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SPORTS

A taste of our playing field

Football

Football

Recent work includes negotiating and drafting player and coach contracts in Europe and China, advising on transfers globally, handling agent commission disputes, conducting tax litigation and FIFA DRC proceedings, providing legal assistance to Belgian Red Devils

Tennis

Tennis

Having advised multiple Grand Slam winners (Henin, Clijsters, Cilic) as well as numerous top-100 ATP & WTA players, coaches and agents over the last 20 years, our full-service approach has a proven track record

Awards and acknowledgements

Cresta is acknowledged as leading sports law firm in Belgium by influential legal rankings

Olympics

Advising and representing the Belgian Olympic Committee in selection disputes, regulatory matters, commercial contracts and litigation

Investment & Corporate

Investment & Corporate

Providing club owners, sports entrepreneurs and international investors with full guidance on corporate, business and financial aspects of high-level sports investments

Basketball

Handling disputes for international players, coaches and agents

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BAT cases
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CAS proceedings
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transfer bans
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letters of clearance
Volleyball

Volleyball

Exclusive focus on international disputes before the CEV and the FIVB, assisting top-class players, coaches and agents in monetary claims as well as transfer disputes

Motorsports

Motorsports

Knowing the ins and outs of motorsports, Cresta assists world class motorbike riders (MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3, CEV, Rookies Cup), rally pilots, management agencies and investors on contracts, media rights and event organisation

eSports

eSports

Pioneer since advising on the first contract ever between a professional eSports player and a Belgian football club, Cresta supports eSports players, teams and agencies while advocating the development of a dedicated legal framework for eSports

Publications

  • LawInSport – March 2019: “The Basketball Arbitral Tribunal’s policy on publishing written reasons – does it strike the right balance between speed & legal certainty?” – Read
  • Football Legal – February 2019: “Match-fixing and Financial Scandal in Belgian Football – Football & Compliance: When local Issues Raise Universal Questions” – Read
  • Football Legal – June 2017: “Securing investments in youth training: the Lokilo case”
  • Sportrecht Journaal – October 2016: “Regulering van makelaars in voetbal, wielrennen en basketbal. Ijdele zoektocht naar een werkbaar model?”
  • WorldSportsLawReport – July 2016: “eSports: the French quest for a legal framework”
  • WodSportsLawReport – April 2016: “A year of proceedings on overdue payables in review”
  • l’Echo – December 2015: “À quand l’arrêt Bosman de la gouvernance du sport?” – Read

Cresta has extensive experience in handling both national and international matters in the specific sports industry

Assisting players, agents and coaches on contract and employment issues, reputation management, endorsements, image and personality rights and disciplinary proceedings

Supporting clubs, sports rights holders, sponsors, investors and sports management and media companies on contract and corporate matters, commercial sports rights and projects, intellectual property, brand protection, media rights, contracting, franchising and licensing, insurance policies and administrative matters

Advising federations, leagues and Olympic committees by drafting sporting as well as administrative regulations and handling selection disputes or citizenship issues

Representing players, agents, coaches and clubs before specific arbitral tribunals as the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS/TAS) in Lausanne, the Belgian Court of Arbitration for Sport (BAS/CBAS) in Brussels, FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) in Zürich, FIBA’s Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT) in Geneva and FIVB’s Dispute Resolution Mechanism (DRM) in Luxemburg