF), safeguarding employment, voluntary redundancy plans
  • Assisting professional football clubs (League 1) and rugby clubs (Top 14) in drafting their contracts (professional players, sports agents, other professional clubs and bodies) and in pre-litigation and litigation situations relating to the performance, interpretation or termination of these contracts.
Reports and legal articles
In collaboration with the French authorities, we contribute regularly to the consideration and drafting of reports and legal articles for the promotion and development of the sports sector:

    • Negotiation of art. 18 from Law No. 2017-2061 of1 March 2017 aiming to preserve sports ethics to reinforce regulation and transparency within professional sports and to improve clubs’ competitiveness
    • Negotiating and drafting Articles 81 and 82 of the Finance Law 2014 No. 2013-1278 of 29 December 2013 on the property taxation of golf courses
    • Drafting and negotiating certain legal articles of Law No. 2012-158 of 1 February 2012 with the aim of strengthening sporting ethics of and athletes’ rights
    • Contribution to the Douillet report, entitled “The appeal of France for holding major sporting events”, July 2010
    • Drafting and negotiating Article 63 of Law No. 2010-476 of 12 May 2010 on the opening-up to competition and regulation of the online gambling sector
    • Contribution to the Besson report “Increasing the competitiveness of French professional football clubs”, November 2008

Drafting of bill No. 292 on the retirement of high-level athletes presented to the Council of Ministers on 18 April 2007

  • Drafting and negotiating Article L.122-8 of the French Sport Code, derived from Law No. 2006-1770 for the development of employee profit-sharing and share ownership and enacting sundry economic and social provisions of 30 December 2006, authorising professional sports companies to issue a public offering
  • Drafting of the Guillot report at the request of the French Ministry for Youth, Sport and Community Organisations, entitled “Legal tools made available to French professional football clubs to optimise their competitiveness”, made public on 31 January 2006